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Exclusive: Birmingham independents claim they were ‘duped’ into renting stores at Grand Central

The opening of Grand Central heralded a bright new era for shopping in Birmingham.

But the reality has been very different for some independents who signed leases to set up base at the shiny new complex in September 2015.

Jeff Bains had a shoewear outlet in Grand Central until he ...

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Classical music show hits wrong note in 'extravagance' row

A £100,000 subsidised summer outdoor classical music concert in Sutton Park has been branded a costly vanity project by opposition councillors.

The Conservative-run Royal Sutton Town Council agreed the subsidy for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) Proms in the Park ...

2017-02-25 09:17 open_in_new
Jewellery Quarter restaurant Fishylicious in shock closure

Jewellery Quarter restaurant Fishylicious has been closed by its own founder just months after opening - after claiming the building had been hit by DAMP.

Owner Sarah Thornton, 44, said she was “devastated” at having to shut down her dream business.

She began work to turn the ...

2017-02-24 18:57 open_in_new
Anger as oldest Centenary Square tree WILL be chopped down to stop ISIS attack

The oldest tree in Broad Street will be cut down within hours - despite a massive campaign to save it.

The 80-year-old London plane tree on the edge of Centenary Square has been earmarked for the chop since last summer.

The decision was initially because it was supposed to be in ...

2017-02-24 17:51 open_in_new
Merry Hill owner to spend £110m on major revamp

The owner of Merry Hill has increased its funding plans to revamp the popular Black Country shopping centre.

Intu announced last year it had earmarked around £85 million to 'remodel and reposition' the centre in Brierley Hill after it acquired the 50 per cent it did not own in June ...

2017-02-24 15:39 open_in_new
John Lewis places 770 jobs under threat

High street department store chain John Lewis has placed almost 800 jobs under threat.

The group, which has a flagship store at Birmingham's Grand Central and shops in Solihull and Tamworth, said it would affect its home estimating and fitting administration support team and also its ...

2017-02-24 14:33 open_in_new
Partner promotions at Wright Hassall

Midlands law firm Wright Hassall has promoted five of its senior team to partner level.

Lucie Byron, Iain Colville, Mercedes King-Jones, Hannah Carey and Mary Rouse have all been promoted from senior associate at the Warwickshire firm.

Ms Byron is part of the commercial property ...

2017-02-24 07:57 open_in_new
Jewellery Quarter office block sold for £9.3m

An office building in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter has been acquired for £9.34 million.

An unnamed private investment group has bought 30 St Paul's Square, a modern multi-let office building extending to 43,690 sq ft which produces £727,032 per year in rent.

Current ...

2017-02-24 07:57 open_in_new
Major Birmingham housing plan set to be thrown out

A controversial plan to develop up to 1,000 new homes on a former golf club in south Birmingham is expected to be thrown out next week.

Bloor Homes is seeking permission to redevelop North Worcestershire Golf Club, in Northfield, but has already faced a barrage of opposition from ...

2017-02-24 07:57 open_in_new
Why you could pay to take your car to Sutton Park and Cannon Hill Park

CAR park charges of up to £3 per day are to be introduced at two of Birmingham’s largest parks to help raise £400,000 for cash-strapped Birmingham City Council.

The charges are set to be launched in Sutton Park and Cannon Hill Park during the spring - and could be extended to ...

2017-02-24 07:57 open_in_new
Birmingham City Council will struggle to deliver budget cuts warns expert panel

Birmingham City Council will struggle to achieve its proposed budget savings of £71 million inspectors have warned in their latest report to Government ministers.

The latest report from the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel (BIIP) comes in the week that the council’s ...

2017-02-24 07:57 open_in_new
These West Midlands small companies are among UK's best exporters

A manufacturer of lifts which plug into domestic sockets has been featured in a new countdown of the nation's fastest growing small firms that export.

Kingswinsford-based Stiltz Lifts is placed in seventh spot in the third annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100.

The report, ...

2017-02-23 17:31 open_in_new
Tory candidate Andy Street promises 'no repeat' of Sutton Coldfield green belt grab

Green belt housing development will only happen after exhausting building on urban sites a regional mayor candidate has pledged.

Conservative Andy Street wants to avoid a repeat of the controversial decision to release green belt land for 6,000 homes at Sutton Coldfield and is promising to ...

2017-02-23 15:19 open_in_new
Five days after his departure Birmingham City Council staff told chief executive is on leave

Birmingham City Council staff have finally received their first official message from their leader FIVE days after news of the chief executive’s shock departure broke.

But rather than clearing up the issue, the email from council leader John Clancy states that chief executive Mark Rogers ...

2017-02-23 15:19 open_in_new
Italian composer's concerto is a jewel yet to be admired

The name Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is best-known to concert-goers for the overtures to his operas Susanna’s Secret (her secret was that she was a closet cigarette-smoker) and Jewels of the Madonna.

But this Venetian composer also produced orchestra, chamber and choral works, rarely performed ...

2017-02-23 12:01 open_in_new
Why you eat the same lunch every day at work for months on end

Tired of eating the same meal for lunch at work every day?

Well, you are not alone as more than half of all UK workers do just that.

A study into work lunches and found that a staggering 77 per cent of workers ate the same lunch every single day.

Even more shocking is the ...

2017-02-23 07:35 open_in_new
Why Birmingham City Council has gagged staff on departure of chief executive

BIRMINGHAM’S councillors have been GAGGED from commenting on the crisis enveloping Britain’s largest local authority following the shock departure of city council chief executive Mark Rogers.

As Mr Rogers is locked in talks about the terms of his exit, the council’s chief lawyer has ...

2017-02-23 07:35 open_in_new
HS2 work to start after final hurdle cleared

The £50 billion high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London is due to be given Royal Assent this morning - meaning work can finally begin on its construction.

Called Royal Assent, it is the final hurdle before diggers can start the nine-year construction programme which will ...

2017-02-23 02:05 open_in_new
New Range Rover needs to be a winner

Jaguar Land Rover's new Range Rover Velar is designed to plus a gap between the Evoque (which starts at around £30,000) and the Range Rover Sport (which starts at around £60,000).

Expect the Velar to come in at around £45,000 before you add on options.

So far, ...

2017-02-22 19:29 open_in_new
Massive new Carluccio’s restaurant in Solihull town centre announces opening date

The lavish new Carluccio's at the Mell Square shopping centre in Solihull has announced its opening date.

The Italian restaurant chain, which already has venues in Brindleyplace and Grand Central, will open on Friday, March 10.

The upscale 94-cover eatery will have a outdoor terrace ...

2017-02-22 18:23 open_in_new
Free CBSO concert as part of Summer in Sutton event

Summer in Sutton is a new two-day event of music and entertainment – and one of the days is FREE.

The world class City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will play at the concerts in Sutton Park on July 1 and 2.

The full orchestra will play a heavily subsidised open air concert on ...

2017-02-22 18:23 open_in_new