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Freda Cocks, Birmingham's Lord Mayor for 1977-78, celebrates her 100th birthday at Digby Manor residential home in Erdington with grandson Angus McFarlane

Former Birmingham Lord Mayor Freda Cocks turns 100

Special anniversary celebration for popular politician who 'led the way for women on the council'

Hunt on to fill five top Birmingham City Council roles

The search has started to fill five senior roles at Birmingham City Council
Jobs whose salaries range from £78,000 to £153,000 are now being advertised following stinging criticism over a lack of action by the authority

Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper
Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne

Developer brings back Holloway Head regeneration vision

Panther Securities submits another plan to redevelop run-down site in Birmingham city centre after casino and hotel project never came to fruition four years ago

West Midlands Police could lose another £20m in funds

Analysis by PwC suggests a new system could see funding for the force drop by another £20m

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The search has started to fill five senior roles at Birmingham City Council

Hunt on to fill five top Birmingham City Council roles

Jobs whose salaries range from £78,000 to £153,000 are now being advertised following stinging criticism over a lack of action by the authority

Ralph Minott, director of development at Calthorpe Estates (left), and Guy Thompson, director with Bilfinger GVA

Bilfinger GVA wins Pebble Mill management brief

Property consultancy will provide ongoing facilities and property management services across the Edgbaston estate and act as joint letting agency

CGI of plans to convert Beechenhurst House in SellyOak into 55 student flats

Former Selly Oak home of John Nettlefold to become student flats

Plans for high-end accommodation to be built in old home of renowned social reformer who lived there in the late 1800s

CGI of new apartments at 49-51 Holloway Head

Developer brings back Holloway Head regeneration vision

Panther Securities submits another plan to redevelop run-down site in Birmingham city centre after casino and hotel project never came to fruition four years ago

The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit

Birmingham Labour group must clamour for change or get behind Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore
Few seem to grasp seriousness of Improvement Panel's damning review of Birmingham City Council

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CGI of new apartments at 49-51 Holloway Head

Developer brings back Holloway Head regeneration vision

Robots in action on the Jaguar XE production line in Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover thought to be eyeing Poland or Slovakia for new factory

Deal to keep Library of Birmingham open until 9pm gets cautious welcome

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In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor