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Jaguar named as 'Best British Luxury Brand'

Jaguar has been named as the Best British Luxury Brand at the Walpole British Luxury Awards in London.

Jaguar was chosen as Best British Luxury Brand by a panel of esteemed judges Credit: ITV News Central

Jaguar Land Rover was also nominated in the Corporate Social Responsibility category.

It is a huge statement for Jaguar to be named the Best British Luxury Brand this evening, particularly among such esteemed competition. It is richly deserved recognition of the efforts my colleagues in design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing have made to develop Jaguar into such a prestigious British brand in recent years

– Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director

American Airlines to launch Birmingham to NY flights

A brand new flight route between Birmingham Airport and New York’s John F Kennedy Airport will launch next May, American Airlines have announced.

A new flight route between The Midlands and New York will operate from May next year Credit: Felix Hörhager/DPA/Press Association Images

It is hoped that the launch, which will introduce direct daily flights to and from New York from 8 May 2015, will boost business and tourism links, encouraging new intercontinental relationships.

Last year, the West Midlands exported £4.5billion worth of goods to North America and has the largest trade surplus with North America of any UK region, and with global brands such as JLR, JCB, Cadbury and Kraft trading both locally and in the US, this is an important link for Midlands’ business.

The region is also a major tourist destination for Americans, with attractions such as Stratford, Warwick and Birmingham drawing in thousands of visitors every year so we look forward to welcoming many of these tourists into Birmingham next summer and thank the team at American Airlines for recognising the region’s vast market opportunities.

– Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport
The first American Airlines plane will depart from Birmingham Airport on Friday 8th May 2015 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The new route is expected to provide just under 100,000 seats between Birmingham Airport and JFK.

Customers will also be entitled to earn and redeem British Airways air miles due to a code share between the two airlines.

As the seventh largest airport in the UK, Birmingham Airport currently handles more than nine million passengers.

Adding Birmingham to American’s growing global network is an exciting development.

Tourists from the U.S. will have closer access to a wide range of attractions in the Midlands while business travellers will also be rewarded with greater choice when flying across the Atlantic.

– Suzanne Boda, American Airlines Senior Vice President

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Firework Code: How to stay safe on bonfire night

Top tips on how to stay safe on bonfire night. Credit: ITV News Central
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  • Keep fireworks in a dry and safe place away from children
  • Read and follow instructions on the box
  • Light fireworks at arms length and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets
  • Direct them away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure all fire is out before leaving an area

Highest number of firework injuries happen at family parties

Highest number of firework injuries happen at family parties. Credit: ITV News Central

Research suggests the highest number of firework related injuries happen at family parties.

This week, retailers selling fireworks will get a visit from Derbyshire council inspectors this week to check they are storing them correctly.

Derby City Council say you should only buy fireworks from reputable outlets and avoid unregulated sellers at car boot sales or on social media.

Pictures: The Queen at JLR in Wolverhampton

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

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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.

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