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Applications to open for jobs at new John Lewis in Birmingham

The new store will form a major part of Grand Central Birmingham, above New Street station Credit: ITV News Central

People can start applying for more than 500 jobs at Birmingham's new John Lewis store from tomorrow, which is due to open in September.

The development is a major part of the ongoing renovation of New Street Station.

It is due to be one of the largest department stores outside of London.

'Devastating' closure plans for Carphone Warehouse centre

Plans to close a distribution centre in the West Midlands and move work 90 miles away in the East Midlands has been described as "devastating" news for workers, sparking fears of job losses.

A Carphone Warehouse store Credit: Jonathan Nicholson / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

Carphone Warehouse is planning to close its site at Wednesbury, where mobile phone handsets are reconditioned, and switch the work to Newark.

The Communication Workers Union said it was "unrealistic" for poorly-paid workers to move so far away, with "uncertain" support from the company.

Should our proposals go ahead, every single person will be offered a role in the new operation and to help our colleagues, we are offering considerable assistance to relocate or commute. Where colleagues feel unable to move, we are proposing significantly enhanced redundancy packages and redeployment support. We value the wealth of knowledge and experience in our colleagues and will be working very closely with everyone affected over the coming months to support them as we enter into consultations.”

– Dixons Carphone statemen


  1. National

Emirates engine deal 'biggest in Rolls Royce history'

The £6.1bn deal for Rolls Royce to supply 50 engines to Dubai-based airline Emirates is the largest order in the history of the aero-engine giant, its chief-executive has announced.

Rolls-Royce chief executive John Rishton said:

We are delighted that Emirates has again placed its trust in our technology, with the biggest order in our history.

– John Rishton, Rolls Royce chief exec.

In a huge boost to UK industry, Rolls-Royce will provide Trent engines which will power 50 Airbus A380 super-jumbos that will enter service from 2016.


  1. Anglia

New jobs for Peterborough engine-makers

Perkins Engines in Peterborough is to create about 175 jobs over the next three years after the company won a £13 million Government grant.

Perkins Engines export their goods worldwide Credit: ITV

Perkins has turned around its fortunes, after making hundreds of staff redundant in 2009 as profits struggled during the recession. The company exports off-road diesel engines to buyers worldwide and will use the money, secured through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, to develop low-carbon technologies for running diesel engines.

"This collaboration with DENSO INTERNATIONAL UK, Loughborough University, Imperial College London and CMCL Innovations, each of who we have worked closely with over the years, is focused on engine performance, fuel economy and exhaust emission improvements and will support the development of innovative technologies for off-highway diesel engine applications.”

– ark Stratton, Perkins Engines
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