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'A day of shame for Goodyear Dunlop' says MP

On the day that Goodyear Dunlop brings tyre manufacturing to an end in Birmingham, Jack Dromey, the MP for Erdington, has said it is 'a day of shame' for the company.

Today is a day of shame for Goodyear Dunlop. They could have moved three miles to Aston. But a decision was made 3,500 miles away in Ohio to end 125 years of manufacturing in Birmingham. Their message to a highly-skilled and long-serving workforce is 'thanks for your past loyalty, here's your redundancy notice'.

He also had a message to the workforce, saying they 'deserved better', and that he would work to get them a new job.

You can be proud of who you are, decent men and women, Birmingham's best. I share your sense of betrayal. Three generations of one family alone in Erdington had served 102 years in the factory. You deserved better.

Now the task is to ensure not one Dunlop worker ends up on the dole. I will continue to work with good employers like Jaguar Land Rover and the Dunlop Aircraft Tyres factory to get you into a job as quickly as possible.

Birmingham Dunlop Motorsport factory to close today

The closure of the plant was announced in February Credit: PA

125 years of tyre-making will end at the Dunlop Motorsport factory in Birmingham today.

The closure of the plant was announced in February, with 241 people made redundant.

Despite calls from MPs to keep production in the city, production is being moved 3,500 miles away to Ohio in America.

100 jobs created in East Midlands after Middle East deal

by Peter Bearne

A hundred jobs are being created in the East Midlands with the creation of a huge recycling plant in the Middle East.

Chinook CEO Dr Rifat Chalabi and Lord Livingston Credit: ITV News Central

Technology company Chinook Sciences, based in Nottingham, has won a £300 million deal to build the facility in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The plant, which will convert waste to energy, will be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.

A model of the new plant Credit: ITV News Central

The deal will also benefit Chinook's many suppliers across the country, safeguarding 650 jobs.

Chinook's command centre in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

The Government says it is the first major deal announced under a new programme of support to help medium-sized businesses increase their exports.

Today, Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Livingston, visited Chinook's command centre at Nottingham Science Park.

READ: New jobs as Nottingham company wins £300m deal

Leicester Market's new food hall opens to public

The doors of Leicester Market's new food hall has opened to shoppers for the first time today.

It is all part of a £9 million project to redevelop the markets Credit: ITV News Central
It houses eight businesses that used to be in the old indoor markets Credit: ITV News Central
A selection of meat on offer at the market Credit: ITV News Central

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New jobs as Nottingham company wins £300m deal

Around 200 jobs in Britain are to be created and another 650 secured after Nottingham-based technology company Chinook Sciences won a £300 million deal with the United Arab Emirates.

Around 100 of the new jobs will be based in the East Midlands.

The skyline of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Credit: URSUAL DUEREN

The company will build the world's biggest advanced thermal energy-from-waste facility in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Trade Minister Lord Livingston, said:

"Our medium-sized businesses have the potential to be economic powerhouses for the UK. Their success is dependant on expanding beyond domestic markets. Chinook Sciences is a great example of a company doing just that."

Birmingham Airport records busiest April in its history

More than 750,000 passengers passed through Birmingham Airport last month - making it the busiest April in the airport's history.

This equates to a 16.7 per cent increase on the same period last year, and beats its previous record for the month - set in 2009 - by 5.7 per cent.

Birmingham Airport has recorded its busiest April in its history
Birmingham Airport has recorded its busiest April in its history Credit: David Jones/PA

The airport has also reported a boom in the number of passengers using the Midland terminal for long-haul services, which increased by more than 20 per cent compared to last year.

Services to Jersey, Fuerteventura, Malta and Portugal saw the biggest rise.

JCB celebrates third most profitable year in its history

JCB achieved its third most profitable year in its sixty eight year history in 2013, despite a fall in sales from 2012, according to new figures.

The JCB global headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire
The JCB global headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The company, which employs thousands from across Derbyshire & Staffordshire, sold more than 66,000 machines last year, raking in £313 million.

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