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By-election victory could see Labour regain Walsall Council for first time in a decade

The victory in the Birchills-Leamore seat gives the party 30 out of the 60 council seats which could be enough to depose the ruling Tory-Lib Dem administration

Council double glazing firm stabilises after 40 job losses

Coun Tahir Ali
Erdington-based Shelforce, which specialised in providing employment for disabled workers, has shed 40 jobs in the last 12 months

Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme

Barry Henley
Watford-based Gracewell care homes plans to demolish a building in Jockey Road for a new home

Former CBSO composer named Master of the Queen’s Music

Judith Weir, former resident composer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Judith Weir officially took up her role after she cycled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen

West Midlands Police outsourcing deal 'must learn from mistakes'

Lloyd House, West Midlands Police Headquarters
Experts reveal concerns public organisations like West Midlands Police simply don’t have enough expertise to do deals with the private sector

Business In Pictures

Coun David Jamieson

'No privatisation' pledge from police and crime commissioner candidate

Ex-MP David Jamieson launched his bid for the post, vacated by the death of the party’s Bob Jones, alongside shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper in Erdington yesterday

An artist’s impression of the new 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital

New £353m hospital will mean boost for economy

George Osborne has announced approval for the 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital to be built on vacant industrial land in Smethwick.

East End Foods director Jason Wouhra receives his honorary doctorate

Honorary doctorate for Institute of Directors chair Jason Wouhra

Director recognised for his contribution to regional and national business and community work

Birmingham City Council

Planners back Sutton Conservative Club demolition

Gracewell Healthcare to build its second care home in Birmingham with 65-bedroom unit and pavilion

Tour de France

Firms ride on upward cycle of demand for nutrition

The rising popularity of competitive and leisure cycling has seen doors open for the sports nutrition market.

Architecture prize misses the point...

The Library of Birmingham
The new Library of Birmingham has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Videos & Photos

Scaffolding around the new Adagio Hotel in the Beorma Quarter, Digbeth

Stalled Beorma Quarter starts to take shape

Two Snowhill

Two Snowhill will house new HS2 team in Birmingham

New Street's atrium as seen from the Rotunda

Video: New Street milestone reached as atrium roof takes shape

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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