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Grand Designs show promotes a greener way of living

This year the show has a distinctively green theme. Credit: ITV News Central
Visitors are being encouraged to grow their own food. Credit: ITV News Central
The idea of keeping your own chickens was proving popular with guests. Credit: ITV News Central
Furniture made from ordinary household objects was also on show. Credit: ITV News Central

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Union concerned about jobs and costs if NEC Group sold off

The GMB Union says they're pleased Birmingham City Council intends to honour equal pay settlements for women but is concerned about jobs and costs for users if the NEC group is sold off. The council says it can't afford to invest in the complex and help it grow.

Whilst happy that BCC intend to honour their obligations in respect of equal pay settlements we in the GMB have grave concerns that the NEC group is to be sold off to the private sector. This will inevitably lead to increased costs to the residents of Birmingham and the wider users of these prime facilities and could lead to either job losses or reduction in terms and conditions of employment.

– Joe Morgan Regional Secretary

Birmingham City Council puts NEC up for sale

Birmingham City Council has announced it is selling off the NEC group. The council, which is facing a £1.1 billion bill for equal pay settlements, says it wants to ensure its existing uses are preserved.

The venue is one of the biggest exhibition centres in Europe and also houses the 16 thousand seat LG Arena which hosts concerts and conventions.

Watch Callum Watkinson's report on the council's decision to put one of the city's best-loved assets up for sale.

Birmingham City Council: NEC announcement 'historic'

Calling today's announcement "historic", Council leader Sir Albert Bore said the sale was necessary for the venue and events company to grow.

"The NEC Group has reached a point in its evolution where it needs to be able to adopt the financial disciplines of a private, rather than council-owned company," he said.

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NEC Group put up for sale by Birmingham City Council

The NEC in Birmingham Credit: Associated Press

Birmingham City Council is putting the NEC Group up for sale. The group includes the National Exhibition Centre, the International Convention Centre, the National Indoor Arena and the LG Arena.

It is claimed the group brings in four million visitors and £2 billion to the region every year, and supports 30,000 jobs.

Latest technology in dairy farming showcased at NEC

More than 460 exhibitors will be at the NEC Livestock Event today, showcasing the latest developments in technology for the dairy farming industry. Products which will be on display include:

  • Robotic milking machines
  • Computerised calf feeders
  • Milk pregnancy test kits
  • Computerised neck collars to detect cow fertility
  • A mini robotic forage sweeper
  • Hi-tech milk storage tanks that the farmer controls by text
  • The latest in hi-tech formulated diets for cows

Farmers discuss Midlands influence on livestock sector

The UK's biggest livestock event will take place at the NEC today, attracting thousands of farmers from across the country.

Six different breeds of cows will compete in one of the UK's largest competitive dairy shows Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Farmers will discuss the region's influence on the livestock sector and meet with industry retailers and suppliers.

One of the UK's largest competitive dairy shows will take place, with 180 cows taking place, including six different breeds.

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