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Birmingham binmen hit out as overtime is scrapped

Many refuse collectors have been limited to four-day working weeks and will now have trouble paying their mortgages and other bills, sources claim

Concept Sign & Display doubles turnover to repay loan early

Concept Sign & Display
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.

Birmingham and Black Country better together, claims Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his question and answer session and speech at the Priory Rooms in Bull Street, Birmingham
Labour leader urges more co-operation as he pledges return of regional minister.

Jaw dropping... 'largest' shark ever reeled in

Birmingham man Andy Hales caught a Great White shark weighing almost two tonnes
Fishing trip turns into battle with 'record-breaking' two-tonne monster.

Rebel MPs in motion to block HS2

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line
Compensation also set to increase for people affected by HS2.

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Mell Square, Solihull

Solihull stands in the way of West Midlands combined authority

Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot were Labour to take power next year

Good Hope Hospital

Good Hope Hospital campaigners demand closure answers

Campaigners from the Save Local Services at Good Hope met with councillors and concerned residents over alleged plans to close trauma services and move it to Heartlands

Literary Map of the West Midlands drawn up by Writing West

Putting our literary luminaries on map

The region is bursting with creativity and Writing West Midlands has produced a literary map to show it. Alison Jones asked why it decided to landmark local talent and talks to two authors who are contributing to Birmingham's burgeoning books scene

Two Snowhill

Two Snowhill triumphs at BCO property awards

City centre office building to compete at national finals after being crowned region's top commercial workspace

The Etihad Stadium

Get rid of Champions League and financial fair play has chance

Irrespective of how protracted the appeal process might prove, however, it looks as though UEFA is finally addressing a burgeoning problem first highlighted in this column in May 2008.

Birmingham thanks its lucky stars as Barlow pops in for a quick bite

Gary Barlow at Lasan restaurant with chef/director Akhtar Islam
Lasan, the jewel in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - its exceptional reputation attracted the patronage of Gary, after he performed to fans at the LG Arena.

Videos & Photos

Bill knits at Eastside Projects

Bill Drummond in Birmingham: Knitting our way to a Million Stitch Blanket for the city

Birmingham man Andy Hales caught a Great White shark weighing almost two tonnes

Jaw dropping... 'largest' shark ever reeled in

University of Birmingham student accused of assault has case against him dismissed

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In This Week's Paper


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