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Businesses across the Midlands helped raise more than £30,000 at an event last week (Thursday 4 April) for a Worcestershire charity which supports young adults with learning disabilities.
The Leapgate ‘Big Top Carnival’ charity ball, held …

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C-app-uccino In Your Pocket?

November 5, 2010 – 11:38 am | Comments Off on C-app-uccino In Your Pocket?
C-app-uccino In Your Pocket?

– A Birmingham-based coffee shop has become the first in the UK to launch an iPhone app which allows people to get their caffeine fix quicker.
Urban Coffee Company, based in the Colmore Business District, …

‘Red Tape’ Cost British Businesses £104bn A Year

October 27, 2010 – 1:30 pm | Comments Off on ‘Red Tape’ Cost British Businesses £104bn A Year
‘Red Tape’ Cost British Businesses £104bn A Year

-British companies are paying out £104bn a year on basic administrative tasks as a result of red tape, a new nation-wide survey has revealed.

Coventry Firm Gives Region Job Boost

October 26, 2010 – 1:00 pm | Comments Off on Coventry Firm Gives Region Job Boost
Coventry Firm Gives Region Job Boost

– A West Midlands insurance firm has bucked the unemployment trend by creating up to 100 new jobs due to a large expansion of their operation.
Coventry-based Fusion, which is a subsidiary of the …

Arts Money Cuts To Hit West Midlands

October 26, 2010 – 11:06 am | Comments Off on Arts Money Cuts To Hit West Midlands
Arts Money Cuts To Hit West Midlands

– Arts organisations across the region are set to find out this week just how the swingeing government cuts in Arts Council funding will affect their individual businesses.
Small support companies will of course feel the …

Miliband: “Government doesn’t do enough to support new UK business”

October 25, 2010 – 4:04 pm | Comments Off on Miliband: “Government doesn’t do enough to support new UK business”
Miliband: “Government doesn’t do enough to support new UK business”

-Following David Cameron’s announcement of a new National Infrastructure Plan to invest billions in economic growth, Labour Leader Ed Miliband has told business leaders that he doesn’t believe the government is facilitating recovery in the …

UK Must Raise Its Game To Secure Investment

October 25, 2010 – 2:24 pm | Comments Off on UK Must Raise Its Game To Secure Investment
UK Must Raise Its Game To Secure Investment

-The UK needs to work hard to maintain its position as a destination for business investment, with its position slipping in recent years, the country’s leading business group has said today.
It has been revealed at …

“Employers Can Do More” To Avoid Stress-Related Absences

October 25, 2010 – 12:09 pm | Comments Off on “Employers Can Do More” To Avoid Stress-Related Absences
“Employers Can Do More” To Avoid Stress-Related Absences

-Increased stress levels over the past year have been blamed for persistently high-levels of long-term public sector absence, with research showing the public sector is being the hit the hardest.

Bringing Entrepreneurism Into Focus – Alison Barton

October 22, 2010 – 4:19 pm | Comments Off on Bringing Entrepreneurism Into Focus – Alison Barton
Bringing Entrepreneurism Into Focus – Alison Barton

– Graduates, as we all know, are having an even harder time of it in the job market at the moment than ever before. With the recession causing a widespread tightening of belts, the knock-on …

Social Media Giants Launch $250m Fund For Businesses

October 22, 2010 – 12:29 pm | Comments Off on Social Media Giants Launch $250m Fund For Businesses
Social Media Giants Launch $250m Fund For Businesses

-A new $250 million initiative has been launched, with Facebook, Amazon and Zynga all investing to allow entrepreneurs to invent new social applications and services.

Birmingham Now Officially A ‘Smart’ City

October 22, 2010 – 11:56 am | Comments Off on Birmingham Now Officially A ‘Smart’ City
Birmingham Now Officially A ‘Smart’ City

– A prestigious social and economic research body has earmarked Birmingham as one of the ‘smartest’ cities in the world.
The Intelligent Community Forum, a think tank whose website says it is ‘Dedicated to economic …

Denys Nowhere Near Coming Up Shortt

October 20, 2010 – 6:16 pm | Comments Off on Denys Nowhere Near Coming Up Shortt
Denys Nowhere Near Coming Up Shortt

– Denys Shortt is an express train of business success. Born in England, Mr Shortt grew up in a variety of foreign locales, including India, Uganda and Kenya following his father’s work in the tea …

Real Pain From Cuts To Come, Warns Region’s Business Leaders

October 20, 2010 – 4:40 pm | Comments Off on Real Pain From Cuts To Come, Warns Region’s Business Leaders
Real Pain From Cuts To Come, Warns Region’s Business Leaders

-West Midlands business leaders today welcomed the government’s commitment to finding savings through cuts, yet warned that the ‘severity’ could see more ‘controversial’ cuts and extended effects to the private sector.

FSB: SME Growth Is ‘Missing Link’ In Deficit Programme

October 20, 2010 – 3:30 pm | Comments Off on FSB: SME Growth Is ‘Missing Link’ In Deficit Programme
FSB: SME Growth Is ‘Missing Link’ In Deficit Programme

-Following the Chancellor’s statement on the Comprehensive Spending Review the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has today urged the Coalition Government to  put in place the ‘missing link‘, namely a Small Business Programme for …

Department of Business Sees 7% Cut

October 20, 2010 – 2:41 pm | Comments Off on Department of Business Sees 7% Cut
Department of Business Sees 7% Cut

-The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills will see its budget cut by more than 7% as part of one of the biggest programmes of public spending cuts, the Chancellor revealed today.
As part of the …

Midlands MPs vote in favour of tuition fee increase

October 19, 2010 – 9:57 am | Comments Off on Midlands MPs vote in favour of tuition fee increase
Midlands MPs vote in favour of tuition fee increase

Midlands MPs have gone against the recent angry backlash of students and academics and voted in favour of the proposed increase in university tuition fees.
Liberal Democrat MPs John Hemming (Birmingham Yardley) and Lorely Burt (Solihull) …

‘Business Birmingham’ Aims To Make City Business Destination

October 18, 2010 – 12:19 pm | Comments Off on ‘Business Birmingham’ Aims To Make City Business Destination
‘Business Birmingham’ Aims To Make City Business Destination

-Marketing Birmingham has unveiled its ambitious new global investment sales and marketing strategy, ‘Business Birmingham’, which aims to bring new jobs to the city.
The new investment function, which transferred to the public/private partnership from Birmingham …

Award-Winning Worcester Animator Illustrates His Success

October 18, 2010 – 10:23 am | Comments Off on Award-Winning Worcester Animator Illustrates His Success
Award-Winning Worcester Animator Illustrates His Success

– The past generation of children have grown up with more animation swirling at them from their cinema and television screens than any of those previous. The wild popularity of movie franchises such as Shrek …

Business Finance Taskforce: How Will It Help Your SME?

October 18, 2010 – 9:38 am | Comments Off on Business Finance Taskforce: How Will It Help Your SME?
Business Finance Taskforce: How Will It Help Your SME?

-With the publication of the Business Finance Taskforce, the BBA has outlined a number of actions designed to help small businesses ‘thrive and grow’ by focusing on improving three main areas; customer relationships; access to …

The Apprentice Week Two: No Joy For Apollo As Local Is Sent Packing

October 15, 2010 – 4:50 pm | Comments Off on The Apprentice Week Two: No Joy For Apollo As Local Is Sent Packing
The Apprentice Week Two: No Joy For Apollo As Local Is Sent Packing

-16 hopefuls, 12 Weeks, 1 Job Interview from hell. The BIP’s resident couch potato reports week by week on the newest season of The Apprentice. Keeping a close eye on the multitude of over-inflated egos, …

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