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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.

£17m for Scottish life sciences

8:04am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SCOTLAND'S life sciences industry Scotland's life sciences sector will receive a £17 million boost from the UK Treasury, the Chancellor will announce.

Kidderminster carpet firm appoints sales director

Stourbridge News:

7:40am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

KIDDERMINSTER-based Brockway Carpets has announced the appointment of Shaun Lewis as sales director to support the company’s continuous expansion plans in the UK and global markets.

'Feel-good foods' retailer doubles size of Black Country site

6:40am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A “FEEL-good foods” retailer launched by the businessmen who created the Julian Graves brand is more than doubling the size of its warehousing and distribution facility in the Black Country.

Law firm advises on care costs and inheritance rules

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A LAW firm has outlined a warning to Wyre Forest residents.

New creative director for Bromsgrove agency

Stourbridge News:

6:10am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BROMSGROVE-based creative agency Superdream has appointed a new creative director.

West Midlanders struggling to pay for homes 'almost doubles' - Shelter

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

HOUSING and homelessness charity Shelter has launched an appeal calling for urgent support for its advice helpline, as the number of calls taken from people struggling to pay for their homes in the West Midlands has soared by over 97 per cent in the past two years.

Firms must do more to plug skills gaps

Stourbridge News:

4:10pm Monday 21st July 2014

BUSINESSES across Redditch are failing to reap the benefits of the economic recovery because of a shortage of skilled workers, a leading recruitment expert has warned.

Accountants warn over tax credits deadline

3:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

AN ACCOUNTANTS' organisation is warning people could lose their tax credits if they miss a deadline.

Land Registry completed 1.4m applications in June

2:10pm Monday 21st July 2014

TRANSAction Data shows the Land Registry completed more than 1,414,780 applications from its customers in June.

Bake-Off producer bought by Sky

2:50pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE independent producer behind the BBC's hit show The Great British Bake-Off has been snapped up by BSkyB.

Warning over 'growing burden' of ill-health in workforce

11:50am Monday 21st July 2014

POLITICIANS across all main political parties have today been challenged to respond to what has been described as "the growing burden of ill-health in the UK’s workforce".

Currency union 'not a possibility'

8:23am Monday 21st July 2014

THERE will be no currency union "of any kind" between Scotland and the rest of the UK if the referendum results in a vote for independence, the chair of a Westminster committee insisted.

Clarke quits helm of troubled Tesco

8:18am Monday 21st July 2014

TESCO chief executive Philip Clarke is to quit as the boss of Britain's biggest supermarket.

£18m funding goes to food projects

8:17am Monday 21st July 2014

MAKING lamb tastier to eat and growing new strawberries without soil are among research projects receiving a share of almost £18 million, Downing Street has announced.

Working lone parents 'left behind'

8:15am Monday 21st July 2014

THE recovering job market is "leaving behind single parents" who are struggling to earn the income they need, a charity has warned.

Plans to cut film-makers' red tape

8:13am Monday 21st July 2014

FILM-makers could be handed a way to cut through red tape quickly in order to get their projects off the ground under new Government plans.

Tamworth company expands with leadership support

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Monday 21st July 2014

A TAMWORTH firm of electricians is expanding after receiving support from an innovative leadership programme.

NEC Group caterer appoints venues manager

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Monday 21st July 2014

NEC Group caterer Amadeus has appointed Catherine Schofield as general manager for regional venues.

Halesowen firm earns management re-certification

6:10am Monday 21st July 2014

A HALESOWEN-based company which produces chemicals and adhesives for the construction industry has been awarded re-certification of ISO 14001:2004 and the continuation of OHSAS 18001:2007 & ISO 9001:2008.

'More than a million pensioner households worth over £1m'

6:40am Sunday 20th July 2014

MORE than one million pensioner households in the UK now have total wealth of more than £1 million according to analysis by Prudential of the latest ONS data for 2010-2012.

'Three quarters of planned property purchases to be made jointly'

6:20am Sunday 20th July 2014

MORE than three quarters (77 per cent) of planned property purchases in the next two years will be made jointly, with two in five (39 per cent) of those transactions between friends, family members and unmarried couples.

Baby badges to avoid train awkwardness

6:10am Sunday 20th July 2014

CHILTERN Railways has introduced Baby on Board badges to help mums-to-be avoid awkwardness when travelling on their services.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club announces accountants as partners

Stourbridge News:

6:40am Saturday 19th July 2014

WORCESTERSHIRE County Cricket Club has announced Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants as the club's official auditors, accountants and taxation partner for 2014.

Insurer offering cash for community projects

6:20am Saturday 19th July 2014

EVERY week during July, insurer Swinton is offering cash donations to help people who need financial assistance to complete an important project for themselves, their neighbours or their wider community.

Midlands dealerships high in finance renewals table

6:10am Saturday 19th July 2014

STOURBRIDGE Volkswagen, part of Trust Group UK, which also has Volkswagen sites in Wolverhampton and Redditch, is fourth in a league table for finance renewals.

Soaring cost of private education revealed

11:20am Friday 18th July 2014

A NEW report, conducted by the Centre of Business and Economics for Killik & Co, the private client stockbroker and wealth manager, reveals the soaring cost of private education today and over the next 13 years.

Rural Payments Agency facing 'challenging period'

10:10am Friday 18th July 2014

THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) faces one of the most challenging periods in its history, according to chief executive Mark Grimshaw.

'Two-thirds in UK aware of account switching service'

9:20am Friday 18th July 2014

THE Payments Council has published a six-month dashboard for the new Current Account Switch Service, covering the period from the start of January, 2014 to the end of June, 2014.

Kingswinford business shortlisted for social enterprise award

Stourbridge News:

8:10am Friday 18th July 2014

KINGSWINFORD-based Evenbreak has been shortlisted for the Social Enterprise of the Year Award for the 2014 National Business Awards.

'Recovery still on track' Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber concludes

7:10am Friday 18th July 2014

THE economic recovery is still on the right track, although its pace is slower than desired is the conclusion of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce following the results of its latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES).

Serco earns DWP standard

6:40am Friday 18th July 2014

SERCO has been awarded the Merlin Standard by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for “excellent” supply chain management.

Lack of training for people who drive for work

Stourbridge News:

6:20am Friday 18th July 2014

SEVENTY-two per cent of people who drive for work in the UK have never been offered driver training, according to a survey by IAM Drive & Survive on Springboard UK, despite 44 per cent of those drivers saying they would welcome the opportunity.

Warning over summer jobs risks

6:10am Friday 18th July 2014

WORKERS are more likely to be injured in workplace accidents during the first few months of a new job than at any other time, says the British Safety Council.

Black Country legal eagle helps turn casino bid into a winner

Stourbridge News:

3:53pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A Black Country licensing law specialist has played a significant role in helping bring a multi-million ound casino development to Wolverhampton with the possibility of 133 new jobs.

Rail franchising review reported

3:56pm Thursday 17th July 2014

LABOUR is expected to commit to review franchising of the railways if it wins next year's general election despite being told this would be a "cop out".

'Despite recovery UK still faces low-pay problems' - report

3:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A REPORT released today - Rising to the Challenge: A Policy Agenda to tackle Low Pay - by The Work Foundation, Lancaster University, reveals that despite the economic recovery, the UK still lacks an effective strategy for dealing with the challenge of low-paid work.

BT dials back into mobile market

2:26pm Thursday 17th July 2014

TELECOMS giant BT took its first big step back into the mobile phone market today as it launched a new business service aimed at delivering fixed line and mobile calls to the same handset.

Flood aid spending too slow: Labour

12:10pm Thursday 17th July 2014

LABOUR has claimed just £400,000 of a £10 million pot allocated to help farmers recover from the winter flooding has so far been spent.

BBC to cut jobs in savings plan

10:41am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE BBC is to cut over 400 posts under plans to make millions of pounds of savings over the next two years.

Virgin Media owner buys ITV shares

10:38am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE owner of Virgin Media said it has no plans for a takeover of ITV after snapping up 6.4% of the broadcaster's shares from rival BSkyB today.

Stourport set to strip - all in the best possible taste

Stourbridge News:

8:10am Thursday 17th July 2014

STOURPORT shopkeepers and office workers are going The Full Monty for charity and it is all in the best possible taste.

'Long hours culture should be challenged' says Black Country lawyer

6:40am Thursday 17th July 2014

A CULTURE of long hours and exhausted employees needs to be challenged to make Britain's work places more productive claims a Black Country employment lawyer.


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