Business Picks

Marking a century of transformation


Shipping container specialist S Jones Containers in Aldridge is celebrating its centenary after a record year of container sales, hire and conversions contracts for some remarkable alternative uses.

Law firm targeting property sector


A Black Country law firm is targeting growth in the residential and commercial property market after appointing two of the sector’s most promising solicitors.

KJB invests in new digital press


A digital printing business based in Cannock added a new press at the end of 2014. KJB Printers in Beechwood Business Park, Burdock Close, has recently invested more than £3 million.

GROW:OffshoreWind delivers

Scroby Sands offshore wind farm

Manufacturers looking to take advantage of the growth in the offshore wind market have received a £7m windfall of business support and capital funding.

Ambitious property firm moves into Black Country


An ambitious property maintenance business has moved into the Black Country, creating dozens of employment opportunities and safeguarding jobs across the company following a funding boost from UK Steel Enterprise.

Double healthcare awards success for RGK


A Staffordshire-based manufacturer has won two awards at the British Healthcare Awards 2014 (BHTA) for its commitment to helping wheelchair users live more independent lives.

Engines are set to power JLR growth


Jaguar Land Rover’s Wolverhampton-build Ingenium engines are set to power the company’s drive to sell more than 100,000 cars a year to fleets and businesses around the world.

Demolition company changes hands


The demolition arm of the Black Country-based Humphries Holdings group has been sold to its management by the couple who have run the business for the past 45 years.

Work to start on city Paradise transformation

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

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.

Thomas Dudley buys Tipton castings firm

Thomas Dudley's Adrian Lacey (Manufacturing Manager), Mick Cramphorn (Foundry Director), Mick Harrison (General Manager) and Nathan Tucker (Process Improvement Engineer) pictured with the newly acquired moulding line.

THOMAS Dudley has underlined its commitment to investing in enhancing its manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of Black Country Castings in Tipton.

£1m funding for Aquila Trucks


Black Country based truck dealer Aquila has secured £1 million in funding that will protect the future of the company, recently rescued from administration.

Hayburn Rock increases workforce


Recent changes to pensions legislation has spurred a Black Country firm of financial advisers to step up its workforce by a third.

Wood working firm's plans take root


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


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.