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Congestion ‘costing city more than £1m a day’ 

18 Oct 17

New report by chamber of commerce says members are struggling with punctuality and reduced productivity due to log jams on Greater Birmingham’s roads…


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Almost 8,000 families have ‘disappeared’ from Birmingham’s council house waiting list 

18 Oct 17

Revamp of waiting list in spring has seen thousands of households fail to reapply and officials don’t know why…


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New future for hotel building where Mahatma Gandhi ate 

18 Oct 17

Hunt has started to find a developer to regenerate Victorian complex once home to a vegetarian hotel and restaurant…


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Are degree apprenticeships the best kept secret of this current generation? 

17 Oct 17

Aston University were the first university to run degree apprenticeships in 2015…


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Why Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is going on hunger strike 

17 Oct 17

MP says nothing but water will pass his lips for a day as he raises awareness of Guantanamo Bay detainees…


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Over 100 new West Midlands trains – with wi fi and speeds up to 110mph 

17 Oct 17

New franchise operator announces which firms will build 107 new trains to be used across Birmingham and the West Midlands…


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Birmingham City Council has a new deputy leader 

17 Oct 17

Vacancy arose after Ian Ward was elected leader last month…


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Hotel Chocolat to open café and store in Birmingham 

17 Oct 17

Chocolatier to launch its third venue in city centre but this time it comes with a caf as well…


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Historic US engineering firm opens first UK base in Birmingham 

17 Oct 17

Consultancy Burns McDonnell was founded in 1898 by Standford University graduates…


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Here’s how your constituency will change when the map of Birmingham is re-drawn 

17 Oct 17

Birmingham is to lose one MP and many people will find themselves in a new constituency…


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Women told to go 600 miles to ORKNEY as Midland refuges were full 

16 Oct 17

She faced huge journey as budget cuts bite…


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New plans for 15-storey student development backed by Chinese investors 

16 Oct 17

Latest project from Court Collaboration has again draw on Asian investors to support regeneration in Birmingham…


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Conservatives want to force political campaigners on Twitter to include their real name on their profile page 

16 Oct 17

Tory plan would turn political obsessives on Twitter into criminals unless they published their real name in their Twitter profile…


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MPs have launched a serious attempt to stop Brexit happening if there’s no EU deal 

16 Oct 17

As the Government struggles to agree a trade deal with the EU, there’s growing speculation that Brexit could be delayed or cancelled entirely…


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Tony Iommi launches new £4 million Digbeth music school 

16 Oct 17

Black Sabbath guitarist opens new music school BIMM Birmingham…


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Here’s why a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would be a total disaster for the West Midlands economy, employers and people 

14 Oct 17

Theresa May says the Government is preparing for the possibility of quitting the EU without a replacement deal, but this would cause enormous damage to the West Midlands…


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Former Sainsbury’s Bank chief takes over LEP 

13 Oct 17

Tim Pile succeeds Steve Hollis as chairman of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership…


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Shortlist revealed for Birmingham’s premier industrial development site 

13 Oct 17

Four industrial and logistics companies in running to take on the Peddimore site…


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Another escape room game set to open in Birmingham 

13 Oct 17

Escape Reality submits plans to convert former banqueting hall in Jewellery Quarter into six-room escape attraction…


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Taxi driver boss warns of ‘chaos’ following new one-way system in Birmingham city centre 

13 Oct 17

Redirecting Hill Street traffic will cause chaos says chairman of TOA Taxis…


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There’s been a shocking rise in rough sleeping in the West Midlands 

13 Oct 17

There is concern over the shocking increase in the number of people forced to sleep rough…


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Queen Elizabeth Hospital urged to stop ‘fannying about’ and build multi-storey car park 

13 Oct 17

Parking around the hospital has been a long-held issue…


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Jaguar man gives speech at law firm’s get-together 

13 Oct 17

More than 80 professionals from the West Midlands business community attended Talbots Not So Breakfast Club last week…


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Legal & General’s £53m backing for Jewellery Quarter development 

12 Oct 17

Finance group shows more faith in Birmingham property market with latest investment…


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These travellers set up camp on a football pitch – and mowed the grass 

12 Oct 17

Politicians were criticising Travellers when one MP told a very different story about people who tidied up after themselves and even got out their lawnmower…