"Deception and dishonesty" lay at the heart of a Midland car component manufacturer which had an #11 million black hole in its accounts, a court has heard.
Birmingham Crown Court was told how Birmingham-based TransTec, founded by former Paymaster General and current Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson, went bust in 1999 after it was unable to complete compensation payments to car manufacturing giant Ford.
Mr Robinson left the company in May 1997 and is not implicated in the trial.
However, chief executive Richard Carr (53), of Snitterfield Road, Bearley, Warwickshire, faces seven counts of fraud.
A long-awaited #550 million rebuild of Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital is still awaiting Treasury approval - almost a year after the deal was due to be signed.
Hospital managers are concerned there is still no guarantee the rebuild will go ahead.
Mark Britnell, chief executive of the NHS Trust behind the super-hospital, said: "We need a decision soon."
He was confident the Treasury would approve the scheme, which has the support of the city council and every local health trust, and added: "It is Birmingham's turn and we can't afford to miss out this time around."
A landmark first class hotel in Birmingham has thrown open its doors for the first time, with the business community hailing it as a major boost to the city.
The new Radisson SAS Hotel takes up the first 18 floors of the #70 million, 39 storey, Beetham Tower at Holloway Circus. Hotel General manager Kathrine Ohm Thomas said: "We have tremendous partners in the area and we believe the hotel will be good for them and the entire city."
The first floor consists of a restaurant and the next two comprise of meeting rooms, named on a Birmingham theme, such as "chocolate" and "Mini".
The hotel boasts 211 rooms, starting at #129, and seven suites.
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The head of a massive West Midlands child pornography network has been jailed for three years and nine months for making, distributing and possessing more than 2,000 sickening images.
Oliver Smith (39) traded "vile" pictures of children as young as three-months-old with more than 630 people across the UK.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court took just over half an hour to find Smith, formerly of Rotherfield Road, Sheldon, guilty of four charges of making indecent photos, four of distributing, and two of possessing them.
Smith had previously bragged that four other "traders" in the region had received jail sentences of between four and 18 months.
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