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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

It was the end of the road for Hall Green Greyhound Stadium in July

Review of 2016 - July: West Mids mayor, test cricket and more trampoline parks

An inquiry slams the devolution deal which means the West Midlands must have an elected mayor while Edgbaston Stadium unveils a new diary of international cricket

CGI of The Lewis Building which is bringing an old department store name back

Review of 2016 - June: Lewis's name returns, grand plan for Tramps and Channel 4 courts Birmingham

An old department store name was set to make a return to the city while a grand vision for a former nightclub in Broad Street was revealed in June

It emerged in May that Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight was trying to open a production studio in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - May: Steven Knight moots new studio, Northfield Manor to be reborn and Ikea comes to city centre

The founder of TV hit Peaky Blinders said in May that he had held discussions with Paramount about launching a new studio in Birmingham while a fire-hit manor was to regenerated as a housing estate

New funding which could save Moseley Road Baths was secured in April

Review of 2016 - April: Arts centre closing, indie restaurateurs hit out and new funding for Moseley Road Baths

Independent restaurant owners hit out in April at the perceived favouritism by landlords for chains while the end drew nearer for a city arts centre

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Angela Maxwell, Trina Jones, Josie Lawrence.

The Birmingham REP celebrates International Women's Day

Latest plans revealed for The Grand as public get first chance to see it

Inside the new Wildwood restaurant on New Street

See inside Birmingham's stylish new city centre restaurant

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