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The new Birmingham-based team at stockbroker and wealth management firm Walker Crips: (back from left) Peter Thompson, Clive Duckitt, Jonathan Brown and Roger Shepherd, (front from left) Kathryn Duffy, Barbara Twyford and Jenny Lomas

Walker Crips launches new Birmingham office

Stockbroker and wealth management firm launches Colmore Row base as part of plan to target regional expansion

Distributor CEENorm expands with electrifying deal

Brian Bates, of Bates & Co, Ruth Murday, of Hawkins Hatton, and Tony Potts, of CEENorm
Electrical product distributor grows its product range with buyout of CableCaddy

Peer-to-peer lending backs Iron Works gym owners

Iron Works' owners Katrina and Darren Young with Wayne Gutteridge and Greg Philp (left and Right), of HB&O corporate finance, and Richard Mason of Ludgate Finance
Husband and wife team use lending model to help them takeover Birmingham gym

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The new Birmingham-based team at stockbroker and wealth management firm Walker Crips: (back from left) Peter Thompson, Clive Duckitt, Jonathan Brown and Roger Shepherd, (front from left) Kathryn Duffy, Barbara Twyford and Jenny Lomas

Walker Crips launches new Birmingham office

Stockbroker and wealth management firm launches Colmore Row base as part of plan to target regional expansion

Brian Bates, of Bates & Co, Ruth Murday, of Hawkins Hatton, and Tony Potts, of CEENorm

Distributor CEENorm expands with electrifying deal

Electrical product distributor grows its product range with buyout of CableCaddy

Iron Works' owners Katrina and Darren Young with Wayne Gutteridge and Greg Philp (left and Right), of HB&O corporate finance, and Richard Mason of Ludgate Finance

Peer-to-peer lending backs Iron Works gym owners

Husband and wife team use lending model to help them takeover Birmingham gym

Robert Bloxham from ORB Creative at the Birmingham Post Investors' Fortress event.

Politicians and businesses welcome £5m Birmingham Post Growth Fund return

Cabinet ministers and businesspeople alike herald new fund as a boost to small and medium-sized firms

Richard Philpott, a partner at KPMG in the region and Midlands chairman of the R3 insolvency trade body

Insolvency risk falls for region's businesses, says R3

Trade body says new research shows risk of insolvency is dropping among key sectors

HSBC is looking to increase growth among West Midlands SMEs with new funding pot

HSBC launches £500m funding pot for region's SMEs

Move part of bank's plan to release £6billion to small- and medium-sized companies as new report predicts year of growth

Pensions are to rise by less than £3

£8,900 auto-enrolment bill for small firms

For larger employers with between 250 and 500 staff, set-up costs jump to more than £19,000

Concept Sign & Display

Concept Sign & Display doubles turnover to repay loan early

Concept Sign & Display received a £200,000 loan via Finance Birmingham. The loan was to be paid back over five years but the company was able to repay the funding in full ahead of schedule.

Aston Martin Vanquish

Funding boost worth £31m for West Midlands companies

Government's Regional Growth Fund to help eight companies and projects create and safeguard 4,000 jobs.

bournville college

£5m RGF award for Birmingham Post Growth Fund to boost the region

The Post, alongside partner Bournville College, has been given the money by government to distribute to companies throughout the region, and help to stimulate investment and unlock job creation

Westfield Merry Hill, Brierley Hill

Region's deal market on stable footing says Experian report

New Experian report shows deal values increased by 227 per cent after brace of Westfield shopping centre deals.

Six new recruits at Grant Thornton with more set to follow

Grant Thornton's recruitment surge comes as the office’s audit and corporate tax teams report new work wins with a value in excess of £500,000 in the last eight weeks alone.

Tommy Pickering of the Preston Innovations fishing team

Fishing tackle brand Preston Innovations signs up Cattaneo for investment bid

Fast-growing fishing tackle brand Preston Innovations is spearheading a move into new markets by teaming up with Birmingham mergers and acquisitions firm Cattaneo.

HgCapital

Growth on horizon as HgCapital acquires The Parts Alliance

The deal sees Peter Sephton retained as chief executive, who pledged to drive the enhanced business forward with “quick decision-making” and “best in class systems and practices”.

The Wesleyan headquarters in Colmore Circus, Birmingham

Wesleyan Assurance Society reports strong year

The financial services provider for doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers said it remained ‘financially strong’

Concurrent Thinking

Concurrent Thinking gets funding from Finance Birmingham

Warwick firm to develop software to lower costs of running data centres

The Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum gets £263,000 Arts Council funds for skills scheme

Museum was recently used as a filming location for hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders

Urban Splash at Fort Dunlop.

Direct marketing firm Inspired Thinking Group taken over in £28m deal

Inspired Thinking Group, based at Fort Dunlop, is expected to make an assault on the European market after being acquired by Bridgepoint Development Capital

Servosteel has taken over Steelstrip Services

Servosteel name returns following HSBC-backed deal

As the UK’s largest supplier of toll processing services to the strip mill products market, directors believe the return to independent ownership will be welcomed by its customers and suppliers.

John Houlden

New data shows tiny fraction of MBOs agreed in West Midlands

Only two deals worth £16 million were completed in the region in the first quarter of 2014, compared to £4.2 billion from 47 deals UK-wide

Videos & Photos

Tracey Allsopp, Allsopp & Co; Mary Kaye, SGH Martineau; Martin Allsopp, Allsopp & Co.

Firm's St Patrick's Day festivities

Emily and Jim Smith.

Tennis clubs enjoy awards ceremony

Steve Brandwood, Pritpal Sagoo.

Primitivo marks 18th birthday

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