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£1 million investment for HS2…

September 23, 2016 – 6:52 am | Comments Off on £1 million investment for HS2…
£1 million investment for HS2…

Almost £1 billion of investment is being committed to redevelop a part of Birmingham that is set to be transformed by the arrival of HS2 in the city.
The Curzon Investment Plan is an ambitious 30 …

Small businesses struggle to meet minimum wage demands…

September 12, 2016 – 6:41 am | Comments Off on Small businesses struggle to meet minimum wage demands…
Small businesses struggle to meet minimum wage demands…

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found small firms are meeting the challenge posed by the new National Living Wage (NLW) with the majority (59%) absorbing the costs by taking lower profits.
Following …

Birmingham leads Midlands in foreign investment…

September 12, 2016 – 6:15 am | Comments Off on Birmingham leads Midlands in foreign investment…
Birmingham leads Midlands in foreign investment…

Significant investment by foreign businesses in Greater Birmingham & Solihull has resulted in a 188% increase in projects since 2011, according to the latest Department for International Trade figures released.
Despite the pre-EU referendum unease of …

Unfair contract terms cost SMEs £4 billion…

September 5, 2016 – 7:08 am | Comments Off on Unfair contract terms cost SMEs £4 billion…
Unfair contract terms cost SMEs £4 billion…

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests half (52%) of small firms have been stung by unfair contract terms with suppliers, costing nearly £4 billion in the last three years.
Suppliers are failing …

Host of events contribute to Birmingham hotels seasonal growth…

August 29, 2016 – 7:05 am | Comments Off on Host of events contribute to Birmingham hotels seasonal growth…
Host of events contribute to Birmingham hotels seasonal growth…

Birmingham’s hotels posted average occupancy rates of 75% between March and May 2016 – the best results for spring since current records began in 2003. The figures are up from 74% in 2015 and 71% …

Midlands manufacturer hits £27 million turnover through exports…

August 22, 2016 – 6:40 am | Comments Off on Midlands manufacturer hits £27 million turnover through exports…

At a time when UK manufacturing exports are giving the sector a boost, one Midlands manufacturer has been recognised for its export efforts after almost doubling its turnover in the last five years through international …

Businesses less optimistic about economy since Brexit…

August 22, 2016 – 6:05 am | Comments Off on Businesses less optimistic about economy since Brexit…
Businesses less optimistic about economy since Brexit…

As the Bank of England cuts interest rates to an historic low and downgrades the UK’s growth prospects, the latest Business Barometer from top 40 accountants Bishop Fleming reveals a collapse in confidence amongst companies …

GBSLEP public consultation open on Birmingham’s economic future…

July 29, 2016 – 8:48 pm | Comments Off on GBSLEP public consultation open on Birmingham’s economic future…
GBSLEP public consultation open on Birmingham’s economic future…

Have your say on Greater Birmingham’s economic future. GBSLEP public consultation now open.
Views on the bold and ambitious plans to build Greater Birmingham into a global city region by 2030 are being sought.
A public consultation …

Survey shows static economic growth…

July 25, 2016 – 7:30 am | Comments Off on Survey shows static economic growth…
Survey shows static economic growth…

Economic growth was uninspiring in the run-up to the EU Referendum, according to the latest local economic survey by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.
The findings are based on 148 responses to Staffordshire Chambers’ Quarter 2 economic …

Midlands Connect: HS2 will benefit region…

July 13, 2016 – 7:25 am | Comments Off on Midlands Connect: HS2 will benefit region…
Midlands Connect: HS2 will benefit region…

A study outlining future development proposals for the region’s railways has been welcomed by Midlands Connect.
The partnership, which has been charged with developing a region-wide transport strategy to unlock growth and jobs and power the …

BREXIT – A nation divided and uncertain…

July 8, 2016 – 7:36 am | Comments Off on BREXIT – A nation divided and uncertain…
George Osborne

It has been two weeks since the UK declared the results of the EU referendum. During that time, there have been calls for a second referendum, and suggestions of illegality in the Brexit decision. If …

Growing Worcester economy prompts eResponse move in city…

March 4, 2016 – 7:00 am | Comments Off on Growing Worcester economy prompts eResponse move in city…
l-r Gareth Matts (Branch Manager - Worcester), Amy Byng (Area Manager - Worcestershire) and Richard Marsh (Operations Director) all eResponse Group

Worcester’s thriving economy has seen recruitment and training experts eResponse Group moving premises – creating four new jobs and regenerating a city centre building in the process.
The jobs firm has moved to its new 6,000 …

Chinese marketplace still the place for Western retailers to be, despite economic slowdown…

February 24, 2016 – 7:00 am | Comments Off on Chinese marketplace still the place for Western retailers to be, despite economic slowdown…
Andy Muldoon CEO of PowaWeb

February, London – Jimmy Choo increased their annual global revenue in 2015 by 7 per cent to £318m thanks in part to its eight new stores in China.  This demonstrates the continuing popularity with western …

Chinese New Year 2016 could open up growth opportunities for Midlands’ businesses…

February 1, 2016 – 7:20 am | Comments Off on Chinese New Year 2016 could open up growth opportunities for Midlands’ businesses…
Chinese Dragon

Monday, 8 February, 2016, marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey, which will be celebrated by more than a billion Chinese people.
At the beginning of a new year, we are often looking …

Staffordshire Chambers’ survey reveals mixed fortunes for businesses…

January 27, 2016 – 6:00 am | Comments Off on Staffordshire Chambers’ survey reveals mixed fortunes for businesses…
Staffordshire Chambers’ survey reveals mixed fortunes for businesses…

Manufacturing firms fared better than the service industry during the last quarter of 2015, according to the latest economic survey by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.
UK sales and orders remained stable for both the manufacturing …

North Staffordshire economy slowing, Staffordshire Chambers’ survey reveals…

October 16, 2015 – 7:10 am | Comments Off on North Staffordshire economy slowing, Staffordshire Chambers’ survey reveals…
North Staffordshire economy slowing, Staffordshire Chambers’ survey reveals…

The North Staffordshire economy is slowing, according to the latest local economic survey by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. The survey also revealed that nearly two-fifths of businesses are being hampered by local road traffic congestion.

Golden opportunity for innovative staffing specialists as recruitment industry hits third year of growth…

September 1, 2015 – 6:20 am | Comments Off on Golden opportunity for innovative staffing specialists as recruitment industry hits third year of growth…
Golden opportunity for innovative staffing specialists as recruitment industry hits third year of growth…

August 27th 2015, Surrey – As the UK’s economic recovery continues to pick up pace, the staffing sector has seen three years of successful momentum thanks to leading firms in fast-growth industries such as technology and financial …

Jobs and salaries boost for Midlands…

July 6, 2015 – 7:30 am | Comments Off on Jobs and salaries boost for Midlands…
Sara Abbott, Director for The HR Dept., North Birmingham

Employees across the Midlands look set to benefit from growing economic optimism as a survey by employment specialists The HR Dept. finds 58.3% of almost 900 SMEs surveyed are planning to take on staff over …

New government must support fast-growth companies or risk stalling economy, market leader warns…

May 8, 2015 – 7:20 am | Comments Off on New government must support fast-growth companies or risk stalling economy, market leader warns…
New government must support fast-growth companies or risk stalling economy, market leader warns…

The next government must do everything they can to support fast-growth companies or risk damaging the economy, a founder of one of the UK’s fastest growing tech company has warned.

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