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'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.

Malvern firm celebrates award

Stourbridge News:

12:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

MALVERN-based Pulsar Process Measurement Ltd was recognised in Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce's awards.

New independent directors for the Payments Council

12:10pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE Payments Council has announced the appointment of three new independent directors to its board.

Redditch firm wins major contract with the Department of Justice

Stourbridge News:

11:50am Friday 25th July 2014

A LEADING technology solutions provider based in Redditch has won a prestigious contract with the Department of Justice.

Party time at Redditch's Kingfisher centre

11:20am Friday 25th July 2014

REDDITCH'S Kingfisher Shopping Centre is holding an open tea party next week to celebrate of 40 years of trading in the town.

Airline asks West Midlands children to apply for taste-test panel

Stourbridge News:

10:10am Friday 25th July 2014

WEST Midlands children are being given the chance to join a national tasting panel to help design Monarch Airlines’ new range of children’s on-board meals.

Mutuals spun out of public sector celebrated

Stourbridge News:

9:40am Friday 25th July 2014

ONE hundred new British businesses have spun out from the public sector and are delivering nearly £1.5 billion of public services, Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has announced.

Educational website launched to promote wool knowledge

Stourbridge News:

9:20am Friday 25th July 2014

A NEW British Wool educational website has been launched by the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) aimed at giving school-age children an opportunity to learn more about wool and where it comes from.

New non-executive directors for Court of the Bank of England

8:10am Friday 25th July 2014

THE Chancellor has announced three new non-executive directors to serve on the Court of the Bank of England.

Kids' pocket money drops over year

7:40am Friday 25th July 2014

DESPITE increasing news coverage of the recovering economy, it appears children are not experiencing any green shoots, as the amount of pocket money parents are giving their children has dropped in the past year.

Mortgage affordability 'could be severely overestimated by young'

7:10am Friday 25th July 2014

FIGURES released from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) reveal only three per cent of homes sold in June were to buyers aged 18 to 30, with research from Experian, the global information services company, suggesting it could be due to young homebuyers severely overestimating the affordability of mortgages.

Health risk swoops at construction sites prompt enforcement action

6:40am Friday 25th July 2014

A NATIONAL targeted inspection focussing on health risks for construction workers saw enforcement action taken at one in six of hundreds of sites visited.

Midlands jobs marker 'healthiest'

6:20am Friday 25th July 2014

THE Midlands has shown the healthiest job markets of anywhere in the country, according to the latest contract employment update from Venn Group.

Bromsgrove firm and bank boost fundraising for cancer charities

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Friday 25th July 2014

A BROMSGROVE company and Barclays have helped a charity worker raise £7,014 for three children's cancer charities during a community event.

Black Country law firm announce £50 million transactions in one year

Stourbridge News:

2:54pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A BLACK Country solicitors, with offices in Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge, has announced it topped £50 million in transactions in the last year.

Kidderminster jobs lost as firm goes into administration

Stourbridge News: Small businesses targeted by scammers

3:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ONE of the largest suppliers of car parts and garage equipment in the UK has gone into administration with a loss of more than 1,200 jobs, including five in Kidderminster.

Local financial firm up for top award

Stourbridge News:

12:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A FINANCIAL planning firm in Bromsgrove is in line for a prestigious national award.

More poor teenagers apply for uni

11:18am Thursday 24th July 2014

RISING numbers of poorer teenagers are planning to go to university, but they are still half as likely to apply as their richer peers, new figures suggests.

Lorry speed limit change welcomed

10:38am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE AA has welcomed a Government decision to raise the speed limit for lorries on rural roads from 40mph to 50mph.

Energy firms face extra storms bill

8:13am Thursday 24th July 2014

REGULATOR Ofgem has ordered energy companies SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) to pay an additional £3.3 million after a probe into how they handled last winter's storms.

'Wake-up call' over interest rates

7:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

WAKE-up calls must be urgently sounded to help people plan how to cope with increased borrowing costs amid the prospect of the end of rock-bottom interest rates, a think-tank has argued.

Kidderminster psychology student's work recognised by insurer

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Thursday 24th July 2014

A FINAL year psychology student from Kidderminster has been rewarded by specialist global insurer, Hiscox for her contribution to its workplace design competition.

Bromsgrove financial planning firm in running for national award

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Thursday 24th July 2014

A BROMSGROVE financial planning firm, which was recently named one of the top 100 in the country, is in line for another national award.

Skilled workers in short supply warns Wyre Forest recruitment specialist

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Thursday 24th July 2014

WYRE FOREST businesses are missing out on cashing in on economic recovery because of a shortage of skilled workers, warns a local recruitment specialist.

Wage growth signal over rate rise

4:21pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

BANK of England governor Mark Carney has signalled that Britain's faltering wage growth is to have an increasingly important bearing on when interest rates will rise.

Fiesta is Britain's top selling car

4:18pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE Ford Fiesta has become Britain's all-time top selling car.

Council workers plan second strike

1:20pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LOCAL government and school support workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to mount a second day of strike action later this year.

2m Britons to join summer getaway

9:10am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

MORE than two million Britons will head overseas this weekend as the summer holiday getaway gathers pace.

'Risks remain' on Crossrail project

8:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CONSIDERABLE risks remain in delivering the £15.8 billion cross-London Crossrail programme by its target time of 2019, a report by MPs has said.

£11bn deals target achieved early

8:01am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A FOUR-year target of raising £11 billion for the UK economy from deals signed during the London Olympics has been surpassed two years early, the Prime Minister has announced.

Bronzing turns to gold for Dudley entrepreneur

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DUDLEY beauty specialist swapped spray tan for spraying champagne after scooping an award.

Brierley Hill law firm's partnership makes awards final

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

BRIERLEY Hill-based law firm Higgs & Sons is celebrating after its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aston Business School reached the finals of prestigious academic awards.

West Midlands motor boss pedalling for charity

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE managing director of a West Midlands motor business has smashed his fundraising target before setting off on a sponsored cycle ride today.

Home values 'rising £90 a day'

4:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

HOMES across Britain typically added £90 to their value every day during the first half of 2014 as the housing market gathered momentum, according to a property website.

Internet and mobiles 'essential'

4:01pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

UK consumers now consider the internet and mobile phones to be essential services, a study has confirmed.

Tax revenue fears over IT contract

3:59pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE Government's flow of tax revenues could be jeopardised if HM Revenue and Customs fails to secure agreement on a new IT contract, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned.

Osborne facing deficit challenge

3:57pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

GEORGE Osborne was faced with a mounting challenge to meet his deficit target today as official figures showed the strain on public finances failed to ease in June and in fact worsened over the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Mail shares dive on parcels warning

11:28am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ROYAL Mail shares have fallen to their lowest level since their controversial privatisation last autumn after the group warned that aggressive competition meant parcels revenue for the full year would be lower than expected.

UK attracting record number of inward investment projects

11:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE UK has attracted the most inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s.

Lifelong ban for senior teacher who 'cuddled' pupils

Stourbridge News: The figures were released by the Department for Education

8:42am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A FORMER acting headteacher at a Kidderminster school has been banned from classrooms for life after a catalogue of "inappropriate" behaviour towards pupils.

New low in youngsters buying homes

8:05am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE rate of young people buying homes has fallen to the lowest level on record, a new report says.


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