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Hot dogs - or cats - can lead to costly bills insurer warns

2:10pm Friday 22nd August 2014

DOGS and cats love basking in the sunshine but Direct Line Pet Insurance warns that summer can also be hazardous for our furry friends.

Land Registry completes almost 1.5m applications in month

12:40pm Friday 22nd August 2014

TRANSACTION Data shows Land Registry completed more than 1,479,490 applications from its customers in July.

Wool marketing board members set to meet producers at auction markets

12:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AS the major sheep sales season gets in to full swing the British Wool Marketing Board is looking forward to meeting wool producers at a number of auction markets over the coming months.

Unsung heroes of social care sought

11:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE sixth annual Great British Care Awards have been launched, marking the start of the search for unsung heroes across the UK who dedicate themselves to excellence in social care.

Arts store to occupy listed Pershore building

10:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

FOLLOWING significant investment by a businesswoman, work being undertaken to restore a long-term vacant Grade II listed property on Pershore High Street is nearing completion.

Canal bridge restored in Kidderminster

Stourbridge News:

9:40am Friday 22nd August 2014

WORK to restore a Kidderminster canal bridge has been completed.

Bridging industry 'accelerates rapidly' since new rules imposed on mortgage lenders

9:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

SINCE the enforcement of new rules on mainstream mortgage lenders, the bridging industry has witnessed a rapid acceleration in its pace of growth, according to the latest West One Bridging Index.

Rising fare costs cause commuters train pain

7:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

ESCALATING rail fares are to continue hitting commuters in the pocket according to the product director at Scottish Friendly.

West Midlands claims for R&D tax relief up a third

6:40am Friday 22nd August 2014

LATEST Government figures show that the number of claims for Research and Development tax relief by SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the West Midlands region rose by 33% in 2012-13 compared to the previous year.

Black Country accountant opens second office

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

ALMOST two years after setting up TaxAssist Accountants in Kingswinford to provide specialist tax and accountancy services to the small business community, local accountant Lloyd Evans is expanding, opening a second office at Cradley Enterprise Centre in Halesowen.

New marketing and communications director for Birmingham Royal Ballet

6:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

BIRMINGHAM Royal Ballet has a new director of marketing and communications.

Figures reveal costs to commuters

4:37pm Thursday 21st August 2014

COMMUTERS' contributions to the cost of the rail system have been laid bare in new figures.

First food spending drop recorded

4:35pm Thursday 21st August 2014

SPENDING in food stores dropped in July for the first time in at least 25 years as the supermarket price war took effect, official figures showed today.

Petrol prices at three-year low

3:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE price of fuel at the pumps has fallen to a three-year low, according to AA figures.

Borrowing down by half in July

3:47pm Thursday 21st August 2014

GEORGE Osborne's battle to bring down the annual deficit was given a small boost today as figures showed underlying Government borrowing for July fell by half.

Number of Neets falls by 20,000

3:45pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE number of young people not in education, employment or training fell by 20,000 in the quarter to June to 955,000, new figures have shown.

John Lewis to cut down on free cake

3:44pm Thursday 21st August 2014

JOHN Lewis customers are to see the number of free cakes and hot drinks they receive as part of a loyalty scheme reduced in the run-up to Christmas.

Engineers' institution warns over GCSE removal proposals

1:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AS thousands of young people today receive their GCSE results, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is warning that the Government proposal to remove GCSE engineering could make the skills crisis an even bigger cause of concern for UK employers.

Report backs 'sterlingisation' plan

12:37pm Thursday 21st August 2014

USING the pound without a formal currency union could give an independent Scotland a more stable economy than the rest of the UK, a leading think tank has suggested.

Volcano travel impact played down

12:35pm Thursday 21st August 2014

UK aviation chiefs are confident air travellers will not face the severe ash cloud disruption of 2010 should Iceland's current at-risk volcano Bardarbunga erupt.

Payouts damaged BBC, says Bowen

10:28am Thursday 21st August 2014

BUMPER pay packets handed out to BBC executives have caused "massive damage" to the corporation, according to its Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.

Soaring demand set to boost West Midlands automotive jobs

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Thursday 21st August 2014

SOARING demand for cars and components manufactured in the West Midlands will see a surge in jobs as more than half of employers revealed they were planning to take on new staff - and up their pay, it has been claimed.

'Problem solving skills shortage' a career progress stumbling block

6:20am Thursday 21st August 2014

A "SHORTAGE" of problem-solving skills in the construction industry is said to be preventing professionals from advancing within their careers, prompting a new initiative between Birmingham City University and Mott MacDonald Ltd.

Kidderminster shopping centre's property managers trained to customer service standard

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Thursday 21st August 2014

PROPERTY management staff, including those for Kidderminster's Swan Centre, have all been trained in the principles of customer service following the achievement of an industry standard.

Meat inspectors to strike over pay

11:50am Wednesday 20th August 2014

MEAT inspectors at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are to stage two four-hour strikes next week in a row over pay.

Bank split over interest rate rise

11:48am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TWO members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) have voted for a 0.25% hike in interest rates in the first split vote on rates since July 2011, it was disclosed today.

Programme helps IT firm on move from Alvechurch to Redditch

6:40am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A GROWING telecoms and IT company in Worcestershire has become the 100th business to be supported by a programme helping firms in the region further their growth plans.

Black Country Chamber calls for closer working between schools and business

6:20am Wednesday 20th August 2014

SCHOOLS need to work closely with business to ensure students have relevant skills, according to a Black Country Chamber of Commerce member.

NEC Group boosts Harry charity

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE NEC Group has raised over £21,000 for its employee-elected charity of the year, HelpHarryHelpOthers (HHHO).

Train companies announced in northern services bidding

4:10pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

TRAIN companies in the running to transform rail services across the north have been announced by the Government today.

Surprise as inflation falls to 1.6%

2:34pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

INFLATION fell to 1.6% in July as fashion stores launched summer discounts and fierce competition between supermarkets helped keep a lid on food prices for the longest stretch in a decade.

Lidl throws down gauntlet to rivals

10:58am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE supermarket price war is set to intensify after a study found discount store Lidl was almost a third cheaper than the major chains.

Property prices increase by 10.2%

10:56am Tuesday 19th August 2014

HOUSE prices have surged by 10.2% over the last year to reach a new all-time high of £265,000 typically, official figures show.

Payday loan site complaints double

10:54am Tuesday 19th August 2014

COMPLAINTS about "payday loan middlemen" websites that take hundreds of pounds from consumers on the promise of finding cheap credit have more than doubled in the last year, the ombudsman has said.

UK mobile network coverage improves

8:09am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A RACE between mobile providers to outperform their competitors could see better network coverage for customers throughout the UK, a report has suggested.

Management gender pay gap widens

8:07am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE gender pay gap in management is widening, with women in their 40s earning more than a third less than men, according to a new report.

Currency union 'the best route'

8:06am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FORMAL currency union with the rest of the UK would be the "best route" for an independent Scotland, the chair of an expert group which advises Alex Salmond's Government has insisted.

Independence 'won't hit tourism'

8:05am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE result of next month's independence referendum will not affect most tourists when considering whether to visit Scotland, a survey has suggested.

Cleobury Mortimer baking products firm celebrates 15 years

6:40am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A CLEOBURY Mortimer-based baking raising agents supplier is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

Vehicle hire firm with Midlands branches to offer customer service NVQs

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Tuesday 19th August 2014

NORTHGATE Vehicle Hire, which has branches in Kidderminster, Cannock, Birmingham and Stoke, has announced plans to upskill its employees by offering an NVQ course in customer service to anyone who joins the company.

Rural watchdog slams listed building consent system as 'dysfunctional'

6:10am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE CLA (Country Land and Business Association) has highlighted what it has described as "the urgent need" to reform the current “dysfunctional” listed building consent system with its backing of a new report by the Listed Buildings Initiative.

£220m bill over eBorders contract

4:31pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE Government is to pay out more than £220 million to a US defence firm after a tribunal found it had unlawfully terminated a contract to provide the controversial eBorders programme.

ASDA cutting fuel cost from tomorrow

1:56pm Monday 18th August 2014

FROM tomorrow morning Asda will cut the cost of fuel across all 234 UK forecourts by up to 2p a litre on unleaded and 1p a litre on diesel.

Mortgage lending down at Nationwide

12:28pm Monday 18th August 2014

NATIONWIDE has reported a fall in mortgage lending in the latest sign of cooling in the housing market.

More than 1m over-65s 'in work'

10:02am Monday 18th August 2014

THE number of over 65-year-olds working has increased to more than a million since the coalition came to power, according to research.

High streets hit as footfall down

10:00am Monday 18th August 2014

RETAILERS suffered a fourth month in a row of declining footfall in July, with high streets the hardest hit, figures showed today.

'Dramatic' rise in executive pay

9:59am Monday 18th August 2014

BRITAIN'S top executives are now paid more than 140 times the wages of their average employee, according to a new study.

Record drop in house asking prices

9:56am Monday 18th August 2014

HOUSE sellers' asking prices fell steeply by 2.9% month-on-month to £262,401 typically in August as the mood of the market grows calmer in London in particular, website Rightmove has reported.

Kidderminster firm quartet clock up combined century of service

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Monday 18th August 2014

FOUR members of staff at a Kidderminster printer have clocked up a century of service between them.

Most M-ways and major roads set to be roadworks free over bank holiday weekend

6:10am Monday 18th August 2014

THE Highways Agency intends to help holidaymakers by keeping traffic moving over the August bank holiday weekend, ensuring that 98 per cent of England’s motorways and other major roads are free of roadworks.


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