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Sunday snapshot: Editor's review of the week in Birmingham

Bournville is much more than a chocolate bar production line; its multi-million-pound food research and development labs are truly world leading and it is vital these are kept in Birmingham

Cadbury factory in Bournville

Arguably the biggest story of the week was the announcement from Cadbury parent company Mondelez International that the Bournville plant is in line for a £75 million investment .

This is huge news at Bournville and secures its future for years to come after an uncertain period sparked by the Kraft takeover in 2010.

Any investment in production technology will have one eye on further automation which in turn creates uncertainty over jobs.

However Bournville is much more than a chocolate bar production line; its multi-million-pound food research and development labs are truly world leading and it is vital these are kept in Birmingham. A massive investment like this should help do that.

Another story that caught readers' eyes was the announcement that Gary Cardin will be joining real estate experts CBRE's planning team.

Gary is a high-profile figure in Birmingham's business community and his move is being described as a 'massive coup'.

No pressure there then, Gary.

The Chamberlain Halls being demolished

On Thursday the Post published its Rich List 2014 ; an annual assessment of the region's mega-wealthy and a fascinating reflection of which economic sectors are performing well (property is the big winner this year).

We've shaken up the criteria which produced some interesting results and meant at least 15 people on this year's top 50 didn’t feature in 2013. This year's list includes some who have returned after an absence of a few years.

Manufacturing powerhouse JCB is hoping to attract major tour events to the West Midlands after unveiling plans for a £30 million golf course on 240 acres of countryside to the south of its headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.

One thing's for sure, workers will have a plentiful supply of diggers and earthmovers when construction work begins.

Finally, a more offbeat story came in the news that a University of Birmingham venue with a place in rock music history is being pulled down.

Influential Manchester band Joy Division played what turned out to be their last ever gig at the university's Chamberlain Halls in May 1980, just a few weeks before singer Ian Curtis's tragic death.

Readers have been tweeting me this week with their memories of the gig. Perhaps the university should consider a permanent memorial?

Stacey Barnfield, editor

 

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