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(Left to right) Mark Hendry, James Carrington, Debbie Moore and Sue Farrelly

Key’s Easter Egg hunt hits 125 for Edward’s Trust…

April 18, 2014 – 7:25 am |

One of Birmingham’s leading recruitment consultancies is ‘egg-static’ after a charity push helped it collect more than 125 Easter eggs.
Key, which provides solutions for clients in banking, FMCG, legal, manufacturing, marketing and property, had set …

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Five Unusual Interview Questions And How To Answer Them…

April 14, 2014 – 2:04 am | One Comment | 

Job interviewWhether it’s their first interview or their fiftieth, no matter what job they’re applying for, people always seem to be worried about that question. The one that was impossible to prepare for and they never could have anticipated.

Don’t worry, BIP is here to help. We’ve identified five of the most common tricky questions and how you should respond to them.

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Breaking ground as construction starts on the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering…

April 18, 2014 – 8:27 am |

Dr Carl Perrin, The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering DirectorThe Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) has taken a major step forward today, with work now underway on the construction of the UK’s first dedicated ‘faculty on the factory floor’.

Senior figures from Coventry University and Unipart donned their high-visibility jackets and hard hats to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony at the manufacturing firm’s Beresford Avenue site in Coventry. Read the full story »

Arts Connect invest £5000 in Friction Arts to support cultural opportunities for children and young people…

April 18, 2014 – 7:41 am |
Rob Elkington, Director of Arts Connect WM

Arts Connect West Midlands has invested £5000 in Friction Arts as part of their investment in 60 arts and cultural organisations across the region to enable organisations to develop inspiring new arts experiences for children …

Innovative West Midlands-designed software helps small companies to track sales leads…

April 18, 2014 – 7:36 am |
Thomas Floate, Managing Director at IO Studios

A Redditch-based digital marketing company has launched a new system to help small businesses up and down the country manage their sales leads.
LeadLogger, which launched this week, is a simple and intuitive online system which …

Birmingham based small business flourishes thanks to Space for Growth…

April 18, 2014 – 7:33 am |
John Ellery, Founder of Ellery Consulting

A Birmingham based consultancy firm is reaping the benefits of the Space for Growth Government initiative, which aims to make surplus office space available to support small businesses, social enterprises and charities.
Ellery Consulting is just …

Key’s Easter Egg hunt hits 125 for Edward’s Trust…

April 18, 2014 – 7:25 am |
(Left to right) Mark Hendry, James Carrington, Debbie Moore and Sue Farrelly

One of Birmingham’s leading recruitment consultancies is ‘egg-static’ after a charity push helped it collect more than 125 Easter eggs.
Key, which provides solutions for clients in banking, FMCG, legal, manufacturing, marketing and property, had set …

Events company mclcreate expands Birmingham base…

April 18, 2014 – 7:00 am |
Richard Wathen -General manager at mclcreate Exhibitions

Event company mclcreate has moved its Exhibitions division to a new site in Birmingham, from which it will manage major shows within the UK and beyond.
The new unit in Kings Norton occupies 22,000 square feet, …

CBI comments on inflation rate…

April 18, 2014 – 6:51 am |
Alpesh Paleja, CBI Head of Economic Analysis

The CBI commented on the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rate falling to 1.6% in March from 1.7% in February.
Alpesh Paleja, CBI Head of Economic Analysis, said:
“The continued decline in inflation is encouraging, and the …

Business brief continues after re-appointment…

April 18, 2014 – 6:46 am |
Mark Whitehouse, deputy managing director at Clarke Associates

Birmingham communications consultancy Clarke Associates has been re-appointed to continue a PR and marketing campaign promoting business support to SMEs across the region.
Clarke Associates first won the campaign for the Business Development Programme (BDP) at …

CBI responds to Alex Salmond speech at SNP Spring Conference…

April 16, 2014 – 8:30 am |
CBI responds to Alex Salmond speech at SNP Spring Conference…

The CBI today responded to a speech by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, at the Scottish National Party’s Spring Conference in Aberdeen.
Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:
“Scotland’s economy is stronger as part of the …

Esteemed professor designs a dynamic new blueprint to help organisations succeed and thrive in comprehensive business guide…

April 16, 2014 – 7:50 am |
Esteemed professor designs a dynamic new blueprint to help organisations succeed and thrive in comprehensive business guide…

In a world where human organisations fail each day, Building Anti-Fragile Organisations: Risk, Opportunity and Governance in a Turbulent World by Professor Tony Bendell explores a powerful alternative framework for risk in the design and …

Animated future for Concert Sign & Display following 100% growth…

April 16, 2014 – 7:40 am |
Sean Morrough, Managing Director at Concept Sign & Display

The company behind some of Birmingham’s most prominent signs and LED digital billboards has fully repaid a five year loan in just 18 months, after doubling its turnover.
Concept Sign & Display, based at 22 Gas …

£235,000 investment delivers world class training academy for In-Comm…

April 16, 2014 – 7:32 am |
New training centre: Gareth Jones (left), Colin Mills (right)

A leading training provider is reinforcing its commitment to delivering the best possible apprentice and vocational skills in the West Midlands by making a major investment in its Aldridge-based academy.
In-Comm Training and Business Services has …

Glass Express Midlands invests for five-year growth…

April 16, 2014 – 7:20 am |
Salinder Singh, Owner, Glass Express Midlands (left), Sukh Nat, Relationship Director, Santander Corporate & Commercial (right)

14 April, 2014 – Oldbury-based Glass Express Midlands, a leading producer of bespoke glass products, is to purchase its own premises and invest in new machinery following £535,000 in new funding from Santander Corporate & …

New research reveals disconnect between infrastructure needs and public concern – CBI…

April 16, 2014 – 7:10 am |
New research reveals disconnect between infrastructure needs and public concern – CBI…

The public need to be convinced that tough choices on upgrading national infrastructure are necessary, according to a new poll of more than 1000 members of the public by Ipsos MORI for the CBI. The …

Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asian Business Awards 2014…

April 16, 2014 – 7:00 am |
Asian Business Awards 2014 (L to R Vijay Patel, Mr Solanki, Dr Nanda, Michael Gove MP, Bhikhu Patel)

Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group, the UK’s ninth largest security solutions provider and TOPSGRUP, India’s most preferred security solutions brand and the first Indian MNC to acquire a security company in …

Cyber criminal to appear at Liverpool conference…

April 16, 2014 – 6:50 am |
Cyber criminal to appear at Liverpool conference…

A former Cyber criminal will be using his experience to warn companies of the threats they could be facing without proper security systems in place.
Matthew Beddoes, who served a prison sentence for hacking the United …

Wolverhampton based Precise Mortgages says consumer sentiment lags behind buoyant market…

April 16, 2014 – 6:40 am |
Alan Cleary, Managing Director of Precise Mortgages

·         almost half (46%) of research respondents believe that the mortgage market is repairing slowly;
·         three in ten (29%) think access to mortgages has improved but not enough, and
·         there is a clear mandate for …

Baker Tilly’s Weekly Tax Brief – 15 April 2014…

April 16, 2014 – 6:32 am |
Baker Tilly’s Weekly Tax Brief – 15 April 2014…

In this edition of Baker Tilly’s weekly round-up of the most important tax news, we look at recent developments in the balance of rights and powers governing the relationship between HMRC and taxpayers. Both sides …

Ferno unveils iN/X – the new integrated patient transport and loading system…

April 16, 2014 – 6:30 am |
Ferno unveils iN/X - the new integrated patient transport and loading system

Ferno, a world leading supplier and manufacturer of medical equipment to the emergency services and funeral sector, has launched its new Ferno iN/X  integrated patient transport and loading system in the USA.
The iN/X , which …

Clive Lewis – Short Bio…

April 16, 2014 – 6:20 am |
Managing Director and co-founder of Illumine Training

Clive is one of the world’s leading experts in Mind Mapping, speed reading, accelerated learning and related aspects of managing information overload and creative thinking.  He is also the Managing Director and co-founder of Illumine …

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