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High Court grants injunction against former staff using individual LinkedIn profiles 

14 Mar

A BIRMINGHAM recruitment agency has obtained injunctions against three former employees for continuing to use their individual LinkedIn profiles - because the court agreed the information was owned by...

Acquisition is just the ticket for theme park firm 

14 Mar

BIRMINGHAM-based theme park and attraction ticket specialist, Attraction World, has strengthened its operation after a strategic acquisition funded by a new finance agreement.

Finance Birmingham backs On-Power 

14 Mar

Birmingham-based electrical services contractor secures new finance package with the aim of doubling in size over next three years...

Stoford unveils new development plans at £38m site 

14 Mar

Birmingham developer is working Liberty Property Trust on the speculative project in Staffordshire...

New name for Birmingham office development 

14 Mar

Bruntwood unveils what it will call the revamped Two Cornwall Street in the Colmore Business District when it opens later this year...

UBS Wealth Management expands Birmingham team 

14 Mar

New client adviser joins city centre team of financial services firm...

Attraction World expands with online acquisition 

14 Mar

Birmingham ticketing specialist buys Day out with the Kids to expand its offering...

International mergers grow corporate finance firm 

13 Mar

CORPORATE finance advisers Clearwater International has created a 200-strong firm after merging with companies in France and Germany.

Asian professionals celebrated at Signature Awards 

13 Mar

THE Signature Awards celebrated the strength of Asian professionals within the region in front of a capacity audience at Edgbaston Stadium.

Chlorine scare for thousands of Severn Trent customers 

13 Mar

THOUSANDS of people in the East Midlands were warned not to use their tap water following a scare over high levels of chlorine.

Infinity exits Positive after nine years 

11 Mar

BOSSES at Birmingham-based lender Positive Cashflow Finance have taken full ownership of the business after acquiring the remaining 20% stake held by private equity backer Infinity.

Birmingham could become self-financing by 2020 says council 

11 Mar

BIRMINGHAM City Council could become self-financing by 2020 if the local authority is given greater spending powers.

Aston Martin launches new design and engineering consultancy 

11 Mar

Luxury car-maker targets new markets and projects by setting up dedicated consultancy arm to work with outside partners...

Steel & Jelly go full steam ahead at Grand Central 

11 Mar

Hundreds of guests attended the official launch of the new flagship store of menswear company Steel Jelly in Grand Central in Birmingham...

Formula 1 supplier invests in new production line after funding boost 

11 Mar

The undisclosed investment, together with a 3 million facility from Barclays, will allow Paintbox to add in a fourth robotic paint line at its Birmingham site, operational in late 2016...

University of Birmingham to open new hotel and conference centre 

11 Mar

New plans to expand facilities for weddings and conferences on Edgbaston campus as part of wider 300m overhaul...

Motoring: Land Rover Defender; Caterham; Volvo 

10 Mar

LESS than a month after the end of production of the Land Rover Defender, the classic vehicles are already starting to fetch record prices at auction.

Law firm to move its 375 staff to Edgbaston 

10 Mar

LAW firm DAC Beachcroft is moving its 375 staff half-a-mile down Birmingham\'s Broad Street to Edgbaston.

Big loss at Aston Villa – this time off-the-field 

10 Mar

ASTON VILLA lost £27.3m last season, as the company limped to what was then its worst-ever Premier League finish.

Construction firm wins £9m contract to build charity’s community centre 

10 Mar

CONSTRUCTION firm Stepnell has won a £9.2m contract to build a centre for deafblind charity Sense in Birmingham.

55 Colmore Row secures first new tenant 

10 Mar

Law firm Pinsent Masons signs up to revamp of historic building to relocate Birmingham office in 2017...

Gateley partner appointed to head up R3 

10 Mar

A PARTNER at law firm Gateley has been announced as the new Midlands chair of insolvency trade body R3.

Vehicle rental group invests in former JLR site 

10 Mar

AMT Group has made a major investment in a 7,000 sq ft rental facility in central Birmingham, adding ten staff to its 180-strong team across the UK.

PR firm agrees merger with stablemate 

10 Mar

BIRMINGHAM-based PR agency, Smarts Illuminate has announced it is to merge with digital specialist, twentysix.

BREAKING NEWS: City law firm set to relocate – into the home of a former rival 

10 Mar

LAW firm Pinsent Masons has announced it is to relocate its Birmingham operation by taking space in the former home of a city rival.

Brace of high profile appointments at Marketing Birmingham 

10 Mar

BIRMINGHAMS inward investment body has strengthened its senior management team with two high profile appointments.

Record profits for challenger bank Aldermore 

10 Mar

CHALLENGER bank Aldermore has announced record profits and continued strong lending growth.

New executives join Marketing Birmingham 

10 Mar

Richard Hutchins and Nicola Hewitt will bring public and private sector experience to inward investment body...

Real Estate Investors expands portfolio with £10.5m double deal 

10 Mar

Paul Bassi's property group has acquired buildings in West Bromwich and Birmingham...

Smart move for Birmingham PR firm in digital merger 

10 Mar

Smarts Illuminate joins forces with specialist digital consultancy twentysix to create new full-service agency...

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Midlands comes together to win £14 billion of investment 

15 Mar

Set to create 178,000 jobs, 32,000 new homes and 57.9 million sq ft of property space.

Innovation Birmingham announces winners of The Next Big Idea 

15 Mar

Start-up link with Canadian university.

Apprentice Academy builds sustainable workforce 

15 Mar

Success for young workers.

Marketing Birmingham bolsters Executive Management Team 

10 Mar

New directors to boost services to region.

Boost for city centre shoppers 

10 Mar

Three hours of complimentary parking at Mailbox this March.

Total Freelance announces affiliation with IPSE 

8 Mar

Boost for freelance workers in Birmingham.

Lettings agency launches new enterprise 

8 Mar

Property brothers expand business.

West Mids exports rise in 2015 

4 Mar

Region is third-largest exporting area in the country.

£1 million boost for Greater Birmingham Growth Hub 

4 Mar

Funding will enable Growth Hub to offer a wider range of support to local firms.

Wolverhampton firm on track for good causes 

3 Mar

Pallet-Track raises £13,000 for childrens cancer charity.

Birmingham technology centre close to opening 

1 Mar

Innovation Birmingham launches Serendip Smart Cities Incubator.

Barclays to join Birmingham start-up project 

26 Feb

Bank announced as partner in Innovation Birmingham iCentrum® incubator.

Birmingham food business poised for expansion 

26 Feb

Miss Macaroon marks birthday with millionth macaroon and 100 new jobs plan.

Major investment for Midlands software firm 

25 Feb

Extra funding will enable the roll out of services across North America, Europe and Australia Pacific.

City MP claims victory in HS2 site campaign 

25 Feb

Byrne wins bid for 3,000 jobs at Washwood Heath.

Honour for Birmingham tech firm 

23 Feb

Vanti wins international award at InAVation Awards 2016.

Greater Birmingham – Today, Tomorrow and Beyond 

19 Feb

Midlands regions join forces to promote flagship projects at MIPIM 2016.

Major refit sees transformation of city centre store 

19 Feb

Further boost for retail sector.

Who deserves an Easter treat? 

18 Feb

Vehicle company seeks to brighten up Easter.

Chocolate for heroes 

18 Feb

Cadbury World has helped to give charities a much needed boost, by raising £48,267 in 2015.

Aston Martin’s electric dreams? 

17 Feb

David Bailey on the news that Aston Martin has signed a partnership to design and build a new electric vehicle by 2018...

Strong start to 2016 for Birmingham Airport 

17 Feb

Busiest-ever January as expansion continues.

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REI reports record profits of £12.2 million and reloads with additional £70 million firepower 

14 Mar

Real Estate Investors plc (REI), the Birmingham-based property investment company, has reported record profits – up 104 per cent to £12.2 million.

Kings Heath High Street experiencing retail upturn 

13 Mar

Property agents Bond Wolfe have helped fill up a parade of shops on the busy Kings Heath High Street.

DAC Beachcroft relocates to Tricorn House, Edgbaston 

10 Mar

Law firm DAC Beachcroft is relocating its Birmingham office to Tricorn House in Edgbaston.

HNWIs acquired 16% of Birmingham office stock last year – Knight Frank 

10 Mar

Ultra high net worth individuals* (UHNWIs) now account for 25 per cent of investment in global commercial property, according to Knight Franks’ newly published ‘Wealth Report 2016’.

Bilfinger GVA builds on financial and development strengths 

10 Mar

Former Birmingham City Council finance manager, James Dair has joined the Midlands office of leading property advisor, Bilfinger GVA.

EU Referendum will extend the summer break in commercial property investment 

8 Mar

Inactivity in the commercial property investment market due to the EU referendum will run into the traditional summer break subduing the market for the next six months, according to a real estate asset management specialist.

Plans submitted for redevelopment of prime office building in Birmingham city centre 

3 Mar

LaSalle Investment Management has submitted a planning application to Birmingham City Council for a major, £13million office renovation and extension to 102 New Street.

Shopping habits evolving as bricks and mortar fights back 

2 Mar

Consumers in the West Midlands are returning to shopping in-store as their purchasing habits evolve, say a panel of experts.

David Smeeton joins Cushman & Wakefield to head up Birmingham Investment Team 

29 Feb

Cushman & Wakefield has appointed David Smeeton as Senior Director and Head of Investment for its Birmingham office.

£4 million deal for two major Coventry & Warwickshire sites 

25 Feb

A leading Midlands commercial property company has invested more than £4 million to acquire two major sites in the region.

Client demand drives Mazars’ tax team growth 

25 Feb

A 50 per cent increase in tax work undertaken in 2015 has led to further recruitment at international accountancy firm Mazars in Birmingham.

Aston Martin to create 4,000 British jobs with new manufacturing centre in Wales 

24 Feb

Luxury vehicle maker Aston Martin has committed to the opening of a manufacturing centre in Wales, while it will also scale the existing HQ in Warwickshire all of which is set to create up to 4,000 jobs.

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