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£4m delivery of factory for HBS


MacMullen Associates, the Black Country-based project and development manager, has celebrated its sixth birthday with the hand-over of a sophisticated 40,000 sq ft food plant in Netherton for HBS Foods.

Top Banana hires bunch of new recruits


Live events and communications businessTop Banana is continuing to grow its team and appointed five new recruits in June at its offices in Broome, near Stourbridge.

Jacksons Pharma on the expansion trail


An independent pharmacy business in south Staffordshire has bought a second branch in Halesowen, with the support of a six-figure loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Thompson helps future parts production


Black Country-based friction welding specialist Thompson has played a key role in a research project to develop advanced manufacturing processes for the production of aerospace and automotive parts.

Investment fuels 5,000 LEP jobs

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Foreign investment helped create more than 5,000 jobs across two local enterprise partnerships in the West Midlands in 2014-2015.

MP visits Hixon laser-cutting firm


Stafford’s MP made a visit to a Hixon business following his re-election. SSC Laser is one of the largest sub contract laser job shops in the UK, employing 70 people over six sites including its head office at Hixon.

PLS bespoke bike wins national contest


Smethwick-based PLS, a Mobility Networks company and leading vehicle access lift manufacturer, has designed and built a winning bespoke bicycle for a unique competition to illustrate the skill of its engineering team.

Record year for apprentice awards


The Black Country has proved to once again be the capital of vocational learning at the fourth annual In-Comm Training Awards, held last week.