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Delivering complex components for new automotive ‘light-weighting’ projects is reaping dividends for a Black Country supplier.
Alucast, which is one of the UK’s largest independent aluminium foundries, has secured over £3m of new contracts from car …

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Coventry University challenges employers to promote employee wellbeing

July 1, 2011 – 10:13 am | Comments Off on Coventry University challenges employers to promote employee wellbeing
Coventry University challenges employers to promote employee wellbeing

It is estimated that presenteeism – the practice of working while unwell – costs businesses approximately £600 per person per year while sickness absence costs an equivalent £692.
Given this high cost, Coventry University has been …

500 West Midlands’ employees ‘give and gain’ to support more than 700 youngsters into work

July 1, 2011 – 10:01 am | Comments Off on 500 West Midlands’ employees ‘give and gain’ to support more than 700 youngsters into work
500 West Midlands’ employees ‘give and gain’ to support more than 700 youngsters into work

More than 500 workers from across the West Midlands swapped their usual Friday at work for a day giving something back to their local community.
The volunteers, from 50 companies including AF Blakemore, Jaguar Land Rover, …

Coventry ‘Living Lab’ to put city at the forefront of eco-friendly innovation

July 1, 2011 – 9:50 am | Comments Off on Coventry ‘Living Lab’ to put city at the forefront of eco-friendly innovation
Coventry ‘Living Lab’ to put city at the forefront of eco-friendly innovation

Coventry is set to become a hotbed for low carbon innovation after Coventry University, in partnership with Coventry City Council, was officially awarded global ‘Living Labs’ status by the Brussels-based European Network of Living Labs …

HARTSHORNE HATCHES CRACKING ORDER WITH LEADING EGG SUPPLIER…

June 27, 2011 – 12:14 pm | Comments Off on HARTSHORNE HATCHES CRACKING ORDER WITH LEADING EGG SUPPLIER…
HARTSHORNE HATCHES CRACKING ORDER WITH LEADING EGG SUPPLIER…

Midlands-based truck dealer Hartshorne has clinched an order to supply eight Volvo trucks to one of Europe’s leading egg producers.
Hartshorne has delivered eight Volvo FH 4×2 tractor units to Shropshire-based Oaklands Farm Eggs Ltd.
The vehicles …

WMG strips R&D costs out of lightweight manufacturing technology for Midlands SMEs

June 26, 2011 – 11:44 am | Comments Off on WMG strips R&D costs out of lightweight manufacturing technology for Midlands SMEs

Midlands small and medium sized manufacturing companies are facing increasing demands from customers for lighter weight components made with the very latest, unfamiliar, and even exotic, metal alloys. The cost of learning how to …

The Apprentice: Week 8, The BIP asks ‘What happened and what lessons can be learnt this week?’

June 24, 2011 – 3:14 pm | Comments Off on The Apprentice: Week 8, The BIP asks ‘What happened and what lessons can be learnt this week?’
The Apprentice: Week 8, The BIP asks ‘What happened and what lessons can be learnt this week?’

 
The 8 competitors were summoned to St Pancras International, where Lord Sugar informed them that their task this week would be to sell unique British products to French retailers. The task would include a fight …

West Midlands firms receive a big tick for doing business responsibly

June 23, 2011 – 8:03 am | Comments Off on West Midlands firms receive a big tick for doing business responsibly
West Midlands firms receive a big tick for doing business responsibly

West Midlands firms receive a big tick for doing business responsibly
Eight businesses from across the West Midlands were recognised last night for their commitment to responsible business.
AF Blakemore Ltd, Capgemini, GeoPost UK, Jaguar Land Rover, …

The Apprentice: Week 7: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’

June 21, 2011 – 9:49 am | Comments Off on The Apprentice: Week 7: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’
The Apprentice: Week 7: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’

 
Lord Sugar summoned his 9 contestants to 65 Fleet Street, home, in times gone by, of the British newspaper industry.
 
The task this week was to create and publish a free premium magazine (‘freemium’) and sell …

PROFIT-FOR-GOOD BIRMINGHAM COMPANY LAUNCHES ETHICAL TRAVEL AGENCY..

June 15, 2011 – 3:42 pm | Comments Off on PROFIT-FOR-GOOD BIRMINGHAM COMPANY LAUNCHES ETHICAL TRAVEL AGENCY..
PROFIT-FOR-GOOD BIRMINGHAM COMPANY LAUNCHES ETHICAL TRAVEL AGENCY..

PROFIT-FOR-GOOD BIRMINGHAM COMPANY LAUNCHES ETHICAL TRAVEL AGENCY A Birmingham company which ploughs all of its profits into charities to conserve wildlife in Africa has launched a ground-breaking travel agency based on ethical tourism around …

The Apprentice: Week 6: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’

June 13, 2011 – 12:19 pm | Comments Off on The Apprentice: Week 6: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’
The Apprentice: Week 6: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’

 
This week the surviving ten met Lord Sugar at the Smugglers’ Way Waste Transfer Station.
The aim, ‘to prove… that you can make money from just about anything’.
The task this week was to set up a …

The Apprentice: Week 5: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’

June 7, 2011 – 7:22 am | Comments Off on The Apprentice: Week 5: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’
The Apprentice: Week 5: The BIP asks ‘What happened this week and what business lessons can be learned from it?’

Week 5: Lord Sugar called his would-be apprentices to a Creative Agency in Fitzrovia, TBWA, where he delivered his instructions to them via a big screen. Their task: To make a pet food, create …

Oakland International selected as finalist in four awards..

June 3, 2011 – 1:52 pm | Comments Off on Oakland International selected as finalist in four awards..
Oakland International selected as finalist in four awards..

Oakland International selected as finalist in four awards
 
Multi temperature supply chain specialist Oakland International has been selected as finalists in four award categories for this year’s prestigious Chamber Business Awards to be held at Worcester …

The Apprentice: Week 4:The BIP asks ‘What happened & what business lessons can be learned?’

June 1, 2011 – 11:00 am | Comments Off on The Apprentice: Week 4:The BIP asks ‘What happened & what business lessons can be learned?’
The Apprentice: Week 4:The BIP asks ‘What happened & what business lessons can be learned?’

The Apprentice: Week 4: Location Birmingham:The BIP asks ‘What happened & what business lessons can be learned?’
Last week Lord Sugar called the 13 boardroom survivors to meet him at the British Museum in the early …

The Apprentice: Week 4:The BIP asks ‘What happened & what business lessons can be learned?’

June 1, 2011 – 10:19 am | Comments Off on The Apprentice: Week 4:The BIP asks ‘What happened & what business lessons can be learned?’
The Apprentice: Week 4:The BIP asks ‘What happened & what business lessons can be learned?’

To complicate matters, they had to perform each beauty treatment themselves, having been trained by the professionals.
Lord Sugar chose the team leaders this week: Felicity to lead team Logic and Zoe to lead team Venture.

Nationwide’s Annual Results are published: The BIP finds out more…

June 1, 2011 – 8:47 am | Comments Off on Nationwide’s Annual Results are published: The BIP finds out more…
Nationwide’s Annual Results are published: The BIP finds out more…

On 25th May, Nationwide reported a ‘strong and profitable performance in a challenging economic environment’.
In the financial year 2010-11, Nationwide has had pre-tax profits of £317 million and ‘underlying’ profits of £276 million, while its …

£1 takeover by Birmingham City Council for failing business…

May 26, 2011 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on £1 takeover by Birmingham City Council for failing business…
£1 takeover by Birmingham City Council for failing business…

 
£1 takeover by Birmingham City Council for failing business…
Investbx, a business which has, allegedly, already cost the taxpayer £3 million, has undergone a £1 takeover by Birmingham City Council, which, it is believed, intends to …

Cellfacts Instruments secure £230,000 investment..

May 23, 2011 – 4:14 pm | Comments Off on Cellfacts Instruments secure £230,000 investment..
Cellfacts Instruments secure £230,000 investment..

Blue Sky Corporate Finance Ltd has taken the lead role in arranging an equity investment round of at least £230,000 into Coventry based Cellfacts Instruments Ltd.
Cellfacts manufactures, supplies and maintains advanced precision analysis equipment used …

Young Entrepreneurial Spirit alive in Wolverhampton… Alice Marlow, 19 talks to The BIP….

May 21, 2011 – 5:41 pm | Comments Off on Young Entrepreneurial Spirit alive in Wolverhampton… Alice Marlow, 19 talks to The BIP….
Young Entrepreneurial Spirit alive in Wolverhampton… Alice Marlow, 19 talks to The BIP….

Alice Marlow, Young Entrepreneur.
Alice Marlow, is a 19 year old entrepreneur from Wolverhampton. She set up her own business, Alice Marlow Photography, a wedding photography business, around 2 years ago and …

MAS-WM launches its best practice workshops for West Midlands manufacturers

May 13, 2011 – 1:38 pm | Comments Off on MAS-WM launches its best practice workshops for West Midlands manufacturers
MAS-WM launches its best practice workshops for West Midlands manufacturers

MAS-WM launches its best practice workshops for West Midlands manufacturers
More than 100 manufacturers are set to benefit from a new series of best practice workshops coming to the region in May.
Led by the Manufacturing Advisory …

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