The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from August 23, 2012

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1920s Hall Is beyond Repair, Says Landlord
Byline: NEILELKES Acommunity landlord has defended its plan to demolish a historic hall as crucial to the regeneration of a deprived city suburb. The Stockfield Community Association, and its development partner Acocks Green Baptist Church, have...
A Dinky Toy Legacy and the Right to Contest It
Recent years have seen more and more publicity about the advisability of making a will, a need fuelled among other things by the growth in the number of second marriages. But wills can be challenged with unusual results according to Jonathan Sawtell-Gist,...
A Lesson in Sumptuous Sushi
During a restaurant review in a recent Birmingham Post, I bemoaned the lack of good sushi restaurants in the city. The catalyst for my thoughts was a fine lunch at Sushi Passion, a tiny six-seater sushi bar in Birmingham Indoor Markets, which is...
All Lanes Lead to Alexander Stadium for Olympic Aces
Byline: BRETTGIBBONS Birmingham is set to give some of the country's Olympic heroes a massive welcome at a sold-out athletics meeting in the city. Double gold medallist Mo Farah will headline a star-studded line-up at the Birmingham Aviva Grand...
Allure of Peugeot's Supermini; after the Success of the 206 and 207, Ed Stephens Discovers Peugeot Isn't Resting on Its Laurels
Byline: Ed Stephens ometimes when you are a car manufacturer you can fall victim to your own success. s. The mass appeal of Peugeot's trendy 206 and follow up 207 models meant the French car company had two very hard acts to follow when it came...
A Mid-Career Pension Muddle; Jeremy Gates Looks at Why So Many People Lose All Track of Their Pension Pots during Their Careers
Byline: Jeremy Gates Millions of workers in mid-career hardly bother to follow the progress of their pension plans - and those who do probably worry about poor returns on their savings over the past decade. But according to pension experts, a...
Analysing the Art of Investing in the Right Places
Byline: TREVORLAW For many years academics studying stock markets have been trying to persuade investors that markets are efficient. Efficient Market Hypothesis suggests that you cannot beat the market over time because information is widely...
An Exciting Sign of the Times for Post Business Awards Sponsor
Hollywood Monster was created in July 2009 with the merger of sister companies Hollywood Signs and Monster Digital, bringing together 30 years of signage experience. As the largest graphic solutions experts in the Birmingham region, the skilled...
A Portrait of Success for Ex-Prisoner's Art Business
Byline: ENDAMULLEN A Birmingham man who turned his back on gang culture to launch his own business is serving as a role model for young people striving to escape unemployment. In a bid to do its bit to reduce youth unemployment the Prince's Trust...
Architecturally Opposite Sides of the Same Coin; Tewkesbury Farmhouse with a Twist. Manor Looks Very Different When Viewed from the Front or the Back, as Alison Jones Discovers
Manor Farmhouse, in Alderton, near Tewkesbury, is a property of two halves. The Grade II listed former farmhouse dates back to the 15th century and offers up very different architectural styles when viewed from the back or from the front. It...
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Asset-Based Lending Becomes Key to Finance Director's Toolkit; Mark Harris, Head of Corporate at HSBC in the Midlands, on the Growth of Asset Based Lending
Byline: Mark Harris Asset based finance is increasingly forming part of the discussions that we regularly have with our clients, advisers and the professional services community. Finance directors view it as an important part of their funding...
A Tipping Point in the Balance of Trade Power
HSBC Birmingham area commercial director Adrian Gill has urged businesses in the city to take advantage of the 'tipping point' set to take place in international trade over the next five years. HSBC Commercial Bank is forecasting a tipping point...
AVB Will Have Done Homework - Clarke
Byline: CHRISLEPKOWS Compiling multi-page dossiers on football teams is not how your average 20-something spends his time. But, as West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke recalls, Andre Villas-Boas was not exactly your average 20-something. Clarke...
Backing for 'National' Airport Push
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Birmingham Airport's campaign to be named a national facility is to receive a major boost when Liberal Democrats urge the Government to block new runways at Heathrow - and expand regional hubs instead. Delegates at the...
BIRMINGHAM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP Cadogan Hall, London; ClassicalReviews
Simon Bainbridge's 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' achieves the almost impossible feat of transmuting one of the world's most active, vivid and visually demanding paintings into musical terms and, in the main, succeeding. Hieronymus Bosch's enigmatic...
Bookies Don't Fancy Baggies
Byline: DAVIDMYERS Football returned accompanied by a large dollop of predictability last weekend, although there were several results which caused fans to sit up and think. West Brom's dismantling of Liverpool fell squarely into this category...
Boss Clark Still Searching for Right Blues Formula
Byline: COLINTATTUM Birmingham City suffered their first defeat of the season at Sheffield Wednesday. A year ago to the day, Blues lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough on their return from their Europa League playoff. They had drawn on Madeira against...
Brum Can Learn from the Cuisine Dished Up in the Capital; Food Critic Richard McComb Thinks West Midlands Restaurants Are Missing a Trick When It Comes to the Far East. So He Went South to Find out Why
Byline: Richard McComb Ask anyone to name a couple of their favourite national cuisines and there is a good chance Chinese will be on the shortlist. Marinaded and slow roasted meats, noodles, tangy sauces and spice are irresistible to the British...
Cameron Loses Control
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Westminster was quiet during the Olympics. But there was one major political story which pierced the gloom, when Nick Clegg took to the airwaves to announce he was backing out of plans to cut the number of MPs in the House...
Carpet Firm Chief Scathing over Major Shareholder's Proposals
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN Abitter row at the heart of one of the Midlands' oldest carpet makers has escalated over claims an incentive scheme would make a group of shareholders pounds 12 million - but only if the business is broken up. Alan Bullock,...
CD Releases
Classical GOEHR BBC Symphony Orchestra / BCMG / AKSO Ensemble / Knussen. (NMC, NMC D165) The British composer Alexander Goehr has just celebrated his 80th birthday and this new disc marks that landmark with music spanning 40 years of his long career....
Celebrating 60 Years of Hospital Records; Justine Halifax Reports
or an impressive 60 years it has provided a lifeline for patients. FNever faltering since its first broadcast from Yardley Green Sanatorium in 1952, Birmingham Hospital's Broadcasting Network (BHBN), as it is now known, has gone from "strength to...
Cider Maker's Fresh Thinking Bears Fruit; A Cider Maker Is Hoping to Take Inspiration from the World of Beer to Boost His Sales. Enda Mullen Reports
Byline: Enda Mullen The rise of the microbrewery has shown the way to greater success for a Warwickshire cider maker - who is looking as far afield as Thailand for potential sales. Allen Hogan, who founded Hogan's Cider seven years ago, said...
Cit-Ting Pretty at the Top; Impressive Inside and out, Ed Stephens Admires Citron's DS4
Byline: Ed Stephens t's not easy to put your finger on when the changes started at Citron. IBut changes there most definitely have been. The current crop of cars are certainly more stylish and eye catching than ever before, and that's particularly...
City Firm Is on Cloud Nine over Internet Innovation
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN Experts in Birmingham have become the first in the country to develop cloud services accredited to sell to the public sector in the UK. Tyseley-based SCC has developed a multi-tenanted cloud service - which means multiple...
Comments From
Plan to boost number of black civic leaders in Birmingham Why is it necessary to try and engineer the makeup of the council on racial grounds? Surely it is more important to get people of the right capability than the right colour. At present about...
Conductor Nelsons Extends CBSO Contract
Renowned conductor Andris Nelsons has extended his contract at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. CBSO officials praised the "chemistry" which Mr Nelsons had fostered with the players and hailed a string of "electric" performances. He...
Confidence-Boosting Win Could Work Wonders - Stale; GREGGEVANS
Wolves finally ended their dismal home record this week but there need to be plenty more similar performances if Stale Solbakken's side are to be successful this season. Almost nine months had passed since the home side were last victorious at Molineux...
Country Home with the Royal Seal of Approval; Set in Beautiful Countryside, This Partly Restored Grade II Listed House Has Played an Important Part in the History of Wales, as Alison Jones Reports
Byline: Alison Jones The former seat of the Earls of Lisburne is a place that has welcomed some prestigious visitors - from kings to princes to prime ministers. Edward Vll and Edward VIII have both been guests as have political luminaries including...
Cricket Needs to Save 'KP' from Himself
Byline: JONGRIFFIN Once upon a time, cricket was a game played by gentlemen and players. And then along came Kevin Pietersen. The Pietersen saga, which continues to unfold on a seemingly daily basis, is a cautionary tale of pure genius, a correspondingly...
Damsons Have Big Potential; Garden Watch
In terms of popularity, the damson has always been in the shadow of its close relative the plum - perhaps because it is rather too acidic and astringent to eat fresh from the tree. It is, however, well worth growing because when it is cooked and...
Dealing with Insurers Could Seriously Damage Your Wealth
Thousands of innocent injury victims are being deprived of their rightful compensation by numerous insurance companies using high pressure tactics. Bell Lax solicitors have seen numerous cases where people hurt in accidents have been approached...
Deaths
BEAUMONT Charles. (Beaumont's Removals). Beloved husband of the late Margaret. Will be sadly missed by daughter Pamela, grandsons Russell and Simon, great grandson Max and sisters Jacqueline and Beryl. Funeral service will take place on Wednesday 29th...
Desperate Times for Dan and Friends; Legendary Comic the Dandy Is Ending Its Print Run after Sales Fell to Just 8,000 Copies a Week
The final printed issue of The Dandy, the UK's longest-running children's comic will be released on its 75th birthday in December, its publishers have said. The Dandy, best known for cartoon character Desperate Dan, is being pulled from shelves...
Developer Wins Town Centre Bid
Midland property developer Cordwell Leisure has been chosen by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and Tesco to develop a major mixed use site located in the town centre. Cordwell fought off stiff competition to secure this high profile site which...
Does Any Exam Test Intelligence?
Byline: SARAH EVANS In the midst of all the celebrations and commiserations that define A level result publication, it is worth mentioning that a major consultation about these exams is under way - a consultation that the chief regulator of Ofqual...
Doggone Pooch Icon Hits Brum! the Battle of Birmingham Saw Royalists - Led by Prince Rupert of the Rhine and His Pet Poodle - Storm Their Way through the City. Chris Upton Looks at the Emblematic Role the Prince's Canine Played
On the whole, it turned out not to be a great bank holiday. On Easter Monday 1643, Prince Rupert of the Rhine came with his royalist cavalry and smashed through the middle of Birmingham. The makeshift barricades and earthworks did little to deter him....
Downsizing Your Home Can Prove a Good Move; Downsizing Doesn't Have to Be a Gloomy Exercise as You Reluctantly Part with Your Home after the Children Have Flown the Nest. Instead Look at It as an Exciting Opportunity, Says Simon Merton of Strutt & Parker PROPERTYEXPERT
Byline: Simon Merton Your Old Rectory with ?ve acres may have been the perfect family home, but is it really where you want to spend the rest of your life? Many people now see downsizing as a chance shake off the remaining mortgage, and embrace...
Dream Home with Caves Carved from Sandstone; Kinver Is Famous for Its Rock Houses. and Willow Hill Offers Buyers the Unique Opportunity to Become Modern-Day Troglodytes, Says Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones "We are both pretty gutted to be leaving because we thought we had found our dream house. I think it is unlikely we will ?nd anything that matches up to this." John Cooper's sadness at the fact that he and his family are...
Echoes of a Lost Culture ...and a Dig at the French; in the Fourth Part of His Series Revealing the Hidden Treasures Which Will Soon Find a Home at the New Library of Birmingham, Graeme Brown Examines a Collection of Rare Songsheets
Byline: Graeme Brown While many of the more profound songs of the 18th century have stood the test of time, the vast songsheet collection of Birmingham's Central Library suggests the popular music of the day was not always so weighty. The burgeoning...
Emphasis Shifts to Crunch Talks in a Bid to Save Colliery from Closure
A key ballot of miners at the Midlands' last remaining pit is to be held in a new bid to stave off its threatened closure by 2014 - and save more than 600 jobs. The Union of Democratic Mineworkers and owners UK Coal have issued a joint statement...
Employment Advice and Protection Port of Call
According to Solihull solicitors Wallace Robinson & Morgan, a raft of employment legislation, increased employee awareness of their legal rights coupled with difficult economic circumstances has resulted in a significant increase in the number...
Fairway to Heaven for Ex-Heavy Metal Guitarist
ENDAMULLEN enda.mullen@birminghampost.net The musical mayhem of heavy metal might seem like a world away from the more sedate sport of golf but both are central in the life of former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing. Devotees of leather and loud...
Farmland Bucks Trend to Prove Fertile Investment
Byline: CILLIANO'BRIEN Despite a backdrop of a doubledip recession and ongoing dairy farm protests, Midland farmland is hot property and enjoying something of a renaissance, according to experts. Rural chartered surveyors and land agents say...
Feel the Afterglow; Feeling Sun-Frazzled? Lisa Haynes Reveals the SOS Products for Your Recovery Routine
Byline: Lisa Haynes It was the syndrome that swept the nation in the wake of London 2012, coined 'POD'. But if you thought Post Olympic Depression was bad, wait for the Post Summer Blues. After a jam-packed few months of national events, holidays...
From Cells to Sanctuaries - How Zoos Are Rescuing Their Reputations; Zoos Claim Captive Creatures Are Part of Vital Conservation Work, Insisting Several Species Depend on Them for Their Survival. Mary Griffin Visits Twycross Zoo to Weigh Up Captivity versus Conservation
Byline: Mary Griffin he Amur leopard is being playful. THe pads forward, eyeballing a little girl and it takes her breath away. "Wow" she gasps. Only a few inches and a panel of glass separate the cat and the child as her five-year-old brother...
Galloway's Rape Views Attacked by Yaqoob; A Round Up of the Most Popular Stories from the Past Week at Birminghampost.Net
Respect MP George Galloway has been attacked by the leader of his own party over his controversial claim that a rape allegation against WikiLeaks campaigner Julian Assange amounted to no more than bad "sexual etiquette". Salma Yaqoob, formerly a...
Giles Salutes Influence of Captain Troughton
Byline: BRIANHALFORD Ashley Giles has hailed Jim Troughton as having done a "fantastic job" as captain as Warwickshire take their championship challenge into the crucial last four games of the season. Top of Division One with three quarters of...
Golfing Tale's Right on Par; BOOKREVIEW
Breaking 80 by David Godwin Stepping onto the first tee of a golf club can, as any Saturday morning hacker will confirm, be a daunting experience, particularly if you're playing in a competition. The tension is further heightened if: a) it's your...
Government to Keep Pushing Boundaries
Byline: JONATHANWALKER included Soho, currently part of Birmingham Ladywood. A number of other constituencies would cross local authority boundaries. Shard End, currently part of Hodge Hill, would become part of the Meriden constituency, which would...
Hard Times for Thrushes as Sightings Fall; Nature Notes
Who are the winners and losers of West Midlands' wet spring? The results of the RSPB's annual Make Your Nature Count survey show the number of gardens with baby thrush species in them this spring was down by as much as 27 per cent compared to last...
Having the Expertise to Identify and Understand an Opportunity; Roger Wood, Director at Midven, Says Venture Capital Is about More Than Money - It's about Knowledge, Strategy, Experience and Support. and It Continues to Be a Valuable Source of Funding in Tough Trading Conditions
Byline: Roger Wood isk is everywhere you look at the moment. RIt can be in the form of politics, the economy or finance - we only have to look at the ongoing travails within the EU to see it's an endemic factor in our modern business world. ...
I'll Handle Games Pressure Insists Golden Girl Ellie
Byline: BRETTGIBBONS Not many teenagers carry a nation's expectations on their shoulders - but Ellie Simmonds is used to life in the public eye. The former Aldridge schoolgirl is a one-woman goldrush, having claimed two Paralympic titles four...
Is Football Finally Waking Up to Financial Realities?
Byline: PETERSHARKEY Michael Laudrup may have been an outstanding player for both Denmark and Barcelona, but it's probably fair to say that few pundits expected to see him at the helm of a Premier League club this season, especially as he's managed...
Legal Sector Round Up
* Forty-eight lawyers at a national law firm with a Birmingham office have been rated as experts in their field according to the latest edition of legal guide Chambers UK. Of the 48 Browne Jacobson lawyers 33 are based in the firm's Nottingham office,...
Lloyds and RBS Join Forces for Management Buyout Funding
Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets Acquisition Finance and The Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate & Institutional Banking ("RBS CIB") have co-funded the Bowmark Capital-backed MBO of CARE Fertility ("CARE"), the UK's largest independent...
Low-Key Thriller with High Class Performances; Alison Jones Reviews the Latest Films
Byline: Alison Jones Shadow Dancer Cert 15, 101 mins In Shadow Dancer, IRA terrorist turned informant Colette (Andrea Riseborough) turns up for assignations in a pillar box-red mac, standing out starkly against the drab surroundings of a blustery...
Manufacturing Group Chief to Depart for the Private Sector
One of the region's leading industrialists has announced his intention to step down from his post, concluding a threeyear reign at the helm of a key manufacturing support group. Chief executive Simon Griffiths will leave the West Midlands Manufacturing...
Medaling Has Inspired City to Get Pedalling; Team GB's Gold Rush at the Olympic Velodrome Helped Boost Numbers at This Year's Sky Ride, as Jane Tyler Reports
Byline: Jane Tyler Around 18,000 people turned Birmingham into a cycling city when cars were temporarily banished from many of the roads. Double Olympic cycling champion Laura Trott was one of them, returning to her bike in a bid to inspire the...
Ministers Must Nail Down Jobs; COMMENT
With 80 Midland jobs hanging in the balance, we naturally hope that carpet maker Brintons will choose to invest in the UK rather than Portugal. It will certainly find the skilled and experienced staff it needs at its Kidderminster base, and the...
Mixing Old and New Keeps Festival Special; Christopher Morley Previews the Presteigne Festival
Arts festivals in the Welsh Marches seem to go in for longevity, such as those held in Ludlow, at Leasowes Bank Farm in Ratlinghope, and at Presteigne, launching its 30th festival today. How does artistic director George Vass manage to keep the...
Mock Tudor Residence
Upper Bentley House in Upper Bentley, Worcestershire, is a charming Grade II listed timber-framed residence which has been sympathetically extended. It boasts many original period features including beams to the ceilings and walls. Oak style timber...
Model Way to Whip Up Some Start-Up Business Investment
Midlands-based entrepreneurs who are considering starting up for the first time are being encouraged to 'do it like Whisk', according to legal experts at Shakespeares. Former star of The Apprentice, Nick Holzherr, has recently announced that his...
Movies on Release
Also out this week Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (15) Documentary about the Chinese artist-activist. (Sat-Tue, Electric) El Bulli - Cooking In Progress (12A) Documentary about the famous avant-garde Spanish restaurant as they spend six months developing their...
Mutual Agrees to Takeover Deal; A Round-Up of News from the Region's Financial Sector in the Past Week
A Midland-based financial planning business has been taken over by a South African investment group. English Mutual, which has its head office in Worcester, has been acquired by Sanlam UK, part of Johannesburg Securities Exchange listed Sanlam....
Nature's Ace Imitators; the Wet Summer May Have Proved Disastrous for Many Commercial Crops but the Heavy Rain Has Provided a Pick-Up to the Supermodels of British Flora. Liam Creedon Reports
Byline: Liam Creedon Your first sighting of a bee orchid can leave you feeling a little perplexed. Something about the plant doesn't seem to add up. That bumblebee bustling around the orchid's pale purple flowerhead appears strangely static and...
New Hope for Victims of Pounds 2m Property Firm Collapse
Victims of a pounds 2 million investment scandal have finally been given hope of justice - after cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell revealed compensation claims were being re-examined. Financier Gary Hexley left more than 200 creditors devastated...
New Jobs at Carpet Firm Could Be Lost to Portugal
Byline: CILLIANO'BRIEN The creation of 80 new jobs at a Midland carpet-maker hangs in the balance after the firm's US owner claimed it might invest in Portugal instead. Carpet-manufacturer Brintons wants to install new technology at its Kidderminster...
Olympic Treasure Trove Discovered in a Wardrobe
An Olympic treasure trove which was found hidden in the back of a wardrobe has gone on display at a Birmingham university. Claire Edwards from Hall Green was inspired by the London Games to find out more about her great-grandfather Robert Murray,...
Perri Looking to Upset the Formbook in Birmingham
London 2012 didn't go to plan for Perri Shakes-Drayton but after recovering from the hamstring injury that derailed her medal hopes the 400m hurdler is aiming high at Sunday's Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix. Shakes-Drayton was a medal contender going...
Plenty of Room for Mum, Dad and Noisy Teenagers; with This Property You Can Let the Teens Do What They Want without Cramping Their Style, Says Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones Keep your family close, but enjoying their independence, by investing in a property with ancillary accommodation. Forge End in Penn Lane, Tanworth in Arden, has ample space in the main house but it also offers an additional...
Property Guru Set to Retire after Half Century of Service; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN One of the most recognisable faces in Birmingham business has announced his retirement. David Bucknall will step down as chairman from global cost consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall next month, putting an end to a career spanning...
Record-Breaking Schools Riding the Crest of a Wave
Byline: KATKEOGH Birmingham schools are celebrating record-breaking results in this year's GCSE exams. Schools across the city will be hoping to better the Government's 40 per cent floor target for five or more A*-C passes including maths and...
Recruitment Drive as Firm Sees Revenue Exceed Pounds 10m
Wolverhampton specialist fastenings manufacturer BST Supplies has a new management team in place after seeing turnover more than double in three years. During the period staff numbers have soared from around 50 to 90 as sales have broken the pounds...
Rio Games Are a Long Way off for Grabarz
Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz insists he is not looking to gain a psychological edge on his Rio 2016 rivals at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday. The 24-year-old high jumper will make his second competitive appearance since being...
Row over 'Flawed' Candidacy Battle for Tory Police Job
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Conservatives have launched an inquiry into claims the selection process to pick a candidate for the post of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner was flawed. The Tories used a series of open primaries to choose a...
Say 'Da' and You're in for a Treat in Crete; the Greek Economy Might Be in a Turbulent State, but Crete Is the Perfect Place to Unwind - Just Ask the Russians, Says Edward Stephens
Byline: Edward Stephens Things have changed since the last time I was in Crete more than 20 years ago - and it's all due to the new 'Russian Revolution'. In the late 80s, visits to the beaches and centres of antiquity usually meant encounters...
Shake-Up for City Firm as Tesco Law Takes Shape
An international law firm with an office in Birmingham has become the first company to be granted multiple licences under 'Tesco law'. Irwin Mitchell has been approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as an Alternative Business Structure...
Slump Hasn't Put Brakes on Two-Wheeled Craze
People are still investing their hard earned cash on all things two-wheeled despite being in the longest economic slump for more than a century, according to a survey conducted by The Cycle Show. The survey, carried out on www.cycleshow.co.uk in...
Stars Spy Their Chance to Explore Human Tale; Interviews: Shadow Dancer
Long pegged as a possible James Bond, Clive Owen turns up as a very kind of agent in Shadow Dancer. As an MI5 middle-man he is licensed to recruit rather than to kill, persuading turncoat Irish terrorist Colette McVeigh to take on the risky business...
Step in Right Direction for Agency; A Round Up of News from the Region's Creative Sector in the Past Week
A Birmingham-based digital agency has been retained by Claire's Accessories to help them promote its One Direction online competition which runs throughout Europe. Fast Fwd Multimedia, based at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, was awarded the contract...
Stockhausen Opera Taken to New Heights
The skies above Birmingham were filled with the sound of music for the premiere of the world's first airborne opera. Four helicopters - carrying a high-flying string quartet - hovered above Digbeth in the city centre for the opening night of Karlheinz...
Suffering Milk Farmers Turn to Energy Production
A Midland renewable energy business claims to have seen a surge in dairy farmers considering selling their herds in the face of low milk prices. Staffordshire-based EnviTec Biogas, which builds anaerobic digestion (AD) energy plants for farms, said...
Summer. with a Sting in the Tail
Byline: CHRISUPTON The biting season is upon us. No sooner have I put away the hay-fever tablets for another year, then I have had to reach for the anthisan cream instead. The little creatures of the world - the best argument yet provided against...
Take Care during The'mini Olympics' Richard Moat, a Barrister and Deputy Leader of the Personal Injury Group at No5 Chambers, Looks at What Lessons Can Be Learned from a High Court Ruling on a Case Involving a Sporting Injury
Byline: Richard Moat The London 2012 Olympics drew to a close with Team GB, the organisers, the volunteers and Britain's population feeling a sense of pride in achievement and reputation. It is worth remembering that some of the sports might...
Taxing Question of Balancing Private and State Pensions
A Birmingham accountant has said the Chancellor needs to grab the nettle and tax state sector pensions at the same rate as private sector pensions - in order to help close the pounds 1 trillion unfunded public sector pensions liability. "It is a...
The Fly in the NHS Ointment
By protecting the NHS and education the Government is reducing the scope for securing necessary improvements in public sector value, putting other areas under higher financial stringency, according to one of the UK's leading outsourcing businesses....
The Growing Problem of Telephone System Fraud
The security of communications is in the spotlight, with a former Pentagon security analyst describing how the Chinese government has "pervasive access" to about 80 per cent of the world's communications. It is claimed Chinese telecoms giants Huawei...
The Species Most Reliant on Zoos for Survival
One of the world's largest frogs and Britain's only native crayfish are among the creatures staving off extinction with the help of zoos, it was suggested today. A list of species whose future is most reliant on conservation programmes by zoos in...
Transport Chief Is Making His Move
Byline: CILLIANO'BRIEN The man heading up transport policy for Birmingham and Solihull LEP has identified three key areas to get things moving in the West Midlands. Andrew Cleaves, the transport lead for the LEP, short for local enterprise partnership,...
Triple Discount Is Sweet Music to the Ears
Invest in a new home in a property where Elgar used to play before autumn - and take advantage of a triple discount deal. FRD Associates is offering the deal for reservations signed before August 31 at Wells House in Malvern Wells. All prices...
Twitter Shock for the Sector
Byline: STEVEALLEN Like many in my profession, I've dipped a tentative toe into the world of social media. Despite my initial skepticism, I am finding LinkedIn a great way of keeping up with contacts, widening my networks and getting information....
Vault Starlet Rowan Is Eager to Hit New Highs
Byline: NATESAUNDERS Solihull pole vaulter Rowan May says his return to full fitness could not have gone any better as he prepares to make his comeback from a debilitating knee injury. The talented teenage athlete tore the patella tendon in his...
Victorian Home Lovingly Restored to Former Glory; Solicitor Roger Hill Took His Cues from the Past When Renovating This Glorious Victorian Masterpiece, as Alison Jones Discovers
Byline: Alison Jones Roger Hill's enthusiasm for history and authenticity have seen him restore this splendid Victorian House in Chad Road, Edgbaston, to something close to what it would have been like when it was ?rst built in 1839. There have...
Villa Must Find Cutting Edge, Admits Lambert
Byline: MAT KENDRICK utting edge. Finishing touch. Ruthless streak. Call it what you will, Aston Villa lacked it during their opening day defeat at West Ham and desperately want to find it when Everton visit Villa Park on Saturday. Paul...
Why the Cost of Raw Material L Ls Is the Real Threat to National Growth; Viewpoint
Byline: RICHARDHALSTEAD What will a future economy constrained by access to raw materials that we now take for granted look like? Accessing and securing raw materials has risen quickly up the manufacturing agenda. Earlier this year EEF surveyed...
Why We're Luckier Than We Think
Byline: RUSSELLLUCKOCK I have just spent a few days in the Irish Republic, talking not only to businesspeople, but also to ordinary men and women who are experiencing very tough economic times. The Irish government, to their credit, took a very...
Win a Two-Night Spa Break at Stratford Manor; Birmingham Post Competition
Stratford Manor is a four-star hotel located in the peaceful Warwickshire countryside, five minutes drive from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre. The hotel has invested pounds 170,000 and opened a sumptuous new spa which includes three new treatment...
Work Completed on Pounds 2.7m Studio School Development
Work on a pounds 2.7 million youth training centre in Walsall town centre that is set to house the new Walsall Studio School has been completed. Developers St Modwen and Goold Estates have handed over Goldmine, a contemporary 20,000 sq ft building...