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TV builder backs scheme to aid apprentices

Tommy Walsh, right, with Jan Telensky of Engineering Real Results

Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh has welcomed a one-stop-shop to get building trade apprentices blocked from jobs by ‘out-dated’ Government rules into work within weeks rather than years.

Specialist gear supplier is marking first decade


A Stafford engineering firm that supplies equipment used on Hollywood blockbusters, BBC documentaries and even the cameras that filmed the Fifa World Cup is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Manufacturer sees new demand for outsourcing


Creating value and managing risk are the driving forces behind a new global desire to ‘outsource’ according to the MD of one of the UK’s largest providers of control and automation solutions.

Helix ready as 'Back to School' beckons


The prospect of going ‘back to school’ might induce tears and tantrums amongst youngsters but for a historic brand likely to sit in their rucksacks, the first bell can’t ring quickly enough.

A reputation built around the world

The Resort World development at Birmingham's NEC site has been one of RMD Kwikform's biggest contracts in the UK

A specialist construction firm with its roots firmly in the Black Country is currently winning work on some of the biggest building projects in the world.

Firms among 1,000 to inspire Britain

Many of the inspirational businesses in the West Midlands are in the manufacturing sector

More than 30 businesses from across the Black Country and southern Staffordshire have made the grade, listed as among Britain’s most inspiring companies.

IT firm on cloud nine after Cannock move


The recent recession has proved good news for a fast-growing IT firm that has just moved to Cannock. Headed by a former Wolverhampton Grammar School pupil who founded his first enterprise as a 14 year-old, Mellow Marsh Software now boasts 1,200 clients.

R&D chief is new managing director for PLS

Adam Beck, right, promoted from technical director to managing director at PLS, pictured outside the new PLS headquarters in Smethwick with Mobility Networks CEO Mike Simmonds

A Smethwick-based passenger vehicle lift manufacturer has appointed its R&D chief, a one time intern who has spent his entire 20-year career at the firm, as its new managing director.

Engineering firm recruiting as it grows

Growth at Jenks & Cattell Engineering is driving recruitment

A family-owned company in Wolverhampton is taking on new staff and apprentices as it looks to grow and double its turnover to £10 million within the next five years.

Work completed on LoneStar's new headquarters

The new LoneStar headquarters in Wednesbury

LoneStar Fasteners Europe has taken possession of its new site in Wednesbury, hear Junction 9 of the M6, and has started equipping the plant to take over from its three previous factories.