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Autumn Statement - the manufacturers’ response

Autumn Statement - the manufacturers’ response

Manufacturing body EEF has largely welcomed measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement. More

26/11/15 09:15 | 467 reads | Opinion

ART Business Loans: What is ‘alternative’ finance?

ART Business Loans: What is ‘alternative’ finance?

It has become clearer over the last five years that the banks are not the only option for a business looking for financial support - Dr Steve Walker, chief executive of Birmingham-based ART Business Loans More

24/11/15 09:21 | 459 reads | Business Support

JLR to double the size of its engine plant

JLR to double the size of its engine plant

Jaguar Land Rover is to invest £450m to double the size of its Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) near Wolverhampton. More

24/11/15 09:09 | 573 reads | News

UK car production reaches ten-year high in the year to October

UK car production reaches ten-year high in the year to October

UK car production volumes reached a 10-year high at the end of October, latest figures have shown. More

19/11/15 09:46 | 461 reads | News

West Midlands manufacturers outperforming rest of UK

West Midlands manufacturers outperforming rest of UK

SME manufacturers in the West Midlands are outperforming every other region in England, according to new data. More

12/11/15 09:14 | 497 reads | News

50,000 New Jobs “Within Our Grasp”

50,000 New Jobs “Within Our Grasp”

Ambitious plans to create 50,000 jobs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire "are well within our grasp", according to the chairman of the area’s local enterprise partnership (LEP). More

10/11/15 09:10 | 528 reads | News

Virtual Adviser Staffordshire

Virtual Adviser Staffordshire

Virtual Adviser delivers a powerful experience and targeted business support in a matter of minutes. More

04/11/15 14:52 | 418 reads | Business Support

Six West Midlands LEPs work together to promote region\

Six West Midlands LEPs work together to promote region's automotive industry

The six West Midlands’ local enterprise partnerships are to join forces to showcase the region’s automotive industry. More

23/10/15 11:25 | 514 reads | News

New LEP-led partnership looks to bridge gap between Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine for Growth

New LEP-led partnership looks to bridge gap between Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine for Growth

A new attempt to bridge the gap between the Northern Powerhouse and the West Midlands Engine for Growth has been launched by local enterprise partnerships in North Staffordshire and Cheshire. More

21/10/15 08:15 | 486 reads | News

Staffordshire uses strong job creation record to lure investment

Staffordshire uses strong job creation record to lure investment

Staffordhire's job-creation agenda is helping to perpetuate the county’s reputation as an employment hotspot, the county council has claimed. More

15/10/15 15:01 | 517 reads | News

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West Midlands sees biggest unemployment fall in past yearWest Midlands sees biggest unemployment fall in past year

Unemployment has fallen more in the West Midlands than anywhere else in the country during the past 12 months, latest figures have shown. More

15/10/15 14:54 | 510 reads | News

Sales and exports highest for 18 months says Greater Birmingham ChamberSales and exports highest for 18 months says Greater Birmingham Chamber

Domestic sales and exports by firms in the Greater Birmingham area have increased to levels not seen for more than 18 months, a new survey has found. More

01/10/15 08:01 | 530 reads | News

Staffordshire County Council agrees to extend Business Loan FundStaffordshire County Council agrees to extend Business Loan Fund

Staffordshire County Council has given the go ahead for a three year extension to its small business loan service. More

21/09/15 08:22 | 505 reads | News

Survey Watch: Manufacturing growth; jobs; business confidenceSurvey Watch: Manufacturing growth; jobs; business confidence

Short summary of three recently published surveys all providing positive news for the West Midlands More

07/09/15 08:30 | 587 reads | News

Exports by West Midlands businesses grow by 3%Exports by West Midlands businesses grow by 3%

Exports by West Midlands businesses grew by 3% to £29.2bn in the annual period to June 2015, latest figures have shown. More

07/09/15 08:14 | 555 reads | News

Support package announced for Staffs Moorlands rural businessesSupport package announced for Staffs Moorlands rural businesses

Rural businesses in Staffordshire are to receive intensive support to help them grow and diversify. More

04/09/15 08:09 | 551 reads | Business Support

Special Report: New study paints a gloomy picture of West Midlands\Special Report: New study paints a gloomy picture of West Midlands' shopping centres

New data has painted a gloomy picture of the West Midlands’ retail sector, with the number of empty shops in the region amongst the worst in the UK. More

03/09/15 08:09 | 609 reads | News

UK growth enjoys summer bloomUK growth enjoys summer bloom

Economic growth continued to pick up pace in the three months to August, with strong expectations for the next quarter, according to the latest CBI Growth Indicator. More

01/09/15 08:18 | 525 reads | News

Staffordshire firms urged to let employees gain new university qualifications Staffordshire firms urged to let employees gain new university qualifications

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has teamed up with Staffordshire University to help their employees study for university accredited qualifications. More

27/08/15 09:31 | 605 reads | News

Government launches new apprenticeships initiativeGovernment launches new apprenticeships initiative

Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships across England - from nuclear engineers to tailors and butchers. More

21/08/15 08:15 | 536 reads | News

Final phase at Etruria Valley green-lightedFinal phase at Etruria Valley green-lighted

The final phase of development at St Modwen’s Etruria Valley scheme has been given the go-ahead by Stoke-on-Trent City Council More

20/08/15 08:20 | 582 reads | News

West Midlands business activity levels remain positive in JulyWest Midlands business activity levels remain positive in July

Business activity in the West Midlands maintained its strong position in July with two separate surveys both showing growth within the region. More

10/08/15 08:14 | 637 reads | News

Staffordshire business centre marks first decadeStaffordshire business centre marks first decade

A business centre which provides start-up units and support facilities for small firms in Staffordshire has celebrated a decade of operation. More

07/08/15 08:14 | 592 reads | News

Business and professional services sector driving growth - CBIBusiness and professional services sector driving growth - CBI

The UK’s rate of economic growth strengthened in the three months to July, with business and professional services the driving force, the latest CBI growth indicator has concluded. More

31/07/15 08:49 | 672 reads | News

Small business \Small business 'tsar' to champion SMEs.

The Government has announced plans to help tackle unfair treatment of small businesses with a new commissioner to investigate complaints. More

28/07/15 09:10 | 625 reads | News

Best half year for UK car manufacturing since 2008 as exports soarBest half year for UK car manufacturing since 2008 as exports soar

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that the sector has enjoyed its best half year output since 2008. More

23/07/15 08:50 | 619 reads | News

Jobs and economic activity boom predicted as HS2 growth strategy unveiledJobs and economic activity boom predicted as HS2 growth strategy unveiled

The prospect of tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of pounds of new economic activity has been linked to the arrival of high-speed rail project HS2 in Birmingham. More

23/07/15 08:42 | 754 reads | News

Unemployment down as West Midlands bucks national trendUnemployment down as West Midlands bucks national trend

Unemployment figures for the West Midlands continue to head in the right direction according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). More

16/07/15 11:44 | 711 reads | News

Marches LEP Launches Fund for Stalled DevelopmentsMarches LEP Launches Fund for Stalled Developments

A £7.5m fund has been launched by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to bring forward development projects across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. More

03/07/15 08:20 | 631 reads | News

Manufacturers prove star performers in battle to boost exportsManufacturers prove star performers in battle to boost exports

Manufacturers in Greater Birmingham continue to be the sub-region’s star performers in the battle to boost export levels. More

02/07/15 08:09 | 460 reads | News