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Business
John Lewis boss recognised for contribution to region 

29 Apr 16

ANDY STREET was presented with the Presidents Award at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce at the organisation\’s annual dinner last night.


Business
Selfridges and Andy Street take home chamber awards 

29 Apr 16

Department store, law firm and recruitment consultancy among the winners at the Greater Birmingham Chamber ceremony…


Business
Mentor scheme helps thousands find work placements claims LEP 

27 Apr 16

A NEW employment initiative in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area has helped create new jobs for thousands of people, it has been claimed.


Business
Chamber relieved as Birmingham scraps parking levy plans 

27 Apr 16

GREATER Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has welcomed the decision by Birmingham City Council to scrap plans for a parking levy on local businesses.


Business
Business body reacts angrily to threat of parking levy 

25 Apr 16

GREATER Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has opposed any moves to introduce a new parking levy on firms in Birmingham.


News
Centenary Square set to undergo a £10.55 million… 

19 Apr 16

Centenary Square set to undergo a £10.55 million makeover.


Business
Chamber looks to cut through export red tape 

18 Apr 16

THE burden of red tape and its ability to mire down businesses looking to export successfully is being investigated by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.


Business
Chamber overhauls membership services to continue growth 

5 Apr 16

THE Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has overhauled its membership services to ensure it can continue to meet the needs of local businesses.


Business
International investor spends £200m on Birmingham-dominated portfolio 

5 Apr 16

MALAYSIA\’S state pension scheme has bought a £200m portfolio of industrial property, dominated by assets in Greater Birmingham.


News
Cultural Investment Inquiry to find new ways to invest in arts… 

4 Apr 16

Cultural Investment Inquiry to find new ways to invest in arts and culture across Birmingham.


Council
Finding new ways to invest in arts and culture 

4 Apr 16

Birmingham is launching a Cultural Investment Inquiry to look at new ways of investing in the arts and culture sector.


Business
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce launches 1813 Club to help businesses raise profiles 

4 Apr 16

GBCC – the largest business support network in the West Midlands – says the 1813 is a major turning point as region enjoys renaissance…


Blog comment
Birmingham’s Public Art – we don’t need King Kong to thrash Manchester 

4 Apr 16

Clearly, The Chamberlain Files is far too cerebral a production to descend to playing April Fools’ hoaxes on its readers.


Business
MIPIM 2016 hailed a success by Greater Birmingham stakeholders 

21 Mar 16

GREATER Birminghams performance at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes has been hailed a success.


Blog arts
BFilm micro interview 

21 Mar 16

BFilm Micro: a game-changing business Paul Green and Pip Piper have recently set up a new business that aims to change the filmmaking dynamic in Greater Birmingham.


Business
£5m boost for Birmingham life sciences plans 

17 Mar 16

Now the development can be stepped up thanks to a 5 million grant from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP…


Business
City makes moves to increase attractiveness to inward investors 

16 Mar 16

GREATER BIRMINGHAM is unveiling a new relocation service in response to growing demand from people and businesses moving to the city.


Business
Exhibition boost for Greater Birmingham 

16 Mar 16

Birmingham city centre Enterprise Zone launches relocation service to cope with unprecedented demand.


News
Greater Birmingham’s ‘Today, Tomorrow and Beyond’ showcased to… 

7 Mar 16

Greater Birmingham’s ‘Today, Tomorrow and Beyond’ showcased to investors in Cannes.


Business
Greater Birmingham Growth Hub secures £1m boost 

7 Mar 16

Business support service secures another two years after Department for Business, Innovation Skills awards new funding…


News
Promo video aimed at bringing investment into Birmingham and Solihull to be produced 

6 Mar 16

A KEY promotional video supporting the UK Central Project aimed at driving massive inward investment for Greater Birmingham and Solihull is being produced by an enterprising local company.


Blog comment
MIPIM eulogy of Greater Birmingham shows one side of the economic coin 

4 Mar 16

No one can accuse the authors of the 2016 MIPIM press pack of false modesty.


Business
£1 million boost for Greater Birmingham Growth Hub 

4 Mar 16

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


Business
£1m funding boost for Greater Birmingham Growth Hub 

3 Mar 16

THE Greater Birmingham Growth Hub has secured a £1m funding package to help support growing firms across the region for the next two years.


News
£9million funding boost to get stalled Tamworth housing off… 

28 Feb 16

MORE housing could be built in Tamworth after the launch of a 9million fund to help housing developers progress with stalled projects.


Business
adi Group Shortlisted in Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Business Awards 2016 

26 Feb 16

Engineering solutions firm, adi Group, has been shortlisted in the
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Business Awards 2016 for Excellence in the
Community.


News
Lichfield and Burntwood determined to get “grubby little hands” on share of £9m housing fund 

26 Feb 16

Lichfield’s development leader has insisted the area is determined to get its “grubby little hands” on some of the £9million fund to kickstart developments.


Business
Around 40pc of Birmingham businesses want a Brexit 

25 Feb 16

Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce says it will now remain neutral in the debate after survey showed opinion over EU referendum is reasonably even…


Business
Greater Birmingham Chamber won’t lobby on EU referendum 

22 Feb 16

BUSINESS leaders in Birmingham have galvanised their efforts to try and arrive at a consensus on Europe ahead of Junes crucial referendum.


Business
Cure Leukaemia supported by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce for a second year 

19 Feb 16

Charity benefited from 10K raised by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce last year – in partnership wth Cure Leukaemia…


Blog comment
Greater Birmingham – Today, Tomorrow and Beyond 

19 Feb 16

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


Business
Greater Birmingham firms urge PM to name the date for the EU referendum 

18 Feb 16

BUSINESS leaders in Greater Birmingham have called on the Prime Minister to announce a date for the EU referendum – and spelled out what its implications might be for business.


Business
CSR Briefs: Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce; Cadbury World; Arthur J. Gallagher; Eze Group 

18 Feb 16

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to bat for Cure Leukaemia again THE Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce will once again support blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia as its chosen charity fo…


Council
Greater Birmingham’s largest ever MIPIM programme 

18 Feb 16

Greater Birmingham’s ‘Today, Tomorrow and Beyond’ showcased to investors at MIPIM 2016 Greater Birmingham reveals its biggest events programme to date ahead of international property exhibition MIPIM Midlands regions join forces to promote…


Business
Greater Birmingham unveils biggest MIPIM events programme to date 

18 Feb 16

THE Greater Birmingham team at the property development and inward investment show MIPIM next month will be staging more events than ever before.


News
Tamworth will benefit from £9m fund to unlock housing sites  

18 Feb 16

A £9 MILLION fund to help housing developers get stalled sites off the ground will benefit Tamworth by allowing much-needed housing to be built.


Business
Birmingham international trade advocate dies after long illness 

16 Feb 16

A WELL-KNOWN advocate of international trade in Birmingham has died after a long illness.


News
New £9million fund will kickstart housing developments, says leader of Lichfield District Council 

16 Feb 16

A new £9million fund will help kickstart stalled housing projects in the area, according to the leader of Lichfield District Council.


News
​£9m fund launched to help unlock ‘stalled’ housing… 

15 Feb 16

HOUSING developments in Lichfield and Burntwood which have stalled despite gaining planning permission may now be able to get off the ground thanks to a new 9m fund.


Business
M6 Toll must be integral part of the UK’s motorway network say business leaders 

12 Feb 16

THE M6 Toll must become an integral part of the UKs motorway network, business leaders in Greater Birmingham have said.


Business
LEP launches £9m fund to unlock stalled housing sites 

12 Feb 16

HOUSING developers in the Greater Birmingham, Solihull, South Staffordshire and North Worcestershire areas can from today access a new £9m fund to unlock stalled housing sites.


News
Public ignored in decision to create Greater Birmingham mayor, inquiry warns 

3 Feb 16

A House of Commons investigation calls for more devolution but warns the public has been ignored in the decision to create a regional combined authority and mayor…


Business
Birmingham Chamber hosts breakfast event 

23 Jan 16

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce held its latest Quarterly Economic Survey breakfast event…


Council
MIPIM 2016 to be the biggest on record for Greater Birmingham 

20 Jan 16

38 organisations have signed up to Greater Birmingham’s delegation so far Region to focus on major schemes including HS2, UK Central and its two Enterprise Zones A record number of private and public sector partners from across Greater Birmingham…


Business
MIPIM 2016 to be biggest ever for Greater Birmingham 

20 Jan 16

Region to focus on major schemes including HS2, UK Central and its two Enterprise Zones.


Business
Birmingham business leaders welcome for regional sovereign wealth fund 

19 Jan 16

EXPLORATORY plans for a West Midlands sovereign wealth fund and Brummie bonds to pay for new homes in Birmingham have been welcomed by business leaders.


Business
MIPIM 2016 set to be the biggest on record for Greater Birmingham 

19 Jan 16

A RECORD number of private and public sector partners from across Greater Birmingham will join forces to take part in important global property and inward investment show MIPIM.


Business
Ex-KPMG man is Aston Villa’s new chairman as shake-up kicks off 

14 Jan 16

STEVE Hollis, former Midlands chairman of accountancy firm KMPG, has taken over from club owner Randy Lerner as chairman of Aston Villa.


Blog feature
The DMZ at Toronto’s Ryerson University and Innovation Birmingham launch The Next Big Idea Contest 

3 Dec 15

The DMZ at Toronto’s Ryerson University, in partnership with Innovation Birmingham, has launched the  Next Big Idea Contest  – an innovation competition for tech start-ups based in Ontario, Canada, and Greater Birmingham, U.


Blog comment
Greater Birmingham needs to convince the world we can match the ambition of the Northern Powerhouse 

2 Dec 15

The Government proved they can fast track major projects like HS2 if regions show they can be trusted to deliver…


Blog comment
Mayoral Candidate Deletes Tweets! 

27 Nov 15

Yet again Darren Cooper has messed his pants and had to change them! The ludicrous wannabe Mayor of the new Greater Birmingham combined authority is notorious for his infantile, illiterate and abusive outpourings via his own Twitter account and (at …


Business
Midlands manufacturing must embrace HS2 opportunities and address skills shortages 

26 Nov 15

Industry leaders from manufacturing organisations across the region met at the roundtable event at Hadley Industries in Smethwick to discuss the role of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP); how local businesses…


Business
Midlands business leaders respond positively to the Autumn Statement 

26 Nov 15

WEST Midlands companies and the bodies that represent them have mainly welcomed the measures announced in the Autumn Statement yesterday.


News
The Grand Hotel on Colmore Row to get a £6million grant towards… 

24 Nov 15

The Grand Hotel on Colmore Row to get a £6million grant towards the cost of interior works.


Business
LEP and council to contribute £6m towards the refurb of The Grand Hotel 

24 Nov 15

THE Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and Birmingham City Council have agreed to provide £6m of grant support towards the cost of interior works at The Grand Hotel …


Blog comment
Message to Mayoral Candidate Cooper 

23 Nov 15

This is an open letter which I have today sent to Cllr Darren Cooper, the leader [sic] of Sandwell Council and someone who has stated his intention to run for the Labour nomination as Metro Mayor for the new combined authority [sic] aka Greater …


News
Prime Minister defends West Midlands mayor 

19 Nov 15

Proposals for a metro mayor covering the Greater Birmingham region have come in for criticism…


Blog comment
Metro mayor shows weakness of council leader, whoever wins 

19 Nov 15

Amid all the talk of election hustings and cries for greater democracy in the business of running Birmingham, the only real step towards genuine public accountability has been the announcement of a metro mayor to run the Greater Birmingham region …


Business
£750m boost for Greater Birmingham with enterprise zone expanded 

18 Nov 15

The devolution deal signed yesterday commits to funding the Curzon Street Enterprise Zone extension, which will be a major money-spinner for the region…


Business
Business backing for £1bn West Midlands devolution deal 

17 Nov 15

The long-awaited deal means the Greater Birmingham region will get cash to improve transport and skills…