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Council: Smithfield plans 'will create a vibrant new destination'

Birmingham City Council says plans for a £500 million regeneration of a 14 hectare site in the city centre 'will create a vibrant new destination'.

Birmingham Smithfield is expected to create 3,000 new jobs Credit: Marketing Birmingham

Birmingham Smithfield presents a once in a generation opportunity to build upon our recent successes and deliver a truly unique asset for the city. Our plans for Birmingham Smithfield will create a vibrant new destination – adding to the city’s reputation as a top visitor destination and a great place to live and do business.

The area’s vibrant heritage, dating back to 1166 with its focus on markets, will be central to its future transformation, with the name Birmingham Smithfield reflecting its unique history. While the area’s wholesale markets will move, its retail markets will be improved to encourage more niche and specialist traders to locate alongside the famous brands on offer at the nearby Bullring retail centre.

– Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

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240 jobs to go at Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Council's headquarters Credit: Tim Goode/PA Archive/Press Association Images

240 jobs are to be lost at Nottingham City Council because of savings cuts.

The council has agreed over £27 million of savings in its 2015/16 budget.

Council tax will also be increased by 1.95%.

The council has already saved £123 million over the past four years.

Birmingham Christmas market breaks visitor record

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.

Night view of Victoria Square with Christmas trees and German market stalls Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

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.

– Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council

Rolls-Royce secures $130 million contract

Rolls-Royce has a base in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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.

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