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Stage festival to celebrate tramline completion

Businesses in Nottinghamshire which say trade has been damaged because of works to build a new tramline, have held a street festival to celebrate the completion of the works.

Members of a rock choir singing at today's event Credit: Sarah McCaig-Deeley, ITV News Central

Shopkeepers on Beeston's Chilwell Road say they want to welcome shoppers back to the area. For months, the row of independent stores and restaurants has been cut off from through-traffic. But organisers of today's event say things are about to get better, and that despite the disruption the tram will eventually help local businesses.

It was held in conjunction with the Oxjam Beeston Music Festival, which features more than 70 local artists and bands at 12 venues across Beeston.

The crowds turn out for today's festivities Credit: Sarah McCaig-Deeley, ITV News Central

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Thousands of Midlanders to join pay march

Thousands of people from the Midlands will travel to London later to join protests calling for a pay rise.

Unions say people are facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

The demonstrations in London have been organised by the TUC under the banner 'Britain Needs A Pay Rise'.

It follows several days of industrial action by public sector workers from in the region, with nurses, midwives and civil servants taking part.

The government says that the economy is growing. But that is not true for most people’s pay packets.

For women the situation is particularly bleak.

In some parts of Birmingham, such as Erdington and Perry Barr, half the women with part-time jobs earn less than the living wage.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC

Cadbury on reported job losses: 'We have to change the way we work'

Unite says hundreds of jobs will go at Cadbury's plant in Bournville Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Cadbury says its plant in Birmingham has to "change the way it works" following reports hundreds of jobs will be cut.

The union, Unite, claims hundreds of jobs will go at the plant in Bournville.

It follows plans by the owner, Mondelez International, to spend £75m replacing machinery at the factory to increase productivity.

Our production costs are double those of sister factories in Western Europe and we have to change the way we work to create a modern, flexible, competitive factory.

This change, plus our investment, will secure manufacturing at Bournville for the next generation.”

– Cadbury statement

Cadbury to shed 'hundreds of jobs' at Bournville plant

The union Unite says it hopes to further reduce the number of expected job losses at the Bournville plant Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Birmingham-based Cadbury is to cut hundreds of jobs at its plant in Bournville, the union Unite claims.

It comes following plans by the plant's owner Mondelez International to spend £75m replacing machinery at the factory to increase productivity.

Unite's West Midlands regional secretary, Gerard Coyne, has welcomed the investment but admits there will be job losses.

Unite has worked very hard to reduce the number of jobs at risk to the hundreds and talks are ongoing to further reduce that figure.

We would hope that any job losses could be achieved by natural wastage, reducing the number of agency workers and voluntary redundancy – and we are pressing hard for any redundancy package to be as generous as possible.

– Gerard Coyne, Unite

Coventry shopping centre to become restaurant and bar quarter

The first set of restaurants and bars are expected to be ready for Christmas 2015 Credit: Shearer Property Group

Coventry's Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre has been sold for £5.5m to become a restaurant and bar quarter.

London-based Shearer Property Group says some restaurants and bars should be operating by Christmas 2015.

Coventry is a great city which has recently under-performed in developing its retail and restaurant offer, and our scheme will give it a major boost and start to put the city where it should be.

– Guy Shearer, Shearer Property Group

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Council leaders welcome £7m boost to manufacturing

Council leaders have welcomed a 30,000sq ft expansion of a Nottingham business park as a major step forward for the manufacturing industry.

The £7 million scheme, part-funded by £3.8m of European grants, will see 12 new units for food and drink manufacturers built, creating up to 90 new jobs.

Council leaders have welcomed the expansion of the Southglade Food Park Credit: Google Maps

Councillor Graham Chapman, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, said council officers were working to ensure as many of the jobs as possible went to local people.

Manufacturing is an important sector for Nottingham, and this investment will unlock at least 90 job opportunities for the local community, with further jobs available in constructing the new units as well.

Southglade has been a great success and there has long been demand for expansion space, as well as new companies wanting to locate there. This extra cash boost helps the expansion plans to become a reality and will continue to promote the city as a desirable location for food and drink manufacturing in the UK.

– Councillor Graham Chapman, Nottingham City Council

Work on the new development is expected to start before the end of the year.

Jobs boost as £7m business park expansion begins

A £7 million expansion of a Nottingham business park begins today, in a move which could help create up to 90 new jobs.

Southglade Food Park first opened in 2005, providing production units to food and drink manufacturers - and has been so successful that they are now looking to create 12 new units.

The Southglade Food Park has been open since 2005 Credit: Google Maps

It currently houses firms including Startfresh, a fresh produce processor, and home baking product company Cake and Biscuits LLP.

It’s hoped the new units will allow some of the existing businesses to expand, while also attracting more firms to the site.

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