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Working a way through the holidays in China

The date of the Chinese New Year does tend to totter about somewhat uncertainly between late January and mid-February.

Peugeot to go upmarket? No, not a belated April Fool's Day joke

peugeot headquarters
I'm still trying to figure out how the Peugeot 308 won the car of the year title instead of the Nissan Qashqai, BMW i3 or Mercedes S class.

We're in a NISA place now with our savings

George Osborne
Mr Osborne's recent budget certainly ruffled a few feathers in the pensions' arena and he is also trying to stimulate tax-efficient investing by way of the New Individual Savings Account.

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China flag

Working a way through the holidays in China

The date of the Chinese New Year does tend to totter about somewhat uncertainly between late January and mid-February.

peugeot headquarters

Peugeot to go upmarket? No, not a belated April Fool's Day joke

I'm still trying to figure out how the Peugeot 308 won the car of the year title instead of the Nissan Qashqai, BMW i3 or Mercedes S class.

George Osborne

We're in a NISA place now with our savings

Mr Osborne's recent budget certainly ruffled a few feathers in the pensions' arena and he is also trying to stimulate tax-efficient investing by way of the New Individual Savings Account.

Business

Important to be prepared for auto-enrol

It is anticipated that 30,000 SMEs will be affected by auto-enrolment over the next four months

Pensions

A plan for old age and retirement? Hope and pray

Just as the corporate and consumer reliance on debt and credit became the discredited vehicle which had driven so many close to the edge, something funny was going on in the pensions world.

Toyota

Toyota's total recall part III

Toyota announced this week that it is recalling another 6.5m cars across 27 different models to fix five different problems, including faulty steering wheels and seats

General business

Examining the basis of contemporary capitalism

If you get a chance have a look at a book that is causing something of a sensation among both economists and politicians across the world.

Russian threats over gas put the wind up EU

The Ukraine crisis has made the challenge of weaning itself off Russian gas, and to diversify sources of supply, a major priority for the EU.

Martin Allsopp

Tough times ahead for the legal sector

Members of the public are already suffering from the cuts to legal aid and from March 20 will feel the effects of cuts to criminal legal aid.

George Osborne

Osborne's rabbit out of the hat is a game-changer for annuities

We have grown so used to bland budgets over the last few years that George Osborne's pronouncements a couple of weeks ago left virtually everyone flabbergasted.

The Sahara sands and smog that enveloped Birmingham city centre and much of the country last week

Jobs, growth and a clear vision on cutting carbon

It's not just the growing cities of China and India that are facing rising levels of city centre smog, pollution and congestion.

Job Centre

George's full employment would be a devil of a job

Sadly, at the moment, there are a lot of prospective employees who would love to have a job, but none to suit their skills and abilities are available.

Prime Minister David Cameron at Birmingham Airport

Airport job hopes raise a few ghosts from distant past

David Cameron visited Birmingham Airport last week, effusively welcoming the announcement that 8,000 new jobs would be created.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Lessons in management from 'The hairdryer'

Steven McCabe explores Alex Ferguson's appointment as a teacher at Harvard Business School.

Birmingham Airport

Just lounging around - or chance for a new departure

Embroiled these days in the glittering world of international trade means that I get to spend a lot of time in glamorous locations like airports.

Employees have the opportunity to impress employers of their abilities and talents, which, if they have any sense, will be recognised

There's still companies who care

Birmingham established its reputation for engineering expertise on the back of thousands of small businesses.

Aston Martin headquarters at Gaydon

An Aston Martin SUV?

Midlands-based car maker Aston Martin is thought to have secured as much as £100m in funding to support investment a new model range.

Beverley Nielsen

The Birmingham Big Art Project - a chance to create a new iconic glue?

I'm proud to have been asked to join the board and hope to make a contribution as Glyn moves this idea through artifice to art.

Classic design and cutting edge technology: The best of British?

It's a remarkable collaborative effort between Morgan and aluminium specialist Superform which is helping to create growth and jobs, and to redefine the nature of the industry.

General business

Making sense of the latest economic data

The latest raft of economic data produced by the ONS provides mixed messages as to where we currently are in the recovery process.

Videos & Photos

Tracey Allsopp, Allsopp & Co; Mary Kaye, SGH Martineau; Martin Allsopp, Allsopp & Co.

Firm's St Patrick's Day festivities

Emily and Jim Smith.

Tennis clubs enjoy awards ceremony

Steve Brandwood, Pritpal Sagoo.

Primitivo marks 18th birthday

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