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Breaking Ground (l-r) John Latham (Coventry University), Carol Burke (Unipart Manufacturing Group) and Carl Perrin (Institute Director)

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

April 22, 2014 – 6:31 am |

The 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 …

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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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GKN Receives Grant To Bring Formula One Technology To Public Transport…

April 24, 2014 – 9:59 am |

Jules Carter- Head of Innovation Land Sytems GKNGKN is one of the first companies to receive funding from a joint government and automotive industry fund for projects to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

GKN Land Systems and its partners will receive a £7.6 million grant as part of a £15.6 million project to apply Formula One technology for use in public transport, initially city buses. The project is expected to deliver a 25% fuel saving for bus operators on inner city routes, potentially leading to lower fares for passengers and the ability for operators to keep some less economic routes open, as well as reducing the amount of CO2 in cities. Read the full story »

Addressing New Digital Divide Key for Balanced Growth…

April 24, 2014 – 9:47 am |
Beñat Bilbao-Osorio - Associate Director and Senior Economist Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance

Global Information Technology Report 2014 finds little progress in bridging the gap between the world’s most networked economies and the rest of the world
The Nordic countries continue to dominate the Networked Readiness Index; the US improves …

New Technology Will Help Us Weather The Storms Better Next Winter…

April 24, 2014 – 9:33 am |
Storm Damage

SSEPD is looking at new ways to help customers during storms next winter. One such innovation is a free app which would allow customers to report a fault from their smart phone or tablet.
The Grid …

UK GDP to Grow by Over 3% in 2014…

April 24, 2014 – 9:25 am |
Cebr logo

UK economy to grow by 3.1% in 2014 and 2.2% in 2015 – up from previous forecasts of 2.8% and 2.0% respectively.
Business investment to grow by 10.1% in real terms this year amid high confidence …

KCP serves up £11m MBO for Alliance in Partnership…

April 24, 2014 – 9:13 am |
Alliance in Partnership Ltd (AiP)

Private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP), has backed the £11m management buyout of specialist educational caterer, Alliance in Partnership Ltd (AiP) with a £5.2m investment.
The deal, led by Birmingham-based managing partner Owen Trotter and …

KINGS HEATH’s ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CEMENTS FUTURE LEGACY….

April 24, 2014 – 8:00 am |
Colonel Tony George MBE joined local Sea Cadets

Buckingham Palace representative Colonel Tony George MBE joined local Sea Cadets to unveil revived memorial stone and external facelift of the last Royal British Legion Memorial Club in the West Midlands.
Re-construction work to the front …

CBI COMMENTS ON NEW COMPANY BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP RULES…

April 22, 2014 – 8:10 am |
CBI COMMENTS ON NEW COMPANY BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP RULES…

The CBI today (Monday) commented on new rules on company beneficial ownership, announced by the Business Secretary, Dr Vince Cable.
Matthew Fell, CBI Director for Competitive Markets, said:
“Businesses back the creation of a beneficial ownership register which …

Hilary Devey addresses ‘entrepreneurs of the future’ as she receives honorary degree

April 22, 2014 – 7:22 am |
Hilary Devey

Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey CBE has been presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Wolverhampton.
The successful businesswoman and TV personality jokingly declared herself ‘an honorary …

BIRMINGHAM BUSINESSES ENJOY YEAR ON YEAR DROP IN DISTRESS LEVELS…

April 22, 2014 – 7:15 am |
BIRMINGHAM BUSINESSES ENJOY YEAR ON YEAR DROP IN DISTRESS LEVELS…

According to the latest Begbies Traynor Red Flag Alert research, Birmingham has enjoyed a year on year 7 per cent decline in critical financial distress levels during the first three months of 2014. Across the …

Unemployment has risen in the West Midlands…

April 22, 2014 – 6:44 am |
Unemployment has risen in the West Midlands…

Roma Aitken, regional manager for totaljobs.com in the West Midlands, says:
 “It’s disappointing that unemployment has risen in the West Midlands, especially as the economic outlook for the region has been looking so promising. The …

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

April 22, 2014 – 6:31 am |
Breaking Ground (l-r) John Latham (Coventry University), Carol Burke (Unipart Manufacturing Group) and Carl Perrin (Institute Director)

The 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 …

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

April 18, 2014 – 8:27 am |
Breaking ground as construction starts on the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering…

The 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 …

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

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 …

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