The East Coast rail line becomes privately run from today after more than five years in the public sector.Read the full story ›
A record-breaking five and a half million people visited the Christmas markets in Birmingham last year.
Almost £400,000,000 was spent in the city over the festive period.
These record-breaking visitor numbers demonstrate the quality and wide appeal of Birmingham's Christmas Markets. Our extensive festive programme has drawn visitors from across the UK and Europe, all of whom have enjoyed the city's retail and events offer, as well as the famous Birmingham welcome.
The positive figures form an excellent base for 2015, which is set to be one of Birmingham's most exciting periods in over a decade.
Rolls-Royce has secured a contract worth $130 million to provide Trent 1,000 engines to All Nippon Airways.
The firm, which has a base in Derby, has previously been selected by the airline for the engine which has now powered more than 80,000 Dreamliners.
Protesters met outside the city's transport museum which is one of the services which will be affected by the council's budget cuts.
This is on top of library closures, a reduction in street cleaning and funding cuts to local charities.
Lee Comley reports.
Hundreds of protestors gathered in Coventry today to protest against plans to cuts local services to save money.
Coventry City Council announced earlier this week a new series of cuts worth around £15 million on top of previous money saving measures.
The council says funding from central government will have halved by 2017 compared to 2010, and that the cuts are necessary to reflect the harsh reality of this reduction.
Average pay in the West Midlands dropped by £1000, and by over £500 in the East Midlands in real terms last year, according to the TUC.Read the full story ›
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust need to raise £120,000 to complete their new volunteer facilities.Read the full story ›
Discount chain Poundland is set to take over its rival 99p Stores in a £55 million deal.
The 99p Stores brand, which also includes Family Bargains stores, boasted £370.4m in annual sales last year.
ITV News' Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:
Family-owned 99p Stores was founded 14 years ago as a single shop, run by Nadir Lalani. It quickly expanded, adding three more stores that same year, and now runs a total of 251 shops across the country.
Poundland, based in Willenhall near Walsall in the West Midlands, has around 600 shops, including some in Spain and the Republic of Ireland. It is paying £47.5m in cash, plus £7.5m in new shares in the buy-out.
Ambitious plans have been revealed to transform part of Birmingham city centre - in the hope it can become the next Canary Wharf.
The £600 million vision shows shiny office blocks rising around the 1980s built Snow Hill Station, as well as the remodelling of the A38.
It's hoped up to ten thousand new jobs could be created by revamping the area, as well as making it a more attractive place to live.
The city council hopes the money will come mainly from the private sector - but any building work could be a while off yet - as Chris Halpin reports.
Five NHS trusts in the Midlands have come under fire after it emerged bosses were sitting on more than £134 million of spare cash.Read the full story ›