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Nigel Smith, who has joined the board at Obillex

Former Office of Government Commerce chief Nigel Smith joins Obillex board

Nigel Smith is currently a non-executive director of Sepura and Sellafield

Aston Villa team up with charity for accounting apprenticeship scheme

Aaron Banks and Kiemara Fields, two of the first to join an accounting apprenticeship in partnership with Aston Villa FC, with Villa in the Community head Ravinder Masih
Apprentices will study for an accounting qualification at college whilst also developing leadership skills through football coaching

West Midlands chief executives earn 50 times more than staff

Severn Trent chief executive Liv Garfield is among the top earners at listed companies in the West Midlands
Research by the Birmingham Post shows the gap between the top and bottom of the corporate tree is very wide but the regional figure here is dwarfed by the national average

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Nigel Smith, who has joined the board at Obillex

Former Office of Government Commerce chief Nigel Smith joins Obillex board

Nigel Smith is currently a non-executive director of Sepura and Sellafield

Aaron Banks and Kiemara Fields, two of the first to join an accounting apprenticeship in partnership with Aston Villa FC, with Villa in the Community head Ravinder Masih

Aston Villa team up with charity for accounting apprenticeship scheme

Apprentices will study for an accounting qualification at college whilst also developing leadership skills through football coaching

Severn Trent chief executive Liv Garfield is among the top earners at listed companies in the West Midlands

West Midlands chief executives earn 50 times more than staff

Research by the Birmingham Post shows the gap between the top and bottom of the corporate tree is very wide but the regional figure here is dwarfed by the national average

Wesleyan acquires dental plan provider DPAS

Birmingham-based financial services group takes over South West company to bolster its presence in the dental sector

Mandi Roberts, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, and Mohammed Zeb, director of Alamgeer Foods

Alamgeer Foods increases spice imports thanks to funding facilities

By securing an international trade finance loan and an invoice discounting facility the firm is set to increase imports

Ricardo Manouchehri, Idex Consulting

Idex Consulting boosts accountancy and finance team

Former senior consultant at Hays joins Colmore Plaza-based agency to grow its presence in new sector

Pauline Biddle, practice senior partner for Deloitte in the Midlands

Deloitte's revenue and profit on the rise

Financial services firm enjoys another bumper year as partners take home average of £822,000

Matt Hammond (left) will take over from Mark Smith as PwC's regional chairman for the Midlands and senior partner in Birmingham next month

PwC appoints new Midlands regional chairman

Matt Hammond will take over from Mark Smith next month after seven years in the role to lead more than 2,000 staff across three offices

Rebecca Blaymires, Mark Parsons and Tim Koeman from Lloyds Bank

Lloyds grows global transaction banking business

Tim Koeman has joined the bank’s new trade and working capital team as a client manager

Kate Campbell (left) with Kerry Sheerman, accountancy and finance manager at Alexander Daniels

Specialist hire boosts Alexander Daniels' accountancy and finance division

Kate Campbell joins Alexander Daniels after spending several years working in recruitment in Dubai

Phil Davies, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, Jonathan Thacker, director of The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company and Lauro Rodi, regional manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Funding deal boosts productivity for The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company

The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company has been established for over 20 years

Some of Mazars' Business Challenge team (from left) Laura Thursfield, Laurence Moore, Vesko Petkov and Adele Raiment

Mazars team to tackle Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge for first time

Team from Birmingham office of global financial services firm is raising funds for suicide charity Papyrus ahead of October's half marathon

Sue Summers, chief executive of Finance Birmingham

Finance Birmingham hits £25m mark for SME programme

Venture Capital arm of Birmingham City Council says it has invested in 35 business in less than a year as it continues hunt to find businesses to work with

From left: Mark Parsons, head of Midlands at Lloyds Bank Commercial, Martyn Hughes, group finance director at Sertec, and Chris Pennick, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial

Sertec to create hundreds of new jobs with £20m funding deal

Birmingham manufacturing group teams up with Lloyds Bank Commercial again to support latest expansion following £200m-turnover year

Richard Rose, lead partner of BDO in Birmingham

Output rises - but optimism falls - for West Midlands businesses

BDO’s Output Index rose to 104.4 this month, up from 104.1 in July, which indicates growth in business activity

Mike Yiannis, CEO of Legion Trade Finance

Trio of deals for Legion Trade Finance

The latest deals provide £1.3 million of new funding to a diverse range of businesses across the UK

The Greater Birmingham LEP has £178m to help local businesses grow

£400m in European funding to boost West Midlands businesses

New round of capital will be handed down to local enterprise partnerships to support growth of companies

Matt Waddell, partner and head of PwC’s deals business in the Midlands

Three deals in a week for PwC team

The trio of deals were the sales of MIRA to HORIBA and Mark Group to SunEdison, as well as advising Prodrive Holdings on investment

Johnathan Dudley

Midland boss bemoans banks' 'reluctance' after lending fall

There was a fall of £5.5 billion in outstanding lending to non-financial businesses in June, the biggest drop since the it began collecting the data in 2011

Electrical distributor secures £250k funding line for expansion

Electrical Distributors (Birmingham), which has doubled in size in the last 12 months, plans to repeat the feat next year after the funding deal was agreed

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CGI of plans to renovate the Assay Office in Newhall Street which is due to receive the green light this week

Assay Office revamp and apartment complex due for go ahead

Aston Martin headquarters at Gaydon

Aston Martin to expand apprenticeship scheme as part of growth plans

Lucy Porter, Lotty Harper Events; Satish Jakhu, Rubric Lois King; Mollie Wilson, Lotty Harper Events, at Rubric Lois King's Wimbledon-themed summer party

Rubric Lois King host Wimbledon-themed summer party

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