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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.

CPD changes set to bring more freedom

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

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

Debra Davis
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.

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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.

Mike Loftus

Regional Policy is not just for Christmas... or a General Election

In contrast with the royal borough of Kensington, the least expensive place in the entire UK,  is Stanley in County Durham.

General business

Putting the Value of Nature back into the Economic Growth of the West Midlands

The West Midlands region faces many challenges and through various agencies is trying to capture the benefits of economic growth as we emerge from the recent recession.

Councils, LEPs and chambers have teamed up for 'Midlands Connect'

Bigger is better if we are to put the region on road to success

Local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and chambers of commerce/businesses have come together from across the Midlands to create the "Midlands Connect" project.

The Balcombe fracking site in West Sussex

Russian dirty tricks muddy fracking waters?

Shale offers Europe the best chance to free itself of dependence on Russian gas, if not by extracting its own then by importing the stuff from the US which has plenty to spare.

Money

Exploring solutions to inequality

There is good evidence to show that the so called 'credit crunch' has created a very divided society in this country.

General business

The EU and the UK's auto industry

EU membership boosts both the attractiveness of the UK as a place to invest, and the competitiveness of the domestic automotive industry.

General business

Radical thinking needed for ageing population

The retirement income market has evolved considerably over the past two decades.

Videos & Photos

Steve Parkinson, Parkinson Estates Plc; Tom Finnegan, Radleigh Group Ltd; Mark Anslow, BDO; Stephen Hemming, Lambert Smith Hampton.

BDO hosts dinner for housebuilders to discuss 'Homes For All' report

Scaffolding around the new Adagio Hotel in the Beorma Quarter, Digbeth

Stalled Beorma Quarter starts to take shape

Two Snowhill

Two Snowhill will house new HS2 team in Birmingham

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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
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Ben Hurst
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Political Editor