£35 million deal is welcomed by staff at the Staffordshire based firm, securing future employment in the region.Read the full story ›
The UK's largest union Unite is urging its members at car giant Jaguar Land Rover to accept what is calls an "exceptional" two-year pay deal. The union said the proposed agreement is worth 3.5%, plus a £750 bonus in year one and an inflation-proofed retail price index plus 0.5% rise in year two. Around 22,000 workers at sites in Castle Bromwich, Coventry, Halewood, Solihull and Wolverhampton will be balloted, with a "strong" recommendation to accept. Unite national officer Roger Maddison said:
"This is an exceptional pay deal for an exceptional workforce recognising their skills and continued hard work in making JLR a world-beating car maker. Many of the workers, who will enjoy this industry leading pay deal, made huge sacrifices through the tough times endured by JLR a number of years ago. It is only right that they now share in Jaguar Land Rover's continued success. Unite strongly recommends that members back their shop stewards unanimous decision to accept the pay deal."
A campaign's being launched to re-brand Northamptonshire as one of the country's top tourist destinations.
The region's beautiful countryside and stately homes already attract 20 million visitors a year generating around a billion pounds.
Organisers want to double that in the next five years. The man behind the campaign is James Lowther, a former advertising guru at Saatchi and Saatchi.
One employee said workers “had no idea” they would be laid off and 'assumed they were being transferred to other parts of the business.'Read the full story ›
It has been reported by a national newspaper that the owners of Birmingham-based Cadbury's paid no UK corporation tax last year.Read the full story ›
The iconic footballer was spotted by numerous social media users in Birmingham today.Read the full story ›
Staffordshire-based company JCB is quitting the CBI business lobbying group amid reports of clashes over Brexit.Read the full story ›
Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will be hiring another 300 staff for its new warehouse in Daventry.
The warehouse in Northamptonshire is set to open next year as the company expands to meet a surge in demand.
The group said its new warehouse will support a 40% hike in the number of independent sellers.
Amazon plans to add 3,500 jobs this year to take its UK workforce to more than 15,500.
Daventry will be the sellers third warehouse in the Midlands, joining sites in Rugeley, Staffordshire, Coalville and Leicestershire.
Chris Grayling pledged £12 million for the Midlands Connect project over the next three years to identify opportunities in our region.Read the full story ›
Birmingham City Councillor Des Flood says grassroots sport should be put first ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2026 bid.
He says the amount of money being spent trying to bring the games to Birmingham could be better used supporting local clubs and young people. Those involved in the bid say it would bring hundreds of millions to the local economy.
- Hear what he had to say on the Commonwealth bid below.