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An image of the prospective view across Chamberlain Square following completion of the Paradise redevelopment

Work to start on city Paradise transformation

Work will start next month on the £500 million transformation of Paradise Circus in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Wolverhampton construction group Carillion will be among the first firms to be involved, carrying out work on the roads and infrastructure around the site.

Wood working firm's plans take root

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A Black Country business that makes wooden products for the pub and restaurant trade is taking a root and branch approach to expansion after almost doubling its manufacturing space.

Housing group's new £500k social fund

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A cost-savings programme at the Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) is set to raise £500,000 over the next three years to plough into a series of community projects and new social enterprises.

Manufacturer strikes property deal

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A significant investment has seen Willenhall-based Colter Steels complete the purchase of new commercial premises, creating jobs in the process.

Celebrating success of Black Country business

The Metsec team receive their Chamber award from Nigel Babb of the University of Wolverhampton

Cold rolled forming specialists Metsec has been crowned as the Black Country's business of the year. The Oldbury firm, which employs 350, won the top prize at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce's Business is Good for the Black Country Awards dinner.

Bank backs growth at manufacturer RMP

From left: Leo Arnold (Office and Quality at RMP Products), Ray Arnold (Director at RMP Products), Mark Meakin (Relationship Manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking), Paul Dyche (Director at RMP Products), Lauro Rodi (Regional Manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance) and Mark Edwards (Director at RMP Products).

A Wednesbury manufacturing firm has bought two new metal cutting machines with the support of a £490,000 loan from Lloyds Bank to help it target new markets and create local job opportunities.

Work completed on £44m i54 site link road

Council leaders have been celebrating the completion of work on the £44 million link road between the i54 development site - home to Jaguar Land Rover's £500m engine factory – and the M54.

Steps to growth for staircase company

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A leading staircase manufacturer has created 50 new jobs as it opens new factories in Wednesbury and Coventry, backed by a £1.6 million investment from Lloyds Bank.

McAuliffe adds four lorries to its fleet

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A leading environmental contracting specialist based in Wolverhampton has boosted its fleet with the purchase of four new lorries after securing a £346,000 hire purchase facility from Lloyds Bank.

Power press firm on track for record year

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The UK’s leading provider of power presses is setting its sights on a £500,000 boost this year, after it experienced growth in its coil handing and press feeding systems division.

Goold Estates' success at Lakeside

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Walsall-based property firm Goold Estates says it has enjoyed ‘significant success’ at Lakeside Business Park in Cannock after buying the 75,000 sq ft development during the summer.