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Articles from February 24, 2011

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2012 Olympic Costs Racing out of Control
Byline: PETER SHARKEY The line separating destructive cynicism from worldly reality is rarely straight, usually very thin and invariably the palest of greys. As a platform for highlighting this perpetual dilemma, sport remains less sullied than...
2-for-1 Ticket Offer for the First Ever Edible Garden Show; Birmingham Post Offer
The countdown is on for the launch of The Edible Garden Show - the firstever national event dedicated exclusively to grow-your-own fruit and vegetables. This spectacular new show, which runs from March 18-20 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, promises...
A Fine Home with Some Rare Delights within; Annie Roberts Discovers That There Are Some Special Interior Treasures Awaiting Visitors to This Fine Edwardian Home in Tanworth-in-Arden
Byline: Annie Roberts Viewers during Saturday's open house at The Ingle should be prepared. There is even more to the house that stands in Poolhead Lane at Tanworth-in-Arden than meets the eye. private oak gates will raise expectations, it...
A Musical Road Less Travelled; Jeffrey Skidmore, Founder of the Ex Cathedra Choir, Is Not One for Playing It Safe. Christopher Morley Spoke to Him about Repertoire
Byline: Christopher Morley Ihave often observed that Jeffrey Skidmore, director of the renowned chamber choir Ex Cathedra, must have a portrait of himself in the loft, ageing while he remains youthful, scarcely changing from when I first met him...
An Apprentice with the Personal Touch
After developing a strong working relationship with Solihull College, financial services organisation Personal Touch is now reaping the benefits of an apprentice employed through the college's Apprenticeship programme. Personal Touch Financial Services...
Anger over Whitby's Pounds 210k 'Red Carpet' Fund; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: PAUL DALE Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby is facing criticism after details emerged of a pounds 210,000 "red carpet" fund under his direct personal control. The Leader's Development Budget is being used to subsidise a wide...
Appliance of Science; Jon Perks Meets 'Molecular Mixologist' Chris Hoy, Who Could Be Birmingham's Own Heston Blumenthal
Byline: Jon Perks ravel, they say, broadens the mind. TIt certainly did for Chris Hoy; it also broadened the drinks menu at Nuvo Cocktail and Lounge Bar, where he is bar manager. Since winning Birmingham's best bartender at the 2002 Nightlife...
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The internet - A taxing issue Q Everything to do with tax seems to be moving online and I gather Corporation Tax is the next thing in line to go on line. This might be to save the Revenue time - but I am now told I have to go and buy commercial software...
Asset-Management Background Brings Key Role to New Advisory Team; Adrian Willet, FRICS, Director of Property at BSV Associates, Reflects on the Changed Landscape of the Property Market, and the Assetmanagement and Disposal Challenges That Lie Ahead
Byline: Adrian Willet The unwinding of the heady days of the property boom continues, but the dynamics of this real-estate recession are markedly different from those downturns that have gone before. London has cut adrift of the rest of the UK...
Barton Makes a Stand; Ironangle
Byline: PAUL DALE Keith Barton, the Longbridge Tory councillor who last year failed in an attempt to become deputy Conservative group leader, appears to have extracted a measure of revenge over those in the party hierarchy who persuaded him to contest...
Biscoe's Back and He Brings a Little Spice; Jazz Diary
Byline: PETER BACON One of the recent highlights of the Rush Hour Blues programme on Friday evenings at Symphony Hall was the appearance of the Chris Biscoe Profiles Quartet. If you missed the chance to hear the saxophonist known for his work...
Bittersweet Cup Dream
Byline: JON GRIFFIN So Birmingham City are booked in for their first major Wembley final since 1956, with a potentially marvellous day in prospect for thousands of their loyal supporters. But ask Blues owner Carson Yeung and the rest of his sidekicks...
Blood-Curdling Suspense for Brave Teens; Children's Book
Witchfinder: Gallows at Twilight William Hussey (Oxford University Press, pounds 6.99) It's not easy to read a book when you have your one hand covering your eyes. Gallows at Midnight - the sequel to last year's Dawn of the Demontide - is a very...
Blues Fan Won't Ever Forget 1956 Trip to Wembley
It was a cup final journey like no other. For this merry band of young men it all started at the Warwick Arms pub in Sparkbrook, where they were regulars. After sinking a few swift drinks they were collected by a specially organised Charabanc...
Brindleyplace Building-Owners Make Start as Office Is Released
A round up of news from the region's commercial property sector in the past week Hines Global REIT and Moorfield Group have stated their intentions for the future of Brindleyplace with the release of their first office space opportunity to the occupier...
Business Tax Savings Worth Having; Businessgrowthmonitor: By Lucas Markou, Partner at Solihull-Based Accountants and Business Advisers Jerroms LLP
Byline: Lucas Markou Businesses have only a few weeks in the current tax year to take advantage of tax planning opportunities. Most growing businesses can currently claim 100 per cent of that expenditure on plant and expenditure. Such expenditure...
Cadbury Not Sweet on Me
Byline: DAVE HARTE Everyone from David Cameron himself to the cool kids on Twitter are obsessed with transparency in Government. Whether it's the need to know every single penny spent by the council or the location of every bin lorry - openness...
Calls to Give Major Funds to LEPs Are Turned Away
Ministers have insisted there will be no significant funding for local enterprise partnerships. They rejected calls from a committee of MPs to pump money into the new bodies designed to help industry. Instead, ministers warned that partnerships...
Cameron Is Content to Play Support Role at Final
Byline: GREGG EVANS Cameron Jerome is unfazed about the possibility of starting on the bench for Sunday's Carling Cup Final. The Blues striker has lost his place in the starting line-up for the past two league games as new signing Obafemi Martins...
CD Releases
Pop The Secret Sisters The Secret Sisters When T-Bone Burnett showers a new act with praise, it's worth taking note. The in-demand producer, who has chosen in the past to work with the likes of Elvis Costello, Robert Plant and BB King, says of Alabama...
City Girl Is Star of Pioneering Medical Trial
Byline: ALISON DAYANI Afive-year-old Birmingham girl with an extremely rare disease has become the first in the world to undergo a pioneering trial into breakthrough enzyme replacement therapy. Xena Begum was hand-picked to lead the clinical...
Classical Reviews
CBSO/Nelsons Conducts Beethoven Symphony Hall If you share the view that Beethoven's greatest works are a fusion of opposing forces - namely revolutionary fervour and personal angst - then Andris Nelsons' interpretation of the Eroica Symphony hit every...
Classical Reviews
The Fairy Queen New London Consort at Birmingham Town Hall Circus performers, from acrobats to jugglers and even an astonishing balancer of cube-frames on his forehead cropped up in Purcell's semi-opera The Fairy Queen. Are we back with the intrusion...
Comeback King Pennell Targets Renewed Heights
The sight of Chris Pennell ghosting on to Andy Short's shoulder, taking his offload and careering across the Birmingham & Solihull try line was proof that both physically and mentally the spring has returned to his step. The 23-year-old played...
Comments from Birminghampost.Net
Two Birmingham hospitals shamed over food and feeding on TV documentary This disgraceful situation has existed at Good Hope for years. I had an elderly relative there who suffered similarly. Food is delivered by contract staff with no interest or motivation....
Company Bosses Plan to Turn Back on Royal Nuptials
Bosses in the Midlands are less likely to give their staff a day off for the Royal wedding than their Northern counterparts, new research has revealed. The latest Business Barometer from Close Invoice Finance found that just over half (54 per cent)...
Complex Environment for Local Businesses; Ask Anyone in the Restructuring Field What 2011 Holds and You Are Likely to Get a Shrug of the Shoulders, and at Best an Outlook That May Be Described as 'Uncertain'. Mark Orton, Head of Restructuring at KPMG in the Midlands, Looks at the Forces at Play
Byline: Mark Orton Opinion seems divided on the likelihood of a double dip recession, or a long slow recovery, but if the GDP figures at the end of last year can be explained by the poor weather, then the expectation on balance is probably for the...
Concern as Retirement Age Stumps Businesses
The Government should act to address concerns about the scrapping of the default retirement age, an employment specialist has urged. Chris Piggott of Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham said there was growing confusion among many businesses surrounding...
Concern over Loss of CAB
Byline: DEAN PARNELL Readers may have seen recent articles run by the Birmingham Post covering the potential closure of all five Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) centres in Birmingham. These explained that Birmingham City Council had reviewed its...
Council Staff Flooded with Applications for Academies
Nearly 20 Birmingham City Council staff are having to deal with applications from schools wishing to become academies, the authority's education chief has revealed. Coun Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said...
Cup Run a Welcome Bonus - but League Survival Is Still Key
Alex McLeish admits that - despite Sunday's encounter - the overriding priority this season still had to be Premier League survival. "The Premier League is the most important thing for us, but it's always nice to win and progress to the major occasions...
Customers Grumble about Bank Gripes
Less than half of all customers who complain to their bank are happy with the response they receive, research suggests. Three-quarters of consumers who have a grievance against their bank go on to make a complaint, but just 47 per cent of these...
Day 300 and Meriden Protesters Determined to Keep Up the Fight; Campaigners Occupying a Makeshift Camp Set Up to Monitor an Unauthorised Gypsy Camp in Warwickshire Are Marking Their 300th Day of Protest, Writes Donna Bowater
Byline: Donna Bowater Protester Theresa Towns heaps more timber onto a makeshift wood burner. "When we started this last year, we never thought we'd still be here 12 months later," she says. It is a damp February afternoon and Theresa, her...
Delivering a Turnaround Strategy; Jeremy Birch, Director in Grant Thornton's Recovery and Reorganisation Team, Talks about Identifying and Negotiating the Steps to Take in a Turnaround Strategy
Byline: Jeremy Birch In the recent economic downturn, turnaround strategies have often been referred to as a mechanism for addressing the problems of an ailing business. Such strategies have no rule book - each needs to be adapted to the circumstances...
Disabled Worker Wins in Legal Fight over Land Rover Sacking
Byline: JON GRIFFIN ALand Rover track worker sacked after nearly 15 years service at the Solihull factory has won a landmark battle for discrimination on the grounds of his disability. Chris Short, aged 44, who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome...
Doing as the Romans Did; Constructing a First Century Roman House with 21st Century Builders Was Not Easy. Alison Jones Talks to the Expert Who Leapt at the Chance to Do It for a TV Series
Byline: Alison Jones There is a local, and somewhat bizarre, legend that says Wroxeter Roman City was carried away overnight by a flock of sparrows. As fanciful, in a creepy, Hitchcockian way, as this explanation is, it is highly unlikely that...
Dream of New 'Golden Era' for the High Street Dies as Funds Cut
Byline: PAUL SUART Ten Birmingham town centre managers recruited to transform ailing shopping districts are to lose their jobs, prompting ghost town fears for the future of suburban high streets. The managers are being axed despite a Commons...
Dr Hook,EUROs Not Pulling Any Punches; Lorne Jackson Meets a 70s Star who,EUROs So Fed Up with the Music Industry That he,EUROs Turned to Poetry
Byline: Lorne Jackson Dennis Locorriere used to be the lead singer and guitarist with the hugely popular American band Dr Hook. Though at the moment heEUROs turned into Dr Left Hook EUR" followed by an upper cut to the solar plexus. Dennis...
East Meets West; Actress Zita Sattar Tells Alison Jones Why She Was So Eager to Play a 'Pakistani Nana Mouskouri Lookalike'
Byline: Alison Jones In West is West Sajid (Aqib Khan) If ever there was an actress who was entitled to say "It should have been me" after seeing a role she helped create taken by someone else on screen, it is Zita Sattar. The Solihull-based...
Elegant and Elevated Lifestyle in Barnt Green
Electric gates swing open on to a sweeping drive that leads to an elegant home built that makes the most of its elevated position. The views over the village of Barnt Green are impressive from the front of Dalkeith, which stands in the village's...
End Credits Roll as Screen WM Sacks Staff for Restructuring
Several members of staff have lost their jobs and a key digital fund is to shut as part of the move to bring regional screen agency Screen WM into a wider national body. The Government announced earlier this year that the agency, which supports...
Exercising Control from beyond the Grave
Awell-drafted will can ensure entrepreneurs keep some control over their businesses - even after death, says a prominent private client lawyer. "Don't let your tax planning be disrupted by the grim reaper," advises Clarke Willmott partner Robert...
Fabric and Photography Wear Well at Show
Zoe Chamberlain meets a Midland designer who has held her first show at London Fashion Week Tamara Joseph started making clothes when she was just seven-years-old. Her mother taught her how to use a sewing machine and she was instantly hooked, and...
Familiar Territory for First-Time Buyer
There was a feeling of dj vu for a Birmingham programmer when he moved in to his first home, which was on the site of his old workplace. Shaun Hardman, 25, bought a two-bedroom apartment at the Miller Central development in Northfield, which was...
Family Link Traced Back to Battle of Waterloo
Byline: CATH LILLINGTON Losing her mother when she was just 12 years old, Birmingham grandmother Linda Atterbury knew little about her family background. But her curiosity about her ancestors has led her to make the remarkable discovery that...
Ferguson Can Be the Govan-Or for Blues
Byline: GREGG EVANS Blues legend Alex Govan is backing his former club to lift the Carling Cup on Sunday - with a little help from a fellow Scot. The ex-St Andrew's wide man played in the 1956 FA Cup final defeat against Manchester City, the...
Firms Gearing Up for a Glut of Festivals in City
Birmingham's festival organisers are gearing up for a busy March as the city gets set to host four unique events and 400 hours of celebration. Next month film extravaganza Flatpack Festival, contemporary arts showcase Fierce Festival, the annual...
Food Brings Joy to Life
Byline: RICHARD MCCOMB s it immoral to spend pounds 100 on a meal, for one? IAnd is there something inherently wrong with gorging on bats, seal meat and songbirds? Your answer to these questions is very important, according to B R Myers. Should...
Fund Invests Pounds 150k in Growing Arty Business
A public sector fund specialising in the creative industries has invested in a local art supplier which aims to brings original prints and paintings to the high street. The Creative Advantage Fund (CAF), which is backed by Birmingham City Council,...
Going on the Offensive? Comedian Richard Herring Claims He Knows More about Christianity Than Many Christians. Roz Laws Finds out Why He's Revisiting His Christ on a Bike Show
Byline: Roz Laws Richard Herring and Stewart Lee have more in common than the fact they were once a comedy double act. They have both managed to offend Christians with their work, discovering that making jokes about religion can open a nasty...
Golden Apple Sadly Neglected; Garden Watch
Byline: COLIN HAMBIDGE Once said to be the golden apple of Greek mythology, the quince (Cydonia oblonga) is not often seen in gardens. I cannot, however, understand its lack of popularity because it has so much to recommend it. It does not...
Green Rural Glory a Hop from Motorway Network
WHY Acton Trussell, with the nearby villages of Acton Gate and Moss Pit, offer the best of both worlds. A glorious rural location yet accessibility to the region's motorway network make it a real appeal for commuters. The village, originally...
Growth Fund Poised to Give SMEs Helping Hand; as a Pounds 2.5 Billion Equity Investment Fund Prepares to Open Its Doors in Birmingham, Anna Blackaby Speaks to the Man at the Helm about How West Midland Firms Can Get a Share
Byline: Anna Blackaby The boss of the multibillionpound Business Growth Fund, backed by cash from the UK's six main banks, is likely to spend a lot of time on the road in his new job. Although operational functions will be based in Birmingham,...
Happiness Comes in the Shape of Laughern Hill; Annie Roberts Takes the Tour of a Grand Georgian Home Filled with Grade II Listed Happy Memories for Its Previous Owners
Byline: Annie Roberts Laughern Hill may be its of.cial title but to those who live in the elegant Georgian home it has a far more meaningful nickname - Laughing Hill. The affectionate title is understandable for the Grade II listed country house...
Having the Right Handle on Interior Design; Annie Roberts Reports on One Couple's Passion and Attention to Detail That Has Given Their Large Warwickshire Family Home That Extra 'Wow' Factor
Byline: Annie Roberts To the untrained eye, the door handles .tted throughout The Croft are simply that - door handles. But to Mark and Rebecca Matthews, the door handles highlight just why their home in Meriden Road at Hampton in Arden, near...
Historic Convent Will Sell Contents as Nuns Relocate
Byline: DONNA BOWATER An historic Midland convent visited by Cardinal John Henry Newman is auctioning off its furniture after announcing it will close. The secluded Poor Clares Convent in Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire, which is 160 years old,...
In Brief
A digital gaming firm set up just six months ago is preparing to launch its first game. OOP! Games Studio, based in Birmingham Science Park, is bringing out a platform game called Flyball Champ. OOP! consists of four partners - Charlie Horn,...
In Brief
The intellectual property team at Wragge & Co has secured a High Court victory for building firm Kingspan Group in a trademark and advertising dispute against Rockwool. Mr Justice Kitchin found that a series of Rockwool demonstrations and video...
In Brief
The consumer team at Clearwater Corporate Finance has advised the founders of accessories brand Ollie & Nic on a refinancing by a group of retail investors. The company, which was founded in 2002, has grown from one store in Brighton to a chain...
In Brief
Consumers' confidence in spending fell at its fastest rate on record during January following the Government's VAT hike. Nationwide's spending index dived by 20 points during the month to stand at 70, the lowest level since November 2008 when the...
In Brief
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In Brief
A technology project is offering free study tours and placements in Europe to eligible West Midlands small and medium enterprises. The placement is fully funded through the European Regional Development Fund and can be designed and organised independently,...
Inner-City Oasis; the Preservation of Our Green Spaces Relies Heavily on a Volunteer Workforce, Writes Sophie Cross
Byline: Sophie Cross Afew hundred yards from the hustle and bustle of Solihull town centre lies the tranquil green space of Hillfield Park. Local walkers are attracted to its pretty lake and well-kept footpaths, but also its wild orchids that...
Innovation and Artistic Vision Can't Save Gallery; A Birmingham Art Gallery Has Become the First Casualty of Funding Cuts. Donna Bowater Reports
Byline: Donna Bowater For more than five years, Ikon Eastside has been the stage for some of the most cutting edge and innovative new art in Birmingham. Based on conservative estimates, 100,000 people have been through the doors of the disused...
I Used to Be an Atheist, but I'm Not Any More; Interview: Sir Anthony Hopkins
Byline: KATE WHITING He may have won an Oscar and been nominated for three more over the years, but Sir Anthony Hopkins by his own admission is not one for the red carpet or awards shows. "I'm a bit of a recluse as far as the acting business...
Keeping Up with the Joneses - and Billions More
Byline: TREVOR LAW The recent events of Tunisia and Egypt reminded us all of the political risk involved for investors in emerging markets. Indeed, regular readers will note that this column only recently reminded investors of political risk...
Lawyer's Name in Lights as Case Made into Movie; A Case Handled in the City Has Been Turned into a Major International Film Starring Oscar Winners Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave. Graeme Brown Speaks to Lawyer Karen Bailey about Her Memories of the Legal Battle
Byline: Graeme Brown When Karen Bailey turned up with her client to the first hearing to see a courtroom swamped with DynCorp's legal team, she knew she was up against it. Ms Bailey represented Kathryn Bolkovac in 2002 after the former police...
Legal Firm Expels Pair of Lawyers for 'Breach'
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY Law firm HBJ Gateley Wareing in Birmingham has expelled two of its leading lawyers. However, the pair in question, Andrew Jones and Alistair Young, both partners in the construction department, said they had handed in their...
Life-Changing Experience; Diane Parkes Talks to the Playwright Behind the Latest Work for the Birmingham REP
Byline: Diane Parkes In the rehearsal room for the new play Notes To Future Self there is a photograph of a Birmingham street. And playwright Lucy Caldwell says this photograph is integral to their understanding of the play. "It is a row of houses...
Lord, Protect Me from the One-Eyed Metal Menace
Byline: CHRIS UPTON I reckon that it's only since I learned to drive four years ago that I became incorrigibly judgmental. I scowl at motorists on their mobile phones, and taxi drivers who perform U-turns in the middle of the Moseley Road. (They...
Making a Strategy to Deal with Stamp Duty; Stamp Duty on Homes Worth Pounds 1 Million and above Is Due to Increase to 5 per Cent on April 6. Mark Wiggin of Strutt & Parker Considers the Implications: PROPERTY EXPERT
Mark Wiggin Hardly a month seems to go by without a tax hike of some kind: .rst it was VAT, then petrol duty and now stamp duty for houses over the million pound mark. The in.uential Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that the variety of measures...
McLeish Feels for Players Who Miss out on Wembley
Byline: COLIN TATTUM Alex McLeish says he is ready for one of the toughest managerial tasks in football - naming a cup final team. McLeish admits he already knows the 'nucleus' of the starting XI who will be tasked with toppling Arsenal in the...
Metcalfe Stepping into the Firing Line
Byline: BRIAN DICK There can be few rooms in modern sport in which the conflicting interests have the potential to produce as combustible a cocktail as your average meeting of the Professional Game Board. The body was set up three years ago to manage...
MG Rebel Loses Factory in Dispute over a Bank Loan
Byline: EDWARD CHADWICK A Worcestershire businessman who hoped to revive the MG racing brand has been hit with a new setback after his headquarters was repossessed over a pounds 400,000 debt. Will Riley boasted that he would make the famous Longbridge...
Midlands Moves Fast to Help with Record Attempt
Byline: GRAEME BROWN Companies from the West Midlands have been called in to help create the first car capable of reaching 1,000mph. Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the Bloodhound car will mount an assault on the...
Milestone in Construction of College at Longbridge
Construction of the new pounds 66 million Bournville College at Longbridge has reached an important milestone with developers celebrating its topping out. Representatives from St Modwen, Shepherd Construction and the college marked the completion...
Money Tight for Worst Paid in Midlands; Political Editor Jonathan Walker Takes an In-Depth Look at New Data on Salaries in the West Midlands - and Finds a Host of Inequalities
Byline: Jonathan Walker We may well be ''all in it together", according to the Government, but the truth is that the economic crisis hit some of us harder than others. Employees on modest salaries saw their wages drop last year as businesses...
Mother Dies after Drugs Mix Up; A Round Up of the Most Popular Stories from the Past Week at Birminghampost.Net
A mother-of-four died after a nurse at a Birmingham hospital trust gave her 10 times the amount of drugs she was supposed to receive. Arsula Samson, aged 80, widow of the former chief superintendant of the Royal Hong Kong Police Douglas Samson,...
Movies on Release
New Films This Week Animal Kingdom (15) Gritty, slow burn factbased Aussie crime tragedy as good cop and bad gran wrestle for her teen grandson's soul when he falls in with his criminal uncles. *** Drive Angry 3D (18) Nic Cage escapes Hell and, picking...
MPs' Call to Unnecessary Signpost Epidemic
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER hey're ugly, they're often unnecessary and they cost a fortune. That's what a West Midlands MP says about the road signs that clutter our streets. Learning the meaning of every sign in the Highway Code is a ritual familiar...
My, How You've Changed
Byline: DONNA BOWATER The changing face of Birmingham since the 1930s can be seen in these remarkable aerial photographs released by English Heritage. The iconic clock tower of the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus, captured first in...
Mystery as Exports Lag despite Weak Pound
The UK has yet to see exports bounce back with the impetus previous trends would suggest, according to a top economist. Overseas sales, seen as a vital building block of the recovery, are rebounding but there is concern they are not living up to...
Office Market Continues to Make Recovery
Birmingham's office market made a steady recovery during 2010, according to new research. Rents in Birmingham went up by five per cent last year - a big improvement on 2009 when they declined by 15 per cent - according to Cushman & Wakefields...
Pay Cuts Concession May Not Be Enough to Halt Industrial Action
Byline: PAUL DALE Details of a major compromise over plans to remove unsocial hours payments and other wage perks from 26,000 Birmingham City Council employees emerged this week in a sign that the authority's Conservative-Liberal Democrat leadership...
Pension Trustees to Top Creditors' Pecking Order
Trustees of bankrupt pension schemes have won a virtual guarantee following a groundbreaking court ruling, which pushes them almost to the top of the creditor pecking order, says Harvey Ingram partner and insolvency specialist Sean Moran. But the...
Petrov Told It's a Squad Game
Byline: MAT KENDRICK Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been warned that he may be a squad player rather than a regular starter for the remainder of his Villa Park career. Petrov is contracted to the claret and blues until the summer of...
Play-Off Farce Taints League; RUGBY NOTES
At last, after eight months of glorified warm-up matches, the real rugby is nigh - or the Silly Season as it should be known given the faulty logic that underpins the entire play-off concept. The Championship, or at least its first stage, came to...
Positively A1; Edward Stephens Takes Audi's Baby for a Spin and Finds It Packed with Big Car Features
Byline: Edward Stephens The move to downsize in a bid to reduce costs in the current economic climate has left prestige car owners with a dilemma. What do you buy that's small but has premium car qualities? One possible answer is Audi's new baby,...
Practice to Make Its Mark in Insolvency Advisory Market; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
One of Birmingham's newest professional practices, BSV Associates, was launched in December 2010 by its founder Peter Bache to bring a fresh-eyes approach to insolvency, restructuring and recovery "I felt there was a clear gap in the market for an...
Pre-Packs Can Drive a Better Value Deal; by Matthew Hammond, Partner and Midlands Business Recovery Services Leader at PwC
Byline: Matthew Hammond Pre-packaged insolvencies have been the subject of great debate and, at times, criticism in recent years. As creditors do not typically have any knowledge of a pre-pack until after the event, they may have cause to feel aggrieved...
Public Sector Must Sacrifice
Byline: RUSSELL LUCKOCK David Cameron has re-launched the "Big Society" with plenty of fanfare but little supporting cash due to the parlous state of this country's finances. Town halls up and down the country are bemoaning their slashed budgets...
Question over Tower as Key Beorma Work Starts
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY Work to pave the way for the pounds 200 million Beorma Quarter in Digbeth is poised to begin, according to the Middle Eastern backers' UK representative. But there is uncertainty about when the 27-story tower block will...
Real Estate Sector Faces Difficult Future; Mike Bennett, Corporate Recovery Expert at the Birmingham Office of Law Firm Irwin Mitchell, Highlights the Challenges for Commercial Landlords in the Future
Byline: Mike Bennett The real estate sector has been hit very hard by the economic downturn and it doesn't look like it will improve any time soon. Retailer, JJB Sport, for example, recently proposed a second Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)...
Six of the Best
5 IVY COURT Guide price: pounds 275,000 Agent: John German Contact: 01785 236600 A spacious detached bungalow standing on an impressive corner plot with an L-shaped lounger and study area, separate dining room and breakfast kitchen. There are three...
Ski Britannia; Paul Dale Enjoys a Week on the Slopes of an Idyllic Swiss Resort with a Historic Upper Crust Heritage
Byline: Paul Dale Skiing is one of the last recreations anywhere in the world that continues to provide a safe haven for the Great British Eccentric, no more so than in Switzerland the spiritual home of middle class winter sports enthusiasts. ...
Spring Is Here with the Birds and the Bees; Nature Notes
A month ago I wrote abut the twinkle in nature's eye as the first stirrings of spring became apparent. Things have moved on quickly since then with many more flowers and fresh leaves appearing. The birds have done with practising their songs...
Superstar Showman; Harry Houdini's Magic Seemed to Elevate Him to a Status beyond That of Mere Mortals, Finds Richard Edmonds
Houdini - Art and Magic Brooke Kamin Rappaport, et al (Yale, pounds 25) Harry Houdini (1874-1926) is without doubt one of the greatest performers of the 20th century with little to touch him in the 21st. In this fascinating and richly illustrated...
Sutton Aiming for Double Joy
Byline: PAUL RAYMER Sutton Coldfield Women have become the most successful hockey side in the region and are on track to regain a place in the England Hockey Premier division and possibly a place in the Women's Cup final. A 4-1 defeat of Sunderland...
Taking the Opportunity to Ensure Your Voice Is Heard; Creditors, Don't Lose Your Right to Vote! Guy Mander, Restructuring and Recovery Partner at Baker Tilly's Birmingham Office, Explains
Byline: Guy Mander Low turnouts by voters are not uncommon when it comes to election time. Indeed, recent General Elections have seen an average turnout of just over half of eligible voters. So, what is it about us as a nation that prevents us from...
Tax Change to Hit Pensions; Commercial Feature
Byline: JOHN POLLARD One of the lesser publicised changes announced in October 2010 is the effect of the reduction in the annual pension allowance (which relates to the maximum pension benefit that can be secured tax-free in any year). This will...