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Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are given a tour of the factory by chief executive Dr Ralf Speth (left) and chief designer Gerry McGovern (right) at the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Edinburgh is shown engine parts Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II signs the visitor book alongside The Duke of Edinburgh and Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Dr Ralf Speth after officially opening the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

JLR 'extremely proud' to welcome the Queen

A new Jaguar plant will be officially opened by the Queen today. It is expected to create 1,400 jobs in Wolverhampton.

A stock photo of the Queen in a Jaguar Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"Jaguar Land Rover is extremely proud to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the all-new Engine Manufacturing Centre. The company holds the Royal Warrant as “Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles, By Appointment” from all three current grantors: HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.

Jaguar Land Rover is the only automotive manufacturer granted all three Royal Warrants. For nearly 900 years the Royal Warrant has been one of the proudest acknowledgements of quality around the world. It is granted to represent not only simple excellence of product or service, but also the personal preferences of the Royal grantors. A fleet of 10 Land Rovers, each bearing the Royal Crest and the Royal Standard, was used when HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh undertook their 44,000-mile tour of the Commonwealth in 1953/54, soon after the Coronation.

Since then HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family have regularly used a wide variety of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles."

– Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover


Knitwear firm faces stiff overseas Christmas competition

A knitwear manufacturer in Leicester says it is having to compete with manufacturers overseas in countries like Turkey and China as Christmas approaches.

Christmas jumpers are a popular present Credit: ITV News Central

Jack Masters Ltd was among the first company in the UK to make Christmas Jumpers when they became a popular fashion trend in 2012.

They employ around 35 staff at their site in Leicester.

A worker at Jack Masters Ltd in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
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Queen to open new Jaguar plant in Wolverhampton

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A new Jaguar plant will be officially opened by the Queen later this morning and is expected to create 1400 jobs in Wolverhampton.

The £500 million engine manufacturing centre will cover three counties - Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire, and Staffordshire.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said the plant opening was a "seminal" moment in their history, as it was the first time they had built engines in house "in a generation".

JLR is known to have strong links with the monarchy - both Jaguar and Land Rover have held Royal Warrants since 1951. A Royal Warrant is awarded when a manufacturer has counted the royal family as customers for at least five years.

Last month JLR sponsored the Invictus Games, the sports event for sick and injured service personnel championed by Prince Harry.

Birmingham business leaders head to China summit

Birmingham's business leaders will be promoting the city to Chinese investors at a summit in Parliament today Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Birmingham's business leaders will be promoting the city to Chinese investors at a summit in Parliament today.

The event comes after figures revealed that nearly half of all goods exported from the UK to China in the second quarter of this year - valued at £1.4billion - were made in the West Midlands.

The event will be chaired by Liam Byrne MP and will hear contributions from a range of distinguished speakers with links to Birmingham's business communities.

"We're determined to build on our outstanding success and make sure Birmingham becomes a great powerhouse for Britain's relationship with China.

"This ground-breaking summit brings together Birmingham and Chinese investors to shape how we can move forward: winning investment, driving exports and above all creating jobs in our home city by turning east."

– Liam Byrne MP

HS2 chief searches for new East Midlands station

New efforts are being made to find an alternative location for the HS2 hub in the East Midlands, after bosses decided current plans did not fit well with existing rail links in the region.

Possible locations for the new site Credit: ITV News Central

Toton in Nottinghamshire was initially named as a potential site for the station.

But in a report out today HS2 chairman, Sir David Higgins, has recommended that alternative sites should be investigated to fit in with existing rail and road connections between Nottingham and Derby.

He said it is likely that the new station will be located west of Toton - with Breaston rumoured to be a strong possibility.


Major report on HS2 to be presented today

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins Credit: David Parry/PA Archive/Press Association Images

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins is expected to make significant announcements about HS2 in Leeds this morning.

Mr Higgins will be presenting his report on the project, and will give recommendations on the second phase, which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and goes through the East Midlands.

It is believed he will announce that a suggested route for the high-speed service through Stoke-on-Trent will be dumped in favour of a hub at Crewe, on the western arm of the 'Y'-shaped northern route.

It is rumoured that he will recommend that plans for a high-speed rail link in Nottinghamshire should be moved to Derbyshire. It was originally proposed that the HS2 station should be at Toton Sidings, but there may be new plans to try to link HS2 to existing rail lines serving Nottingham and Derby.

Coventry to stage Monaco-style motorsport racing

Monaco-style street racing is set to come to Coventry next year, becoming the first city in recent times to stage competitive motorsport on its public roads in the UK.

The city council has given the go ahead to the racing by using new government laws designed to allow cities to host motorsport events.

Coventry's ring road Credit: ITV News Central

British Formula 3 cars and British Touring Car Championship cars will be among the vehicles used.

The organisers of the Coventry Motofest 2015 event will stage competitive time trials on Coventry's ring road following on from the Government's decision to grant councils powers to turn public roads into temporary racetracks.

Racing will be subject to approval by the Motosport Industry Association (MIA).

Action in the pouring rain as the cars speed around Birmingham streets in 1986 Credit: Sport and General/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

The last time competitive motor racing came to a Midlands city was the Birmingham Superprix in the 1980s.

Sponsored by Halfords, racers competed around a street circuit in Birmingham city centre from 1986 to 1990.

A British Touring car Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

"We are so excited to announce competitive motor sport on the Coventry Ring Road.

With Coventry's rich motoring heritage and history, it feels like the right fit to be racing in Coventry and we can't wait to make it happen."

– James Noble, Motofest Festival Director

"I'm really delighted that we will see some competitive time trials on our iconic Ring Road as part of Motofest next year.

We have a rich motoring history and I don't believe there is a more appropriate city to host an event like this. Our city centre was transformed into a showcase celebration of the city's rich motoring history but this event also provides a glimpse into our automotive future."

– Cllr Abdul Khan, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Sports, Parks and Events

Exclusive interview with Uganda's president

Businesses in the East Midlands are being urged to invest in Uganda, a country which ordered tens of thousands of Asians to leave more than 40 years ago.

Potential investors met with President Yoweri Museveni last night who said the country was safe, stable and prosperous. In an exclusive interview with our reporter Rajiv Popat, the President said there was no chance of history repeating itself.

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