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Birmingham Airport welcomes first Beijing flight

The first flight of a new Beijing to Birmingham summer route will land in the city today.

It's estimated the twice weekly charter flights from China will bring £19 million to the local economy.

Here's our Business Correspondent Mark Gough's full report:


Possible loss of 300 jobs as Wolverhampton Goodyear branch looks to close

ITV News has been led to believe that the Wolverhampton branch of Goodyear will close after 90 years of tyre manufacturing.

Andy Taylor from Unite, the union who represent Goodyear workers, has suggested that the closure would mean a loss of over 300 jobs over the next two years, as the facility looks to shut its doors by 2017.


Business leader: "Midlands growth outlook healthy"

Ninder Johal, Chair of the Black Country Asian Business Association, has praised the efforts of Midlands businesses and workforces in driving the region forward in economic and business growth.

Speaking before the Black Country Asian Business Awards, which celebrates dozens of companies from across the West and East Midlands, Mr Johal said he believed the Black Country was the second-highest performing business area in the country.

He also believes there's been an increase in employment across the Midlands, and said the region needs to maintain the huge heritage for manufacturing.

He told ITV News Central that the Midlands has the highest number of entrepreneurial start-ups than anywhere elsewhere, and that apprenticeships numbers are also up - but maintaining the quality and length of these that will lead to a successful job prospect, was also important.

In the clip above he talks about meeting Chancellor George Osborne in May, when he described the Midlands as an "engine powerhouse" for the country.

  1. Anglia

Three counties to bid for more power from Government

Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council says forming a ground-breaking alliance with two other counties would bring billions of pounds worth of investment and create thousands of new jobs in the area.

Northamptonshire, along with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are going to put a joint devolution bid to the Government this summer.

Whilst keen to stress this would not merge the council councils, they would work together on key issues.

The county council says the alliance would ‘swell’ economic growth by a further £9 billion, creating at least 135,000 new jobs by 2020.

Jim Harker Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This area has an economy larger than that of Greater Manchester and we'd like similar devolved powers, over transport and strategic planning in particular.... As the name suggests, England's Economic Heartland is one of the powerhouses of the UK economy but we believe we can further build on our competitiveness in global markets with this innovative new model, and help ensure the UK is an even more prosperous major economy.

– Councillor Jim Harker, leader of Northamptonshire County Council
  1. National

Tax on supermarkets 'would hit the poor hardest'

An extra tax on big supermarkets would hit the poorest families hardest, the Government has said.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has rejected calls from 20 local authorities for a new levy on supermarkets to help revitalise local shopping areas.

The Government said an extra tax on supermarkets would hurt the poor. Credit: Sean Aidan/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"Imposing new, additional taxes on supermarkets will push up the price of food and the cost of living, hitting low-income families the hardest," a DCLG spokesman said.

He said there were "much better ways to support small shops".

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