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100 jobs under threat after West Midlands manufacturer falls into administration

More than 40 staff have already left Worcestershire manufacturing group which specialises in commercial interiors

Covpress deal with Liberty House saves 740 jobs

Group which has already rescued parts of Caparo and Tata Steel strengthens its presence in the West Midlands

Black Country manufacturer in £5m MBO

Clamason Industries, whose components are used in Ferrari sports cars, is now being led by a new-look senior team

Sponsorship deal for Drive Midlands

Mills & Reeve signs up as only legal partner for investment programme aimed at driving success in automotive supply chain

Another record sales year at Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover enjoys another record year

West Midlands car manufacturer sells almost 600,000 vehicles across the world - representing a 20 per cent increase

Tuckers Fasteners, in Great Barr

New warehouse to create 130 jobs on former Tuckers site

Developer First Industrial has been given permission to build the 120-metre long warehouse on the former Tuckers Fasteners factory site in Perry Barr

From left: Graham Hay, corporate manager HSBC Invoice Finance, Tarlok Singh, chairman and chief executive and Colin Mills, chief operating and finance officer, Acenta Steel, and Gary Riley, relationship director, HSBC Corporate Banking

HSBC provides £23m funding deal to steel firm

Acenta Steel plans to expand its exporting activities in regions such as Central America and Asia with new funding package

More delays to the University of Birmingham's new £55m sport centre were announced in December

Review of 2016 - December: £55m sport centre delayed, overhaul for art gallery and German bierkeller in Broad Street

The University of Birmingham's new swimming pool and sport centre was beset by even more delays during December while a city art gallery was poised for a major renovation programme

Land Rover Defender

Jaguar Land Rover wins trademark battle over Defender

Luxury car maker takes action against a Canadian company which named its new off-road vehicle Defender

November heard the news that a Legoland Discovery Centre was set to open in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - November: Legoland attraction coming to Birmingham, end of Monaco House and Monarch airport jobs

It emerged during November that family favourite Legoland was planning to open a new discovery centre at the Barclaycard Arena while city eyesore Monaco House could finally be coming down

Hamleys announced it was coming to Birmingham city centre in October

Review of 2016 - October: Hamleys toy stores, Michelin stars and local TV

Legendary toy retailer Hamleys announced in October it was planning to open a concession stand in House of Fraser while Solihull was awarded its first Michelin star

Review of 2016 - September: More skyscrapers, Chinese eyes city housing and new restaurant outside Snow Hill

The city council admitted in September that it would need to look again at its tall building policy after approving a new hotel while Chinese investors took a keen interest in Birmingham's housing market

Drayton Manor boss Colin Bryan is among the business figures to be recognised

Jaguar Land Rover and Drayton Manor chiefs receive New Year's Honours

Les Ratcliffe and Colin Bryan among those West Midlands business figures to be recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours 2017

West Bromwich Albion found itself under new ownership in August

Review of 2016 - August: West Brom takeover, Assay Office in India and Specsavers jobs cull

August saw another Chinese investor plough money into the West Midlands with the purchase of West Bromwich Albion while Specsavers announced plans to close its manufacturing base in Aston

It was the end of the road for Hall Green Greyhound Stadium in July

Review of 2016 - July: West Mids mayor, test cricket and more trampoline parks

An inquiry slams the devolution deal which means the West Midlands must have an elected mayor while Edgbaston Stadium unveils a new diary of international cricket

CGI of The Lewis Building which is bringing an old department store name back

Review of 2016 - June: Lewis's name returns, grand plan for Tramps and Channel 4 courts Birmingham

An old department store name was set to make a return to the city while a grand vision for a former nightclub in Broad Street was revealed in June

It emerged in May that Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight was trying to open a production studio in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - May: Steven Knight moots new studio, Northfield Manor to be reborn and Ikea comes to city centre

The founder of TV hit Peaky Blinders said in May that he had held discussions with Paramount about launching a new studio in Birmingham while a fire-hit manor was to regenerated as a housing estate

New funding which could save Moseley Road Baths was secured in April

Review of 2016 - April: Arts centre closing, indie restaurateurs hit out and new funding for Moseley Road Baths

Independent restaurant owners hit out in April at the perceived favouritism by landlords for chains while the end drew nearer for a city arts centre

Aston Martin unveiled its new DB11 during March

Review of 2016 - March: £13m office facelift, new Aston Martin and major Eastside regeneration

A major masterplan to bring new commercial and civic space to Birmingham's Eastside was unveiled this month while sports car brand Aston Martin showcased its latest new DB model

The Victorian Society hit out at plans for Louisa Ryland House in February

Review of 2016 - February: 'Unacceptable' development, Lib Dem leader and tributes to Cube architect

February saw tributes flood in following the death of the man who designed The Cube and Arena Central while the city's Lib Dems unveiled a new leader

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Harborne restaurant raises funds for injured soldiers' centre

Steel and Jelly has closed at Grand Central

Independent fashion store closes down at Grand Central

Employers warn Theresa May's Brexit speech hasn't answered their questions

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