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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

Aston Martin unveiled its new DB11 during March

Review of 2016 - March: £13m office facelift, new Aston Martin and major Eastside regeneration

A major masterplan to bring new commercial and civic space to Birmingham's Eastside was unveiled this month while sports car brand Aston Martin showcased its latest new DB model

The Victorian Society hit out at plans for Louisa Ryland House in February

Review of 2016 - February: 'Unacceptable' development, Lib Dem leader and tributes to Cube architect

February saw tributes flood in following the death of the man who designed The Cube and Arena Central while the city's Lib Dems unveiled a new leader

Aston Villa welcomed a new chairman in January....for a little while at least

Review of 2016 - January: UCB expansion, new Villa chairman and Cadbury tax

Our Review of the Year kicks off with the news that University College Birmingham was planning a major expansion of its campus in the Jewellery Quarter and a prominent businessman joined the Villa board

Chairman Mike Colledge (back right) with the 2017 BYPY committee

BYPY committee and awards date revealed

Team which will run the 2017 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Awards unveiled

BBC broadcaster Nick Robinson speaks to guests at a fundraising lunch organised by the West Midlands branch of the Journalists' Charity

Nick Robinson stars at record Journalists' Charity lunch

BBC presenter was guest speaker at dinner which raised £18,000 for journalists who have fallen on hard times

Black Sabbath at this year's Download Festival

Home of Metal exhibition celebrating Black Sabbath is going global

The exhibition is to tell fans' stories and tour other countries before returning to Birmingham

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first - and last - Autumn Statement today

Autumn Statement: What Birmingham's business community thinks

New opportunities, potential rises for renters, positive news on devolution - catch up with what people are saying here

Former Post and Mail journalist John Cranage who has died aged 68

Tributes to former Birmingham Post and Mail journalist

Ex-colleagues describe John Cranage as a 'fine journalist' and 'a real all-rounder' following his death aged 68

Lombard Risk has opened a new tech hub in Alpha Tower

140 new tech jobs created in Birmingham city centre

Lombard Risk Management also has offices in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo

Ben Cook with his Clever Tykes books on sale in Harrods

School deal for Birmingham entrepreneurs' children's books

Former Birmingham Young Professional of the Year and her husband secure deal to supply 23,000 books to primary school children across the UK

The team at East Village (from left): Hattie D'Souza, Tara Tomes, Jenna McDonald, Nicole Gauntlett and new recruit Emma Jones

PR agency East Village gets arty with latest client wins

Birmingham firm is working with trio of art galleries to promote events, launches and exhibitions

The #NicklinUnseen exhibition has won a national award

Nicklin photography exhibition wins national award

Display of historic archive of images which captured a post-war Birmingham named national winners at British BIDs Awards

New presenters (from left) George Hancorn, Tafadzwa Mushipe and Richard Gullick on Made in Birmingham which launches tomorrow

New Birmingham TV channel to launch

Eighteen months after Big Centre TV hit the airwaves the licence's latest owner brings in a new chapter in the life of the much-troubled local TV station

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Battered fish on a toasted bap with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce - the FLT

Jewellery Quarter restaurant Fishylicious in shock closure

Big changes are planned at John Lewis

John Lewis places 770 jobs under threat

Major Birmingham housing plan set to be thrown out

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