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'Mum's housework adds up to four working days a week'

6:20am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE average mum puts in 31 hours of housework every week, the equivalent of four full working days and made up of 23 hours’ work during the week and another eight hours on a typical weekend according to research by Direct Line.

Lifts business opens new extension in Oldbury

Stourbridge News: MAKING A SPLASH: Dolphin Lifts Midlands officially opens its new extension.

6:20am Friday 18th April 2014

DOLPHIN Lifts Midlands Ltd has officially opened a new extension at its offices in Oldbury.

New Black Country industrial and warehousing development to open

6:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

A NEW £1.5 million industrial/warehousing development in the Black Country is to be officially unveiled at a business support event later this month.

British Chambers policy director meets Black Country members

Stourbridge News: Discussed economy: Martin Dudley, Ninder Johal and Adam Marshall.

6:20am Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE executive director of policy and external affairs, British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, met Black Country Chamber of Commerce Platinum Group members to discuss the economy nationally, especially post-Budget.

Law firm's clothes donations boost children's wards trust

Stourbridge News: 'So grateful': Caroline Irvine and Angela Manganiello.

6:20am Tuesday 15th April 2014

STAFF at law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys have been donating items of clothing in support of the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust.

Don’t find out too late you are under-insured

Stourbridge News: Bob Simonds, a partner in the Residential Service Charge Department at CPBigwood, says: Make sure you do not become a victim of under-insurance."

3:17pm Monday 14th April 2014

Bob Simonds, a partner in the Residential Service Charge Department at CPBigwood, warns of the risks of under-insurance as the property market picks up.

New chief executive for Thomas Vale

Stourbridge News: NEW MAN: From left, Craig Tatton is welcomed by Madani Sow and Tony Hyde at Thomas Vale Construction.

8:57am Monday 14th April 2014

A CONTRUCTION company based in Stourport has appointed a new managing director.

Kidderminster firm helping transform nuns' former cells into luxury suites

Stourbridge News: LATEST PHASE: Artist’s impression showing the extension being created at Stanbrook Abbey.

6:40am Monday 14th April 2014

FORMER nuns' cells are set to be transformed as part of a multi-milion pounds project to be carried out by the Kidderminster-based team of construction company Stepnell.

'1 in 7 retiring this year will rely on State Pension'

6:40am Sunday 13th April 2014

ONE in seven (14 per cent) of those planning to retire this year has made no personal pension provision and will be either totally or heavily dependent on the State Pension, according to research by Prudential.

'Flood repairs could cost £30k for 3-bed house'

6:20am Sunday 13th April 2014

THE cost of restoring a flood-hit three-bedroom house to its former condition could be, on average, £30,000, with flood proofing costing an additional £15,000 according to data issued by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

'Savvy youngsters saving more than their parents did'

6:10am Sunday 13th April 2014

SAVVY youngsters are saving more than their parents’ generation did, with 94 per cent of today’s 11 to 16-year-olds setting money aside for the future, according to new research from Santander 123 Mini.

London rated 3rd top destination

6:40am Saturday 12th April 2014

LONDON has been rated third in the world in TripAdvisor 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations.

Budding 'mumpreneurs' considering starting businesses from home

6:20am Saturday 12th April 2014

NEW research from Direct Line for Business (DL4B) reveals that nearly two thirds of mums (65 per cent) with children under the age of 10 are considering starting a business from home in the next three years.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in running for top award

6:10am Saturday 12th April 2014

IRONBRIDGE Gorge Museum Trust has been named as a finalist in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.

West Midlands houses sold per chartered surveyor 'highest for 4 years'

7:40am Friday 11th April 2014

THE average number of houses sold per chartered surveyor in the West Midlands jumped to its highest level in four years during the first three months of 2014 as increasing numbers of buyers looked to test the housing market right across the country, says the RICS March Residential Market Survey.

Innotive company designs software to help small companies

Stourbridge News: Thomas Floate from IO Studios.

7:10am Friday 11th April 2014

A REDDITCH-based digital marketing company has launched a new system to help small businesses up and down the country manage their sales leads.

'Rent rises to be overtaken by wage growth this year'

6:40am Friday 11th April 2014

RENT rises will be overtaken by wage growth in 2014, while disposable income for those in the private rented sector is set to grow for the first whole year since the financial crisis, according to the latest analysis by LSL Property Services.

£100m to boost firms' supply chains

6:20am Friday 11th April 2014

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has announced £100 million to help companies strengthen their domestic supply chains and create or safeguard thousands of jobs.

Walsall retailer backs St John Ambulance

6:10am Friday 11th April 2014

A RETAILER in Walsall is set to make a lifesaving difference after choosing first aid organisation St John Ambulance as its charity of the year.

British Gas in £5.6m contracts fine

8:08am Thursday 10th April 2014

ENERGY giant British Gas has been ordered to pay £5.6 million in compensation and fines for blocking business from switching suppliers and failing to tell others their contracts were ending, Ofgem said.

Millions are 'living on the edge'

8:06am Thursday 10th April 2014

AROUND 15 million people are "living on the edge" despite the improving economy, a report by a debt charity has warned.

Trio of MPs visit rocket motors firm

Stourbridge News: FIRM INTEREST: From left, Jim Fleming and Mark Hardman, both Roxel UK, Sir Peter Luff, Philip Dunne, Mark Garnier and Jacques Desclaux.

6:40am Thursday 10th April 2014

A TRIO of MPs representing Worcestershire and Shropshire constituencies have visited rocket motors firm Roxel UK at Summerfield.

SVR teams up with Morgan for dual driving experience

Stourbridge News: DRIVING AMBITION: 3 Wheel Drive Limited.

6:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

SEVERN Valley Railway’s (SVR) Footplate Experience has announced a new partnership, teaming up with 3 Wheel Drive Limited, in partnership with Morgan Motors, to provide guests with a heritage transport experience package.

Worcestershire financial specialist goes national with advice

6:10am Thursday 10th April 2014

A WORCESTERSHIRE financial specialist has shared his pensions and savings knowledge in a national question and answer session.

Complaints about PPI slowing down

2:19pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

CONSUMERS made more than three million complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) to financial firms last year despite the scandal showing signs of slowing down.

Co-op society rejects shake-up plan

2:15pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE embattled Co-operative Group faced a fresh blow today after it emerged that the largest independent society under its umbrella had rejected plans for a corporate shake-up.

Toyota in 35,000-car recall move

8:09am Wednesday 9th April 2014

CAR manufacturer Toyota is recalling more than 35,000 UK cars after it discovered faults that could deactivate airbags, cause seats to move while driving and break steering columns.

Yes vote 'would hit energy sector'

8:08am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE UK Energy Secretary has warned that the "uncertainty and disruption" of Scottish independence would seriously affect progress in the economy and energy sector.

Halesowen breakfast club members see proposed polymer bank notes

Stourbridge News: BANK SPEAKER: From left, Shane Miller, Thursfields, Brian Cartwright, Lloyds Bank Stourbridge, Glynn Jones, Peter O’Hara, Thursfields and Chris Cook, Nicklins.

6:40am Wednesday 9th April 2014

GLYNN Jones, deputy regional agent of The Bank of England, was the first speaker at the inaugural meeting of Halesowen Business Breakfast Club, held at the Talbot Inn in Belbroughton.

Cracking idea for kids' Easter egg campaign

Stourbridge News: EGG-STRA SPECIAL: Tina White and Alisha Savage, of eRespnse, with some of the donated eggs.

6:20am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A KIDDERMINSTER training and recruitment firm is calling on people and businesses to help make Easter eggs-tra special and donate chocolate treats for children in care.

Midlands furniture firm features on TV Troubleshooter show

6:10am Wednesday 9th April 2014

MANUFACTURER and retailer, Hereford Furniture will make its TV debut tomorrow on BBC2 in a one-hour dedicated documentary-style programme.

College gets £7m funding to help workers in West Midlands

10:15am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Bournville College has been granted European Funding to invest into a scheme which will offer free courses to support the training of workers across the West Midlands including Stourbridge and Kidderminster.

IMF: UK economy to grow by 2.9%

4:16pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE UK is set to be the world's fastest-growing major advanced economy this year according to a sharply-upgraded forecast from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Aldi's sales leap by a record 35%

12:54pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

BRITAIN'S big four supermarket chains have surrendered more ground to their discount rivals in the wake of a record quarter of growth for Aldi.

Chaddesley Corbett hotel in running for award

9:02am Tuesday 8th April 2014

CHADDESLEY Corbett-based Brockencote Hall Hotel has been named as a finalist in the Small Hotel of the Year category of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.

Export opportunities predicted for cider-makers

8:57am Tuesday 8th April 2014

CIDER drinkers across the world will enjoy an extra 704 million pints a year by 2018, offering major export opportunities for producers in Britain and across the Midlands, according to industry bosses.

Worcestershire LEP earns top ranking

8:39am Tuesday 8th April 2014

IN the Third Annual Review of the economic performance and characteristics of the 39 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, Worcestershire has been ranked top of the league for its firms’ product to market strategies.

Clash over future of energy sector

8:11am Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE UK Energy Secretary has clashed with Scotland's First Minister about the impact independence could have on the crucial energy sector.

Cameron hails new supermarket jobs

2:30pm Monday 7th April 2014

DAVID Cameron said today he is "delighted" by supermarket giant Asda's plans to create 12,000 new jobs over the next five years.

Energy complaints rise by 224%

8:16am Monday 7th April 2014

ENERGY complaints have soared in the first three months of this year - a 224% rise on the first quarter of 2013, the energy sector's ombudsman said.

Miliband warning on middle classes

8:14am Monday 7th April 2014

THE link between growth and ordinary families' finances has been "broken", as the proceeds of economic recovery disproportionately go to the rich and the rising cost of essentials hits middle-income earners hard, Labour leader Ed Miliband has warned.

Brewery raises a glass for new visitor centre

Stourbridge News: MAKING  A TOAST: Nick Davis, owner of Hobsons Brewery and rural affairs minister Dan Rogerson outside the new visitor centre.

7:40am Monday 7th April 2014

A CLEOBURY Mortimer brewery has opened a £50,000 visitor centre with the help of Government funding.

Life through a lens shows way ahead for Stourbridge firm

Stourbridge News: CLEARER FUTURE: From left, Steve Grice,Dan Boughton, Oakhill Optical, Isobel Harding and Philip Chapman.

6:40am Monday 7th April 2014

A STOURBRIDGE manufacturer which supplies lenses for opticians and optical professionals across the UK is looking to safeguard its future after securing investment.

Changing times...

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

6:00am Monday 7th April 2014

The old carpet factories which were part of life for many in the Wyre Forest area, were mainly Victorian North light buildings constructed at a time when workers put up with whatever conditions they had to, in order to earn a living.

Plumbing and heating contractors issue consumer advice guides

6:40am Sunday 6th April 2014

A SERIES of consumer advice guides have been issued by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors to offer free practical advice to homeowners on a range of plumbing and heating-related subjects.

'More home buyers opting for fixed-rate mortgages'

6:20am Sunday 6th April 2014

ACCORDING to new data, an unprecedented number of home buyers are opting for fixed-rate mortgage deals.

Almost two thirds of Brits have not used ISA allowance

6:10am Sunday 6th April 2014

TSB’s latest research reveals that almost two thirds (63%) of Brits still have not used their ISA allowance this tax year.

Sewing machine sales surge on back of TV show

6:40am Saturday 5th April 2014

SALES of sewing machines at online retailer Argos are up by 56 per cent compared to this time last year, as Brits have been inspired to sew by the second season of the BBC2 show The Great British Sewing Bee.

Families 'have £5 more a week to spend' says Asda

6:20am Saturday 5th April 2014

THE latest Asda Income Tracker has revealed that families had £5 a week more discretionary income in February, 2014 than in the same month the year before.

Community groups urged by Cleobury Mortimer's MP to apply for grants

6:10am Saturday 5th April 2014

CLEOBURY Mortimer's MP is encouraging local communities to nominate and apply for cash from Lloyds Bank Community Fund.



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