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Black Country manufacturers put out the warning signs

Black Country manufacturers put out the warning signs

The latest Quarterly Economic Survey report for the Black Country paints a bleak picture of the manufacturing sector. More

18/12/14 11:13 | 70 reads | News

West Midlands unemployment falls faster than UK average

West Midlands unemployment falls faster than UK average

Unemployment has continued to fall in the West Midlands – ahead of the national average, latest figures have shown. More

18/12/14 10:58 | 71 reads | News

eg Solutions looking to raise £3.2m through shares placing

eg Solutions looking to raise £3.2m through shares placing

Staffordshire software company eg Solutions announced this morning that is proposing to raise up to £3.2m through a shares placing. More

17/12/14 09:48 | 66 reads | News

Midlands retailers expect strong end to 2014

Midlands retailers expect strong end to 2014

Growing consumer confidence, fuelled by an improving job market and lower inflation, is leading Midlands retailers to expect a strong end to 2014 and a cautious but healthy start to 2015, industry observers have said. More

17/12/14 09:35 | 55 reads | News

Engineering Skills Fund Launches

Engineering Skills Fund Launches

A £10m pot to allow small and medium-sized engineering companies to develop the skills of their workforce has been opened to applications. More

15/12/14 09:24 | 110 reads | News

Staffordshire claims £37m loans boost

Staffordshire claims £37m loans boost

A loan fund created to help Staffordshire businesses gain essential access to finance has had a £37m impact on the local economy in the five years it has been running, the county council has said. More

15/12/14 09:13 | 81 reads | News

Streamlined Business Support Service Launched

Streamlined Business Support Service Launched

A streamlined business support service has been launched by the government, bringing together a number of established organisations such as GrowthAccelerator and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS). More

12/12/14 09:22 | 28 reads | News

£4BN Boost from RGF

£4BN Boost from RGF

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has given more than £1bn to businesses across England and leveraged almost £3bn in private sector investment, according to new figures. More

11/12/14 09:04 | 77 reads | News

Peer group for million-pound plus women-led companies opens new chapter in Birmingham

Peer group for million-pound plus women-led companies opens new chapter in Birmingham

The Women Presidents’ Organisation, an international peer advisory group for million-pound plus women-led companies, has launched a new chapter in Birmingham. More

10/12/14 11:56 | 70 reads | News

JCB Concludes £4.5m Engine Supply Deal to Coventry firm Terex GB

JCB Concludes £4.5m Engine Supply Deal to Coventry firm Terex GB

Staffordshire-based JCB, best known for its iconic excavators, has won one of the biggest engine supply deals in its history after securing an annual contract worth £4.5m. More

09/12/14 09:36 | 38 reads | News

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Manufacturing to Drive West Mids Employment GrowthManufacturing to Drive West Mids Employment Growth

The West Midlands has remained above the national average when it comes to employment outlook, with manufacturing and logistics companies driving recruitment in the region, a new report has found. More

09/12/14 09:28 | 112 reads | News

Boost in Export & Skills could add £50Bn to Mid-sized SectorBoost in Export & Skills could add £50Bn to Mid-sized Sector

Medium-sized businesses could contribute £50bn more per year to the UK economy if more investment is ploughed into exports and skills between 2015 and 2020, a new study by Grant Thornton has found. More

03/12/14 09:56 | 100 reads | Opinion

New Director of Marches LEP appointedNew Director of Marches LEP appointed

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has appointed one of the region's foremost business support specialists as its new Director. More

03/12/14 09:47 | 117 reads | News

\"Solid\" End to 2014 for West Midlands Manufacturers"Solid" End to 2014 for West Midlands Manufacturers

Manufacturers in the West Midlands are poised for a solid end to 2014, according to a survey by EEF and BDO. More

01/12/14 09:28 | 75 reads | News

Potteries Expansion boosts Stoke\Potteries Expansion boosts Stoke's Economy

The expansion of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent has boosted the local economy, with supply chain contracts currently totalling £2.5m. More

01/12/14 09:14 | 40 reads | News

West Midlands manufacturing SMEs on a productivity drive - MAS BarometerWest Midlands manufacturing SMEs on a productivity drive - MAS Barometer

Improving productivity is helping small and medium manufacturers in the West Midlands continue to grow and adapt to a general softening in the marketplace. More

27/11/14 09:34 | 123 reads | News

Manufacturers confident of export growth, Investec event hearsManufacturers confident of export growth, Investec event hears

Business owners and managers have heard that the region’s manufacturing sector remains in good shape and that local firms are confident of further growth. More

24/11/14 10:42 | 126 reads | News

Contrasting fortunes for West Midlands\Contrasting fortunes for West Midlands' biggest sectors says R3

The West Midlands manufacturing sector remains unsteady although the region’s construction sector is continuing to show signs of improvement, a new study has concluded. More

24/11/14 10:19 | 107 reads | Opinion

Transport: New i54 motorway junction will be catalyst to growth say business leadersTransport: New i54 motorway junction will be catalyst to growth say business leaders

The official opening of the new motorway junction serving the i54 business park near Wolverhampton will act as an important catalyst in helping to attract additional trade to the area, business leaders have said. More

24/11/14 10:04 | 109 reads | Opinion

Fabweld Eyes Offshore Market Fabweld Eyes Offshore Market

A Shropshire manufacturer, which specialises in access to road, rail and infrastructure projects, has entered the offshore wind market after securing two grants. More

20/11/14 09:47 | 143 reads | News

UK manufacturing recovery being felt by firms of all sizes even though demand has slowed UK manufacturing recovery being felt by firms of all sizes even though demand has slowed

The recovery in UK manufacturing is being felt by firms of all sizes, but has slowed recently, according to the CBI. More

17/11/14 09:54 | 60 reads | News

Are Leaders born or made?Are Leaders born or made?

Many leaders are held back as they believe in the myth that great leaders are born and can’t be made. If you believe this myth then chances are it’s limiting your potential. If you’re able to change your thinking, change your skills, change your behaviours and acquire new knowledge then you have the ability to become a Great Leader. More

13/11/14 18:42 | 112 reads | Library

EEF Urges Manufacturers to bag FundingEEF Urges Manufacturers to bag Funding

Manufacturers' organisation EEF has called on Midlands businesses to tap into a £30m government matched-funding scheme. More

07/11/14 09:16 | 125 reads | News

UKTI encourages more women-led businesses to explore export potentialUKTI encourages more women-led businesses to explore export potential

Women-led businesses in the West Midlands are being encouraged to develop their export potential. More

04/11/14 12:24 | 67 reads | News

Winning Leaders\Winning Leaders' Academy - Cohort 5 - Course dates announced - Acton Trussell, Staffordshire - 22/01/2015

Using progressive tools and techniques the Academy will develop your personal effectiveness to impact business performance. More

03/11/14 16:28 | 6524 reads | Courses

Struggling to Sustain Growth – Then Make the Shift From Manager to LeaderStruggling to Sustain Growth – Then Make the Shift From Manager to Leader

Your business is in lift off; the orders are rolling in, you’re utilising 110% of your resources but cash is beginning to build, talent is shining through and the beginnings of a management team have begun to form. All these factors are creating ‘some’ space for you to begin to work ‘on’ rather than ‘in’ the business. More

03/11/14 15:53 | 193 reads | Library

Engineering skills boost for Staffordshire with opening of new £2m training centreEngineering skills boost for Staffordshire with opening of new £2m training centre

Future generations of engineers are set to get a skills boost following the opening of a new training centre in Staffordshire. More

24/10/14 08:46 | 146 reads | News

Funding up for grabs for Stoke businesses promoting well-beingFunding up for grabs for Stoke businesses promoting well-being

Business in Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit from a new funding scheme designed to enhance employee health and well-being. More

24/10/14 08:22 | 152 reads | News

£500K programme switches on Black Country firms to superfast broadband£500K programme switches on Black Country firms to superfast broadband

A £500,000 technology initiative is set to help hundreds of Black Country companies maxmise their use of IT and capitalise on new superfast broadband. More

23/10/14 10:02 | 183 reads | Business Support

Regions steeled for growth as £6m fund launchesRegions steeled for growth as £6m fund launches

UK Steel Enterprise has launched a new £6m scheme aimed at driving growth in England’s steel regions, including The Black Country and Stoke-on-Trent. More

21/10/14 09:11 | 133 reads | News