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BBC Travel: This is why the BBC has closed its traffic and travel site

The broadcaster shut down the site this month as part of a plan to save £15 million

Channel 4's Extremely British Muslims to lift lid on life as a Birmingham Muslim

New documentary series was filmed over a year at Birmingham Central Mosque

University of Birmingham has developed a new app to test rail journey quality

New app developed in Birmingham to measure train ride comfort

University of Birmingham scientists have designed an app which they say allows passengers to measure the quality of their rail journeys

Mike Bandar (left) and James Vardy, co-founders of Hopper

Birmingham tech firm launches Instagram scheduling app

Hopper expands its product portfolio following success of desktop device which allows Instagram users to schedule posts

Maria Balshaw is the new director of Tate Galleries

Former University of Birmingham lecturer named Tate director

Maria Balshaw will succeed Sir Nicholas Serota in June after spending over a decade with Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester

Council bosses warned over 'detrimental impact' of planned arts cuts

Stark warning to council chiefs over potential cuts to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

PR agency Snapdragon launches in Birmingham

Communications consultancy opens third UK office to tap into growing business community in the city

Ben Cook is among those named on the Forbes 30 Under 30

Birmingham entrepreneurs named in Forbes countdown

Writers of children's books and the founder of a Digbeth-based agency named among Europe's top social entrepreneurs

Rewired is promoting Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair

Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair calls on Rewired PR

Jewellery Quarter agency signed up to promote Warwickshire event hosted by TV presenter

Joanne Scott, Connect Group

Creative agency recruits new director

Connect Group hires strategic chief to spearhead teams of planners and researchers

Smart Antenna Technologies has secured investment from the University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham tech spinout secures £1m funding

Smart Antenna Technologies is developing a product which aims to prolong the battery life of mobile phones by combining separate antennas

Fun at the mac

City's most popular arts venue tackling 70 per cent funding cut

The mac in Cannon Hill Park will see its city council subsidy reduced if proposed budget cuts go ahead            

Picture posed by model (ChildLine)

The stories which would NOT have been told under controversial new press law

The controversial planned press law will mean newspapers have to pay both sides’ costs in a libel battle – even if the paper wins

Just one person in 20 supports press regulation funded by rich and powerful

Research conducted by YouGov shows just four per cent support the way new watchdog Impress is paid for

Sketch of how King Edward's School looked in New Street in the 19th century

Exhibition highlights Birmingham's role in photography's early years

Virtual reality art project Thresholds will take visitors back over 170 years to the dawn of photography

More delays to the University of Birmingham's new £55m sport centre were announced in December

Review of 2016 - December: £55m sport centre delayed, overhaul for art gallery and German bierkeller in Broad Street

The University of Birmingham's new swimming pool and sport centre was beset by even more delays during December while a city art gallery was poised for a major renovation programme

November heard the news that a Legoland Discovery Centre was set to open in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - November: Legoland attraction coming to Birmingham, end of Monaco House and Monarch airport jobs

It emerged during November that family favourite Legoland was planning to open a new discovery centre at the Barclaycard Arena while city eyesore Monaco House could finally be coming down

Hamleys announced it was coming to Birmingham city centre in October

Review of 2016 - October: Hamleys toy stores, Michelin stars and local TV

Legendary toy retailer Hamleys announced in October it was planning to open a concession stand in House of Fraser while Solihull was awarded its first Michelin star

Review of 2016 - September: More skyscrapers, Chinese eyes city housing and new restaurant outside Snow Hill

The city council admitted in September that it would need to look again at its tall building policy after approving a new hotel while Chinese investors took a keen interest in Birmingham's housing market

West Bromwich Albion found itself under new ownership in August

Review of 2016 - August: West Brom takeover, Assay Office in India and Specsavers jobs cull

August saw another Chinese investor plough money into the West Midlands with the purchase of West Bromwich Albion while Specsavers announced plans to close its manufacturing base in Aston

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BBC Travel: This is why the BBC has closed its traffic and travel site

Channel 4's Extremely British Muslims to lift lid on life as a Birmingham Muslim

Bistrot Pierre's Birmingham restaurant will be joined by more venues in the region

Bistrot Pierre to create 100 jobs with new restaurant launches

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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
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Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor