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City college offers training to firms


The clock is ticking for businesses across the Black Country and the wider West Midlands who have less than four weeks to take up an offer of free training for their employees at City of Wolverhampton College.

Cyber briefing at IoD spring dinner


Business bosses were given an expert briefing on efforts to tackle computer crime by one of the leading lights from GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre.

GJF Fabrications tells MP about growth


GJF Fabrications welcomed MP for Aldridge-Brownhills Wendy Morton to its manufacturing site to see at first hand and discuss the latest developments at the growing company.

HVM City to add £1bn to Midlands economy


Ambitious plans to create more advanced factories in the Black Country were unveiled to potential investors at the MIPIM international property show in the South of France.

Firms should target Commonwealth exports


As Britain defines its modern, global approach to trade, the Commonwealth is a unique asset, writes Sir John Peace, chairman of the Midlands Engine and the Burberry luxury goods group.

PP boss calls for expertise investment


A lack of expert sales people coming through the ranks is the biggest problem facing West Midlands manufacturers according to the boss of PP Control & Automation in Cheslyn Hay.

Midlands plays big part in Wates' growth


The chief executive of construction, development and property services group Wates, which has 500 of its more than 4,000 employees, based in the Midlands, says the region made a major contribution to its latest improved annual figures.

LCP chooses agents to market Prime Point


Black Country-based commercial property investment company LCP has appointed two West Midlands property agencies to help attract businesses to its multi-million pound speculative development.

First Choice in Cannock bought by US group

Pictured from left are: Jamie Partington of Higgs & Sons, Steve Robbins, John Whitehouse and Carl Bate of First Choice Group, Andy Kay of Crowe Clark Whitehill and Susheel Gupta of Higgs & Sons.

Cannock-based First Choice Group, a leading UK supplier of spare parts for the catering industry, has been bought by a US company. The price-tag on the deal has not been revealed.

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