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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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Four new promotions make it a ‘family affair’ for Talbots Law

February 22, 2017 – 7:30 am |

Anna Tomlinson, James Wright, Louise Jones, Martina Dutton and Katie WagerTalbots has strengthened its thriving family law department by announcing the promotion of four senior family lawyers.

The law firm, which employs 200 people across seven offices in the Black Country and Worcestershire, has promoted James Wright to Director and the trio of Anna Tomlinson, Martina Dutton and Katie Wager to Associates, as it looks to support more local people with expert advice and client care during difficult times in their lives. Read the full story »

New Birmingham training academy providing hundreds of jobs…

February 22, 2017 – 7:00 am |
left-right - Suzie Branch-Haddow (BMet), Rymarn Powell (Sigma) and Mike Harfield (chief operating officer, Sigma)

Almost 200 people have found new jobs through a unique Birmingham apprenticeship training academy.
The Sigma Financial Group (Sigma), one of the UK’s leading business outsourcing firms, has seen its staff numbers grow by 50% (300 …

£1m boost offers secure future for Solihull firm…

February 22, 2017 – 6:20 am |
Will Adams and Tony Turner of Integrity Security Group

Increased demand for manned guarding, CCTV, fire and intruder alarms has helped a Solihull based security specialist add £1m to its turnover in 2016.
Integrity Security Group, which was started eight years ago by local entrepreneurs …

Business confidence steady despite uncertainties

February 22, 2017 – 6:10 am |
Matthew Lee, Managing Partner, Bishop Fleming

A recent study of businesses across all sectors and regions by top 40 accountants Bishop Fleming reveals confidence is holding up, despite uncertainty over the UK’s likely divorce deal with the EU.
The firm’s latest Business …

Quality standards open up new markets for Midlands steel manufacturer…

February 22, 2017 – 6:00 am |
Steel fabricator FSP is set to target newMarket after achieving two prestigious environmental and health and safety standards

A Midlands access and drainage cover specialist is set to expand into new markets after achieving two prestigious quality standards.
Fabweld Steel Products (FSP) has recently achieved the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management System along …

Bilash cooks up £100,000 investment…

February 21, 2017 – 8:00 am |
Sitab Khan and Mohammed Khan (both Bilash)

One of the West Midlands’ leading Asian restaurants has undergone the largest refurbishment in its history, as it aims to cement its place as a dining destination of choice.
Bilash – started in 1982 by popular …

Strong relationships lead to triple extensions for Wilson Vale…

February 20, 2017 – 4:04 pm |
Hymers College

Wilson 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 …

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

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 …

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