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    1. 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...

    2. 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’...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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....

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. Off Message

      January 27, 2015

      England's liberal cities

      Last year, the United Kingdom Independence party won more votes than any other party in Britain’s European elections. It...

    12. January 21, 2015

      Local authority pension funds create £500m investment platform

      Two of the UK’s largest local authority pension funds are to create a £500m investment platform in a deal that could lead to...

    13. January 16, 2015

      Ridicule what is sacred and you will learn

      A caliphate is not an ideal place to grow up if you want a career as a stand-up comic. I was brought up in Birmingham, which...

    14. January 16, 2015

      HS2 expands resident compensation scheme

      More homeowners living near the path of the proposed high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham will be able to sell...

    15. January 16, 2015

      Birmingham city council sells NEC to Lloyds

      Birmingham city council’s financial woes have been eased with the sale of the National Exhibition Centre and three other...

    16. January 15, 2015

      MPs doubt high speed rail scheme will give value for money

      The £50bn high speed two rail project is unlikely to provide value for money, a cross party group of MPs says in a report...

    17. January 5, 2015

      Birmingham shopping set to be transformed after revamp

      Birmingham’s retail sector is set for a big year in 2015. With close to £1bn of investment in stores and transport...

    18. January 2, 2015

      Infrastructure: Five things to watch in 2015

      The Borders Railway Running for 30 miles between Tweedbank and Edinburgh, the Borders Railway will be the longest domestic...

    19. December 14, 2014

      Birmingham council reels amid scathing management report

      Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square may be dominated by the bustling Christmas market but for councillors inside their imposing...

    20. December 9, 2014

      Birmingham council faces Whitehall oversight

      Birmingham city council is facing central government intervention after a highly critical report on the management of the...

    21. December 4, 2014

      Social impact bonds have a familiar chocolatey investment flavour

      Wealthy sponsors of the social good in the early 20th century generally needed three things: an architectural vision, a...

    22. Westminster Blog

      December 3, 2014

      Live Q&A: Autumn Statement

      This is the transcript of the Live Q&A session ending at 16:00 on 3 Dec 2014. On Wednesday, December 3, the chancellor will...

    23. FT Photo Diary

      November 24, 2014

      The Mayor plays wheelchair tennis

      Steve Parsons/PA Mayor of London Boris Johnson joins some of world’s best wheelchair tennis players outside City Hall in...

    24. November 19, 2014

      EU air pollution ruling puts pressure on UK

      It is up to Britain’s courts to make sure the UK government comes up with a plan to comply with EU air pollution rules, the...

    25. November 17, 2014

      Qatar looks to back UK high-speed train plan

      The Qatari royal family has told British ministers it wants to invest heavily in regeneration projects being planned around...

    26. November 17, 2014

      HS2 chairman threatens 2016 walkout

      The man credited with getting the UK’s proposed high-speed rail line back on track threatened to walk away in 15 months’...

    27. November 7, 2014

      New banking generation turns its back on London

      Hannah Butler, an economics graduate from Bristol University, is one of a growing number who decided to apply to Deutsche...

    28. November 6, 2014

      Birmingham and Black Country put forward combined authority plan

      Birmingham and the neighbouring Black Country have buried historic rivalries and agreed to form a combined authority of...

    29. November 4, 2014

      Boris Godunov, Barbican, London – review

      Only the jet-setting Valery Gergiev could come up with a schedule as mad as this. In the space of just over a week in the UK...

    30. October 26, 2014

      HS2 hailed a ‘catalyst’ for northern growth and other rail links

      Britain’s proposed high-speed north-south rail line is a catalyst for a much bigger process of economic change that should...

    31. October 22, 2014

      HS2 chief to rule out changes in attempt to keep budget on track

      Sir David Higgins is expected to rule out big changes to the UK’s proposed north-south high-speed rail line as he battles to...

    32. October 21, 2014

      Transport deemed more important than devolution

      The north and Midlands should have their own smart card modelled on London’s Oyster to allow workers to move between cities...

    33. October 21, 2014

      London broker sets up Manchester office

      Numis Securities has opened an office in Manchester as the London-based independent stockbroker looks to service companies...

    34. October 15, 2014

      Labour urges PM to sack Tory peer over disabled comments

      Labour has called on David Cameron to sack Lord Freud after the minister for welfare reform was recorded saying he wanted to...

    35. October 14, 2014

      Schools inspector criticises inactivity on ‘Trojan horse’ scandal

      There has been “very little action” to address failings in five Birmingham schools that were involved in allegations of a...

    36. October 13, 2014

      UK high-speed railway line contest for £10bn in contracts begins

      Lucrative work for the UK’s proposed high-speed railway line will be launched this week when HS2, the company set up to...

    37. October 9, 2014

      Schools face more frequent Ofsted visits

      The head of the schools watchdog plans to introduce more frequent inspections following the alleged Islamic takeover plot in...

    38. October 7, 2014

      More to tech scene than London as cities transform into digital hubs

      Which city is home to the UK’s only FTSE 100 software company? Which makes the computer chips that control the engines of...

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