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      If the EU is a sinking ship and the UK should leave, then most of the UK is a sinking ship and London should leave

      The European Union’s economy is a “sinking ship” and Britain would be better off “detaching itself” from the bloc,...

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      The private sector must learn to love agile working

      Birmingham residents who phone the council to query their tax bill or ask about bin collections might be surprised to...

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    1. June 28, 2016

      Transport department asks for HS2 to be scaled back

      The transport department has asked for High Speed 2 to be scaled back, according to the UK’s public spending watchdog,...

    2. Fast FT

      June 21, 2016

      Leave beats Remain in fundraising

      The campaigns for Britain to leave the EU have continued to successfully out-fundraise their rivals, as the latest data...

    3. June 8, 2016

      HK’s Paul Suen to buy majority stake in Birmingham City FC

      Troubled English football club Birmingham City has agreed to be taken over by Hong Kong businessman Paul Suen, as...

    4. June 1, 2016

      Mayors and devolved city powers could offer Labour’s best hope

      Rarely have the three major UK-wide political parties been collectively in such a parlous state. Despairing Labour...

    5. June 1, 2016

      Fresh inquest into 1974 Birmingham pub bombings

      A fresh inquest is to be opened into the Birmingham pub bombings, more than 40 years after 21 people were killed in the...

    6. Fast FT

      June 1, 2016

      Inquest into Birmingham bombings to be reopened

      A fresh inquest is to be opened into the Birmingham pub bombings more than 40 years after 21 people were killed in the...

    7. May 19, 2016

      Bribe inquiry highlights Rolls-Royce’s cultural challenge

      Awkward. The Financial Times has established that a probe into suspected bribery by agents of Rolls-Royce has spread to...

    8. April 27, 2016

      The British-Indian wedding jewellery revolution

      Last year, India’s Supreme Court ruled that women have an inalienable right to certain property after marriage. Brides,...

    9. April 22, 2016

      Hammerson refinances in £420m credit deal

      Hammerson, the UK shopping centre landlord, has signed up to a new £420m credit deal as volumes of real estate lending...

    10. April 22, 2016

      Silversmiths fear tarnishing of Birmingham hallmark

      Birmingham’s decision to allow an offshoot in India to use its famous anchor hallmark on silverware has outraged...

    11. Fast FT

      April 22, 2016

      Hammerson secures £420m credit amid expansion push

      Hammerson, the UK shopping centre builder, has secured its second slug of borrowed cash in the space of two months to...

    12. April 15, 2016

      How the north of England’s conference sector defied convention

      Business travel to the north of England has been transformed since the first tentative steps were taken in the...

    13. April 11, 2016

      Cheap imports put US Steel under pressure

      The sign at the exit of US Steel’s Fairfield steelworks seeks to give those leaving a last, feel-good boost. “Our...

    14. April 1, 2016

      Wray: Hypatia — review

      Wray Hypatia (Communicating Vessels) There are times when a vanished era is summoned so powerfully as to go beyond...

    15. Fast FT

      March 23, 2016

      PwC picks four to compete for UK chairman role

      Professional services firm PwC has named the four candidates who are competing to be its new UK chairman and senior...

    16. March 22, 2016

      BBC chief commits to northern expansion despite spending cuts

      The chief operating officer of BBC England has stressed the broadcaster’s commitment to the north of England even as it...

    17. March 15, 2016

      Asa Briggs, historian, 1921-2016

      Asa Briggs, the historian who has died aged 94, had a long and distinguished academic career and much else besides....

    18. March 15, 2016

      HS2 advisers help set in train fast line to the north

      High-speed trains will be arriving in Crewe in 2027 — but the consultants are already there. Hotels in the Cheshire...

    19. FT Photo Diary

      March 11, 2016

      Crufts day two

      Spaniels are judged on day two of Crufts 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham   ...

    20. FT Photo Diary

      March 10, 2016

      Arriving for Crufts

      A Dogue de Bordeaux arrives for the first day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham   ...

    21. Fast FT

      February 24, 2016

      Aston Martin picks Wales for new manufacturing plant

      Aston Martin will open a new manufacturing plant in Wales as it doubles its production capacity in a vote of confidence...

    22. February 23, 2016

      MPs call for faster infrastructure approval after HS2 marathon

      After close to two years and 160 sittings, which went through 1,600 of the 2,588 objections to phase one of the...

    23. February 23, 2016

      Liverpool presses to part-fund HS2 extension

      Liverpool wants to part-fund a £3bn extension of the High Speed 2 rail line so that it reaches the city. Current plans...

    24. February 22, 2016

      The Dream/A Month in the Country, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome — ‘Satisfying’

      With Anne Hathaway’s cottage only 25 miles down the road, Birmingham Royal Ballet is taking the 400th anniversary of...

    25. February 21, 2016

      Tourism outside London at highest level since financial crisis

      Foreign tourists who for years have flocked to London for a concentrated dose of shopping, theatre, museums and...

    26. February 19, 2016

      ‘When the Floods Came’, by Clare Morrall

      There is no shortage of literary dystopias at the moment, and Clare Morrall’s addition to the ouevre has an unsettling...

    27. February 15, 2016

      Hammerson: winner takes mall

      Shoppers’ feet are pounding the floors at Hammerson’s UK shopping centres and its key financial metrics look to be...

    28. February 12, 2016

      Bristol, Cardiff and Newport launch ‘Great Western Cities’

      Bristol has become the latest UK city to brand itself an economic powerhouse, but a leading local business organisation...

    29. February 10, 2016

      M6 Toll road goes on the block

      Britain’s only pay-to-use motorway, the M6 Toll, is to be put up for sale by a consortium of banks in a move aimed at...

    30. January 22, 2016

      Hammerson buys Birmingham’s Grand Central for £335m

      FTSE 100 retail landlord Hammerson has bought Birmingham’s Grand Central shopping centre for £335m in the latest vote...

    31. Fast FT

      January 22, 2016

      Hammerson buys Birmingham's Grand Central shopping centre

      UK commercial property heavyweight Hammerson is adding to its collection of shopping centres across Europe with the...

    32. FT Photo Diary

      January 19, 2016

      Feel the Bern

      Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders cheer during a campaign stop, in Birmingham,...

    33. January 19, 2016

      Birmingham push for West Midlands sovereign wealth fund

      The new leader of Birmingham city council wants to create a “West Midlands sovereign wealth fund” that will invest the...

    34. January 7, 2016

      Investors pour cash into Birmingham construction

      Birmingham is building offices at the fastest rate for 13 years as the “Midlands engine” benefits from the spillover of...

    35. January 6, 2016

      Zeus Capital co-founder to be charged over tax scheme

      The founder of a City finance house is set to be charged with tax fraud over a scheme sold to wealthy investors. The...

    36. December 18, 2015

      The Lickey Hills route, with Jonathan Coe

      As Jonathan Coe and I stride along the ridge of the Lickey Hills, 10 miles south of Birmingham, the 54-old-year...

    37. December 18, 2015

      Review: Birmingham in danger of losing architectural character

      “Forward”. The single word below the coat of arms of the city of Birmingham proposes a particular boldness; a...

    38. December 14, 2015

      Wreckers write final chapter at Birmingham’s brutalist library

      The demolition of Birmingham’s old central library has begun as part of the multibillion-pound city centre makeover....

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