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Sports lawyer given role at England Golf

Stourbridge News:

2:10pm Friday 1st August 2014

SENIOR sports lawyer Rod Findlay has been appointed to the new post of director of planning and governance at England Golf.

Birmingham business founder shortlisted in national awards

Stourbridge News:

8:40am Friday 1st August 2014

FOUNDER of Birmingham-based business, Sign Solutions, Sean Nicholson, has beaten hundreds of small businesses to be shortlisted in the national Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2014.

Accountants warn over new longer-term loans standard

8:10am Friday 1st August 2014

NEW accounting standard (IFRS 9) might force banks to have larger bad debt provisions against long-term loans such as mortgages and business loans ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has warned.

Retail property ranked by local authority areas

7:40am Friday 1st August 2014

DTZ has published the Retail Property Health Index (RPHI), which ranks 128 counties/local authorities according to their current and future economic, socio-demographic and retail characteristics.

Workplace deaths drop 85% in 40 years

7:10am Friday 1st August 2014

THE number of people who lose their lives at work nationally has dropped sharply by 85 per cent over the past 40 years, from more than 650 every year in 1974 to a record low of 133 today, new figures reveal.

West Midlands firms worried over over availability of skilled workers

6:40am Friday 1st August 2014

TWO-thirds of those companies which currently run apprenticeship schemes plan to give more young people in the West Midlands an opportunity to take their first steps into the job market, according to research carried out for the CBI.

West Midlands property management unit creation takes step forward

6:20am Friday 1st August 2014

THE executive director of the Government Property Unit (GPU) at the Cabinet Office has been appointed chairman of a new Shadow Shareholder Group designed to oversee the creation of a ground-breaking regional property management unit in the West Midlands.

Civil engineers' First World War contributions can be seen online

6:10am Friday 1st August 2014

A COLLECTION of archived photos, accounts, designs, journal entries and lectures has been collated into a free online compendium by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), to honour the contribution of civil engineers to British military efforts during the First World War.

Care centre opened in Kidderminster

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Thursday 31st July 2014

A CARE and nursing agency has launched its services in north Worcestershire.

Dudley Building Society holds annual meeting in Brierley Hill

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Thursday 31st July 2014

MEMBERS of Dudley Building Society gathered at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill for the 2014 annual meeting, where all resolutions were passed on the evening by chairman Anna East.

Worcestershire LEP briefs on strategic plan over breakfast

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Thursday 31st July 2014

A CAPACITY audience attended a breakfast briefing to hear more from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership about the outcome of Worcestershire’s Strategic Economic Plan and what the Growth Deal with Government means for the county and for its businesses.

Co-op's Kidderminster Funeralcare earns green accolade

6:10am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Midcounties Co-operative has announced that the Kidderminster Funeralcare outlet is its best performing one in the West Midlands in its effort to boost the society's green credentials.

Reckless bankers face bonus losses

1:35pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE Bank of England today confirmed plans for a tough new regime for reckless bankers allowing bonuses to be clawed back seven years after they are awarded.

Electricity bills 'set for £12 cut'

8:21am Wednesday 30th July 2014

BILLS are to be reduced by £12 a year on average after new price controls were agreed by five of the six companies that run Britain's electricity network.

Russia hit by new world sanctions

8:20am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE European Union and US are to impose new economic sanctions against Russia following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which has been blamed on Moscow-backed rebels in Ukraine.

84% of firms 'lack Yes vote plan'

8:18am Wednesday 30th July 2014

MORE than eight out of ten businesses in Scotland do not yet have plans in place to deal with the result of the referendum if the country votes for independence, a new survey has revealed.

Employment expert issues warning

Stourbridge News:

7:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

CHANGES to the way employment disputes are handled pose a significant risk to workers, a Wyre Forest employment expert has warned.

Blackheath bathroom company awards contender

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Wednesday 30th July 2014

CAROLINE Cooper of Blackheath-based Roman Bathrooms has been shortlisted for the second year running for a national award, recognising design skills in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom sector.

Kidderminster renewable energy company earns £500k housebuilder contracts

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A RENEWABLE energy specialist based in Kidderminster has been awarded contracts worth £500,000 by house-builders Lovell, Jessup and Mansell to install solar PV on 11 new housing schemes across Birmingham.

New chairman for rural watchdog's Worcestershire branch

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Wednesday 30th July 2014

YAN Gittins, a partner at Fisher German chartered surveyors, has been elected chairman for the Country Land and Business Association's (CLA’s) Worcestershire branch.

Labour tops income table with £33m

2:35pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

LABOUR has topped the league for the highest political party income, reporting that more than £33 million went into its coffers last year.

Ads targeted in web piracy campaign

11:51am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WEBSITES alleged to be offering pirated material are to have their advertising revenue disrupted in a ground-breaking initiative.

Personal insolvencies rise by 8%

11:49am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE number of people going insolvent in England and Wales between April and June has climbed by 8% on the previous quarter, official figures show.

Next set to extend M&S profits lead

11:47am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FASHION retailer Next upped its full-year profit guidance by £25 million today after better-than-expected first-half sales, leaving it on course to extend its lead over Marks & Spencer.

BP warns of Russia sanctions impact

11:46am Tuesday 29th July 2014

OIL giant BP has warned that further international sanctions on Russia could have a "material adverse impact" on the company.

Britons seen as drinking too much

8:18am Tuesday 29th July 2014

BRITONS drink too much and have bad eating habits, according to some foreigners.

Diesel drivers 'pollution penalty'

8:16am Tuesday 29th July 2014

DRIVERS of diesel cars could have to pay more in road tax or face additional levies to travel into city centres in an effort to tackle pollution, it is reported.

Rise in West Midlands commercial properties being sold for residential conversion

7:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

CHARTERED surveyors in the West Midlands saw a rise in the number of transactions of commercial properties being sold with Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to be converted into residential properties during the second quarter of this year.

Black Country firm one of first to achieve standard in steel industry

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A BLACK Country business has become one of the first of its kind to achieve a new quality standard for the steel industry.

Bromsgrove affordable housing provider expands into Redditch

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Tuesday 29th July 2014

BROMSGROVE affordable housing provider bdht is expanding its reach into Redditch after being selected by Bournville Village Trust (BVT) to purchase 42 of its properties in the Woodrow North, Batchley and Matchborough West areas of the town.

Law firm director abseils for lighthouses charity

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A DIRECTOR of a law firm with offices in Kidderminster, Stourport, Halesowen and Worcester reached new heights during a charity abseil.

Lloyds to pay out £218m over Libor

3:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

LLOYDS Banking Group is to pay fines totalling £218 million to UK and US authorities after it became the latest lender to be punished over the rigging of interest rate benchmarks.

Supermarket cutting fuel prices

1:11pm Monday 28th July 2014

ASDA has sparked a likely supermarket petrol price war by cutting its fuel prices.

Job vacancies and salaries 'rise'

1:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

JOB vacancies are increasing and advertised salaries growing amid fresh evidence of a recovering labour market, according to a new report.

Ryanair increases profits forecast

1:05pm Monday 28th July 2014

RYANAIR raised its full-year profits guidance today after more than doubling first- quarter earnings and setting out aggressive plans for expansion in Europe.

Passport Office staff to strike

8:08am Monday 28th July 2014

PASSPORT Office staff will strike today over staff shortages which they say have led to a serious backlog in processing applications this year.

Luck 'nothing to do with it' say three-quarters of West Mids business owners

7:40am Monday 28th July 2014

WEST Midlands business owners have poured cold water on the notion that you need to be lucky to be successful, according to new research conducted on behalf of online accounting and payroll software Sage One.

Industrial equipment agent moves into Bromsgrove technology park

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Monday 28th July 2014

A WYTHALL-based industrial equipment agent is moving into new offices on Bromsgrove Technology Park in a deal transacted by leading Midland independent property consultancy GJS Dillon.

Success is sweet for Redditch jewellery-maker

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Monday 28th July 2014

REDDITCH-based jewellery-maker, Victoria Brown, is experiencing an unexpected boost to business from an unexpected quarter - she is getting requests for jewellery to celebrate sugar anniversaries.

Birmingham businesses boost Hippodrome community projects

6:10am Monday 28th July 2014

BIRMINGHAM businesses have given a £5,000 boost to Hippodrome Plus at a special fundraising gala event before a performance of the global musical phenomenon Wicked at Birmingham Hippodrome.

'Home keys still hidden under mat or gnomes'

7:10am Sunday 27th July 2014

ONE in five homes still has a key under the mat or in a hiding spot close by, it has emerge.

Over 40% of Brits would refuse to live in high-crime neighbourhood

6:40am Sunday 27th July 2014

NEW research from Direct Line Home Insurance reveals 21 million (43 per cent) British adults would refuse to live in a high-crime neighbourhood, which could rule out traditionally highly desirable areas such as Hampstead, where 1,171 crimes were reported last year.

'West Midlands families' spending power increases'

6:20am Sunday 27th July 2014

THE latest Asda Income Tracker shows that family spending power in the West Midlands continued to increase year on year in the second quarter of 2014.

'More than quarter don't have cars or motorbikes checked for European hols'

6:10am Sunday 27th July 2014

A SURVEY by a road safety organisation has shown that more than a quarter of those taking a car or motorbike into Europe on holiday will travel without having their transportation checked or serviced in any way.

Golf day boosts Rory the Robot campaign

Stourbridge News:

7:10am Saturday 26th July 2014

WORCESTER Golf and Country Club has raised £1,570 for a surgical robot for Worcestershire.

Sheep farmers head for Three Counties Showground

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Saturday 26th July 2014

AT this month's NSA Sheep 2014, being held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, visitors will have the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the work done on behalf of UK sheep farmers by the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB).

NIA memories sought ahead of revamp

6:20am Saturday 26th July 2014

THE NIA, Birmingham has launched a social media campaign asking members of the public to place their memories of the NIA’s 23-year history centre stage for a chance to win two tickets to the opening season of the new NIA, when its £26 million redevelopment is completed in December.

Stourbridge law firm continues rugby sponsorship

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Saturday 26th July 2014

STOURBRIDGE-based law firm Wall James Chappell is to continue as major sponsor of Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club for the 2014/15 season.

Parents look to keep kids' summer entertainment spending down

3:20pm Friday 25th July 2014

ACCORDING to new research from TSB, nine-tenths (89%) of parents are trying to keep spending costs down this summer, with 90% planning to entertain their children within their local community.

Worst tailgating motorways revealed

2:10pm Friday 25th July 2014

A NEW study has revealed the nation’s worst motorways for dangerous tailgating, with the M1 near Leeds revealed as the country’s tailgating hotspot.



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