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More traffic uses M6 Toll but operator still makes £32m loss 

13 Aug

LOSSES have declined for the operator of the UKs only pay-to-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, as more traffic headed through the toll plazas last year.

Tamworth company expands with leadership support 

21 Jul

A TAMWORTH firm of electricians is expanding after receiving support from an innovative leadership programme.

Vamps cut their teeth on Drayton Manor’s new Air Race 

9 Jul

STAFFORDSHIRES Drayton Manor Theme Park has launched its latest £1.2m thrill ride attraction with the help of the UKs hottest pop band, The Vamps.

Success is in the bag for Tamworth tech firm DiskLabs 

9 Jul

AN innovative product for keeping mobile phones, tablets and laptops safe from cyber thieves is helping to secure the fortunes of a Tamworth technology business.

Logistics company opens 21,000 sq ft base in Tamworth 

23 Jun

FREIGHT carrier Redhead International has opened a new 21,000 sq ft facility in Tamworth.

HSBC helps firm to take a larger slice of the pizza market 

20 Jun

PIZZA franchise business PH Leicester has acquired four Pizza Hut Delivery outlets across the Midlands after securing a £775,000 funding package from HSBC.

Nighclub operator Luminar announces 50% profits rise 

21 May

THE UKs largest nightclub operator, The Luminar Group, which has clubs in Tamworth and Coventry, has announced a 50% increase in full year profits.

New advertising campaign hopes to lure more visitors to Lichfield 

2 May

A new advertising campaign is hoping to attract shoppers and visitors to Lichfield.

‘Model T’ of BSA guns reborn for modern era 

11 Apr

A Tamworth gun shop is set to launch a 21st century prototype of the “Model T Ford of the firearms world” – in conjunction with world-famous BSA.

Drayton Manor recruits 200 staff for new season 

7 Apr

TAMWORTH-based Drayton Manor Theme Park has recruited more than 200 staff for its 2014 season.

Baby boom prompts fertility clinic’s move to Tamworth 

4 Apr

BLUE Marble Properties has acquired a 15,000 sqft office building at Ventura Park, Tamworth, on behalf of Midland Fertility Services.

Salary sacrifice firm Fleet Evolution goes large after new client wins 

25 Feb

STAFFORDSHIRE-based salary sacrifice firm Fleet Evolution has relocated to new premises to support ongoing growth.

If Your Company Holds Commercial or Personal Data, it is Vulnerable to a Security Breach! 

Aspire, Press Release 24 Feb

Aspîre is supporting a FREE cyber security event taking place at the Techno Centre, Coventry University on the 13 th of March 2014.

Higgs & Sons advises Impreglon on coatings business deal 

19 Feb

The Higgs team, led by Nick Taylor and supported by Jamie Partington, worked closely with the UK directors of the Tamworth-based industrial coatings business Impreglon UK on its purchase of Optical Coating Technologies for an undisclosed sum...

Coatings firm Impreglon takes over Tamworth rival 

18 Feb

THE UK arm of industrial coatings business Impreglon has bought rival Optical Coating Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

Firms praised after creating new jobs for people in Lichfield and Burntwood 

30 Jan

Businesses creating new jobs for people and Lichfield have been given the thumbs-up by the Prime Minister.

IM Properties’ speculative development gamble pays off following 169,000 sq ft let 

24 Jan

DEVELOPER IM Properties has completed the letting of its second speculatively developed industrial unit at Birch Coppice Business Park near Tamworth.

Seasonal jobs on offer at theme park near Lichfield 

24 Jan

Seasonal jobs are being offered at a theme park near Lichfield.

Drayton Manor mounts summer recruitment campaign 

22 Jan

DRAYTON Manor Theme Park has begun its annual recruitment campaign for the 2014 season.

Drayton Manor has high hopes for new Air Race ride after £1.2m investment 

20 Jan

DRAYTON Manor Theme Park will be hoping to lure thrill seekers this year after investing £1.2m in another new attraction.

Furniture delivery firm takes 99,000 sq ft at Drayton Manor Business Park 

15 Jan

BIRMINGHAM property consultancy GVA has completed the letting of a 99,000 sq ft industrial unit at Drayton Manor Business Park near Tamworth.

National Windscreens beefs up its leadership team 

6 Jan

TAMWORTH-headquartered National Windscreens has strengthened its corporate leadership team with the appointment of an additional director to its board and a business development director.

Euro Car Parts sustains growth after setting up training academy 

22 Dec

A MIDLAND-based car component supplier has set up a new training academy to ensure it can sustain its business with a properly skilled staff.

New chip shop planned for site of former hairdressing salon in Lichfield 

20 Dec

A former hairdressing salon in Lichfield could be turned into a fish and chip shop.

Plans drawn up for new micro pub in Lichfield 

19 Dec

Lichfield could get a new micro pub.

Thin Cats provides a funding filip to life sciences firm Ridgeway 

18 Dec

TAMWORTH-based peer to peer lending platform Thin Cats has invested £180,000 in life sciences company Ridgeway Science.

M6 Toll not a realistic everyday option for hauliers says freight body 

10 Dec

LEADING logistics body, the Freight Transport Association, has said the M6 Toll is not a realistic option for day-to-day freight businesses to use.

Talking Business: Hotel marketing push for Drayton Manor 

10 Dec

DRAYTON Manor Theme Park has brought in an experienced marketeer to promote its four star, on-site hotel.

Data analysis: Ten years of the £900 million M6 Toll 

9 Dec

Report revealed that since peaking in 2006/7, use of the road is steadily falling and has never come close to its forecast 75,000 vehicles a day...

Euro Car Parts takes a 258,000 sq ft facility in Tamworth 

14 Nov

AUTOMOTIVE parts distributor Euro Car Parts has leased a 258,000 sq ft facility in Tamworth from big sheds developer Prologis.

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    25 Aug 14
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  • Business Briefing: Crisis in Ukraine Drags Economy in Germany
    25 Aug 14
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    25 Aug 14
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    25 Aug 14
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    25 Aug 14
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    25 Aug 14
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  • Sony Network Hacked, Exec's Flight Diverted
    25 Aug 14
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    25 Aug 14
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  • It Looks Like Scotland Will Have To Risk Defaulting On Its Debt To Get Independence
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  • Exclusive: Chevron Seeks Up To $1.5 Billion For Canadian Oil Project – Sources
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    25 Aug 14
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    25 Aug 14
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    25 Aug 14
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  • So my phone can be tracked anywhere. Can I make it stop?
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