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Articles from March 10, 2011

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A Bonus Saga People Won't Mind Seeing
Byline: JON GRIFFIN The delight was palpable. Workers - or partners as John Lewis likes to call them - whooped and hollered X-Factor-style. But, with all due respects to the strange world of Simon Cowell and his cast of TV wannabes, the real...
A Driving Ambition in the Cycle of Life; Tom Fleming Spoke to Aedas's G Studio Manager in Birmingham as the Company, a Key Part of the Birmingham Delegation at This Year's MIPIM
Byline: Tom Fleming With MIPIM 2011 still very fresh on the mind of Birmingham's property market, Marcus Wilkins, head of Aedas in Birmingham, is under serious pressure from his team. They are strongly urging him to become one of the cyclists in...
A Focus on Returns Top of Agenda at MIPIM; with MIPIM upon Us Again and a New Look Business Birmingham Presence at the 2011 International Property Event, Knight Frank's Mark Swallow Believes That the Property Industry Is Adapting to Take a More Realistic Approach to Identifying Opportunities, Building Relationships and Maximising Investment
Byline: Mark Swallow The middle week of March has in recent years, held special significance for property professionals across the world, with throngs of agents, developers, funds, local authorities and other property professionals flooding into...
All Aboard: The HS2 Consultation Begins; Business Leaders Are Putting Their Support Behind the Proposed High-Speed Rail Link between London and the Midlands. as the Government's Consultation Exercise Gets Underway, Martin Guest, Managing Director of the Birmingham Office of CB Richard Ellis, Says the Project Is Finally Starting to Gain Some Momentum
Byline: Martin Guest Last month, 70 prominent business leaders wrote to the Financial Times in support of the proposed high-speed rail line linking the Midlands and the north to London. The list included a handful of the 'usual suspects' - the...
An Experienced Team with Ambition at LSH
National commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) is celebrating a recent round of promotions in their Midlands team. Three of the recent promotions are based here in Birmingham, with the promotion of Roger Buncombe and Alex Hanna...
Antiques Proven to Be Good Investment
Byline: BRETT GIBBONS Art and antiques are continuing to provide the best long-term value for investors looking for a tangible return on their purchases. Traders across the Midlands are still reporting increased sales with rural businesses particularly...
Arena Hailed as Example of What Fund Can Achieve
Prime Minister David Cameron has singled out the Ricoh Arena in Coventry as an example of what the Government hopes to achieve with the Regional Growth Fund. The stadium, which benefited from a pounds 5 million investment from Advantage West Midlands,...
A Shining Light for a Leading Event
Europe's leading event for the LED and Solid State Lighting industry is only a few months away and euroLED 2011 looks set to be bigger and better than ever before with a refreshed brand. Organised by Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA), the annual...
A Tax Change That Is No Empty Threat; Ian Pitt, Partner at Property Consultants Bruton Knowles and Head of the Firm's Birmingham Office, Explains Why Imminent Changes to the Empty Property Levy Could Hit Businesses Hard
Byline: Ian Pitt Landlords with empty properties could soon have to pay thousands extra in business rates following changes to the exemption from paying empty property rates that come into force from 1 April this year. Small businesses are likely...
A Town Weaved into the History Books; Danielle Dzumaga Explores Kidderminster, Famed for Its Association with the Carpet Industry
WHY? Once at the heart of carpet manufacturing, Kidderminster offers the convenience of town living surrounded by beautiful countryside. With a mention in the Domesday book of 1086, it is proud of its history. The carpet industry thrived here from...
Bank Builds on Success with New Regional HQ
Byline: ALUN THORNE An international bank that has weathered the turmoil in the financial sector better than almost all its competitors has opened a major new regional headquarters in Birmingham. Handelsbanken, Sweden's oldest listed company,...
Be Part of This Year's Finest Regional Business Awards
Byline: ALUNTHORNE When a downturn in the economy comes there are some businesses that baton down the hatches and wait for the storm clouds to clear. Others pick the moment to take a critical look at themselves, what they are doing well and where...
Blow for Macklin as Legend Wright Pulls out of Las Vegas Showdown
Matthew Macklin's gateway to world fame and fortune has been blocked with the cancellation of his dream bout against legendary Winky Wright in Las Vegas on April 2. Former world champion Wright has been forced to pull out because of a hand injury suffered...
Blues 'Celebration' Was a Disgrace - but No Surprise; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, The unpopular decision to refuse Blues a civic reception via an open top bus touring the streets from St Andrew's to the city centre to celebrate the League Cup victory was surely reflected by the fact that only about 8,000 bothered to...
Brunt Is Keen to Keep Ticking over as Albion Improve
It won't be just Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger hoping to avoid an FA Cup replay when their Manchester United and Arsenal sides lock horns this weekend - try Roy Hodgson as well. If the FA Cup quarter-final ends in a draw then it will prompt...
Building a Better Future in Partnership with LEPs; in the Latest in Our Q&As with the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence, We Ask a Panel of Experts about a Topical Issue Currently Facing the Industry. This Week We Ask: What Are the Opportunities for the Construction Industry in the Region to Work with the New LEPs to Create Both Wealth and an Improved Built Environment?
Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive, Birmingham Chamber Group One of the top challenges for the Greater Birmingham LEP is to stimulate private sector job creation. Both to grow the economy and to make the most of the people coming onto the job market from...
Call for Action over Rogue Cold Callers
Tens of thousands of vulnerable people are being tricked into handing over large sums of money after being cold-called by rogue credit brokers and debt management firms, a consumer group has warned. Citizens Advice said people who were struggling...
Call for Domestic Bidder to Save Van Firm after Collapse
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY Collapsed electric van pioneer Modec must stay in UK hands if the country is to maintain its lead in low-carbon vehicle production, automotive experts have warned. The firm, which exports electric trucks worldwide from its...
City Firms Battle It out at Legal Sector Awards
A group of legal heavyweights are getting ready to do battle to find out who will win the title of law firm of the year at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2011. Browne Jacobson, DLA Piper UK, Eversheds, HBJ Gateley Wareing and Higgs &...
City to Install Hundreds of Electric Car Charging Points
Hundreds of new charging points for electric cars will be installed across Birmingham and the West Midlands within the next two years. Bids from local authorities and private employers are being considered for inclusion in a pioneering scheme that...
Comments from Birminghampost.Net
Region will be asked to pay costs for high speed rail This is looking increasingly like a duff deal for the West Midlands. We will pay for this three times - through our taxes-I believe pounds 1,000 per taxpayer, through local charges such as the council...
Companies in Region Out-Export Their Rivals
New research suggests businesses in the Midlands are more likely to export than any other region in the UK. A total of 47 per cent of business conducted in the region is international, with a quarter of all trading done with continental Europe,...
Cotswolds Remain a Property Hotspot despite Market Frailties
Traditionally styled Bank Farmhouse built of Cotswold stone is one of the latest homes to be sold in a UK property hotspot. The seven-bedroom home, which was sold for pounds 2.1 million, stands in the quaint North Cotswold village of Todenham on...
Council Leads Charge for Rail Link
Byline: PAUL DALE Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes is emerging as a major figure in a move to lobby support nationally for high speed rail. Mr Hughes has contacted fellow council bosses in towns and cities affected by HS2,...
Crunch Time for near Neighbours
The annual West Midlands and Guests Relegation Roadshow rolls into town this weekend and for a second year running Moseley and Birmingham & Solihull headline. Not that anyone's especially chuffed about it. Local bragging rights, a place in the...
Defensive Worries Will Be Addressed
says that he will not confuse his leaking defence until next season despite not having another game until March 19. The Frenchman blamed the zonal marking system he inherited from Martin O'Neill for the 3-2 defeat away at Bolton Wanderers. But...
Developers Will Pay the Price for Localism Agenda; the Localism Bill Is Set to Revolutionise the Planning System, but Will It Deliver Any Improvements for the Developer and Lead to the Start of Some Much Needed Regeneration? James Shelley, a Director at Property and Construction Consultancy Wakemans, Considers What Impact the Overhaul Will Have on Local Developments
Byline: James Shelley The much anticipated Localism Bill has provoked considerable criticism from those professionals involved in the planning process. However, the implications extend far beyond the system of planning and developers in particular...
Digital Hub Plan to Link City with Silicon Valley
Byline: GRAEME BROWN Plans have been drawn up for a pounds 35 million digital hub in Birmingham which promises to link city firms with some of the world's brightest technological minds. Birmingham Science Park Aston wants to create a digital...
Does a Higher Office Call for MP Mitchell?
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Could Andrew Mitchell be heading for even greater things? The Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield has been tipped as a possible replacement for William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, who is said to be on the way out. The...
Drop in Credit Card Fraud Losses
Fraud losses on UK cards fell to their lowest level for a decade during 2010 as a raft of industry initiatives started to pay off. Losses on credit a nd debit cards dropped by 17 per cent during the year to pounds 365.4 million, the lowest level...
Encouraging Signs for City's Retail Economy
Byline: EMMA MCKINNEY The chief of an organisation working to promote Birmingham's retail sector said he believed the city's shopping industry was facing a bright future despite economic uncertainty. Jonathan Cheetham, chairman of not-for-profit...
Energised by a Change in Policy; Alex Curtis, from Irwin Mitchell LLP in Birmingham, Looks at the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme
Byline: Alex Curtis In October last year, the new coalition Government, as part of its spending review, announced that the sale of allowances in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme would no longer be recycled back to participants of the scheme, but...
Event Sees More Calls for Clarity on Localism
The property community's desire for more information on what the Localism Bill will mean to them was the over-riding theme at a recent conference on the issue. The government's plans were described as both "exciting and worrying" at the conference...
Ex-Cadbury Boss to Face Grilling by Committee
The former Cadbury boss who pledged the firm would continued to be managed in the UK will be challenged over a controversial decision to move its formal headquarters to Switzerland, when he is interrogated by MPs. Trevor Bond will be asked to justify...
Experience a Little Chyknell Charm; REGENCYWONDER: It Is Believed to Be Only the Second Time This Spectacular Regency Period Estate Has Been Sold on the Open Market. Annie Roberts Discovers More about Chyknell Hall
Byline: Annie Roberts Luck plays a big part in all our lives. Just being in the right place at the right time can change a life. So it was for Simon and Mary Kenyon-Slaney in the 1960s. They had returned to his beloved home county of Shropshire...
Failed Hospital Chief Believed He Could Solve Crisis in Care
Byline: MATTLLOYD The chief executive of the troubled Stafford Hospital believed he could stay on and improve standards when it emerged at least 400 patients had needlessly died due to failings of care. Martin Yeates continued to maintain that...
False Start for Plan to Relocate Athletics Body to City Stadium
Six months after Birmingham City Council announced that UK Athletics was to move its administrative headquarters to Alexander Stadium, there is still no sign of the relocation actually taking place. The transfer from its current premises near Solihull...
Far Reaching Impact of Insurance Equality Ruling
Byline: TREVOR LAW Equality between men and women has been a fundamental right and a common value for the European Union for decades and last week the European Court of Justice made one of its most significant judgements in years. This latest...
Feature Rich and Classically Georgian; the Old Rectory Is a Beautiful Example of Period Architecture, Which Exhibits a Wealth of Detail and Character throughout, Writes Annie Roberts: CLASSICCHARACTER
Byline: Annie Roberts Any buyer who craves a picturesque Grade II listed home in a stunning rural location might literally have their prayers answered with The Old Rectory. The classically-styled Georgian home, believed to date back to about...
Final Death Knell for City Library as Appeal Rejected
Byline: PAULDALE The final stumbling block standing in the way of a pounds 500 million redevelopment of Paradise Circus in Birmingham has been removed after the Government refused a request to block the demolition of the 1970s Central Library. ...
Frustration over the Pounds 1.9 Million Road to Nowhere
Byline: JANETYLER Apounds 1.9 million road designed to ease traffic chaos around Birmingham's NEC has never been used by a single vehicle. The road was completed last July but has yet to open because Solihull Council is waiting for electronic...
Funding Big Society - or Not; Nick Venning, Co-Chairman of Thrive Argues That the Big Society and Public Sector Finance Are, or Should Be, Completely Separate Issues
The Big Society seems to have been taking a bit of a bashing in the last month. Its opponents, most of whom are seasoned political axe grinders, have focused on the apparent incompatibility between the Big Society and Government economic policy....
Gadgets; Gadgets to Make Parenthood a Little Less Stressful
Byline: ANNA JEYS Samsung SEW-3030 pounds 149.99 - stockists include Mothercare and John Lewis. Here's a gadget to keep the dads happy. Not only does the Samsung SEW-3030 monitor enable parents to watch and listen to their baby as they sleep,...
Georgian Grandeur; the Current Owners of Hampton Park Have Thoughtfully Renovated This Property, Taking into Account Its Colourful and Varied History, Writes Annie Roberts: HISTORICHAMPTON
Byline: Annie Roberts Go through the wrought iron gates and take the driveway through parkland to Hampton Park, an elegant Georgian home and be prepared to step back in time to an era of elegance. From its elevated position the house, which dates...
Get Ready for Pension Plans
Byline: FERGALDOWLING Faced with a challenging economic backdrop and a seemingly endless amount of employment 'red tape', businesses would be forgiven for thinking that they have enough on their plates at the moment. Unfortunately there's always...
Getting into Character - and Staying There. Interview: Aaron Eckhart
Byline: SUSAN GRIFFIN While on set,Aaron Eckhart doesn't care whether you like him or not, as his fellow cast members discovered to their detriment during the filming of his latest movie, Battle: Los Angeles. "I was horrible. I was in character...
Grand Designs; William Morris Revolutionised the Way Victorians Decorated Their Homes. Alison Jones Looks at the Legacy of a Man Whose Designs Are Back in Fashion
Byline: William Morris "The past is not dead, it is living in us and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make" - William Morris. William Morris was a man who looked to the past to create the decor of the present, which still...
Growth Plans for New Partner; A Round Up of News from the Region's Finance Sector in the Past Week
A former Baker Tilly accountant has been appointed partner at Chantrey Vellacott DFK. Bill Devitt, who spent 28 years with Baker Tilly, is set to move to Chantrey Vellacott DFK as the firm prepares to relocate to a new Grade II-listed office at...
Harmony for Merry Band in Orchestral Cheap Seats
Byline: CHRISUPTON If you have ever seen a large choir in operation, you will know that the basses always stand at the back. It is not a personal choice, or some punishment for bad behaviour; this is the way it has always been. Behind the...
High Speed Rail Is Essential for Region's Business; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, The consultation process for the High Speed Rail Link from London to Birmingham (HS2) has now started and we, as the three leading Birmingham business organisations, write to pledge our wholehearted support for HS2. We would like to...
How about a Scrappage Scheme for Buildings? GVA's Charlie Toogood Looks at the Challenges Facing the Construction Industry in Meeting the Low Carbon Agenda
Byline: Charlie Toogood There are a number of obvious benefits to a healthy construction sector in the UK, but with house building at its lowest ebb since 1923 and the amount of commercial 'new build' at an all-time low, the UK construction industry...
How Hospitality May Soon Become Bribery
Byline: PETER SHARKEY Visit virtually any of Britain's greatest sporting arenas and you will soon appreciate that the occupants of that stadia's corporate boxes rarely fail to elicit a barbed comment or twenty from fans enjoying the prevailing sporting...
If You Can't Stand the Heat; Richard McComb Enters the Cauldron of the World's Biggest Cooking Competition
Byline: Richard McComb Walking through the vast exhibition hall, the air thick with the smell of freshly baked patisserie, glorious seafood, canaps and nervous energy, it was the two girls in Swiss national costume, hair in braids and clinking cowbells,...
In Brief
A technology firm which helps families use computers to track long-lost relatives has joined forces with global giants Fujitsu and Sandisk. Stratford-on-Avon-based data storage firm Mangofile announced a partnership with the two firms which stands...
In Brief
Worcester-based Marketing IQ has helped with the rebrand of a premium dog food range to be relaunched at this week's Crufts. The agency has worked with Dicksons Pet Food to rebrand is Berrimans range, now to be called Dicksons Just Delicious. ...
In Brief
Law firm Weightmans will take on the insurance business of rival firm Vizards Wyeth from April 1. Weightmans, which has an office in Birmingham also confirmed that talks with law firm Mace and Jones were ongoing and that terms could be agreed on a...
In Brief
Nearly a third of homeowners have taken advantage of low interest rates to overpay their mortgage during the past year, research has shown. Of those questioned, 29 per cent said they had paid more than they were required to during the past 12 months,...
Inspired by Gran's Enduring Romance; Diane Parkes Meets a Playwright Who Was Inspired after Discovering a Wartime Romance in Her Family
Byline: Diane Parkes Actress and writer Caroline Horton was clearing her grandparents' Staffordshire home when she came across a shoebox containing hundreds of letters. Inside she found a treasure trove of memories. Reading through the handwritten...
Insurance Costs See Valuation Fees Rise
Valuation fees could be on the rise because of the increasing cost of professional indemnity insurance, an expert has warned. With a growing number of claims being brought to court by lenders on the back of the property crash, King Sturge's valuation...
Is Placement Really a Huge Innovation?
Byline: JACQUILENNON Some say it's the most significant development in UK advertising since 1955 when Gibbs SR Toothpaste became the first ever product to hit our screens with a commercial - but how big will product placement really be? OFCOM's...
James Secures Three Year Apprenticeship
An IT student from Birmingham Metropolitan College was celebrating after securing a three-year apprenticeship with Service Birmingham, a joint venture between Capita Group Plc and Birmingham City Council. James Rubes, who completed the second year...
Jazz Diary; REVIEWS
Byline: PETER BACON After starting out as a disciple of John Coltrane's modern jazz, Courtney Pine then began exploring his Caribbean heritage, bringing the feel and rhythms of reggae and dub into his music. Now he has turned to the continent...
Jim Is Relaxed about Taking Reins at Bears
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD Jim Troughton is ready for the full demands of captaincy as he prepares to lead Warwickshire for the first time on their pre-season tour to Barbados. After ten years in the ranks, Troughton approaches his 11th season with...
Knee Surgeon Was a Cut above Insists Grateful Star Delph
Byline: GREGGEVANS Fabian Delph has thanked the high-profile medical team that helped him fight back from injury and avoid becoming Villa's forgotton man. The 21-year-old was forced to miss nine months of action with a cruciate ligament injury...
Life's Dramas Fade Away; Cotswold House Hotel and Spa, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Byline: Sarah Probert This elegant-looking Regency hotel offers a perfect retreat in what is one of the Cotswold's most charming towns. There is no hustle and bustle here, just a place where you can spend time relaxing, pottering around the shops...
Light at the End of the Tunnel for House Prices; as King Sturge Launches Its Latest Research on Residential House Price Forecasts, Michael Brough, Residential Partner at the Birmingham Office Discusses How the Market Will Fare over the Next Couple of Years and How the Outlook Is Brighter Than Many May Think
Byline: Michael Brough Certainly The Midlands is set for a tough year in the housing market according to our latest Residential Price Forecasts, alongside the northern regions where prices are expected to fall by an average of 3-4 per cent. Some...
Long-Suffering Fans Have Lost Faith in Villa; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, Where has the pride, commitment and passion gone at Aston Villa? Manager Gerard Houllier asked for commitment from the fans at Villa Park to be the club's "12th man". Then he takes a side to Manchester City that has little chance of...
Manor's Guardians Accused of Selling out to Developers
Byline: BRETT GIBBONS Acharitable building trust has been accused of deliberately allowing an 18th century Gothic mansion to fall into disrepair so it can erect expensive new homes on the valuable site on the edge of Birmingham. Residents are...
Marketing Consultants Agree to Merger Deal
Coventry-based marketing and communications consultancy The Bridge Group has merged with design and digital agency VU Creative. The Bridge Group, which specialises in the public and not-for-profit sectors, has joined up with VU Creative after the...
Meeting All the Right People at One Venue; Geoffrey Barrett from Sidell Gibson Crouch Butler Explains Why He'll Be Decamping to the South of France Again This Week
Byline: Geoffrey Barrett Ihave often been asked what the value of attending MIPIM is for a UK design consultant and, especially during this now three-year-old recession, why we continue to attend. The property industry in the UK is very much...
Meeting Demand for the Growth in New Businesses
Fledgling businesses in the Midlands searching for the perfect base to grow and succeed are receiving a helping hand from property specialists. Your Serviced Office is meeting the demand sparked by the growth in new business as the economy begins its...
Minister: Pounds 348m Set Aside for Region 'Will Not Be London-Led'
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk has promised a fund delivering pounds 348 million of support to the West Midlands will not be London-led after administration was shifted to the capital. Fears have been sparked about access to the European...
Movies on Release
Byline: MIKE DAVIES New Films This Week Battle: Los Angeles (12A) Inspired by real 1942 incident when alleged unidentified aircraft over LA were fired upon, but more inspired by Michael Bay's love of blowing up America's big cities as a company...
MPs'anger as Rail Firm Closes Station Ticket Booths and Toilets
A rail company which received pounds 260 million from the taxpayer has been condemned in the House of Commons over plans to close nine ticket offices. MPs said they were "appalled" that London Midland planned to axe 130 posts as part of a series...
Never Mind the Horlicks; John Lydon, Aka Johnny Rotten, May Be 54 but He Has No Plans to Grow Old Gracefully. Interview by Lorne Jackson
Byline: Lorne Jackson The Mailbox is arguably Birmingham's grandest shopping centre, where the shops sell products that even Alan Sugar is probably saving up to buy. There's one store, for example, that specialises in Aga cookers, that microwave...
New Bank Holiday 'Staycation' Plan
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Tourism chiefs in Birmingham have backed a Government strategy designed to encourage Britons to take their holidays in the UK rather than going overseas - including the possible creation of a new bank holiday to celebrate...
No Cash Honeypot' for LEPs, Cable Warns
Byline: ANNABLACKABY Local enterprise partnerships hoping to inherit regional development agency land and property were dealt a blow after Vince Cable said there was no "vast honeypot" to be handed out. Mr Cable was in Coventry for a highlevel...
No End in Sight to Cold Hard Winter; Tom Fleming Speaks to a Recovery Expert about the Pain Still Facing the Construction Sector
Byline: Tom Fleming The onstruction industry was among the first to feel the pain when the credit crunch took hold, falling property values and fearful banks combining to leave construction sites standing idle, projects unfinished and firms struggling...
'No Final Decision Yet'on Pounds 22m QE Hospital Cuts
Health ministers have insisted no final decision has been made to cut funding for a major Birmingham hospital by pounds 22 million. But an NHS trust confirmed that talks were taking place with University Hospital Birmingham, which runs the Queen...
No More Monday Blues
Byline: Richard McComb From the vantage point of Monday, the weekend seems such a terribly long way away, wreaking havoc to one's sense of well-being. But it doesn't have to be this way. Oh, no. I've stumbled on a way to beat the work-day blues...
Nurton Secures Major Letting; A Round Up of News from the Region's Commercial Property Sector in the Past Week
Nurton Developments has secured one of the largest lettings anywhere in the Midlands this year. The Birmingham-based property firm has completed a deal with the NHS in Derby city centre totalling 25,250 sq ft. The letting is the second part of...
One Year on Leo and Bees Look to Hit Play-Offs Hard
The one consolation with being dragged to the abyss and being forced to stare down into its inky depths is that the memory always serves as a reference point for future hard times. Take, for example, Birmingham & Solihull Bees, a side that 18...
Online Tool Is a Gas for Emissions
Midlands councils have been helping with the development of an online tool for local authority planning departments, developers and individuals to work out the CO2 emissions and energy consumption for new developments. The development of Enplanner,...
Outlook for Refinancing Eases
The outlook for Midlands companies aiming to refinance their debt is showing signs of easing as lenders take a realistic approach to balancing risk and reward. Despite coming face-to-face with tighter lender conditions for the first time more companies...
Paradise Regained, but Not Quite Yet; COMMENT
The leader of Birmingham City Council can be forgiven his moment of triumphalism when announcing that the pounds 500 million redevelopment of Paradise Circus is a major step closer to actually happening. But for Mike Whitby, the Government's decision...
Perfection to a Tee; the Spa at the Belfry, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield
Byline: Richard McComb Isn't it always the way with important business calls? You wait continually for the mobile to ring and when it finally does go off it happens 60 seconds before you are about to indulge yourself with a spot of "me" time. ...
Pertemps Head Wants Damages from Sex Accuser in High Court
Byline: MARK COWAN Amillionaire businessman accused of sexually harassing an executive is preparing a legal bid for damages after the allegations were dismissed. Tim Watts, chairman of recruitment firm Pertemps Group, welcomed the ruling which...
Police Union Leader Calls for End to Interference
The union leader of the region's rank and file police officers has called for a Royal Commission into the future of policing to finally end the "tinkering and tampering" by politicians. Ministers have been accused of bullying police into some of...
Pounds 1.5m Public Grant Given to Company with Pounds 100m Profits
Byline: ANNABLACKABY A Black Country firm which made a profit of pounds 100 million last year has received a public sector grant in exchange for creating jobs in poor areas of the region. London Stock Exchange-listed Homeserve is among a number...
Profit Surge Sees John Lewis Staff Cash in on Bonus
Byline: JON GRIFFIN Around 650 workers at Solihull's John Lewis store are celebrating an 18 per cent bonus following payouts of hundreds of thousands of pounds - from pounds 7-anhour part-timers to top bosses. The Solihull staff, called partners...
Proof of the Pudding; Chris Upton Looks at a Traditional Easter Cake Which, It Is Said, Was Created Following a Heated Marital Row
Byline: Chris Upton Before the days of the 24/7 supermarket, the refrigerated lorry and imports from everywhere, our food tended to be regional and seasonal. Special foodstuffs, treats and delicacies, marked the calendar as surely as saints'...
Property Investors Warned on Complex VAT Rules; PROPERTYEXPERT: Steven Holden, Associate and Tax & Trust Manager at Mfg Solicitors, Highlights the Slips and Trips Property Investors Could Face If Complicated VAT Rules Aren't Given Priority
Byline: Steven Holden Whether you are a business considering a property transaction or a private property investor, Value Added Tax (VAT) is often the forgotten participant from a taxation point of view. This largely owes to the fact that UK...
Racing towards Cheltenham as Business Booms
Byline: BRETT GIBBONS Punters are under starter's orders for jump racing's Olympics and one of the biggest money-spinners in sport. The four-day Cheltenham Festival, which begins on Tuesday, is big business. Many of the 200,000 attending the...
Redmond out to Be a Local Hero for the Blues Fans
Byline: COLINTATTUM Rising star Nathan Redmond says it's mission accomplished - but there are many more tougher ones ahead. The winger penned his first professional contract this week at Birmingham City, days after turning 17. It is what he...
Rental Increases Set to Drive Occupancy Costs; with All Eyes on the Global Property Market at MIPIM, We Look at the Varying Costs of Offices around the World
Average occupancy costs in the UK will grow 2.1 per cent year-on-year to 2015, according to the fourteenth edition of DTZ's annual 'Global Occupancy Costs: Offices' survey, published today. Rental increases will drive the forecast rise in occupancy...
Rent Rises 'Inevitable' as Grade A Space Reduces; the Absorption of Office Stock in Birmingham Is the Highest It Has Been for Five Years and Vacancy Rates Are Falling. Craig Satchwell, a Director and Head of the Office Agency Team at Colliers International's Birmingham Office, Says a Supply Crisis Is Looming
Byline: Craig Satchwell According to Colliers International's newly released Net Stock Absorption Survey, total occupancy across central Birmingham rose by 221,825 sq ft during 2010, leaving vacancy rates for the city at 18.4 per cent -the lowest...
Richard Hill Offers a View from the Top of Relegation Battle
The best views are usually reserved for those who have scaled the summit so, with that in mind, Worcester head coach Richard Hill examines the teams at the other end of the table. ESHER W7 D1 L14 PTS 38 "It is in the forwards where they struggle,...
Road to Safety Goes through Mose Mental Minefield; BRIANDICK
If the evidence of the last six months tells us anything it is that Moseley's results, perhaps more than any other team's in professional rugby, are decided not by what they do with their hands or feet but what goes on between their ears. While...
Rock Legend Gives a Nod to New Teaching Initiative; He's a Music Legend Used to Performing in Front of Thousands of Fans, but Noddy Holder Faced His Toughest Audience Yet When He Had to Teach a Class Full of Teenagers in His Home Town of Walsall, Writes Kat Keogh
Byline: Kat Keogh t's not every day you find a glam rock star in a classroom. IWearing a leather jacket and sporting a mop of famously unruly hair, Noddy Holder isn't exactly teaching material. But the Walsall-born star revealed on a visit to...
Rumble in the Jungle
Byline: PAULDALE Aheavyweight contest worthy of world championship status took place in Birmingham the other day. Sadly, the showdown between cabinet housing member John Lines and deputy city council leader Paul Tilsley was staged behind closed...