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General | 30th March 2021

West Midlands businesses urged to tap into skills fund

Distance learning expert Open Study College is encouraging eligible Midlands businesses to apply for a grant of up to £18,000 for staff training to upskill and develop their workforce.
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West Midlands businesses urged to tap into skills fund30/03/2021
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General | 30th March 2021

Businesses encouraged to sign up to fleet payment demonstration ahead of launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone

Businesses with vehicles that may be subject to the daily charge when Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone launches on 1 June 2021 can join a demonstration of the payment service.
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Businesses encouraged to sign up to fleet payment demonstration ahead of launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone30/03/2021
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General | 25th March 2021

City Council’s partner to deliver Birmingham Clean Air Zone’s Scrappage and Travel Scheme

The Council has partnered with Motorpoint to offer people working in the Clean Air Zone the chance to scrap their old car and receive £2,000 credit towards a compliant vehicle, or a mobility credit.
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City Council’s partner to deliver Birmingham Clean Air Zone’s Scrappage and Travel Scheme25/03/2021
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General | 23rd March 2021

Former Dragon encourages businesses to contact Growth Hubs

Businesses have been encouraged to contact their Growth Hubs in the West Midlands by an entrepreneur who went from being a bank cashier to a millionaire Dragon.
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Former Dragon encourages businesses to contact Growth Hubs23/03/2021
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General | 19th March 2021

Supporting businesses to re-open safely

Birmingham City Council has started an engagement programme with the city’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to help retail and hospitality reopen safely.
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Supporting businesses to re-open safely19/03/2021
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General | 19th March 2021

Steelworks at Alexander Stadium redevelopment reach exciting milestone

Progress on the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium is on the brink of another significant milestone – the completion of the steelworks.
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Steelworks at Alexander Stadium redevelopment reach exciting milestone19/03/2021
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General | 18th March 2021

Leader welcomes BBC announcement

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, has welcomed an announcement by the BBC today which will see more programming created in the region.
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Leader welcomes BBC announcement18/03/2021
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General | 17th March 2021

Redevelopment of Birmingham’s Southside to start next month

The estimated £9.5 million scheme will deliver improved walking and cycling routes to New Street Station and a new public square adjacent to Birmingham Hippodrome.
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Redevelopment of Birmingham’s Southside to start next month17/03/2021
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General | 17th March 2021

West Midlands Brexit summit attracts over 250 businesses

On Tuesday 16 March the West Midlands Growth Hubs joined forces with the online platform Findit, the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Department for International Trade to hold its first even...
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West Midlands Brexit summit attracts over 250 businesses17/03/2021
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General | 8th March 2021

Council finalises details of £6million Commonwealth Games Community Fund

Plans to utilise the final third of Birmingham City Council’s £6million Commonwealth Games Community Fund are due before the council’s Cabinet on 16 March.
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Council finalises details of £6million Commonwealth Games Community Fund08/03/2021
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General | 8th March 2021

Experts share their inspirational stories to mark post-Brexit era

An expert panel of speakers will tell their inspirational stories of opportunity, resilience and business growth at a free event to mark a new post-Brexit era for the West Midlands.
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Experts share their inspirational stories to mark post-Brexit era08/03/2021
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General | 1st March 2021

Birmingham 2022 - Celebrating Communities

Bid now for a slice of a £2million council fund created to help people celebrate Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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Birmingham 2022 - Celebrating Communities01/03/2021
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General | 17th February 2021

Detailed plans revealed for first buildings at Peddimore

Proposals for the first two buildings at Peddimore, the new, high-quality employment park in Minworth, have been unveiled as part of a consultation about the site which is set to become one of the reg...
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Detailed plans revealed for first buildings at Peddimore17/02/2021
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General | 16th February 2021

More walking and cycling improvements to be delivered across Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has been awarded circa £4.5m as part of the second tranche of funding from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund.
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More walking and cycling improvements to be delivered across Birmingham16/02/2021
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General | 15th February 2021

COVID support grants launched for Birmingham taxi drivers

Birmingham City Council is joining several cities across the country by introducing much needed financial grants to eligible taxi drivers of private hire and hackney carriage vehicles.
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COVID support grants launched for Birmingham taxi drivers15/02/2021
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General | 15th February 2021

Round two of business support grants launches following first round success

Birmingham City Council has launched the second round of business support grant payments following a round of successful grant pay-outs to struggling businesses.
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Round two of business support grants launches following first round success15/02/2021
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General | 9th February 2021

£5,000 grant for Birmingham’s hackney carriage drivers to prepare for the Clean Air Zone

Birmingham City Council has announced a new £5,000 grant for Birmingham-licensed hackney carriage drivers.
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£5,000 grant for Birmingham’s hackney carriage drivers to prepare for the Clean Air Zone09/02/2021
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General | 5th February 2021

Birmingham City Council launches a series of Clean Air Zone webinars

Birmingham City Council has launched a series of webinars to help residents, city centre workers and businesses prepares for the Clean Air Zone, which launches on 1 June 2021.
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Birmingham City Council launches a series of Clean Air Zone webinars05/02/2021
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General | 4th February 2021

MTC gets 5G private network to help manufacturers boost productivity

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) at Ansty Park in Coventry is to be equipped with its own private 5G network which manufacturers can come and use to test and explore new production methods.
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MTC gets 5G private network to help manufacturers boost productivity04/02/2021
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General | 1st February 2021

Arena Birmingham set for new indoor track in £1.2m council investment

Plans to invest in a much-needed replacement indoor athletics track at Arena Birmingham are due before the city council’s Cabinet on 9 February.
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Arena Birmingham set for new indoor track in £1.2m council investment01/02/2021
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General | 26th January 2021

Our Future City Plan public consultation launched today

Businesses and communities across Birmingham are being called upon to help shape a bold new future for their city which has been launched today (26 January 2021).
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Our Future City Plan public consultation launched today26/01/2021
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General | 25th January 2021

Birmingham community projects set to benefit for a second time

McLaughlin & Harvey, lead contractor at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment, has announced a second round of the You Matter Communities scheme – with a focus on tacking the local impact of COVID-19.
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Birmingham community projects set to benefit for a second time25/01/2021
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General | 19th January 2021

West Midlands firm uses 5G to transform manufacturing

AE Aerospace, a leading manufacturing business in Birmingham, will be the first UK SME (small to medium sized enterprise) to use a 5G private network
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West Midlands firm uses 5G to transform manufacturing19/01/2021
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General | 15th January 2021

Public consultation on Birmingham's regeneration

Birmingham City Council will be launching 'Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040, Shaping our City Together'
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Public consultation on Birmingham's regeneration15/01/2021
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General | 13th January 2021

West Midlands Growth Hubs launch new EU website

Growth Hubs across the West Midlands are working together to encourage businesses to access free advice to Check, Change and Go following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the EU...
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West Midlands Growth Hubs launch new EU website13/01/2021
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General | 12th January 2021

City centre improvements and fountain repairs set to be approved

A multi-million pound regeneration of Birmingham’s city centre – which includes bringing the ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ back to life as a fountain – is set to be approved by Cabinet next week.
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City centre improvements and fountain repairs set to be approved12/01/2021
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General | 12th January 2021

Businesses to get expert local advice on navigating new EU trade deal

Thousands of West Midlands businesses are being offered local, tailored support to help capitalise on the benefits of the new European Union (EU) trade deal while reducing some of the risks.
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Businesses to get expert local advice on navigating new EU trade deal12/01/2021
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General | 11th January 2021

Council agrees £10,000 boost for Birmingham businesses who missed out on Government support

One-off grants of £10,000 will be paid to 421 hospitality and leisure businesses in Birmingham which have previously missed out on Government support or require emergency intervention to protect jobs.
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Council agrees £10,000 boost for Birmingham businesses who missed out on Government support11/01/2021
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General | 11th January 2021

The way we trade has changed, so what next?

The Department for International Trade is organising Going for Global Growth 2021 on 26 January 2021
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The way we trade has changed, so what next?11/01/2021
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General | 16th December 2020

New Alexander Stadium takes shape as impressive redevelopment progresses at pace

An inspection of the progress on the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games was carried out by athletes and project partners today (16 December).
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New Alexander Stadium takes shape as impressive redevelopment progresses at pace16/12/2020
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General | 16th December 2020

Metro extension marks major first as tram stop begins to be installed on Broad Street

The Birmingham Westside Metro extension to Edgbaston has marked a major first following the beginning of the installation of a new tram stop along Broad Street in another momentous step forward for th...
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Metro extension marks major first as tram stop begins to be installed on Broad Street16/12/2020
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General | 15th December 2020

"Hugely encouraging" progress at Birmingham 2022 Alexander Stadium

Athletes and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games project partners are set to visit the Alexander Stadium site today, to inspect progress on its redevelopment ahead of the Games.
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"Hugely encouraging" progress at Birmingham 2022 Alexander Stadium15/12/2020
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General | 10th December 2020

Metro extension to the Digbeth moves closer as utility diversions well-underway

A West Midlands Metro extension linking Digbeth with the city centre has moved a step forward with the much-anticipated light rail route now in the preliminary construction stage following approval by...
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Metro extension to the Digbeth moves closer as utility diversions well-underway10/12/2020
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General | 8th December 2020

Tackling Inequalities - Everyone's Battle Everyone's Business

There is still time to submit your views on the proposals that Birmingham City Council has set out across three key areas to drive out inequality.
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Tackling Inequalities - Everyone's Battle Everyone's Business08/12/2020
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General | 8th December 2020

Six new Perry Barr street names

Six new roads forming part of the Perry Barr Residential Scheme have been officially named to reflect community and Commonwealth Sport values.
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Six new Perry Barr street names08/12/2020
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General | 7th December 2020

£2m council fund to help celebrate Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

A £2 million fund to help residents in all 69 of the city’s wards feel involved with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is set for approval next week.
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£2m council fund to help celebrate Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games07/12/2020
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General | 7th December 2020

GBSLEP begin search for new Deputy Chair to drive growth programme

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has begun the search for a new Deputy Chair to lead the delivery of its ambitious Growth Programme for the Greater Birmingham ...
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GBSLEP begin search for new Deputy Chair to drive growth programme07/12/2020
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General | 7th December 2020

£14m invested in Birmingham Health Innovation Campus by GBSLEP

Plans to develop the Midlands’ only science park dedicated to health and life sciences research – Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (BHIC) – have received another boost thanks to a significant inves...
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£14m invested in Birmingham Health Innovation Campus by GBSLEP07/12/2020
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General | 2nd December 2020

Brummie chefs join forces to help the homeless

Michelin-starred TV chef, Glynn Purnell, is teaming up with Birmingham City Council to host a virtual Cook-A-Long.
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Brummie chefs join forces to help the homeless02/12/2020
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General | 1st December 2020

E-scooter trial zone set to expand in Birmingham

Following a successful launch period, the operating area of Birmingham’s e-scooter trial will be expanded to the north and southwest of the city from Friday 4 December 2020.
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E-scooter trial zone set to expand in Birmingham01/12/2020
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General | 30th November 2020

A34 Perry Barr highways improvement scheme – Phase 2 update

Birmingham City Council has announced further details on the A34 Perry Barr highways improvement scheme, including key dates for anyone who uses key transport routes in the area.
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A34 Perry Barr highways improvement scheme – Phase 2 update30/11/2020
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General | 26th November 2020

Birmingham City Council's response to Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions announcement

The following is a statement on the news that Birmingham will be in Tier 3 (Very High) of the new COVD-19 restrictions after the end of the latest lockdown on 2 December
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Birmingham City Council's response to Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions announcement26/11/2020
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General | 25th November 2020

Applications launch for Local Restrictions Support Grant

Applications are now live for the next round of support grants for businesses in the city.
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Applications launch for Local Restrictions Support Grant25/11/2020
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General | 24th November 2020

Building a cleaner, greener, fairer Birmingham

A new guide for building a cleaner, greener and fairer Birmingham opens today to public consultation for 10 weeks.
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Building a cleaner, greener, fairer Birmingham24/11/2020
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General | 20th November 2020

New brew pulls out ‘hops’ to fund lifesaving crew in virtual networking event

Birmingham Brewing Company is teaming up with the crew at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity to introduce a new low-alcoholic brew
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New brew pulls out ‘hops’ to fund lifesaving crew in virtual networking event20/11/2020
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General | 19th November 2020

City centre pavement widening to support the recovery of retail and hospitality

Birmingham City Council is installing temporary pavement widening measures in the Colmore and Retail Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), to help retail and hospitality businesses get back on their ...
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City centre pavement widening to support the recovery of retail and hospitality19/11/2020
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General | 19th November 2020

Minerva Business Angels continues quest to build one of the UK’s best networks

The established premier pitching competition of the West Midlands is back with a new look and will be delivered online.
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Minerva Business Angels continues quest to build one of the UK’s best networks19/11/2020
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General | 18th November 2020

Constructing West Midlands appoints contractor partners

The new Constructing West Midlands (CWM) framework has officially named its contractor partners for the £2.1 billion of capital works across the West Midlands region.
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Constructing West Midlands appoints contractor partners18/11/2020
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General | 18th November 2020

First building 'tops out' at Perry Barr

Perry Barr Residential Scheme has reached a significant milestone for the project.
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First building 'tops out' at Perry Barr18/11/2020
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General | 18th November 2020

Birmingham organisations recognised for work on sustainable and active travel

National recognition has been bestowed on Birmingham City Council and its stakeholder partners for efforts to increase active and sustainable travel throughout the city and wider region.
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Birmingham organisations recognised for work on sustainable and active travel18/11/2020