The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 4, 2010

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360 Workers at NEC Face Final Salary Pension Blues
Nearly 360 workers at the National Exhibition Centre face the closure of their final salary pension scheme after it ran up a pounds 20 million deficit. Bosses at the NEC have drawn up proposals to close the defined benefits scheme to future accruals...
A Beginner's Guide to Digbeth
Nicola Getgood, who started the Digbeth is Good website and works for Talk About Local, gives her take on why she loves living and working in Digbeth is an area that has many guises, such as the Digital District, the Creative Quarter and the Irish...
A Bond to Innovate and Create Regeneration
T ony Collier is a man who has lived and breathed the regeneration of Digbeth for the best part of a quarter of a century. As one of the directors behind The Bond, he has seen the Digbeth area develop considerably since the company's creation in 1988....
Accountancy Firm Expands Its Offices as Part of Growth Plans
A Birmingham accountancy firm has expanded into new city centre offices following a successful merger, increasing client numbers and promising deal activity. Smith Cooper, which is currently based on New Market Street, will be moving its 15 strong...
A 'Day in Court' without Going; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: After More Than 40 Years in the Law, over 35 of Them as a Solicitor, David Ellwood Is Now an Independent Civil and Commercial Arbitrator and Mediator Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Here He Answers Some Questions about His Role
Byline: David Ellwood What made you make the change? I had experience in a number of different fields of law and enjoyed the cut and thrust of litigation. But I had seen the effects of litigation on parties and wanted to help them avoid them. ...
Advice, Help and Support for Business
W hile the tough economic climate is undoubtedly having an impact on Birmingham and its business community, there is still a lot for us to be positive about. To help co-ordinate the city's fight against recession, Birmingham City Council is launching...
All's Mayor in Love and Politics; Alunthorne
In the world of business it is often said that fortune favours the brave but in politics history regularly tells us that it pays to play the percentages. While the world's most successful entrepreneurs can look back at the that moment where they...
All That Glitters Is Not Sold - at a Fair Price; as Gold Prices Continue to Rise More People Are Deciding to Cash in Their Jewellery - but Are They Getting the Best Deal? Kat Keogh Finds Concerns That Customers Are Being Ripped Off
Byline: Kat Keogh So you're short on cash, the bills are mounting up and there's a summer holiday still to pay for. But short of raiding your child's piggy bank, where else is there to turn? For thousands of people across the UK, the answer lies...
An Effective Means of Resolving Dispute
C onflict is a normal part of everyday business. It is natural for people to have opposing interests and priorities. It is only harmful if it results in dispute. Unfortunately, many businesses do not plan for potential disputes. If they are not dealt...
A New Episode; as He Prepares to Bring the Story and Music of Star Wars to Life in a Spectacular New Show, Actor Anthony Daniels Tells Jon Perks about the Sci-Fisaga That Changed His Life
Byline: Anthony Daniels ;Jon Perks He is the only actor to portray his character in all six films - yet Anthony Daniels didn't even want to audition for Star Wars in the first place. The 63-year-old Brit - who played the fussy protocol droid...
A New Episode; as He Prepares to Bring the Story and Music of Star Wars to Life in a Spectacular New Show, Actor Anthony Daniels Tells Jon Perks about the Sci-Fisaga That Changed His Life
Byline: Anthony Daniels ;Jon Perks He is the only actor to portray his character in all six films - yet Anthony Daniels didn't even want to audition for Star Wars in the first place. The 63-year-old Brit - who played the fussy protocol droid...
A New Episode; as He Prepares to Bring the Story and Music of Star Wars to Life in a Spectacular New Show, Actor Anthony Daniels Tells Jon Perks about the Sci-Fisaga That Changed His Life
Byline: Anthony Daniels ;Jon Perks He is the only actor to portray his character in all six films - yet Anthony Daniels didn't even want to audition for Star Wars in the first place. The 63-year-old Brit - who played the fussy protocol droid...
A New Faze of Creativity
Bi rmingham-based marketing agency M Consulting is preparing itself for another busy year as it celebrates the launch of a new creative-led arm of the business - Mirror. Based in Digbeth since its conception 16 years ago, M Consulting has gone from...
Answering Back
Vocalist/musician Alexis (second from left) is one fifth of electropop band Hot Chip, whose new album One Life Stand is released this month. Tell us about the new album; how different is it to [predecessor] Made In The Dark? It's a bit less chaotic...
Appointment at Key Jobs Site
A commercial property specialist in Coventry has been appointed to market a new 93-acre office and warehouse development which could bring 2,000 jobs to the city. City centre-based Shortland Horne has been instructed by developer St Modwen to help...
A Quick, Cost-Effective Alternative - and More Important Than Ever; Mediation as a Form of Alternative Dispute Resolution Has Been around for Some Time. but It Is Now of Far Greater Importance, Says Harvey Ingram Partner Barry Jervis, as It Largely Paves the Way for Quicker, Cost-Effective Dispute Resolution - and Is One That Crucially Avoids Costly Court Time
Byline: Barry Jervis Court litigation is a last resort. It can be a hugely expensive, time consuming exercise and the outcome is notoriously uncertain. Typical disputes are rarely resolved in less than a year and even the seemingly strongest cases...
Art Dealers Tied Down in Wrangle over Rolf Work
Byline: JASBIRAUTHI He is most famous for blowing his didgeridoo, banging his wobble board and his amusing sketches, but now Rolf Harris is at the centre of a legal row involving a Birmingham art house. His pounds 135,000 painting Lovers on the...
A Vision for the Future; DIGBETH - SOUL OF THE CITY
B irmingham City Council and its partners are working to make real, positive change happen across the city. And Digbeth is a prime example of that change. Here, the city council is working to improve the economic, cultural and leisure opportunities...
AWM Boss Comes out Fighting after Tory Climbdown
Byline: ALUNTHORNE The boss of Advantage West Midlands has made a robust defence of his organisation after the Tories appeared to be having second thoughts about plans to abolish regional development agencies. Chief executive Mick Laverty said...
A Worthy Try; New Films Reviewed By
Byline: Graham Young ; Roz Laws INVICTUS Cert 12A, 133 mins The trouble with many biopics is that they try to fit too much in, as Taylor Hackford's 152-minute take on Ray (Charles) proved six years ago. Michael Mann's 159-minute drama Ali was...
Back in Tune; Season Bursting with Home-Grown Talent
We begin with a look back, remembering the high-powered season of all six Nielsen symphonies shared by the CBSO and the Halle Orchestra exactly a year ago, and given in both Birmingham and Manchester. For that achievement both orchestras have been...
Back to Basics; Emily Davis Speaks to a Young Entrepreneur with an Egg-Citing Business Venture
Byline: Emily Davis For Jess Taylor it doesn't matter whether the chicken or the egg came first because between them she now has a flourishing business on her hands. The 22-year-old from Tysoe, near Banbury started off with just four birds 18...
Baked Greek Sea Bass; More Than Greek
Byline: IRA PHEDON I've managed to take another step in my quest to put Greek food on the map as I will be appearing on the Hairy Bikers new show - 'Mums Know Best' on February 9 on BBC2. Si King and Dave Myers (aka The Hairy Bikers) were great...
Banding Together; Birmingham Group Little Sister Talk to Andy Coleman about an Obsession with Playing Spoons
Byline: Andy Coleman The song says that 'sisters are doin' it by themselves' but when Birminghambased female folk quartet Little Sister lost one of their founding members they thought their time was up. ''We thought we were finished,'' says 26-year-old...
Bay of Plenty; the New, Refined Kia Sorento Has Lost None of Its Power, Reports Edward Stephens
Byline: Edward Stephens Trendy, oozing style and typifying the good things in life. That's the Italian town of Sorrento which looks out over the Bay of Naples. Now after a radical re-design the same description applies to its four-wheeldrive...
Best Cellars Bourg, Blaye and Bargain Bordeaux
Byline: CLIVE PLATMAN Opt for a Pauillac or Pomerol and, more likely than not, you'll pay a premium for the privilege. Seek out a better producer from a less fashionable appellation (AOC) and you will discover true value. Two which spring to mind...
Birds' Rituals of Courtship Are a Joy to Observe; NATUREWATCH
Last weekend I was walking in my local woods close to the city centre when I noticed some brave little snowdrops had poked their heads up and started flowering, despite the cold temperatures. I was so surprised that while I am all wrapped up in fleece,...
Birmingham Offices 'More Competitive'
Headline rents on prime office space in Birmingham are now more competitive than Manchester, according to new research from a leading agency. CB Richard Ellis' Rents and Yields Market View shows that prime rents in the city now average pounds 27-pounds...
Blues Aim to Push on as Cheque Book Is Put Away; COLINTATTUM Colin.Tattum@birminghammail.Net
Birmingham City resume hostilities with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday in a derby that will prove critical to both sides as a signpost to the way ahead. Blues just about managed to stave off back-to-back defeats at St Andrew's against Tottenham...
Bournville at Twickenham; BACK OFF THE POST
Midlands One high-fliers Bournville will be presented with a special commemorative plaque at Twickenham this weeked. The Rowheath club will be special guests of the RFU because their centenary season coincides with that of English rugby's most famous...
Brakes Are on for Accelerate over AWM Funding Blow
Byline: TOMSCOTNEY Automotive support body Accelerate could be dismantled in a few months, after Advantage West Midlands admitted it might not be able to find the money to continue funding the group. Accelerate, which is led by programme manager...
Breakthrough in Film Opens Up 3D Gaming Opportunities; with Avatar's Dazzling 3D Graphics Wowing Cinema Audiences around the World and Sky Sports Bringing Fans Live 3D Football, Gaming Represents the Next Dimension for the Technology. Anna Blackaby Catches Up with the Pioneering West Midland Company Behind the World's First 3D Video Game
Byline: Anna Blackaby Despite a history stretching back to the 19th century, 3D has always remained on the fringes of screen media. But with the tremendous success of films like Avatar - now the highestgrossing move of all time - many in the...
Building a Case for Ajudication; Freeth Cartwright Partner, Adjudicator and Ex-Civil Engineer Raymond Joyce Looks at the Role of Adjudication in the Highly Litigious Construction Industry
Byline: Raymond Joyce Lord Denning, the most celebrated English judge of the 20th century, once remarked: "There must be a 'cash flow' in the building trade. It is the very lifeblood of the enterprise." But despite such lofty legal support, it...
Cadbury Deal Is Not a Win for Shareholders; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, I have just read my friend Jerry Blackett's comments on the Cadbury deal with amazement. (Post, January 28) He cannot be serious - this was not a victory for shareholder power. It was the very opposite. This was a deal built on the worst...
Celebrate Valentine's Day in Style
Love is in the air and this month Style Birmingham is celebrating four ladies that know all about the highs and lows of love. Courtesy of HMV Birmingham Pallasades, this Valentine's we're helping you move closer to the one you love with this fabulous...
Change Is in the Air after Jackson Report; James Gordon, Partner in Wragge & Co LLP's Dispute Resolution Group Looks at Lord Justice Jackson's Final Report on Civil Litigation Costs
Byline: James Gordon Anyone involved in civil litigation needs to be aware of Lord Justice Jackson's recent report on civil litigation costs. If implemented, the proposals could result in widespread reform in the way litigation is paid for. The...
Claret and New
T he Premier League may be at its midpoint, but when it comes to fashion, the new season has just kicked off. Two of Aston Villa's most exciting and up and coming young players - Marc Albrighton and Ciaran Clark - are fast gaining reputations for their...
Claret and New
T he Premier League may be at its midpoint, but when it comes to fashion, the new season has just kicked off. Two of Aston Villa's most exciting and up and coming young players - Marc Albrighton and Ciaran Clark - are fast gaining reputations for their...
Claret and New
T he Premier League may be at its midpoint, but when it comes to fashion, the new season has just kicked off. Two of Aston Villa's most exciting and up and coming young players - Marc Albrighton and Ciaran Clark - are fast gaining reputations for their...
Club to Collar New Custom
Worcestershire pet food company Fish-4Dogs is launching a new puppy club to expand its customer base. The Droitwich-based hopes to net hundreds of new customers when it launches the new club at Crufts 2010, held at the National Exhibition Centre...
Coach Signs Up for Digbeth
D igbeth added to its reputation as Birmingham's creative quarter with the launch of the dramatic, contemporary Digbeth Public Art Project (DPAP) as part of National Express's new Birmingham Coach Station in December 2009. The coach station is an...
Council Finance Bosses Face Flak over Audit Report; Compiling Birmingham City Council's Accounts Has Always Been a Seat of the Pants Experience, but This Year the Bean Counters Are More Than Ever in the Firing Line, Reports Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale
Byline: Paul Dale It's not the easiest job in the world to keep track of hundreds of individual budgets totalling more than pounds 3 billion. But the patience of the Audit Commission seems finally to have broken after lengthy delays in signing...
Counting Cost of Longer Lives
Byline: JANETYLER A fall in Birmingham's death rate has led to a budget crisis for the council's funeral division. Because people are living longer the money the council makes from funerals has fallen. This year it is predicted to make pounds...
Creative Investment in a Creative Quarter
Over the last 20 years The Custard Factory has been transformed from derelict factories to Birmingham's leading base for creative talent by entrepreneur developer Bennie Gray. The former Bird's Custard factory - which dates back to the late 19th century...
Credit Where It Is Due for Mayor Race; COMMENT
The debate about how Birmingham should be governed has been simmering for years. It appears clear that it will never be resolved until the city's residents are given a choice on whether they want an elected mayor or not. That's not to say that the...
Custard Goes Upmarket
Byline: ANNABLACKABY Digbeth nightlife faces another shake-up as the Factory Club prepares to relocate in a bid to attract more independent retailers and galleries to the main development. The Custard Factory venue - formerly known as The Medicine...
Cycle Experts Make a Dash to New Markets
A Birmingham company with a rich heritage of cycling success is getting into gear for a successful future in hi-tech engineering. Reynolds Technology, which has celebrated victories in the Tour de France during its 100-year history, is breaking...
Deaths
BEVINS Alfred Samuel (Bev). Beloved husband and father to Gwyneth, Peter and Matthew, grandfather to Hannah, Laura, Joe and Sam and father-in-law, died peacefully at home on 28th January 2010 after a long illness. Funeral Service at Oakley Wood Crematorium...
Developing into a Mess
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER What a muddle the Conservatives have got themselves into over regional development agencies. Are they going to abolish them or not? And has Ken Clarke demanded a review of the party's official stance towards them? The answers,...
Digbeth High Street Corridor Study
Delegates from the consultation event board the bus for the tour of Digbeth B irmingham City Council's Big City Plan Initiatives programme and Advantage West Midlands are sponsoring the Digbeth Corridor Study and have jointly commissioned Atkins engineering...
DIGBETH; the Secret Green Digbeth
You may have to look a bit more carefully than usual into one of Europe's greenest cities, to find that Digbeth has a number of green corridors traversing the area. The network of canals, three main railway lines and the River Rea each provide a vital...
Don't Write off the Writ; Based in Birmingham, Partner Alex Bishop Heads Shoosmiths' National Commercial Litigation Team
For the first time since Lord Woolf's 1999 reform of the civil justice system, the more conciliatory approach to resolving disputes advocated by the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) is being thoroughly tested. s The recession has led to an increase...
Dorrans out to Continue His Progress for Baggies; CHRISLEPKOWSKI Chris.Lepkowski@birminghammail.Net
As performances go, Graham Dorrans' have certainly captured the imagination. Praise from media, supporters and observers have been forthcoming during West Bromwich Albion's promotion push. At least five local reporters have anecdotally marked...
Eat Your Way to a Healthier Body; PERSONALwith Holly Wells
O k, so your New Year's Resolutions may have already gone out the window, but only eating cabbage for a month or running 10 miles every day may be a little extreme and unachievable. Moderation is the key. Here are my top 10 tips: Base your meals...
Eight Centuries of Development and Regeneration in Digbeth
W hen Birmingham city centre is viewed from a high vantage point, the extent and diversity of development and regeneration is astonishing. The International Convention Centre, the Bullring shopping centre, modern multi-storey offices and apartments,...
Expert Meetings; Birmingham-Based Robert Kerr, Partner in Grant Thornton's Forensic and Investigation Services Team, Sheds Light on What Goes on Behind Closed Doors
Byline: Robert Kerr What happens at experts' meetings and do they lead to progress in the case or are they just an expensive waste of time? In my experience the adversarial nature of litigation often leads to individuals approaching an experts'...
FAMILY TREE Bigamy Was Branded Poor Man's Divorce; FAMILY TREE: Family Historian Paul Wilkins Gives Advice on Searching Divorce Records
Byline: Paul Wilkins When researching your family history one must be aware of the issue of divorce. A key date to remember is January 11, 1858. From this time a new Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes heard all divorce cases. Before...
Fears Marketers Face a Hit from Cadbury Deal; with Attention Focusing on the Job Security of Cadbury's Manufacturing Workforce in Bournville in the Light of the Kraft Takeover, Anna Blackaby Looks at How Local Marketing and Advertising Firms Working on the Chocolate Maker's Innovative Campaigns May Fare
Byline: Anna Blackaby Unions representing Cadbury workers have made much of the experience of Terry's of York at the hands of the US conglomerate Kraft where, within a decade of it taking control, production had been shifted from its historic home...
Feaunati Dons Silver Fern for Silver Screen
Byline: BRIAN DICK When, in May 2008, Bishop Vesey's Grammar School appointed Zak Feaunati as their Head of Rugby, it looked like a good move. After all, how many schools can call on an international back-row forward with more than a decade's...
Finally a Midlands Flavour to Six Nations Circus
For the first time in what seems like decades, but is actually only three years, the West Midlands has a legitimate interest in the RBS Six Nations. The tournament gets under way this weekend as Ireland do their best to avoid scrummaging humiliation...
Fire Chiefs Attack HQ Money Pit
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Fire brigades have attacked ministers over chaotic plans to scrap fire control centres and create one giant call centre for the whole region. They urged the Government to consider scrapping the delay-hit project, even...
First-Rate Education and Training Support Right across the Region
S outh Birmingham College has been an integral part of the Digbeth area for more than 25 years. Located on Digbeth High Street, the new, purpose-built Digbeth campus provides first-rate education and training support to the college's 16,000 students...
Fit to Function - Part Two; PErSoNAL TrAINEr
Byline: Sam Taylor Following on from last month's article (if you didn't get chance to read take a look at the Birmingham Post website to catch up) we are going to look at some examples of functional exercises. This month we are going to focus on...
Fletch Back Inside; Classic TV Sitcom Porridge Has Become a Play - and It's Coming to Birmingham. Graham Young Reports
Byline: Graham Young Everyone has their favourite television comedy, but few people have the insight of author Mark Lewisohn. When the BBC first published his definitive 800-page Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy on October 8, 1998, it included...
Food Stamps to Encourage Healthy Diet?
Byline: RICHARD MCCOMB Low income families could be given food stamps to allow them to buy healthy organic food, according to the director of the Soil Association. Patrick Holden, the director of England's leading organic organisation, also suggested...
From Highlander to Midlander
The perfect pitch is key to striking a chord in the creative sector, according to Simon Sayce. And he should know, after a career that has spanned Hollywood movies, journalism, sculpting and now working on brand strategies for a West Midland agency....
Fund Creates Jobs for City Firm
A small Birmingham-based firm is beating the recession thanks to a fund to get the long-term jobless back into work. The soft furnishings firm, Textiles by St Annes, has been able to boost its workforce thanks to the Government's Future Jobs Fund...
Funds to Fuel Search Engine
A Birmingham search engine firm which is second only to Google in the number of webpages it has indexed has secured substantial funding from a Dutch internet entrepreneur. Majestic-12 said it had attracted an undisclosed sum from investor Rene van...
Gem at the Heart of Jewellery Quarter; Alison Jones Takes a Look at the Stunning New Apartments and Offices in St Paul's Square Which Go on Show to the Public This Month
Byline: Alison Jones "I think we have got a very good product in the best location," says Chris Rosier, one half of Chord, the development team behind St Paul's Place. His somewhat modest assessment is accurate. It is a striking new build...
Grade II Country House Steeped in Historic Status; Alison Jones Reports on a Timber-Framed Home, with Medieval Origins and Many Historical Features
Byline: Alison Jones It was the Parker family who built what is now Longdon Hall near Tewkesbury, back in Medieval times. They were an important family - Thomas Parker was the Abbott of Tewkesbury from 1390 and 1412, and the timberframed home,...
Great Expectations for Southside BID; Tom Fleming Looks at Proposals to Enhance One of the Birmingham's More Diverse Areas with the Establishment of the City's Latest Business Improvement District
Byline: Tom Fleming The success of the Broad Street, Retail and Colmore Business District BIDs has led to another key area of Birmingham city centre looking to get in on the act. Last week the Radisson Blu Hotel hosted the first consultation...
GREAT WHITE HOPE; Starbucks Unveil First Major New Drink for 12 Years
Coffee baristas are used to having the most complex of orders thrown at them, whether it's for a non fat grande latte with two pumps of vanilla syrup served extra hot, or an iced vente mocha with six pumps of peppermint syrup, caramel sauce on the...
GREAT WHITE HOPE; Starbucks Unveil First Major New Drink for 12 Years
Coffee baristas are used to having the most complex of orders thrown at them, whether it's for a non fat grande latte with two pumps of vanilla syrup served extra hot, or an iced vente mocha with six pumps of peppermint syrup, caramel sauce on the...
GREAT WHITE HOPE; Starbucks Unveil First Major New Drink for 12 Years
Coffee baristas are used to having the most complex of orders thrown at them, whether it's for a non fat grande latte with two pumps of vanilla syrup served extra hot, or an iced vente mocha with six pumps of peppermint syrup, caramel sauce on the...
GREAT WHITE HOPE; Starbucks Unveil First Major New Drink for 12 Years
Coffee baristas are used to having the most complex of orders thrown at them, whether it's for a non fat grande latte with two pumps of vanilla syrup served extra hot, or an iced vente mocha with six pumps of peppermint syrup, caramel sauce on the...
Hard-Done-By Savers Decide to Fight Back; Jeremy Gates Looks at a Movement Calling for Better Treatment of Savers
Byline: Jeremy Gates There was something grimly ironic about the recent launch of a new action group to champion the rights of savers, a species that is threatened with extinction. Save Our Savers is a group set up to try and protect our precious...
Holiday Homes
A glittering cast of celebrities have been endorsing a new resort in Spain that offers shared ownership for as little as pounds 24,000. Cricketer Sir Ian Botham, world champion runner runner Steve Cram and Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell...
Honest Frank - a True Bears Legend; Coverstory
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD January, 2010. The snow which has covered the ground for weeks has gone but the air remains bitterly cold. Freezing fog lies thick over the countryside that straddles the border between Warwickshire and Worcestershire. I...
Hospital Is to the Manor Born; It Has Taken More Than Six Years to Get off the Ground, but the New Walsall Manor Hospital Will Finally Open Its Doors in May. Health Correspondent Alison Dayani Investigates the Highs and Lows of the Pounds 174 Million Project That Was Almost Halted by the Government
Byline: Alison Dayani There are key moments in any major development that project managers never forget. The signing of a contract, the first brick laid, and unfortunately for Walsall Manor Hospital, the heart-wrenching Whitehall announcement...
'I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT'... Helmut Kichmeier, Performer
Helmut Kichmeier, aka Hannibal Helmurto, is a sword swallower cum hypnotist with the infamous Circus Of Horrors. On his debut tour his act went horribly wrong when, due to a throat infection, he pierced his respiratory tract with a sabre. He recently...
Identifying a True Accountancy Expert; in the Event That a Dispute Arises, in These Challenging Times You Cannot Afford to Be on the Losing Side and the Best Way to Protect Your Business Is to Ensure That You Bring in a True Accounting Expert to Do the Digging. Sat Plaha, Forensics Partner at BDO LLP in Birmingham, Sums Up the Value of Calling in the Experts
Byline: Sat Plaha A ccording to the recent BDO Pennywise research, nearly 80 per cent of UK CEOs and FDs believe that the recession has increased the number of risks that their businesses face and over 50 per cent of them have sought to reduce costs...
In Brief
Sydney Mitchell has been appointed by the administrator of First Quench Retailing, which operated the Threshers and Wine Rack stores. The Midland firm is the only one outside London to be dealing with First Quench. It expects to deal with up to...
In Brief
The University of Worcester's Business School is to host the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) 2010 Annual Seminar this month. The seminar will feature a presentation by the internationally reputed coach and speaker, Dr Frank Dick, on people...
In Brief
The City watchdog will produce its first tables naming and shaming companies that receive a lot of of complaints in September. The Financial Services Authority is calling for firms that receive more than 500 complaints every six months to publish details...
Is Climate Seeing a Rise in Popularity of Arbitration? Paul Bennett of Grant Thornton's Forensic and Investigation Services Team Looks at the Trends in Arbitration as a Form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Byline: Paul Bennett In an increasingly global business environment, there are many who believe that the use of arbitration can only increase. Certainly, most contracts drawn up between parties in different jurisdictions include arbitration clauses...
It's a Million Dollar Baby
Byline: PETER SHARKEY It's a regrettable fact of life that because there are now enough vociferous Britons who constantly sneer at the US and its institutions, anti-Americanism has become this nation's most acceptable (and, for most of us, embarrassing)...
It's a Straight Red for Terry
Byline: RICHARD McCOMB It is late in the evening of July 11 and England have just beaten Germany 5-4 in extra time to win the World Cup. Forty-four years of hurt have been vapourised by the heroics of Capello's lions inside the Soccer City Stadium,...
It's Time to Refresh; Karine Hauser Takes a Look at Some New Directions for Interior Design
Byline: Karine Hauser I t's a new year and a new decade. For me this passing of time always gives me itchy feet and I crave a change of some kind in my home. Out with the old and in with the new! But what will the'new' be in this new decade? Inspiration...
Jacobean Manor House with Charming Features; the Manor House in Stretton-on-Dunsmore Is in Need of Refurbishment, but Has Many Appealing Features for the Discerning Buyer
A Jacobean manor house is being offered for sale in Stretton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire. Simply called The Manor House, it dates back to the 16th century but has additions built during the 19th century. It has a colour-washed rough cast render,...
Justin Calls for Greater Consistency from Mose
Byline: BRIAN DICK Justin Mensah-Coker has exhorted his team-mates to even greater efforts ahead of this weekend's potentially crucial Championship showdown with Bedford. The Canadian international was part of the Moseley team that recorded an...
Keane as Mustard
Byline: MAT KENDRICK What is it with modernday footballers, changing childhood allegiances to their so-called beloved dubs more often than the England captain changes lovers? No sooner had Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane taken the high road...
Kerrang! Returns to Profit after Cutbacks; Phil Vinter Spent a Day with the DJs at Kerrang! Radio Station in the City, Which Was Forced to Make Cutbacks Last Year
Byline: Phil Vinter In a hot metallic studio in a funky building on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter Kerrang! radio DJ Luke Wilkins is into the final few minutes of another weekday show. For the last four hours he has been left to his own devices...
Last Straw for Farmer Fighting to Save Castle
Byline: GRAEME BROWN Lawyers from a West Midland practice will continue to fight for a farmer who secretly built and lived in a castle to keep his home despite losing a High Court bid to save it from demolition. A judge ruled Robert Fidler, 60,...
Leyland Workers Paid - after 17-Year Battle
Byline: JON GRIFFIN Hundreds of workers unfairly sacked by former Birmingham van maker Leyland DAF have won their battle for compensation - after a 17-year wait. Payments of up to pounds 10,000 are at last being sent out to ex-workers from the...
Litigation or Mediation - Choice Can Cost; Mark Elder, Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation at the Birmingham Offices of Law Firm Irwin Mitchell LLP, Looks at the Merits of Litigation and Mediation in the Dispute Resolution Process. He Is Also an Accredited Mediator with ADR Group
Byline: Mark Elder Tough economic conditions have led to tougher attitudes in the business community. Companies are demanding not only added-value services but also straightforward no-nonsense business dealings with their suppliers and customers....
Litigation - Putting You in Control; by Simon Garbett, Partner, and Erica Simpson, Lawyer, from the Dispute Resolution Team at Hammonds LLP in Birmingham
We are facing unprecedented times in the field of commercial litigation. Despite the best intentions of the Woolf Reforms over 10 years ago, commercial disputes continue to increase in number and still result in high cost and lengthy procedures. This...
Lofty Ambition; Prestigious Shrewsbury School Was Built for a Very Different Purpose, Writes Chris Upton
Byline: Chris Upton Shrewsbury School looks imposingly down from Kingsland Bank above the River Severn towards the Shropshire town with which it has been associated for more than 450 years. Exactly as it should do, might comment the casual visitor,...
Looking at the Future of Dispute Resolution; Guy Birkett, Partner and Head of Litigation at West Midlands Law Firm FBC Manby Bowdler LLP Takes an Overview of the Mediation Process. Guy Has Mediated in Excess of 50 Disputes, Covering a Wide Variety of Subject Matters and Ranging in Value from Multimillion Construction Disputes to Small Contractual Disputes
Byline: Guy Birkett With the courts increasingly keen on mediation and a number of judges and academics now advocating that it should become compulsory before proceedings commence, it may not be too long before all commercial legal disputes have...
Love Her Madly; Sexy Surprises That Are Sure to Make Her Swoon
Byline: Alison Jones Y ou know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well. ~ Author Unknown Little is known about the St Valentine whose feast day is celebrated on Feb 14, whether...
Manor Green Showhome Opened Up for Viewing; There Will Be Plots of Interest with a Second Phase of Homes at Manor Green. Alison Jones Reports
Byline: Alison Jones Strutt and Parker were celebrating the swift sale of four barn conversions and a house plot at Childs Ercall, Market Drayton, last within four months of their launch. recession and with encourgaging signs that signs that...