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    1. July 1, 2015

      Fires at black US churches raise race fears

      Seven black churches in southern US states have gone up in flames in the two weeks since a white supremacist allegedly...

    2. June 28, 2015

      Corporate diary: June 29 - July 3

      Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

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    1. June 25, 2015

      Supersonic car Bloodhound gears up for land speed record attempt

      A full-size fibreglass replica of the Bloodhound supersonic car was parked outside a Birmingham accountants on Wednesday as...

    2. June 22, 2015

      Mood improves among small businesses

      The mood of entrepreneurs and small businesses has picked up in the second quarter since the election, with revenues,...

    3. June 18, 2015

      Foreign investors lured to Birmingham

      Birmingham beat its rival Manchester to be the most popular destination for foreign investment last year outside London,...

    4. June 14, 2015

      Shakespeares merger loosens grip of London law firms in regions

      The signing on Monday of Shakespeares’ eighth merger in nine years will take the Birmingham-based commercial lawyers into...

    5. May 29, 2015

      Black Country’s greatest delicacy goes upmarket

      When Freshers Foods, a Lancashire snacks manufacturer, launched its new pork scratchings product at a trade fair in...

    6. May 26, 2015

      Road to English devolution passes two more milestones

      The road to English devolution will pass two more milestones this week. On Tuesday, the latest English “super council” comes...

    7. May 24, 2015

      UK councils join forces to qualify for regional spending powers

      Birmingham and its six neighbouring councils will formally bury old rivalries this week, joining forces in the hope of...

    8. May 22, 2015

      Why Birmingham is now one of Europe’s best cities for investors

      In the 1960s the UK had what some of the press referred to as a “Birmingham problem”. The city was too big. It was creating...

    9. May 19, 2015

      Sainsbury Bank signs partnership with Western Union

      Sainsbury Bank has formed a partnership with Western Union Company to provide global money transfer services in stores...

    10. May 15, 2015

      Folly of a £50bn HS2 project must hit the buffers

      You might think that the biggest infrastructure project in modern Britain would have merited a few minutes discussion in an...

    11. FT Alphaville

      May 14, 2015

      The football club, the chemicals maker and the newspaper group. Or, Hong Kong’s $12bn of trapped capital

      By Jennifer Hughes in Hong Kong Seven weeks of silence. That’s what investors in Tianhe Chemicals have had since the short...

    12. May 12, 2015

      City law firm Gateley set to float on AIM

      Gateley, a commercial law firm founded in Birmingham in the 19th century, is planning to float on the Alternative Investment...

    13. March 31, 2015

      Ed Balls stokes uncertainty over high speed rail project

      Ed Balls has stoked uncertainty surrounding HS2 , suggesting that a new trans-Pennine rail route [HS3] could be built before...

    14. March 31, 2015

      Birmingham Bullring’s Hammerson snaps up plot next to HS2 site

      The company that owns Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre has taken over one of the biggest development sites in the city...

    15. March 29, 2015

      Local UK pension schemes waste millions on high fees

      A vast discrepancy in fees paid by the 89 pension funds that form the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme has prompted...

    16. March 26, 2015

      Karmic payback for a UK city the crisis killed

      The recorded commentary of Birmingham’s Ferris wheel used to announce: “Ici, L’Arc de Triomphe”, lifting fun-seekers high...

    17. March 25, 2015

      Jaguar Land Rover invests £400m in Midlands plant

      Jaguar Land Rover has given a boost to the Midlands with an investment of more than £400m in a plant near Birmingham and a...

    18. March 25, 2015

      Tata Motors confirms $1bn rights issue

      Tata Motors has set out plans to raise as much as Rs75bn ($1.2bn) through a rights issue, as it seeks to cut debt and...

    19. March 25, 2015

      HSBC move shows Birmingham’s appeal to banks

      By moving the head office of its UK ring-fenced bank to Birmingham, HSBC is going back home. The bank’s domestic operations...

    20. March 24, 2015

      Rampant greenback creates Clarksonesque uncertainty for business

      What is good for American archetype Joe the Plumber is also good for Wolseley. The US economy is strong, which has lifted...

    21. March 24, 2015

      HSBC to move head office for UK division to Birmingham

      HSBC is going further than simply putting a ringfence around its UK operations. It is also putting about 100 miles between...

    22. March 20, 2015

      Parties seek to woo UK small company bosses

      Britain’s three leading parties were in Birmingham for the annual Federation of Small Businesses conference on Friday,...

    23. March 18, 2015

      Midlands promised energy research centre

      The chancellor on Wednesday promised an energy research centre for the Midlands and more rail and road links for the...

    24. March 14, 2015

      Miliband promises Labour would focus on higher living standards

      Ed Miliband promised that a Labour government would focus on higher living standards as he addressed a rally of more than a...

    25. FT Photo Diary

      March 6, 2015

      Rest in show

      A man sleeps next to his Boxer dog on the second day of Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre on Friday in...

    26. FT Photo Diary

      March 5, 2015

      A mans best friend

      A man with his English Setters at the annual Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, Britain, on Thursday. The...

    27. March 1, 2015

      Tories struggle to reclaim former fortress in Birmingham

      The Conservatives believe that they can defy history at May’s UK general election by increasing their number of seats in...

    28. February 27, 2015

      Why annuities are part of the pension solution

      This week I spent time at a “retirement freedoms” forum in Birmingham organised by FTAdviser, one of the Financial Times’...

    29. February 24, 2015

      UK’s biggest waste mountain to shut

      Britain’s biggest waste mountain is set to shut its gates for the last time on Tuesday, reflecting a pattern of sharp...

    30. February 22, 2015

      Moving Stateside, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

      Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest mixed programme, Moving Stateside, features three works by American choreographers. The...

    31. February 18, 2015

      Harvey, Birmingham Rep/touring — review

      At one point in this revival Maureen Lipman gives a masterclass in the kind of prolonged double-take at which even Wile E....

    32. February 16, 2015

      Birmingham aims to reload historic gun quarter

      Birmingham targets gun revival A great great nephew of one of Birmingham’s Victorian gunmakers is attempting to revive the...

    33. February 15, 2015

      Miliband plans boost for small businesses

      Ed Miliband will on Monday commit his party to helping Britain’s small businesses as he outlines an industrial strategy...

    34. February 6, 2015

      A crumbling parliament’s route map to redemption

      Sometimes a metaphor comes along so perfect as to be irresistible. News from parliament that the failure of its main sewer...

    35. February 5, 2015

      Pegida brings anti-Islam message to UK

      A German group that protests against the perceived “Islamification of the west” has announced plans to hold its first UK...

    36. February 1, 2015

      Battle over HS2 ‘gravy’ train intensifies

      In the decade until 2010, One Canada Square held the record as the tallest skyscraper in Britain. But since October, the...

    37. January 30, 2015

      Cadbury jobs to go in deal to save Bournville

      Fears for Birmingham‘s role as the UK’s capital of chocolate have melted away with a deal to secure the future of Cadbury’s...

    38. January 27, 2015

      Bain Capital snaps up TI Automotive

      US private equity firm Bain Capital has acquired another piece of Britain’s industrial heritage, sealing a deal for car...

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