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Peter Blakemore, managing director of AF Blakemore

Spar group AF Blakemore boosts sales by £120m

Black Country retailer which runs franchises under Spar, Greggs and Subway brands, says convenience store sector is flourishing as supermarkets struggle

West Midlands could raise £6.8bn with business rate overhaul

The West Midlands could generate an extra £6.8 billion a year with a radical overhaul of business rates, a new report states

Ahmed Farooq is new chief finance officer at Wesleyan

Wesleyan appoints new chief finance officer

Ahmed Farooq takes senior promotion after joining the finance firm in 2010 and later leading its general insurance business

HSBC pledges half of managers recruited to Birmingham HQ will be women

Fewer than a third of the bank's bosses are women at the moment, despite female employees accounting for more than half of its total workforce

A £6m grant will help to complete restoration of the Grand Hotel

£6m boost to complete Grand Hotel works

Historic building in Birmingham city centre will finally reopen as a hotel in 2018 following grant award

Joe Bates, managing partner at Clement Keys

Clement Keys unveils merger plan with PKF Cooper Parry

Birmingham-based practice looking to tie up with East Midlands counterpart in a move which could create one of the largest chartered accountancy firms in the region

West Midlands Pension Fund invests £168m in alcohol and tobacco firms

Investment decisions defended on economical grounds despite region's local councils spending millions on health effects of smoking and drinking

Mohammed Fiaz, Barclays (second left) with staff from Mushtaq Sweet Centre in Alum Rock

Mushtaq Sweet Centre open new manufacturing hub

Mushtaq Sweet Centre, which was established in 1987, has opened the new 480 sq m site at Cato Street

Diane Workman, financial director Cube Precision, Steve Hetherington investment director at Finance Birmingham, Marie Kelly, investment manager at Finance Birmingham and Neil Clifton, managing director, Cube Precision

Finance Birmingham funding helps Cube Precision Engineering supply JLR

The funding will enable the engineering firm to finance production of new tooling for the bumper on the new Land Rover Discovery

West Midlands pension fund defends investments in arms firms

The £11.5 billion West Midlands Pension Funds says it can use its share holdings to influence ethical behaviour by global companies

Simon Smith, who has joined BRI Wealth Management's board as a non-executive director

Simon Smith on board at BRI Wealth Management

Mr Smith, who has worked in the financial world for the last 30 years, is a former director of Albert E Sharp in Birmingham

The Plough pub in High Street, Harborne, which is set to reopen following a £750,000 investment

Enterprise Inns invests in Midland pubs as sell-off programme continues

The firm sold off 260 pubs for £75 million in the year, as it prepares for new legislation

Jo Cameron

Former Apprentice candidate is keynote speaker at accountants' ball

Former BBC Apprentice contestant Jo Cameron will be the keynote speaker at the CIMA event

Karen Morse (Rigby Group), Jackie Goodfellow (PwC), Lisa Williams (John Lewis) and Geraldine Rutter (PwC) at PwC's annual PA networking event

PwC holds annual PA networking event at new John Lewis store

Guests were welcomed by Lisa Williams from John Lewis and PwC's Geraldine Rutter

Martin Hawkswood, Proserve director, Lord Lt of Warwickshire Timothy Cox, and James Hawkswood, Proserve business manager

Proserve poised for growth after securing HSBC finance deal

Proserve specialises in the design of marine construction systems to help overcome challenging underwater conditions

Company of the Year - Fracino

Fracino brewing success with Company of the Year award

Manufacturer of coffee machines launched in the 1960s takes home top prize and export gong at 2015 Birmingham Post Business Awards

Mustafa Abdulhusein, head of Grant Thornton's advisory team in the Midlands

Grant Thornton team brokers £185m Logson Group deal

Directors of Logson Group, which has a turnover of more than £185 million, have sold a majority stake in the business to W&R Barnett

A variety of options are available for those who choose to invest in Steve Rainbow's film Brokenhead, with crowdfunding packages ranging from £50 to £1,000

More Canals than Venice filmmaker launches crowdfunding venture for feature film

Steve Rainbow hopes securing £15,000 via crowdfunding will be the key to completing a psychological thriller about the UK’s last lighthouse keeper

Claire Digby, director at Digby Stone and David Chance, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

Digby Stone secures funding to build new HQ on four-acre site

Digby Stone built its new headquarters on a four-acre site on Hayseech Road

Pictured (from left) at the Mazars annual national corporate finance forum are Birmingham partner Nick Johnson with Ghislain de Feydeau, Stephane Pithois, Marc Reinhardt, Fredrik Carlsson, Andrew Moran, Matthieu Boye, Oliver Hoffman and Stefan Constantin

Mazars' Birmingham office hosts international conference

As well as representatives from Mazars’ UK based corporate finance teams, delegates included guests from the firm’s operations in France, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland

Videos & Photos

CGI of plans to regenerate the former Powergen site in Shirley

Powergen plans to spell the end for Madin's office block

CGI of plans to redevelop 76 Holloway Head

Developers eye £1m market with Holloway Head luxury apartments

Richard Paterson, Amelia Ladbrook, Rebecca Simkiss, Harry Wheeler, Emily Rose and Richard Guy at SimkissGuy Recruitment's monthly Colmore Curry Club

SimkissGuy Recruitment hosts curry club event

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