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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

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
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General | 27th April 2020

Grant pay-outs rapidly underway

Council officers have been pushing out all the stops, including working on weekends, to process submissions from Birmingham business to receive grants to support their businesses.
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Grant pay-outs rapidly underway27/04/2020
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General | 27th April 2020

Grants available to help vulnerable adults during pandemic

Voluntary, community and faith groups are invited to bid to the city council for grants to help support vulnerable adults affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Grants available to help vulnerable adults during pandemic27/04/2020
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General | 24th April 2020

West Midlands recovery plan to be drawn up as scale of Covid-19 impact on regional economy is revealed

A recovery action plan is to be drawn up specifically tailored to help the West Midlands economy bounce back quickly once lockdown restrictions start to be lifted.
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West Midlands recovery plan to be drawn up as scale of Covid-19 impact on regional economy is revealed24/04/2020
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General | 24th April 2020

HS2 station plans approved

Birmingham's landmark Curzon Street station is the first HS2 station in the UK to get planning approval after councillors voted unanimously for it.
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HS2 station plans approved24/04/2020
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General | 24th April 2020

Birmingham fundraisers donate face masks to city council key workers

Overseas Chinese Association (Birmingham) has donated thousands of face masks to Birmingham City Council to give to its key workers.
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Birmingham fundraisers donate face masks to city council key workers24/04/2020
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General | 23rd April 2020

A brand-new Findit launches in the West Midlands

A new business Findit site aimed at SMEs in Coventry and Warwickshire has been launched today (Thursday 23 April) to provide organisations with high-profile supply chain opportunities, news and events...
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A brand-new Findit launches in the West Midlands23/04/2020
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General | 22nd April 2020

City agrees land deal with Homes England for major development

A major regeneration scheme is set to go ahead in Birmingham
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City agrees land deal with Homes England for major development22/04/2020
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General | 21st April 2020

£5m support package for care providers

A five million pound package of financial support for care providers across the city has been approved by Birmingham City Council.
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£5m support package for care providers21/04/2020
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General | 17th April 2020

Council proposal for a Business Survival Fund

Birmingham City Council with the support of the Core Cities has submitted a proposal to Government.
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Council proposal for a Business Survival Fund17/04/2020
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General | 15th April 2020

West Midlands Combined Authority launches new 'COVID-19 Support Platform'

In these testing and unprecedented times, the West Midlands community is rallying to offer support for frontline services, businesses and citizens affected by COVID-19.
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West Midlands Combined Authority launches new 'COVID-19 Support Platform'15/04/2020
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General | 14th April 2020

Coronavirus: West Midlands businesses urged to join protective equipment ‘battle’

The CBI has urged even more businesses in the region to join the ‘battle’ to produce protective equipment for the NHS and front-line workers.
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Coronavirus: West Midlands businesses urged to join protective equipment ‘battle’14/04/2020
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General | 14th April 2020

West Midlands Board for Tourism asks UK Government to expand support for region’s visitor economy

Industry leaders from the West Midlands have come together to highlight how the government can provide more support for the region’s tourism businesses during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
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West Midlands Board for Tourism asks UK Government to expand support for region’s visitor economy14/04/2020
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General | 6th April 2020

New grants available for industry impacted by Covid-19

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.
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New grants available for industry impacted by Covid-1906/04/2020
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General | 6th April 2020

Government business grants to be paid from early April

Grants totalling around £231 million will begin to be paid to eligible businesses in Birmingham from next week
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Government business grants to be paid from early April06/04/2020
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General | 2nd April 2020

New interim Chief Executive for Birmingham City Council

The City Council has today announced the appointment of Chris Naylor as interim Chief Executive as part of an agreement with Barking and Dagenham Council, where he is currently fulfilling that role.
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New interim Chief Executive for Birmingham City Council02/04/2020
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General | 2nd April 2020

Trading Standards warn of scam sites selling personal protective equipment (PPE)

Birmingham City Council’s Trading Standards team are urging crowd-funders, consumers and businesses to beware of scam sites selling hard-to-find PPE.
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Trading Standards warn of scam sites selling personal protective equipment (PPE)02/04/2020
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General | 2nd April 2020

Donations of protective equipment urgently required

CALLING BIRMINGHAM BUSINESSES - Please help
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Donations of protective equipment urgently required02/04/2020
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General | 2nd April 2020

Covid-19: Update for construction industry

Thursday 2 April news - Updated Site Operating Procedures
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Covid-19: Update for construction industry02/04/2020
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General | 30th March 2020

Support measures for Birmingham businesses

Thousands of Birmingham businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply to the Government's Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
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Support measures for Birmingham businesses30/03/2020
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General | 26th March 2020

New points-based immigration system for employers

The Government has published more detailed information on the UK’s new points-based immigration system.
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New points-based immigration system for employers26/03/2020