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Retailer Phones 4U has slipped into administration placing hundreds of West Midlands jobs at risk

Phones 4U slips into administration affecting hundreds of West Midlands staff

The mobile phone retailer, which was founded in Staffordshire in the 1980s, will close all stores today with almost 5,600 staff facing redundancy

PwC grows revenue to £2.8bn

Mark Smith, regional chairman of PwC in the Midlands
Midlands arm of financial services firm reports seven per cent rise in turnover

Lloyds backs Dunwood Travel's expansion

Darren Billinge, Lloyds Bank, Phil Westwood, Dunwood, and Keith Moore, Lloyds Bank
Dunwood Travel offers holidays for the over 50s, including coach travel, day trips and mini-breaks across the UK, and has additional sales teams operating from offices in Nuneaton and Coventry

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Retailer Phones 4U has slipped into administration placing hundreds of West Midlands jobs at risk

Phones 4U slips into administration affecting hundreds of West Midlands staff

The mobile phone retailer, which was founded in Staffordshire in the 1980s, will close all stores today with almost 5,600 staff facing redundancy

Mark Smith, regional chairman of PwC in the Midlands

PwC grows revenue to £2.8bn

Midlands arm of financial services firm reports seven per cent rise in turnover

Darren Billinge, Lloyds Bank, Phil Westwood, Dunwood, and Keith Moore, Lloyds Bank

Lloyds backs Dunwood Travel's expansion

Dunwood Travel offers holidays for the over 50s, including coach travel, day trips and mini-breaks across the UK, and has additional sales teams operating from offices in Nuneaton and Coventry

Alan Hudson, AFH Financial

AFH Financial acquires Hindsight Financial Services

Worcestershire wealth management firm continues acquisition trail with latest buyout

Mills CNC managing director Paul Hooper-Keeley and sales director Nick White (left and right) with Gareth Farbon, corporate relationship director at Barclays

Barclays backs Mills CNC's management buyout

Funding deal provided to support next step in Warwickshire company's growth

James Cook, director in Grant Thornton's public sector team, who will lead its national work with Clinical Commissioning Groups

New national role for Grant Thornton director

Public sector team member James Cook to lead firm's work with Clinical Commissioning Groups

Ian Reynolds (left), new relationship director with Barclays in Birmingham, and head of the Midlands mid-corporate team Graham Nicoll

New relationship director at Barclays

Ian Reynolds joins team working advising clients with turnover in excess of £5 million

HSBCs Midlands regional commercial director Roy Harris

HSBC's Midlands regional commercial director Roy Harris set to retire

One of the Midlands' most well-known banking figures, Mr Harris will leave HSBC at the end of September

Neil Barrell, who has been promoted to partner at Grant Thornton after three years with the firm

Sector specialist promoted to partner at Grant Thornton

Before joining Grant Thornton Neil Barrell held a number of senior positions in manufacturing businesses.

New partners in the Birmingham office of KPMG (from left) Nick Harrison, Beccy Fenton and Matt Collinson with Midlands regional chairman Mike Steventon

Partner promotions at KPMG in Birmingham

Trio join partnership at One Snowhill as 52 promotions are made across the firm's UK offices

Coun Robert Alden

Future taxpayers face £1.1bn burden from Birmingham's debt, Tories claim

But after 20 years taxpayers will be spending more on debt, according to Opposition Conservative leader Coun Robert Alden

Pensions switch means directors taking cash over contributions

The switch to cash followed changes made by the Chancellor to tax rules affecting allowances for company pensions, according to researchers

Mark Wallace, managing director at Evac+Chair, and Ed Saunders, tax advisory partner at Smith Cooper

Smith Cooper supports MBO at Evac+Chair

In the wake of the deal the firm is now focusing on growing the global reach of its Emergency Solutions brand

Rises in bonuses outstrips overall pay figure

Total bonuses rose 4.9 per cent to £40.5 billion, including £14.4 billion paid in the finance and insurance industry, the Office for National Statistics said

Andy Parker, senior manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking (left), and Dean Bick, director at Parkfield Building Services

Lloyds backs Parkfield Business Services to buy own premises

Banks supplies £100,000 funding package to support family-run business' expansion plans

New £3.2m funding deal from Santander for MSS Lasers

Warwickshire laser cutting machine outfit set to hire six new staff and bolster operations in UK and Spain

Burrito Kitchen is one of five West Midlands businesses named in the Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards shortlist

Five Midland businesses make Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards shortlist

Three categories open to entrepreneurs currently studying or who graduated within the past five years and have been trading for more than one year

Russell Walker, managing director of Atwell International which has secured a new £600,000 funding package from Santander

Santander backs Atwell International with £600,000 funding deal

Worcestershire manufacturing group will use new capital to expand in Asia, Europe and North American markets

Grenfell James, Jon Colebrook (relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking) and Chris Wood

Stratford accountancy firms merge with help from Lloyds Bank

Grenfell James Accountants and Accountax Services have become Grenfell James Associates after their boards identified the opportunity to combine the companies and expand their range of services

Chris Loughran, senior partner of Deloitte in the Midlands

Deloitte posts fourth consecutive year of growth

Midlands contributes £135m to UK sales as sees UK-wide revenue hit £2.55bn

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