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) Lorraine Holmes and Martin Coats (both Manufacturing Growth Programme)

£9.7m manufacturing support package launched to unlock SME potential in the West Midlands…

February 20, 2017 – 3:12 pm |

SME manufacturers in the West Midlands have been given a major boost this week with news that a new £9.7m business support initiative is officially live and looking to support thousands of companies.
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Strong relationships lead to triple extensions for Wilson Vale…

February 20, 2017 – 4:04 pm |

Hymers CollegeWilson Vale has extended three of its independent school catering contracts: Hymers College in Kingston upon Hull and Hill House School in Doncaster for a further two years, and Kingsmead School in the Wirral for a further three years.

The Ashby-based independent caterer originally gained the catering contract with Hymers College in 2005. Since then, levels of service and the food have won praise from pupils, parents, staff and visitors to the school alike. Read the full story »

Weenie Business Solutions launches one of UK’s first Brexit HUBs for SMEs…

February 20, 2017 – 3:55 pm |
Amelia Bishop owner Weenie Business Solutions

Weenie Business Solutions, the business consultancy that helps small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) grow, has launched BREXIT HUB, a package of services for clients looking to make the most of the UK’s exit from …

Growth to drive Birmingham logistics firm into UK’s Top 100…

February 20, 2017 – 3:40 pm |

Between 2015 and 2016 Corporate Solutions Logistics (CSL) increased its turnover by 25 per cent to £20million
Preferred logistics partner of blue chips such as Vax, Lidl and Smurfit Kappa
With 2017 turnover projected to be £24million, …

£9.7m manufacturing support package launched to unlock SME potential in the West Midlands…

February 20, 2017 – 3:12 pm |
) Lorraine Holmes and Martin Coats (both Manufacturing Growth Programme)

SME manufacturers in the West Midlands have been given a major boost this week with news that a new £9.7m business support initiative is officially live and looking to support thousands of companies.
The Manufacturing Growth …

Birmingham hotels enjoy most successful year in history as city’s tourism sector booms…

February 2, 2017 – 6:17 am |
Edgbaston stadium

Birmingham’s hotel sector has seen its most successful year in history, with occupancy rates for 2016 peaking at 99% capacity and averaging at 75% – both, the highest on record.

Birmingham’s hotel sector achieves record high …

Free lunch clubs for Midlands HR professionals…

February 2, 2017 – 6:11 am |
Tracy Worthington, Head of Employment Law and Partner at FBC Manby Bowdler

Modern slavery, young workers and whistleblowing policies will all be issues on the menu of a free HR Lunch Club hosted by a Midlands law firm this month.
The free sessions held by FBC Manby Bowdler …

Briggs Equipment raises £93,000 to help young people with cancer….

February 2, 2017 – 5:56 am |
Cannock-based Briggs Equipment raised £92,773 for Teenage Cancer Trust

A Cannock firm has reinforced its commitment to charity fundraising after its workforce pulled out all the stops to raise almost £93,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Throughout 2016 employees at Briggs Equipment raised money by staging cycle rides, …

ACE targets £1.8m opportunity after a ‘powerful’ start to 2017…

February 2, 2017 – 5:31 am |
ACE Team:Stuart Weston - Chris Ball and Ian Whateley

A leading Shropshire manufacturer has enjoyed a strong start to 2017 after a host of new customers decided to tap into its expertise in precision engineering and prototyping.
Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) has seen demand for …

Wilson Vale invests in talent to strengthen strategic growth…

January 30, 2017 – 5:32 am |
Wilson Vale HQ

Independent catering company, Wilson Vale, has made a major investment in its client services and support team to maintain its unique position and reputation in the market place throughout its future growth.
Four out of the …

Pentalver makes a £5million investment with Briggs Equipment…

January 28, 2017 – 6:20 am |

Pentalver has announced a further investment in its materials handling resources after concluding a new £5 million deal with asset management and engineering services specialist Briggs Equipment.
One of the UK’s foremost providers of container-related services, Pentalver is adding …

Will the Trump effect boost British manufacturing..?

January 23, 2017 – 5:40 am |
Howells Patent Glazing

In the wake of Donald Trump’s US presidential win, Cradley Heath based manufacturing firm Howells Patent Glazing are considering what impact the new presidency will have on the economy and their 40 year old family …

Birmingham delegation visits Doha to discuss trade and investment…

January 20, 2017 – 6:35 am |

A senior delegation from Birmingham City Council and inward investment agency Marketing Birmingham is to visit Doha on 15 – 17 January to explore ways to build on the city’s existing ties with Qatar in …

Mills & Reeve advises PayPoint on £26.5m mobile payments business sale…

January 20, 2017 – 6:30 am |
Ryan Hawley - PR

Leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has advised PayPoint plc on the £26.5 million sale of its mobile payments business to Volkswagen Financial Services AG.

88-year-old Who Started Painting Due To Stop Arthritis Sells First Artwork For Thousands…

January 13, 2017 – 6:45 am |
Dorothy Metcalfe

Dorothy Metcalfe, an 88-year-old interior designer from Malvern in Worcestershire, came to painting just a year ago, but has had her first painting snapped up by a private collector from the Far East for thousands …

Export deal lands Midlands steel manufacturer in Cyprus…

January 13, 2017 – 6:15 am |
An artists' impression of Eleftheria Square where the FSP access covers will be used. Photo courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

A Midlands steel manufacturer has completed an export deal to supply one of its flagship products to a high profile multi-million pound redevelopment in the capital of Cyprus.

Businesses alerted ahead of 2017 employment law shake-ups…

January 13, 2017 – 6:00 am |
Sally Morris, partner at mfg Solicitors

Changes to employment legislation will have a significant impact on businesses in 2017, one of the region’s leading employment lawyers has warned.


January 11, 2017 – 6:45 am |
(l-r) Cambridge & Counties Bank’s Neil Reddington, Paul Atkinson of Finance 4 Business, CCB’s Mike Kirsopp and Simon Lindley, and Shaylor Group’s Stephen Shaylor

Cambridge & Counties’ West Midlands office has completed the Bank’s biggest loan to date with a refinancing of a landmark Birmingham building converted into student accommodation.

Sustainability forum launches to highlight business benefits of Energy Efficiency…

January 11, 2017 – 6:30 am |
Liz Rushton

SMEs across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are invited to the first Sustainability forum, in association with the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP).

Mills & Reeve fast-tracks growth of region’s automotive sector with Drive Midlands sponsorship

January 11, 2017 – 6:15 am |
Automotive Engineering

The automotive sector in the Midlands is gearing up for yet another boost as Mills & Reeve announces a three-year sponsorship of Drive Midlands, the Midlands Engine automotive inward investment supply chain programme.

Close the ‘competency gap’ to boost productivity warns training boss…

January 11, 2017 – 6:00 am |
Steve Fletcher, Malcolm Edge, Gareth Jones, Loz Robinson, Liam Cooper, Raj Ojelay and Jason Daniels

The boss of a leading West Midlands training provider believes manufacturers should be focusing on more than just the ‘skills gap’ if they want to save their businesses thousands of pounds in poor productivity.

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