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General | 6th October 2020

Have your say on council’s proposals for tackling inequalities

Birmingham’s businesses and organisations are urged to share their views on the council’s proposals to address and tackle inequalities that affect communities across the city.
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Have your say on council’s proposals for tackling inequalities06/10/2020
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General | 6th October 2020

Council announces £2m boost for city’s grassroots cultural activity for Commonwealth Games

Proposals for a programme to engage 200,000 community participants in Birmingham 2022 culture-related activities is set for approval by the city council’s Cabinet on (13 October).
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Council announces £2m boost for city’s grassroots cultural activity for Commonwealth Games06/10/2020
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General | 5th October 2020

Birmingham launches private-rented sector housing scheme

Birmingham City Council has launched a scheme that is set to help hundreds of people find affordable housing and support landlords in the private rented sector.
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Birmingham launches private-rented sector housing scheme05/10/2020
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General | 5th October 2020

Reviving Birmingham’s economy

Businesses across the city are invited to give their views on a consultation focusing on the recovery of Birmingham’s economy.
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Reviving Birmingham’s economy05/10/2020
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General | 5th October 2020

Hydrogen buses coming to Birmingham next Spring

Birmingham City Council has purchased 20 new hydrogen double decker buses as part of their Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot.
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Hydrogen buses coming to Birmingham next Spring05/10/2020
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General | 1st October 2020

Council announces major skills funding provisions for SMEs

Birmingham City Council has secured a major boost funding to help small businesses in Birmingham bounce back from the COVID crisis.
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Council announces major skills funding provisions for SMEs01/10/2020
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General | 30th September 2020

Campaign launched to help businesses with new immigration system

The Home Office has today (30 September) launched a new campaign to ensure businesses are ready for the introduction of the UK’s new points-based immigration system as free movement ends.
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Campaign launched to help businesses with new immigration system30/09/2020
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General | 23rd September 2020

University of Birmingham unveiled as official partner of Birmingham 2022

The University of Birmingham has been unveiled as an official partner for Birmingham 2022, signing the most comprehensive university partnership agreement in the history of the Commonwealth Games.
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University of Birmingham unveiled as official partner of Birmingham 202223/09/2020
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General | 23rd September 2020

West Midlands business can grab their share of HS2 contracts

Small and medium sized businesses in the West Midlands can find out more about the thousands of high speed rail contracts on offer at an online regional summit next month.
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West Midlands business can grab their share of HS2 contracts23/09/2020
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General | 14th September 2020

Alexander Stadium contractor awards £15,000 to city good causes

The winners for the first round of the You Matter Communities Community Fund have been announced.
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Alexander Stadium contractor awards £15,000 to city good causes14/09/2020
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General | 7th September 2020

Opening up opportunities: ‘meet the buyer’ event aims to help local businesses win work on new landmark hospital

Sandwell Business Ambassadors are congratulating several local firms who have won lucrative contracts on the new £267m Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH) – and encouraging other West Midl...
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Opening up opportunities: ‘meet the buyer’ event aims to help local businesses win work on new landmark hospital07/09/2020
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General | 25th August 2020

The Smarterials Aston Business Clinic

The ABC (Aston Business Clinic) gives businesses a learning opportunity to help develop their knowledge and skills of remote teams working
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The Smarterials Aston Business Clinic25/08/2020
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General | 21st August 2020

City Council Leader visits Perry Barr Residential Scheme

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, paid tribute to the efforts of everyone involved in the delivery of the Perry Barr Residential Scheme during a site visit on Tuesday 18 August.
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City Council Leader visits Perry Barr Residential Scheme21/08/2020
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General | 19th August 2020

HS2 local business webinar recordings available

'Work with us Wednesday' webinars were held throughout June, July and August and any business that wasn't able to attend can now access the recordings
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HS2 local business webinar recordings available19/08/2020
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General | 14th August 2020

Alexander Stadium contractor extends helping hand to allotments

With National Allotment Week well underway (10-16 August), it has been announced that the Walsall Road Allotments in Perry Barr will be receiving a much-needed upgrade.
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Alexander Stadium contractor extends helping hand to allotments14/08/2020
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General | 12th August 2020

Birmingham 2022 will use multi-site Athlete Villages

The organisers of Birmingham 2022 have announced athletes and officials will be housed in three ‘campus’ villages at The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick and The NEC Hotel Campus.
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Birmingham 2022 will use multi-site Athlete Villages12/08/2020
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General | 12th August 2020

Time is running out for Birmingham businesses to receive cash grants

Birmingham Businesses may be able to apply for a cash grant of up to £25,000, but the clock is ticking to submit applications.
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Time is running out for Birmingham businesses to receive cash grants12/08/2020
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General | 11th August 2020

New West Midlands cycling network unveiled

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has today (Tuesday 11 August) unveiled the Starley Network, a new 500-mile cycling vision for the West Midlands.
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New West Midlands cycling network unveiled11/08/2020
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General | 10th August 2020

Small businesses hit by the pandemic to access support

The announcement comes as part of a £20 million package announced by the government to support the recovery and growth of small and medium-sized businesses following the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Small businesses hit by the pandemic to access support10/08/2020
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General | 10th August 2020

Rapid charging network for electric vehicles to be rolled out in Birmingham

As part of its commitment to cut carbon emissions, Birmingham City Council will start the roll-out of 100% renewable energy electric vehicle charge points across the city from Autumn 2020.
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Rapid charging network for electric vehicles to be rolled out in Birmingham10/08/2020
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General | 4th August 2020

£66 million package to help kick-start the West Midlands recovery

Eight ‘shovel ready’ projects, ranging from the National Brownfield Land Institute to Very Light Rail developments are set to benefit from £66 million of Government funding secured for the region.
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£66 million package to help kick-start the West Midlands recovery04/08/2020
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General | 3rd August 2020

Discretionary Business Grant applications go live

Applications for the final wave of Discretionary Business Grants have opened today.
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Discretionary Business Grant applications go live03/08/2020
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General | 3rd August 2020

Alexander Stadium contractor shows support for local communities

Alexander Stadium contractor McLaughlin & Harvey launches You Matter Communities to provide resources for the local area.
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Alexander Stadium contractor shows support for local communities03/08/2020
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General | 31st July 2020

Time is running out for Birmingham businesses to claim grant funding

Birmingham City Council officers are knocking the doors of 2,000 eligible businesses to prevent them from missing out on grants of up to £25,000 before the fund closes in August.
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Time is running out for Birmingham businesses to claim grant funding31/07/2020
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General | 28th July 2020

Consultation approved for Birmingham’s Air Quality Action Plan

An action plan to improve air quality across Birmingham city centre and its surrounding suburbs has been approved to go out to public consultation.
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Consultation approved for Birmingham’s Air Quality Action Plan28/07/2020
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General | 28th July 2020

Last chance for Birmingham businesses to apply for Discretionary Business Grant support

Small businesses suffering exceptional hardship due to Covid-19 have one final chance to apply for a cash grant when the second round of Discretionary Grant Payments opens next week.
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Last chance for Birmingham businesses to apply for Discretionary Business Grant support28/07/2020
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General | 24th July 2020

Green light for £56 million University Station redevelopment

The £56 million University Station redevelopment has now been confirmed after West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) bosses agreed the full business case.
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Green light for £56 million University Station redevelopment24/07/2020
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General | 24th July 2020

Businesses reminded to protect staff and customers as face coverings are introduced

Businesses are being reminded they have a duty to protect staff and customers when face coverings become mandatory in shops, supermarkets and takeaway outlets from today
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Businesses reminded to protect staff and customers as face coverings are introduced24/07/2020
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General | 21st July 2020

Appeal for Birmingham food distribution donations

#BrumTogether, a network of over 80 community organisations and voluntary groups across Birmingham, has launched an urgent appeal to support those hit hardest by Covid-19 and lockdown.
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Appeal for Birmingham food distribution donations21/07/2020
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General | 14th July 2020

Government business grants surpass the £200m mark in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council is pleased to announce that it has paid out support grants in excess of £200m to over 16,000 struggling local businesses.
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Government business grants surpass the £200m mark in Birmingham14/07/2020
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General | 3rd July 2020

Council prepares to help the hospitality sector get back to business

Birmingham City Council will ‘do all it can’ to help local restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars re-open safely following the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Council prepares to help the hospitality sector get back to business03/07/2020
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General | 24th June 2020

More than 1.4 million PPE items delivered across the city

More than 1.4m items of personal protective equipment (PPE) have now been distributed to care settings across Birmingham by the city council.
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More than 1.4 million PPE items delivered across the city24/06/2020
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General | 22nd June 2020

Businesses urged to claim outstanding grants as economy moves from crisis to recovery

Eligible businesses who have yet to submit their financial details to receive Government grants of £10,000 or £25,000 are being urged to contact Birmingham City Council by the end of June.
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Businesses urged to claim outstanding grants as economy moves from crisis to recovery22/06/2020
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General | 17th June 2020

HS2 launches Innovation Accelerator initiative to drive new ideas for the project

HS2 Ltd has put itself firmly at the vanguard of Britain’s technological creativity as it launches a new start-up ‘Innovation Accelerator’ at Innovation Birmingham.
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HS2 launches Innovation Accelerator initiative to drive new ideas for the project17/06/2020
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General | 15th June 2020

Get 'HS2 ready' with free weekly webinars

Attend HS2's onboard local weekly webinars to find out more about the ways you can get your business ‘HS2 ready’
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Get 'HS2 ready' with free weekly webinars15/06/2020
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General | 11th June 2020

West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and West Midlands Combined Authority work to help support PPE supply across the region

West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have joined forces to help support the region’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supply during the...
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West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and West Midlands Combined Authority work to help support PPE supply across the region11/06/2020
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General | 11th June 2020

Birmingham 2022 makes 24-hour move to add to unrivalled summer of sport

Birmingham 2022 has announced today (Thursday 11 June) a 24-hour change in start date for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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Birmingham 2022 makes 24-hour move to add to unrivalled summer of sport11/06/2020
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General | 8th June 2020

£1.6 million of cycling and walking measures to be delivered in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has released details of several schemes to help encourage more people to walk and cycle safely as the UK lockdown eases.
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£1.6 million of cycling and walking measures to be delivered in Birmingham08/06/2020
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General | 5th June 2020

Construction work set to begin on Snow Hill public realm project

A £3m project to improve the public realm in the Snow Hill area of the city centre for pedestrians and public transport connectivity will begin next week.
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Construction work set to begin on Snow Hill public realm project05/06/2020
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General | 1st June 2020

Businesses can now apply for discretionary grant payments

In the latest measures to support businesses impacted by COVID-19, the Council has today launched the Discretionary Business Grants Fund.
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Businesses can now apply for discretionary grant payments01/06/2020
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General | 27th May 2020

FinditinCW opens booking for its first 'Meet the Buyer' webinar

SMEs in Coventry and Warwickshire can find out about how they can access upcoming contracts connected with HS2 and Tier 1 contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci JV
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FinditinCW opens booking for its first 'Meet the Buyer' webinar27/05/2020
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General | 21st May 2020

Birmingham secures funding for e-cargo bike pilot scheme

Following a successful bid application, Birmingham City Council has secured £58,000 in government grant funding to run an e-cargo bike pilot in the city.
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Birmingham secures funding for e-cargo bike pilot scheme21/05/2020
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General | 18th May 2020

Avison Young secures major Birmingham City Council property investment brief

The Council has appointed Avison Young to review it's Commercial Investment Property Portfolio.
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Avison Young secures major Birmingham City Council property investment brief18/05/2020
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General | 18th May 2020

Business support- a message from Councillor Ian Ward

Councillor Ian Ward's message for businesses in Birmingham needing support during these difficult times.
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Business support- a message from Councillor Ian Ward18/05/2020
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General | 15th May 2020

More than £85,000 awarded to community projects supporting refugees

Innovative community projects supporting refugees - through the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme - have received over £85,000 in grants awarded by Birmingham City Council.
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More than £85,000 awarded to community projects supporting refugees15/05/2020
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General | 15th May 2020

More than 330,000 items of PPE delivered across city

More than 330,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been distributed to care settings across Birmingham by the city council.
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More than 330,000 items of PPE delivered across city15/05/2020
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General | 13th May 2020

Lord Mayor’s team pick up 30,000 face masks for frontline workers donated by Nanjing

Members of the Lord Mayor’s team collected a shipment of 30,000 face masks, donated by the city of Nanjing - one of Birmingham’s partner cities in China - yesterday (12 May 2020)
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Lord Mayor’s team pick up 30,000 face masks for frontline workers donated by Nanjing13/05/2020
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General | 12th May 2020

10 priorities for the West Midlands economic recovery after coronavirus

A West Midlands road map to secure a successful post-Covid 19 economic recovery focusing on 10 key goals was announced at the end of last week. (Thursday 7 May)
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10 priorities for the West Midlands economic recovery after coronavirus12/05/2020
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General | 4th May 2020

New City Council Programme Director for Birmingham 2022 is named

A new Programme Director has been appointed by Birmingham City Council to head-up the local authority’s involvement in the planning, preparation and delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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New City Council Programme Director for Birmingham 2022 is named04/05/2020
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General | 30th April 2020

Missing information could cost Birmingham businesses COVID-19 grant funding

Up to 5,000 businesses in Birmingham could potentially miss out on grants of £10,000 or £25,000 if they do not provide up-to-date details for payments to be processed.
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Missing information could cost Birmingham businesses COVID-19 grant funding30/04/2020