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Discrimination criteria could be widened

Individuals who are morbidly obese could soon have the same discrimination rights in the workplace as employees who are gay or disabled.

Why it pays to keep our costs down

Money
Setting aside the pros and cons, one indisputable fact is that more people are in employment than ever before.

Viva Vauxhall! (and a Vauxhall Viva to come as well…)

The Vauxhall Vivaro, which has secured 1,200 jobs over the next decade
Vauxhall’s UK quality and work practices now compare with anywhere in Europe, and the adaptability and skill level of Vauxhall’s UK workforce is a major asset for the firm

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Business

Discrimination criteria could be widened

Individuals who are morbidly obese could soon have the same discrimination rights in the workplace as employees who are gay or disabled.

Money

Why it pays to keep our costs down

Setting aside the pros and cons, one indisputable fact is that more people are in employment than ever before.

The Vauxhall Vivaro, which has secured 1,200 jobs over the next decade

Viva Vauxhall! (and a Vauxhall Viva to come as well…)

Vauxhall’s UK quality and work practices now compare with anywhere in Europe, and the adaptability and skill level of Vauxhall’s UK workforce is a major asset for the firm

General business

GM via Vauxhall is creating 550 new jobs in the UK

Vauxhall has a line-up of well designed, styled and engineered cars, with decent quality levels. The Adam, Mokka, Astra and Insignia - soon to be joined by the Viva city car.

Money

Protecting your income is key

Income protection is one of the least known and utilised sectors of the protection market.

An artist's impression of the proposed Sense 'TouchBase' Centre, next to Selly Oak train station in Bristol Road, Birmingham

Why touching base with social enterprises makes so much sense for city

Birmingham has now been identified by Sense as the first site in England for a new “TouchBase” Centre.

Derek

Why leaving 'Red Robbo' far behind put us on the right road

Nobody summed up the worker-management divide of late 70s Britain as potently as the stocky, balding figure with the microphone in Cofton Park.

General business

Watch out for the pitfalls of investing in art

The value of works of art can be extremely volatile, rising and falling on the popularity, or even, mortality of the artist.

Steve Allen

CPD changes set to bring more freedom

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has pledged to scrap the 16 hours of continuing professional development solicitors must complete every year.

Debra Davis

Turn on, tune in - and wait several years for 'City TV'

Despite nearly two years of promises from the folk at City TV/BLTV, there is little apparent sign of any positive developments here in Birmingham.

Berkswell Train Station in Berkswell near Balsall Common

Business opportunity at our stations will be just the ticket

Train operater London Midland has announced that it is to make a ground breaking change in policy.

The old Scala Cinema in Smallbrook Queensway, which opened in 1915 and closed in 1960

Halcyon days of city cinemas

Birmingham can claim to have the oldest 'working' cinema in The Electric on Station Street.

Artist impression of a solar canal

Solar panels and a stream of opportunities

Covering our canals with a canopy of solar panels might not be the most popular of ideas, especially with local residents, Visit Birmingham and the City tourism bigwigs.

Manufacturing

UK manufacturing: Between a rock and hard place?

Manufacturing output in the UK saw a surprise fall of 1.3% in May, the biggest decline since January 2013, according to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics. This left much head scratching as manufacturing data and surveys so far this year had indicated that the sector has been growing pretty robustly.

Business

Firms must be set for flexible working rules

The latest change to employment law allows all employees to make a formal request to work flexibly provided they have been with the company for at least 26 weeks.

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Local politicians glance across the Channel for the next 'grande idée'

Compared to a hotel bed tax, TBIDs sounded more enterprising, in both senses, and, as is being demonstrated, far more likely to happen.

Money

Focus on a 'living' wage misses some key issues

The difference between a minimum and living wage can cause great passion, but it is better to be employed with prospects, than on the dole with none.

MG Motor UK Ltd in Longbridge, Birmingham

China Syndrome here to stay amid noise of Europe debate

We consider the extraordinary economic and cultural growth of the biggest communist superpower on the planet.

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya

Quality not quantity key for training apprentices

We should not be increasing the number of apprenticeships for those over 25 who are already in work.

Andy Murray kissing the trophy after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last year.

Celebrating Birmingham's continued tradition in creative genius

Birmingham manufacturers have a long tradition of involvement in creating trophies for major sporting events.

Videos & Photos

An MGB and a host of other MGs at Silverstone

Return of MG sports car makes most-wanted list

Julie Clements, PwC; Joanne Fellows, Mettis Aerospace; Bernadette Ryan, PwC.

PwC holds style networking event

Emma Elston, Vitalise Business Women of the Year 2012; Naomi Gilchrist, Alison Taylor, Monique Sutherland, Squire Sanders; Gisela Stuart MP, Julia Wootton, Max Appeal.

Squire Patton Boggs law firm hosts discussion

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