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Sajid Javid in one of the vehicles on show at MIRA

Solihull roads will be a real-life test track for smart cars

More than 40 miles of road around Solihull and Coventry will be used to test a new generation of “smart” cars

From left: Charles Higgins, Tony Carter and Russell Hartill, from Worcester Presses

Turnover boost for Worcester Presses

Black Country manufacturer enjoys record year in which it penetrated US market for first time

Schools have been urged to embrace vocational qualifications

Schools told to end 'snobbery' over vocational qualifications

Schools will be ordered to encourage pupils to apply for apprenticeships and vocational qualifications such as engineering courses

Final Defender rolls off the production line in Solihull

Land Rover marks the end of Defender production

Special ceremony at Solihull plant welcomes former Top Gear presenters to see final Defender roll off the production line

Land Rover launched three special editions of the Defender to mark its final year of production

End of the road for Land Rover Defender

The final edition of the famous 4x4 will roll off the production line in Solihull tomorrow after 68 years of production

Sigma Precision Components won at the 2015 Great Birmingham Run and has signed up again this year

Sigma engineers defence of Great Birmingham Run title

Precision components group to enter two teams in annual Business Challenge contest as it seeks to retain its 2015 crown

Closure of MAS could have a grave effect, says Prof Bailey

Government needs to rethink decision to scrap MAS

Professor David Bailey says it is a backward decision by the Government to axe the Manufacturing Advisory Service

ADI Group's Alan Lusty (centre) won at the 2015 Post Business Awards - his company is now eyeing major growth

Jobs boost as ADI Group plans to create 500 new roles

Engineering firm which was a winner at the Birmingham Post Business Awards says it will double by 2020

Global turmoil bites in 2016 Birmingham Post Rich List

Exporters hit in the pocket while property magnates cash in as we reveal the annual countdown of the region's highest earners

Lord Bamford has been with JCB for more than 50 years

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.1 - Lord Bamford & family

Lord Bamford’s JCB – one of the world’s most famous companies – celebrated 70 years in business in October

Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.2 - Lord Paul of Marylebone & family

16 companies from Lord Paul's Black Country-based steel and engineering empire, the Caparo Group, went into administration last autumn

Jacques Gaston Murray

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.3 - Jacques Gaston Murray & family

Andrew Sykes is largely owned by the oldest entrant in our Rich List, 96 year-old Jacques Gaston Murray

John Bloor

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.4 - John Bloor

The upturn in the housing market, escalating prices and ultra-low interest rates have propelled John Bloor into the exclusive billionaires' club

Andrew Thorpe

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.28 - Andrew Thorpe and family

Andrew Thorpe is chairman and joint chief executive of the Redditch-based company F W Thorpe, which designs, manufactures and supplies professional lighting systems

Jeremy Woolridge

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.29 - Jeremy Woolridge and family

Jeremy Woolridge runs the Willenhall-based Wedge Group which galvanises steel and iron components

Post Rich List 2016

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.32= - Simon Preedy & family

Simon Preedy runs Warwickshire-based Marla Tube Fittings which specialises in metal tube manufacture

Constantine Folkes

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.32= - Constantine Folkes

Constantine Folkes’ Folkes Holdings operates across the UK and South Africa, with a mixed commercial property portfolio worth more than £100 million

Shabir and Afzal Alimahomed

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.42= Afzal and Shabir Alimahomed

Birmingham's Hall Green Greyhound Stadium, home to dog racing for nearly 90 years, was sold to the Alimahomed's Euro Property Investments Ltd for £3 million in April 2014

Post Rich List 2016

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.48 - David Ball & family

David Ball’s industrial fan business – Elta Group Ltd – has restructured and put aside investment to support the UK construction sector and grow its own business

Post Rich List 2016

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: Global slowdown takes its toll on manufacturing

Slowdowns in the previously buoyant economies of China, India and Brazil, Russian sanctions and sluggish economies in Europe have taken their toll on manufacturers

Videos & Photos

The Kings Norton Mop on October 7, 1963. All images taken by Phyllis Nicklin.

WATCH: New film inspired by nostalgic pictures of Birmingham

The latest stage of the demolition of Birmingham's Central Library, pictured in February 2016

WATCH: Timelapse video shows Central Library demolition progress in January

Charlie Toogood, Ian Stinger, both GVA; Martin Guest, CBRE

CBRE hosts party to mark anniversary

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor