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Coun David Jamieson is urging the region to create a combined authority as soon as possible

West Midlands Police chief joins calls for combined regional authority

David Jamieson, the only person elected to a West Midland role at the moment, is urging the region to get on with creating a combined authority to avoid losing the chance of receiving devolved powers from London

Former Gun Quarter factory to make way for student flats

City planners have backed a project to demolish Charter House and replace it with more than 500 student bedrooms
Go ahead for London firm Knightsbridge to demolish old oil plant and build more than 500 bedrooms to accommodate Birmingham's growing student population

MP takes BBC Midlands fair share campaign to Parliament

Steve McCabe MP
Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe has called for a parliamentary debate after it emerged less than nine per cent of BBC licence fee money raised in the Midlands was spent here

West Midlands' exports rise despite UK-wide fall

Paul Noon, UKTI's regional director for the West Midlands
The region enjoyed its sixth consecutive year of export growth in 2014 on the back of success stories like Jaguar Land Rover and JCB

Green light for Dandara's vision for V Building site

CGI of Dandara's apartment block which will be built next to Alpha Tower after planners gave it the green light
Long-awaited redevelopment first mooted as a 51-storey tower in 1997 can finally begin after city planners award permission to apartment blocks

Business In Pictures

Business secretary Vince Cable in a driverless car at the Nuneaton base of motor industry research body MIRA last year.

Call for driverless cars backing with Jaguar Land Rover 'years from production'

A Commons inquiry said the vehicles had the potential to dramatically cut road deaths, or reduce them to nothing, while JLR said they could have the vehicles ready within 10 years

The Women on Wheels cycle club in Handsworth Park, Instructor Sabriha Abdou takes the ladies round the lake.

£30m boost to Birmingham cycling scene

The city council has been awarded a £22.1 million Department for Transport grant which, topped up with £7.9 million local funding

West Midlands' export surplus to China nears £3bn

Region sees another rise in the amount of good heading east compared with what is coming back as brands like JLR and JCB lead the way

City planners have backed a project to demolish Charter House and replace it with more than 500 student bedrooms

Former Gun Quarter factory to make way for student flats

Go ahead for London firm Knightsbridge to demolish old oil plant and build more than 500 bedrooms to accommodate Birmingham's growing student population

Sir Albert Bore, born in Ayrshire, is Birmingham City Council’s current leader.

Labour group circles the wagons in defence of under fire leader

There was a distinct undercurrent throughout that Sir Albert Bore’s Labour leadership was on trial

How to curate a city like Birmingham

Gavin Wade, centre, of Eastside Projects at their Digbeth gallery.
Gavin Wade: Eastside Projects is currently deep in the process of choosing an artist to get the most out of Birmingham.

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City planners have backed a project to demolish Charter House and replace it with more than 500 student bedrooms

Former Gun Quarter factory to make way for student flats

Steve McCabe MP

MP takes BBC Midlands fair share campaign to Parliament

CGI of Dandara's apartment block which will be built next to Alpha Tower after planners gave it the green light

Green light for Dandara's vision for V Building site

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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