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Lawyers - a help or hindrance in tackling Climate Change?

Many commercial law firms have specialist energy, environmental and regulatory practices, and benefit a great deal from increased environment compliance activity.

Steven McCabe: Sex, drugs and exit from the EU?

The European flag
One of the reasons our GDP has increased is because of almost £10 billion extra being included to account for the sex and drugs trade estimated to be worth some £5.3 billion and £4.4 billion respectively.

Supermarket giants have only themselves to blame for decline

Sainsbury's
Retail giants Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda have forgotten what made them successful in the first place, and are ignoring the needs of the customer.

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General business

Lawyers - a help or hindrance in tackling Climate Change?

Many commercial law firms have specialist energy, environmental and regulatory practices, and benefit a great deal from increased environment compliance activity.

The European flag

Steven McCabe: Sex, drugs and exit from the EU?

One of the reasons our GDP has increased is because of almost £10 billion extra being included to account for the sex and drugs trade estimated to be worth some £5.3 billion and £4.4 billion respectively.

Sainsbury's

Supermarket giants have only themselves to blame for decline

Retail giants Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda have forgotten what made them successful in the first place, and are ignoring the needs of the customer.

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham bids to shed 'Cloak of Invisibility' in moves to Combined Authority

Solihull, apparently due to its difference in political colour, is more reluctant to throw its lot in with the Labour-run metropolitans.

David Bailey: Just how far will JLR's drive into China go?

Jaguar Land Rover has opened its new assembly plant in China through a joint venture as it targets a key emerging market for car sales

The shell of the last Austin mini pulled from Longbridge.

Steven McCabe: Innovate or die - but will our bosses take the risk or spend the cash?

Longbridge car production factory Rover Cars, learnt the lesson that constant improvement and innovation is not optional if you want to keep your customers happy.

Cadbury in Bournville

Jon Griffin: Mondelez International takeover turns into a bitter pill for Cadbury

Cadbury Bournville workers have told to 'change behaviour and attitude' or leave the business

George Osborne

David Bailey: George Osborne's deficit-reduction plan is way off track

On current trends, government borrowing in 2014-15 will come in at around £100bn. The shortfall in the first five months of this financial year is actually higher than it was in the same period in 2013-14.

Beverley Nielsen: Is redesigning manufacturing in the UK plausible or a pipedream?

Manufacturing is not appreciated in terms of the talent we need to recruit or the context we use in discussing it.

A car production line

David Bailey: Bringing foreign jobs home to the Midlands needs a will and a way

More than £6 billion has been invested by major auto assemblers over the last three years, with more to come in the supply chain.

The British Motor Show in 1998

Jon Griffin: Bringing back the glitz and glamour of the Motor Show

The British Motor Show was an institution for decades. Post-recession, it deserves another outing.

Lord Michael Heseltine

Jerry Blackett: Birmingham isn't trusted with its own money

Birmingham City Council has now stepped up its bid to attract more powers for the region by formally joining forces with Solihull to work on projects like the HS2 high-speed rail link.

Capita

David Bailey: Service Birmingham's £63,000-a-day Dividend Bombshell

The financial details of the deal between Birmingham City Council and Capita in the form of Service Birmingham (SB) remain shrouded in secrecy.

The new Jaguar Land Rover Engine plant factory in Wolverhampton.

Jon Griffin: Jaguar Land Rover success story masks a nation of pay freeze strugglers

Unite union representatives sat down with Jaguar Land Rover management to discuss wage rises for around 23,000 workers.

David Bailey

UK-based sports car manufacturer Lotus hits bumps in the road again

UK-based sports car manufacturer Lotus has just announced that it will cut around a quarter of its workforce in a desperate attempt to cut costs.

The University of Birmingham's Boris the Robot, unveiled this month

Jon Griffin: Jobs are being sacrificed at the altar of new technology

Steve Wozniak: I do fear for the future with computers becoming more and more like real people. Already jobs are being replaced with more machinery and kiosks - I do sometimes worry about losing jobs.

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO at Bonn for Beethovenfest

Review: Beethoven Symphony Cycle, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe finds a Beethoven performance at Symphony Hall to be full of gusto and a refreshing change from previous more low key shows

David Bailey

David Bailey: Europe's car market continues to edge upwards as Eurozone stagnates

Europe's auto industry has been badly damaged by the ongoing fallout from the global financial crisis and credit crunch.

General business

Trevor Law: Invest without emotion for cold, hard cash

For many years academics studying stock markets have been trying to persuade investors that markets are efficient.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Steven McCabe: Scottish referendum's profound implications for the British economy

The issues uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister David Cameron are the consequences of the possibility of a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum and how to react to the truly shocking events in Iraq.

Videos & Photos

Longbridge Light Festival

Pictures: Longbridge Light Festival comes alive

Historic Red Lion pub fails to sell at auction

Dave Quinney, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; Nathan Gilbert, Siobhan Gilbert G E Gilbert and Son; Mark Ellis, Head of Property, SME Banking at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; Clifford Gilbert, G E Gilbert and Son, attend Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking's Midlands property team event at Primitivo Bar.

Lloyds Bank hosts property team event in Birmingham

In This Week's Paper

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Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor