Lord Heseltine says too much of the government's attention is focused on business in London - a view shared by some businesses in Birmingham.
ITV News' Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg reports from Birmingham.
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.