Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy said he won’t be “raising the white flag of surrender” when it comes to spending cuts.Read the full story ›
A shortage of jobs in the West Midlands was a significant factor behind support for Brexit, a report says.Read the full story ›
A study found workers in the West Midlands are the most 'pessimistic' about their career prospects after the result of the EU referendum.Read the full story ›
Alton Towers is to make up 70 staff redundant following a review of the business in the aftermath of The Smiler rollercoaster crash.Read the full story ›
The preferred developer for Northampton's Greyfriars site has begun ground investigations there.
Various checks will take place this month on the old bus station site - which was demolished last year.
Proposals include shops, restaurants, housing and a cinema. The Borough Council is expected to consider a formal agreement with the developer next year.
"It's great to see the company making a start on site investigations, which further demonstrates their confidence in taking the scheme forward. We believe the scheme will be of huge benefit to Northampton, bringing more people to live in the area, and creating some fantastic facilities which will tie it into the wider town centre."
During the next fortnight, the developer's construction partner, R G Carter, has arranged for its in-house soils investigation company to bore piles over 20-metres deep.
The soil conditions will be analysed to ensure that the scheme is designed as efficiently as possible, ensuring best value from the outset. It will also help determine the type of construction for the striking scheme.
Following our selection as the Council's partner in September, we are pleased to be making good progress on all fronts. In order to meet the delivery programme, we have commissioned Carter to carry out the technical due diligence like these soil surveys, commissioned Bidwells to coordinate the preparation of the planning application, and Peter Brett Associates to start the Highway design. This is all in tandem with documenting the legal arrangements."
Almost 700 jobs are to be created in the Midlands when Royal Mail opens two temporary parcel sort centres.Read the full story ›
Boots have confirmed that around 500 jobs are to go in Nottingham as part of wider plans to cut 700 jobs.Read the full story ›
West Midlands Police said the closure will help to ensure over 1,000 new jobs with the force.Read the full story ›
According to new research the English tourism industry is booming and is predicted to grow year on year.Read the full story ›
Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak has expressed his concern about unemployment figures released today which show unemployment in his constituency is up on both the past month and the past year. The figures show that unemployment among those eligible to work in Selly Oak is up to 4.4% compared to 2.4% nationally. Commenting on the figures, Steve McCabe MP said:
“It is really worrying that unemployment continues to rise in my constituency and continues to be way above the national average. The last figures show unemployment in Selly Oak is up to 4.4% which makes this constituency in the top 11% for unemployment across the country. We are told all the time by the current government that they have fixed the economy but not enough is being done to invest in jobs and skills in Birmingham, we need an active programme of investment in skills, targeted support for businesses and real help for people in Selly Oak to find decent paid, quality jobs.”