The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from March 31, 2011

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300 Years of Warfare - but Do We Ever Learn?
Byline: CHRISUPTON If you visit any English cathedral, you will find a corner where they hang the battered and bedraggled ensigns of former conflicts. Nearby will stand a set of proud monuments to the fallen, a geography lesson in marble of battles...
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Abbie's Happy to Show Girls Pack a Punch Too; Interview: Abbie Cornish
Byline: Abbie Cornish In a summer filled with testosteronefuelled films like Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and Green Lantern, it's about time girls had some fun. And they certainly do in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, one of the highly...
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A Couple of 16th Century Charmers; Alison Jones Explores These Two Timeless Classics
DORDON HALL ATHERSTONE, pounds 450,000 Time has worn away some of the splendour of this listed hall in Dordon, near Atherstone. However, with a little bit of vision and some TLR (tender loving refurbishment) it could be restored into a distinguished...
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A Look at the Key Sectors; Aerospace & Defence Ian Wilson, Head of Grant Thornton's Corporate Finance Team in the Midlands and Grant Thornton's A&D Sector Head
In 2010, procurement spending realignment dominated the defence arena, while Europe's airlines continued to benefit from the steady recovery of the civil aviation market. After two quiet years, mergers and acquisitions activity returned to the corporate...
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And Finally. Bob Considers Taking on City's Biggest Role; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: PAULDALE Legendary Central Television news anchor man Bob Warman is considering running to be Birmingham's first elected mayor. The 64-year-old presenter confirmed he has been asked by "influential" business leaders to put himself forward...
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An M&A That Achieves Your Objectives; Doing Deals Is Back on the Agenda - but Should Selling, Buying or Merging Be on Your 'To Do' List? Chris Key, Partner, Transaction Services, at the Birmingham Office of Haines Watts, Takes a Look
Byline: Chris Key Over the years, I have advised hundreds of business owners on buying, selling and merging their businesses and there is rarely such a thing as a 'straightforward' transaction. Each has its own nuances and there are always internal...
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Another Hit for Anglo Holt
Trains and boats and planes is the tune of the month at Anglo Holt Construction's West Bromwich headquarters as the locations of recent completions and start ups for Travelodge hotels reflect the words of a Burt Bacharach hit song made popular by Cilla...
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Apollo's Midlands Operation Spreads Its Wings; APOLLO ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
The Apollo Group is one of the fastest growing property services providers in the UK with over 30 years' experience in the public sector. With a regional office in Tamworth near Birmingham, Apollo is currently working with local authorities, housing...
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A Potential Turning Point
Industrial manufacturing Geoff Perry, corporate partner at Squire Sanders Hammonds M& A deals in the Industrial Manufacturing sector can be used to strengthen market position and afford opportunities for businesses to focus on core profitability....
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Arden Quartet in County Cup
Byline: BRIANDICK Warwickshire powerhouse Solihull Arden is set to provide twothirds of the under-14 team to play in the upcoming AEGON County Cup. Captain Gary Naughton, who is head coach at the facility in Sharmans Cross Road, is set to select...
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Are You Thinking about Switching? Asktheexperts
NAME: ANDREW JONES TITLE: PARTNER, HAINES WATTS, BIRMINGHAM BASE: STERLING HOUSE, 71 FRANCIS ROAD, EDGBASTON, BIRMINGHAM B16 8SP CONTACT: 0121 456 1613 ARJONES@HWCA.COM QI have now been running my business for approximately three years and I am considering...
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Arts Cuts Must Not Crush the Soul; COMMENT
It is certain that any Government facing the need to make the scale of public spending cuts required to solve Britain's debt crisis would be at least tempted to hammer soft targets in order to limit the impact on the more emotive areas of schools,...
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'Assault' Teacher Is Compensated
Byline: KATKEOGH Ateacher who was "unlawfully arrested" by West Midlands Police after being accused of assaulting a pupil has been awarded pounds 1,000 compensation by a High Court judge. Mark Richardson, a 39-year-old Black Country teacher of...
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AV Factions Play the BNP Fear Card; Fear of the British National Party Is Being Used as a Weapon in the Battle over the Future of Britain's Voting System, Writes Political Editor Jonathan Walker
The debate over whether Britain should change its voting system has become increasingly ugly with both sides claiming their opponents are unwittingly aiding the BNP. Labour leader Ed Miliband joined high-profile Liberal Democrat Charles Kennedy...
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A Year of Challenges and Seeds of Growth
Financial services John Campion, corporate partner at DLA Piper UK LLP 2 010 was a mixed year for the financial services sector. On the one hand, in the wake of the recession, the sector faced the challenges of limited availability of funding, volatile...
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Bequeathing a Whole New Problem
Byline: RUSSELLLUCKOCK Chancellor George Osborne's change in the inheritance law, as outlined in his Budget, must be a move that marketing departments of charities could have only dreamed about. Certainly there was no leak as to this possibility,...
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Birmingham Leads Way with Unique Support Package for Local Businesses; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
It is clear that times are tough for businesses right now. Every week it seems another perfectly capable business has had to fold due to unforeseen circumstances. Banks are lending less and less and as a result businesses are running out of places...
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Blow for Theatre and Black Voices Group
The highest profile casualty of the cuts is Malvern Theatre, home to the legendary Malvern Festival, founded in 1929. The theatre has established itself as a beacon for quality touring drama in the region. Spokeswoman Sophie Boyce said the Arts...
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Blue Chip Relationships Run through 40-Year Heritage; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
The average price of a new house was pounds 4,874, weekly take home pay was pounds 32, a new Mini would set you back pounds 600 and the price of a pint in the local pub cost one shilling and eleven pence - the equivalent of about 10p today. The...
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Boparan Is Step Closer to Northern Foods Deal; A Round Up of the Most Popular Stories from the Past Week at Birminghampost.Net
Midland tycoon Ranjit Singh Boparan has moved a step closer to buying Fox's biscuits manufacturer Northern Foods after winning the support of shareholders. Harry Ramsden's owner Mr Boparan, whose pounds 190 million fortune earns him a place on the...
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Building a Reputation for Experience and Quality; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
With their head office in Aston, Birmingham, Mc-Dermott Building & Civil Engineering Ltd provides specialist groundworks, remediation and general civil engineering predominately within the Midlands; but also stretching south to Somerset and north...
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Business Improvement District Board Announced
Representatives from the worlds of cinema, theatre and restaurants will rub shoulders with financial and property specialists on the board of Birmingham's Southside business improvement district. The organisation, which aims to improve the local...
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Business Support Scheme Is Hailed as Huge Success; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
An astounding 1,200 businesses have been assisted with their development and growth over the past year, following the success of a business support package delivered by Birmingham City Council's Business Enterprise & Innovation team. The pounds...
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Buyout Agreed as West Brom Rings the Changes
Building society The West Brom has sold its broker franchise Mortgage Force in a management buyout as it continues to go "back to basics" and focus on its core strategy. The organisation, which rebranded from its former name The West Bromwich Building...
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Carters Is a Culinary Breath of Fresh Air; DINING OUT CARTERS OF MOSELEY 2c Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham. T: 0121 449 8885 VERDICT: 6/10 WITH RICHARD McCOMB
An assessment of value for money is bedevilled with caveats and restaurant dining is no exception. One man's nine-course menu degustation is another man's weekly supply of KFC bargain buckets. Would you rather have a single dish of perfectly...
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Cash-Strapped Investors Prolong Property Woes
The recovery in the commercial property market in the Midlands is being threatened by a shortage of bank lending, a leading Birmingham property expert has warned. The last year saw a 17.6 per cent increase in activity in the troubled sector but...
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Chamber President Reveals Faith in JLR to Drive Economy On
Jaguar Land Rover is firmly back on track and the company's plans to invest around pounds 1 billion a year over the next decade will provide a massive boost to the regional economy, according to the new president of Solihull Chamber of Commerce, Alan...
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Chances for Digital Savvy
Byline: GUYHINCHLEY The legal profession has been arguably slow in embracing digital media, but a raft of recent cases shows the potential for new lines of work for the more savvy adopters. Last month, a solicitor served a court summons using...
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Charting Emotions with Wartime Hospital Drama
A wartime hospital ward has been recreated thanks to memorabilia and memories from the past for a show by Worcester-based theatre company Vamos. Artistic director Rachael Savage says the show, Nursing Lives, aims to bring alive one of the most colourful...
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Comments from Birminghampost.Net
Birmingham city centre to be car-free zone as part of Metro plan I still don't understand where all the buses are going to go. The route via Moor Street Queensway, Priory Queensway, Corporation Street, Stephenson Street and Station Street is about...
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Confidence and Capital: Key Ingredients in M&A Activity
Ian Tetsill, Head of Debt Finance, Barclays Corporate in the Midlands, believes that as the economy recovers there will be even more of a tendency towards mergers and acquisitions Amid the uncertainty of the last few years, businesses have been prudently...
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Corporate M&A Outlook: Clear Cause for Optimism; Maurice Heath, Midland Head of Corporate Banking at HSBC Bank Plc, Reports on a Renewed Appetite for Mergers and Acquisitions
Byline: Maurice Heath The economic storms that arose from the credit crunch have significantly abated, with a return to positive growth for most economies. Even so, the outlook is certainly not without some uncertainties. Recent global events underline...
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Council Spent Pounds 1m on Three Housing Project Consultants; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: NICKMCCARTHY Birmingham's housing department has spent more than pounds 1 million hiring just three consultants to managed "short term projects" which ended up lasting six years. The three high-flying consultants were brought in as project...
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Credit Where Credit Is Due for Birmingham's New QE Hospital; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, I just wanted to write in and relay my experience of an extended stay in Birmingham's new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I chose to travel from London to be treated at the hospital under the care of Sir Keith Porter and Group Captain Ian...
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Designer Duo Move to New Premises with a Helping Hand from Birmingham City Council's Business Funds; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Birmingham's fashion industry has been a hive of emerging talent over recent years with events such as Style Birmingham, the Retail Awards and Clothes Show Birmingham all grabbing the headlines. The latest edition to the Birmingham fashion scene...
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Designer Sees Stars after Funding from City Council's Programme; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Think of exquisite patterns and elaborate fabrics, and you might presume that the designs come from international agencies with offices in London, Milan and Paris. This wasn't the case for leading Birminghambased designer Abigail Borg though, who...
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Developer Scoops Award For'two-Hour Houses'
An innovative Midland developer has walked off with a top award for the design and construction of environmentally friendly houses which take just two hours to erect on site. Lichfield-based Massey Ltd received the top award at the Staffordshire...
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Developing Themes in Midlands M&A Markets; Graham Young, Head of HSBC Leveraged Finance, Midlands at HSBC Bank Plc, Takes Stock
Byline: Graham Young 2010 saw a number of themes develop in our M&A mid-market (Sub pounds 350m deal size): relatively low transaction volumes, but for some attractive valuations on exit; polarising debt markets; Private Equity adapting quickly...
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Downing: I Don't Want to Go through Pain Again
Byline: GREGG EVANS Stewart Downing returned to Villa from international duty with one main aim - to avoid a second relegation from the Premier League. In the 2008/2009 season the England winger was part of the Middlesbrough side that slipped...
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Driving Deals after the Dip; Strong Funding Opportunities and Early Discussions Can Drive Deal Flow in H2 2011 and beyond, Say Martin Cordey, Director, Midlands, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets Acquisition Finance and Andrew Connors, Area Director, West Midlands, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets
Byline: Martin Cordey Following a reasonably subdued start to 2011 in the West Midlands deals market, there are signs that dealmakers and corporates alike are ready to get the ball rolling again in Q2 2011. After all, M&A conditions in the region...
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Easter Fun's a Hop, Skip and Jump Away; Graham Young and Roz Laws Review the Latest Films
Hop Cert U, 94 mins Russell Brand is still a bit of an unknown quantity as an actor, as we've yet to see him stretch himself in a role. So far he's only played versions of himself, in the films Forgetting Sarah Marshall, St Trinian's, Get Him To...
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EMA Replacement 'Will Not Be Enough'to Help Deprived Youngsters
The head of a Birmingham youth training enterprise has accused Education Secretary Michael Gove of "covering his own back" after announcing a pounds 180 million replacement for the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Mr Gove outlined a new bursary...
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Employment Boost as Tata Concept Unveiled
Jobs for 100 engineers have been created in the West Midlands after a small car designed in the region made its first public appearance in the UK. The Tata Pixel concept mini has been unveiled at the University of Warwick and has brought an employment...
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Enterprise City High Growth Programme Boosts Local Economy; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Birmingham entrepreneurs are being given a helping hand with the growth of their business through a new business development programme being managed by Birmingham City Council' Business Enterprise & Innovation Team and delivered by Deloitte LLP...
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EOS Energy - the Alumet Way to Make Renewable Energy Easy; ALUMET ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Midlands Excellence Sustainability Award winners Alumet are again leading the way in construction diversification and their EOS Energy brand is fast becoming a recognised name in the renewable technology industry. Alumet are known for their pioneering...
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Ex-Minister Joins City Legal Practice
A second former Government Minister has joined Number 5 Chambers as a barrister. Mike O'Brien, the former Solicitor General and Law Officer, joins David Lock, a former Minister at the Lord Chancellor's Department. Mr O'Brien's new role will see...
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Exporters See Hike in Sales, Chamber Survey Finds
More than half of Birmingham's exporting manufacturers recorded an increase in sales abroad in the past quarter - presenting a timely boost the region's economy - new research shows. Birmingham Chamber of Commerce's latest quarterly economic survey...
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Fatigue Won't Be a Factor in Blues' Destiny, Says Ferguson
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD Barry Ferguson insists that Birmingham City have "no excuses" as they head in to the vital run-in to their Premiership season. Blues will face Bolton Wanderers at St Andrew's on Saturday desperate to bounce back from the...
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Fewer Words, More Action on Red Tape
Byline: NEILGREENAWAY If we hadn't heard it all before we might be impressed by Vince Cable's pledges to fulfil this Government's promises to rid small business of much of the burdensome red tape that surrounds almost every aspect of doing business...
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FHM - a Leading Light in Regeneration; FHM ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) is leading the way in community regeneration, from small works to major community regeneration programmes; FHM is helping to transform the West Midlands. At FHM we are passionate about creating vibrant, sustainable communities...
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Finding a Way to Survive; Construction Strategist Neil Pountney Is at Odds with the Politicians Who Say We Are in for a Year of Recovery. Rather, He Believes, the Sector Is in for Several Very Tough Years as It Gets to Grips with Reducing Workload, Mounting Job Losses, Cash Flow Problems, Squeezed Margins, Insolvencies and Generally a Most Uncertain Future
Byline: Neil Pountney You would have thought that the construction industry has had enough doom and gloom to last it a lifetime - but the stark truth is that more bad times lie ahead. And, it is against this disturbing background that I confess...
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Firms Swarm around Top Graduates at Competition
Twenty-nine of the city's brightest creative industries graduates have been cherry-picked for work placements by top firms as part of the B-Hive 2011 competition. B-Hive, run by recruitment firm Pitch Consultants with help from inward investment...
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Fit for Purpose; Spring Steps
Byline: Holly Wells Time to beat the winter blues and skip into spring. With the long and cold winter, we've all been feeling a little sluggish. The dark days and freezing temperatures tend to make us lack in energy and motivation. So how...
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Fitting Tributes to Mahler's Genius; Classical
Orchestra of the Swan Birmingham Town Hall Sunshine streamed through a thronged Town Hall, and sunshine streamed joyously from the trumpets which were the focal point of Wednesday's matinee from the Orchestra of the Swan. Huw Morgan, one-time BBC...
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Formula 1 Is the Real Deal When It Comes to Property; Businessofsport
Byline: PETERSHARKEY The 2011 Formula One season got off to a predictably cacophonous, ear-splitting start on Sunday, its noisy, hybrid machines careering around Melbourne's 3.3-mile track as an estimated television audience of 600 million folk...
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Gadgets
Byline: Jon Perks Dymo LabelManager Plug & Play www.dymo.co.uk - pounds 49.99 Remember those old handheld labelling machines with a dial that punched out the letters on brightly coloured plastic strips, which then adorned everything in the house...
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Giant Size of LEP Holds Up the Enterprise Zone Decision
The vast size of the Birmingham and Solihull local enterprise partnership means firms will have to wait a little longer to find out where the coveted "enterprise zone" will be located. Business and council leaders on the development board of the...
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Global Intent for New KPMG Senior Partner
Byline: ALUNTHORNE Promoting the city on the world stage and helping the wider region win its fair share of international investors will be one of the main priorities for the new senior partner at KPMG's Birmingham office. Mike Steventon, who...
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Gorgeous Goodies
Are you having a spot of bother with your complexion? The DoctorBrand has a three step starter kit, pounds 19.95, which is designed to relieve the symptoms associated with problem skin and blemishes. The company says that in its clinical tests,...
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Green Energy First for Eastside Scheme
A recently completed residential scheme at the gateway to Eastside has been the first in the city to switch to a new green energy supply. Hive, the second building at Masshouse in Eastside, has plugged into the new supply which is generated from...
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Grove in High Court Battle over Sale 'Fraud' PostBusiness
Byline: ANNABLACKABY Hampson Industries and an investor consortium led by industrialist David Grove have started their High Court clash over the sale of an ailing engineering firm last year. Erlson Precision Holdings, a firm owned by David Grove...
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Growth Set to Return to Office and Retail Sites
Retail and office properties in the region can expect some rental growth return in 2011 in the coming year but will lag behind the rest of the country. According to BNP Paribas Real Estate's forecasts, UK offices will see capital growth of 3.1 per...
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Gypsy Battle Finds a Distant Audience
Byline: DONNABOWATER The year-long battle between villagers and travellers over a controversial gypsy camp in Meriden has frequently attracted press attention from local and national newspapers as well as television and radio. But the coverage...
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Half of Back-Office NHS Staff to Lose Their Jobs
Byline: ALISONDAYANI Half of all non-frontline staff in regional health organisations being wound down will lose their jobs, the head of NHS West Midlands has disclosed. Health Authority chief executive Ian Cumming revealed there would only be...
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Hall Grand Enough to Please a Town Council; Chris Upton Looks at How West Bromwich Celebrated Its Town Status in a Grand Hall Built for the Occasion
Byline: Chris Upton he year 1882 represents a major milestone in the history of West Bromwich. TIt was in this year that the ratepayers of the town successfully petitioned the Queen for a charter of incorporation under the Municipal Corporations...
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Harmonies of Spring; Christopher Morley Sings the Praises of Our Region's Choirs as He Looks at the Season Ahead
We are entering a busy time for choral societies in the region, with last weekend seeing concerts from the Kidderminster Choral Society as well as the University of Birmingham Choir (see reviews, pages 8-9), and this weekend experiencing a huge burst...
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Hodgson Defends International Fixture List
Internationals. Are they are relic of the past or do we still need our occasional fill of England friendlies and experimentation? Tournaments. Can they still capture the heart of a nation, or, as South Africa 2010 suggested, a waste of four weeks?...
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Hotel and Office Proposal for Fabric Warehouse Site
Byline: ANNABLACKABY The developer behind the collapsed Connaught Square scheme in Digbeth is confident it can find finance to build two hotels and a conference centre near the site of its original abandoned project. Irish developer Naus Group...
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Housing Boss Fighting to Stop Downgraded Rating
Birmingham's housing boss Coun John Lines is fighting a desperate battle to prevent his department from losing a goodprogress star. He said he was furious because Audit Commission inspectors are set to rule that the city's housing services are now...
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How Patent Rules Protect Ideas; Asktheexperts
NAME: EMMA JOHNSON TITLE: UK CHARTERED PATENT ATTORNEY, FORRESTERS BASE: CHAMBERLAIN HOUSE, PARADISE PLACE, BIRMINGHAM B3 3HP CONTACT: 0121 236 0484 EJOHNSON@FORRESTERS.CO.UK QI have an idea to improve a popular household product. I would like to approach...
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How Private Equity Discovered Invoice Finance; Tony Smedley, Regional Managing Director, Invoice Finance at Aldermore, in the Midlands
Anybody who has seen negotiations on Dragons' Den will know that one of the major problems in private equity and VC investments tends to be that the directors are reluctant to give up a significant stake in their business. This means that when the...
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Human Issues That Are Fundamental to Success; Peter Baynham, Head of M&A Consulting at Mercer, Highlights the Importance of Considering 'People Strategies' Early in M&As
Byline: Peter Baynham By the very nature of M&As, the focus of work is often on the commercial, economic and financial aspects of transactions. Yet why should this be when so much research, in the last 20 years, suggests transaction failures...
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In Brief
A Midland travel firm has rescued the corporate travel division of a neighbouring business. Travel Management Group stepped in after Complete World Travel, also based in Warwickshire, went into administration last week. TMG, based in Leamington...
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In Brief
Workers are more than pounds 1,000 worse off than they were two years ago as their pay has failed to keep pace with the cost of living, new research indicates. The average employee has seen the value of their take-home pay dive by pounds 1,088,...
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Innovation Keeps Top Festival Fresh; Jazz Diary
A quieter week by comparison with some recent ones, so there's time to sit down with the Cheltenham Jazz Festival brochure and make some plans for the end of the month. Of course, if you did this a month ago you would still have been able to get...
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'Innovation Needed'in Bid to Run West Coast Mainline
Rail firms bidding for the right to run Birmingham to London services must show fresh thinking to deal with overcrowding and cut journey times, transport leaders have said. Birmingham Airport's head of government affairs, John Morris, and Geoff...
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IP Matters When Buying or Selling a Business
Byline: David Ward Almost all businesses own some form of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) be they registered (e.g. patents, trade marks and designs) or unregistered (e.g. copyright, design rights, logos/trading styles, confidential information/trade...
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Is It Bob to the Rescue? Ironangle
Byline: PAULDALE Hello, and welcome. Here is the news for May 2013. BONG..... former Central TV anchorman Bob Warman has become Birmingham's first elected mayor. BONG....his 'I'm just an ordinary bloke' campaign delivers a landslide victory. BONG.....Warman's...
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It's a Tough Job Keeping Those Workies Interested
Byline: RICHARDMCCOMB We are an hour into the day and I ask Polly how it's going. Is she bored? "A bit bored," she says with a sheepish smile. "Brilliant," I reply. "That's exactly what work is like. It's horrible. You've learned a valuable lesson...
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JCB Jobs Could Go Abroad as Britain Fails the Skills Test
Byline: JONWALKER Digger maker JCB is considering shifting highly-skilled jobs to India or China because managers have found it impossible to recruit engineers in this country. David Bell, chief corporate development officer at JCB, said the...
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Labour Hoping to Begin Its City Council Revival; Labour May Not Regain Control of Birmingham City Council in May's Elections, but Could Do So in 2012. Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale Reports
Byline: Paul Dale It is no great surprise that Labour in Birmingham has begun to talk about regaining control of the city council, possibly as soon as 2012. Eight years after being kicked out of office by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition,...
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Landscaping Urban Harmony; Garden Watch
Trees have hit the headlines recently thanks to two Government initiatives. Its plan to sell large areas of forest and woodland met with strong disapproval and showed the public's great affection for trees. The change of mind was swift and welcomed...
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Late Paying Friend - What Should I Do? Asktheexperts
NAME: PERNILLE BRUUN-JENSEN, TITLE: MANAGING DIRECTOR, INTUIT UK BASE: STATESMAN HOUSE, STAFFERTON WAY, MAIDENHEAD, BERKSHIRE, SL6 1AD CONTACT: 0808 168 9536 UKMARKETING@INTUIT.COM QI did a pounds 5,000 project for a friend, after chasing the invoice,...
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Levelling out after the Fiscal Turbulence; Can Private Equity Revive the M&A Market? Lee Clifford, Head of Corporate at Freeth Cartwright's Birmingham Office, Is Optimistic
Byline: Lee Clifford After the turbulence of the last three years, the UK corporate finance market is showing clear evidence of expansion, boosted by a resurgence in private equity transactions. According to figures issued by CMBOR (Centre for Management...
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Life's Tree-Mendous; Abandoned Orchards in Inner City Birmingham Are Being Restored for the Community, Writes Kat Baldwyn
Byline: Kat Baldwyn It was the planting of a an apple tree on an overgrown, abandoned railway allotment in a Birmingham suburb which triggered the beginning of a project to restore the city's forgotten orchards. The tree planting at Cotteridge...
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Lloyds Boss Calling for Better Not Bigger Banks
Byline: JONGRIFFIN The man in charge of the UK's biggest bank says Britain needs "better, not more" banking and increased transparency over bonuses. In a wide-ranging interview with the Post on the banking sector and the UK economy, new Lloyds...
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Looking for the Exit; Simon Chapman, Partner at Burgis & Bullock Corporate Finance Ltd, Reports on the Prospects for Vendors
Since deal making began to recover in 2010, we have noticed a clear divergence in the fortunes of vendors. High quality businesses have attracted interest and generated the kind of prices seen in more buoyant years. However, many more companies have...
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Marshall Realises His Goal to Coach Young Keepers
Byline: GREGGEVANS Villa goalkeeper Andy Marshall is helping to shape the future generation of stoppers - all in his spare time. When Brad Friedel's understudy is away from the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground he's busy transforming rookie...
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Memories of a Painful Time
Byline: MIKEYIANNIS We bought our house nearly four years ago, an old Victorian residence which seemed in good condition. We wanted to make sure of course, so paid a small fortune for a full structural survey - the results were acceptable and so...
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Miracle of Mass Catering; Food Critic Richard McComb Meets Paul Gould, a Chef Who Isn't Fazed by Catering for Biblical Numbers of Diners
Byline: Richard McComb Forget about the feeding of the five thousand - Paul Gould just about breaks sweat when he is rustling up meals for 10,000. As group executive head chef at the NEC, Gould might have to cater simultaneously for conference...
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Most Firms Back HS2; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, Chris Kelly (Birmingham Post March 24) is right to question both the investment value and level of business support for HS2. It's a big call for the country and the region: we must get it right. The business case is substantiated on...
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Movies on Release
New Films This Week Blooded (15) Rubbish faux documentary about five young hunters kidnapped by militant animal rights activists, who are stripped and hunted down like animals in the Scottish wilderness. Exploitation posing as social comment. (Apollo)...
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Music Is Food for Fyfe; Jon Perks Talks to Fyfe Dangerfield about Guillemots' New Album, Which Takes the Band in a New Direction
Byline: Jon Perks For Guillemots, "conventional" means you don't have the metronomic clattering of typewriters as part of the rhythm section. But that's not to say their third album Walk The River is middle-of-the-road mediocrity or songwriting...
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Music to the Ears of Performance Bodies
Three new bodies in Birmingham have been successful in applications for National Portfolio funding. Performances Birmingham, Writing West Midlands and the Sonia Sabri Dance Company have all been boosted by handouts from Arts Council England. Performances...
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New Map Offers Clue to Recovery in Office Market
The Birmingham Office Market Forum has launched its fourth map detailing the city's commercial office market with a pledge to work more closely with the work of Business Birmingham. The new map, which is produced alongside data company CoStar Group,...
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No Quarter Given in This Absorbing Survival Fight
Byline: BILLHOWELL Buckle up those seat-belts and hang on for dear life! It's time once again for the roller-coaster relegation ride to rev up and start to jettison some bodies. For the first time in almost half-acentury, since the days when Stanley...
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Office Space Price Falls as Incentives Flock In
The amount of incentives being offered by landlords to secure tenants means prime office space is now cheaper than it was a decade ago, according to new research. Although headline rents are higher than they were in 2000 - currently around pounds...
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Opening Up a Wealth of Good Opportunities
Healthcare Jim Lavery, corporate partner at DLA Piper UK LLP The political, economic and legal framework relating to the health and social care market in the UK is undergoing a period of substantial change. This will open up a wealth of opportunity...
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Organisers Pleased with Debating Event
The inaugural Birmingham Law Society (BLS) Debating Competition has been hailed a success by organisers. The final was held at Squires, Sanders and Dempsey with a team from The College of Law becoming the first winners of the new student competition....
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Overseas Corporate Predators; over the Course of the Past 12 Months, Mid-Market M&A Has Firmly Established Its Position on the Road to Recovery. One Factor That Has Helped Facilitate This Rebound Is the Number of Overseas Companies Buying UK Businesses. Tom Clamp, Assistant Director in Deloitte's Corporate Finance Team in Birmingham, Analyses This Growing Trend
Byline: Tom Clamp Across the UK in 2010, pounds 39.2bn was spent by overseas companies buying UK assets. The Midlands saw its fair share of cross-border M&A with Kraft's acquisition of Cadbury's leading the way. In the mid-market, notable transactions...
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