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Ads targeted in web piracy campaign

11:51am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WEBSITES alleged to be offering pirated material are to have their advertising revenue disrupted in a ground-breaking initiative.

Personal insolvencies rise by 8%

11:49am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE number of people going insolvent in England and Wales between April and June has climbed by 8% on the previous quarter, official figures show.

Next set to extend M&S profits lead

11:47am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FASHION retailer Next upped its full-year profit guidance by £25 million today after better-than-expected first-half sales, leaving it on course to extend its lead over Marks & Spencer.

BP warns of Russia sanctions impact

11:46am Tuesday 29th July 2014

OIL giant BP has warned that further international sanctions on Russia could have a "material adverse impact" on the company.

Britons seen as drinking too much

8:18am Tuesday 29th July 2014

BRITONS drink too much and have bad eating habits, according to some foreigners.

Diesel drivers 'pollution penalty'

8:16am Tuesday 29th July 2014

DRIVERS of diesel cars could have to pay more in road tax or face additional levies to travel into city centres in an effort to tackle pollution, it is reported.

Rise in West Midlands commercial properties being sold for residential conversion

7:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

CHARTERED surveyors in the West Midlands saw a rise in the number of transactions of commercial properties being sold with Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to be converted into residential properties during the second quarter of this year.

Black Country firm one of first to achieve standard in steel industry

Halesowen News:

6:40am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A BLACK Country business has become one of the first of its kind to achieve a new quality standard for the steel industry.

Bromsgrove affordable housing provider expands into Redditch

Halesowen News:

6:20am Tuesday 29th July 2014

BROMSGROVE affordable housing provider bdht is expanding its reach into Redditch after being selected by Bournville Village Trust (BVT) to purchase 42 of its properties in the Woodrow North, Batchley and Matchborough West areas of the town.

Law firm director abseils for lighthouses charity

Halesowen News:

6:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A DIRECTOR of a law firm with offices in Kidderminster, Stourport, Halesowen and Worcester reached new heights during a charity abseil.

Lloyds to pay out £218m over Libor

3:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

LLOYDS Banking Group is to pay fines totalling £218 million to UK and US authorities after it became the latest lender to be punished over the rigging of interest rate benchmarks.

Supermarket cutting fuel prices

1:11pm Monday 28th July 2014

ASDA has sparked a likely supermarket petrol price war by cutting its fuel prices.

Job vacancies and salaries 'rise'

1:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

JOB vacancies are increasing and advertised salaries growing amid fresh evidence of a recovering labour market, according to a new report.

Ryanair increases profits forecast

1:05pm Monday 28th July 2014

RYANAIR raised its full-year profits guidance today after more than doubling first- quarter earnings and setting out aggressive plans for expansion in Europe.

Passport Office staff to strike

8:08am Monday 28th July 2014

PASSPORT Office staff will strike today over staff shortages which they say have led to a serious backlog in processing applications this year.

Luck 'nothing to do with it' say three-quarters of West Mids business owners

7:40am Monday 28th July 2014

WEST Midlands business owners have poured cold water on the notion that you need to be lucky to be successful, according to new research conducted on behalf of online accounting and payroll software Sage One.

Industrial equipment agent moves into Bromsgrove technology park

Halesowen News:

6:40am Monday 28th July 2014

A WYTHALL-based industrial equipment agent is moving into new offices on Bromsgrove Technology Park in a deal transacted by leading Midland independent property consultancy GJS Dillon.

Success is sweet for Redditch jewellery-maker

Halesowen News:

6:20am Monday 28th July 2014

REDDITCH-based jewellery-maker, Victoria Brown, is experiencing an unexpected boost to business from an unexpected quarter - she is getting requests for jewellery to celebrate sugar anniversaries.

Birmingham businesses boost Hippodrome community projects

6:10am Monday 28th July 2014

BIRMINGHAM businesses have given a £5,000 boost to Hippodrome Plus at a special fundraising gala event before a performance of the global musical phenomenon Wicked at Birmingham Hippodrome.

'Home keys still hidden under mat or gnomes'

7:10am Sunday 27th July 2014

ONE in five homes still has a key under the mat or in a hiding spot close by, it has emerge.

Over 40% of Brits would refuse to live in high-crime neighbourhood

6:40am Sunday 27th July 2014

NEW research from Direct Line Home Insurance reveals 21 million (43 per cent) British adults would refuse to live in a high-crime neighbourhood, which could rule out traditionally highly desirable areas such as Hampstead, where 1,171 crimes were reported last year.

'West Midlands families' spending power increases'

6:20am Sunday 27th July 2014

THE latest Asda Income Tracker shows that family spending power in the West Midlands continued to increase year on year in the second quarter of 2014.

'More than quarter don't have cars or motorbikes checked for European hols'

6:10am Sunday 27th July 2014

A SURVEY by a road safety organisation has shown that more than a quarter of those taking a car or motorbike into Europe on holiday will travel without having their transportation checked or serviced in any way.

Golf day boosts Rory the Robot campaign

Halesowen News:

7:10am Saturday 26th July 2014

WORCESTER Golf and Country Club has raised £1,570 for a surgical robot for Worcestershire.

Sheep farmers head for Three Counties Showground

Halesowen News:

6:40am Saturday 26th July 2014

AT this month's NSA Sheep 2014, being held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, visitors will have the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the work done on behalf of UK sheep farmers by the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB).

NIA memories sought ahead of revamp

6:20am Saturday 26th July 2014

THE NIA, Birmingham has launched a social media campaign asking members of the public to place their memories of the NIA’s 23-year history centre stage for a chance to win two tickets to the opening season of the new NIA, when its £26 million redevelopment is completed in December.

Stourbridge law firm continues rugby sponsorship

Halesowen News:

6:10am Saturday 26th July 2014

STOURBRIDGE-based law firm Wall James Chappell is to continue as major sponsor of Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club for the 2014/15 season.

Parents look to keep kids' summer entertainment spending down

3:20pm Friday 25th July 2014

ACCORDING to new research from TSB, nine-tenths (89%) of parents are trying to keep spending costs down this summer, with 90% planning to entertain their children within their local community.

Worst tailgating motorways revealed

2:10pm Friday 25th July 2014

A NEW study has revealed the nation’s worst motorways for dangerous tailgating, with the M1 near Leeds revealed as the country’s tailgating hotspot.

Malvern firm celebrates award

Halesowen News:

12:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

MALVERN-based Pulsar Process Measurement Ltd was recognised in Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce's awards.

New independent directors for the Payments Council

12:10pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE Payments Council has announced the appointment of three new independent directors to its board.

Redditch firm wins major contract with the Department of Justice

Halesowen News:

11:50am Friday 25th July 2014

A LEADING technology solutions provider based in Redditch has won a prestigious contract with the Department of Justice.

Party time at Redditch's Kingfisher centre

11:20am Friday 25th July 2014

REDDITCH'S Kingfisher Shopping Centre is holding an open tea party next week to celebrate of 40 years of trading in the town.

Airline asks West Midlands children to apply for taste-test panel

Halesowen News:

10:10am Friday 25th July 2014

WEST Midlands children are being given the chance to join a national tasting panel to help design Monarch Airlines’ new range of children’s on-board meals.

Mutuals spun out of public sector celebrated

Halesowen News:

9:40am Friday 25th July 2014

ONE hundred new British businesses have spun out from the public sector and are delivering nearly £1.5 billion of public services, Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has announced.

Educational website launched to promote wool knowledge

Halesowen News:

9:20am Friday 25th July 2014

A NEW British Wool educational website has been launched by the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) aimed at giving school-age children an opportunity to learn more about wool and where it comes from.

New non-executive directors for Court of the Bank of England

8:10am Friday 25th July 2014

THE Chancellor has announced three new non-executive directors to serve on the Court of the Bank of England.

Kids' pocket money drops over year

7:40am Friday 25th July 2014

DESPITE increasing news coverage of the recovering economy, it appears children are not experiencing any green shoots, as the amount of pocket money parents are giving their children has dropped in the past year.

Mortgage affordability 'could be severely overestimated by young'

7:10am Friday 25th July 2014

FIGURES released from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) reveal only three per cent of homes sold in June were to buyers aged 18 to 30, with research from Experian, the global information services company, suggesting it could be due to young homebuyers severely overestimating the affordability of mortgages.

Health risk swoops at construction sites prompt enforcement action

6:40am Friday 25th July 2014

A NATIONAL targeted inspection focussing on health risks for construction workers saw enforcement action taken at one in six of hundreds of sites visited.

Midlands jobs marker 'healthiest'

6:20am Friday 25th July 2014

THE Midlands has shown the healthiest job markets of anywhere in the country, according to the latest contract employment update from Venn Group.

Bromsgrove firm and bank boost fundraising for cancer charities

Halesowen News:

6:10am Friday 25th July 2014

A BROMSGROVE company and Barclays have helped a charity worker raise £7,014 for three children's cancer charities during a community event.

Black Country law firm announce £50 million transactions in one year

Halesowen News:

2:54pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A BLACK Country solicitors, with offices in Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge, has announced it topped £50 million in transactions in the last year.

Kidderminster jobs lost as firm goes into administration

Halesowen News: Small businesses targeted by scammers

3:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ONE of the largest suppliers of car parts and garage equipment in the UK has gone into administration with a loss of more than 1,200 jobs, including five in Kidderminster.

Local financial firm up for top award

Halesowen News:

12:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A FINANCIAL planning firm in Bromsgrove is in line for a prestigious national award.

More poor teenagers apply for uni

11:18am Thursday 24th July 2014

RISING numbers of poorer teenagers are planning to go to university, but they are still half as likely to apply as their richer peers, new figures suggests.

Lorry speed limit change welcomed

10:38am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE AA has welcomed a Government decision to raise the speed limit for lorries on rural roads from 40mph to 50mph.

Energy firms face extra storms bill

8:13am Thursday 24th July 2014

REGULATOR Ofgem has ordered energy companies SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) to pay an additional £3.3 million after a probe into how they handled last winter's storms.

'Wake-up call' over interest rates

7:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

WAKE-up calls must be urgently sounded to help people plan how to cope with increased borrowing costs amid the prospect of the end of rock-bottom interest rates, a think-tank has argued.

Kidderminster psychology student's work recognised by insurer

Halesowen News:

6:40am Thursday 24th July 2014

A FINAL year psychology student from Kidderminster has been rewarded by specialist global insurer, Hiscox for her contribution to its workplace design competition.

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