Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Makers to benefit as banks given inside view on industry (Daily Telegraph) Small automotive companies which struggle to finance their orders are being assisted by a plan to get giant manufacturers and banks together to improve lenders’ understanding of the sector. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has developed a scheme with manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover and banks including HSBC, Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander to ‘dispel some of the myths surrounding lending to the automotive industry’.
£12.5m rebuild at school (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham school will undergo a £12.5 million rebuild after residents’ concerns over loss of privacy and noise nuisance were brushed aside.
‘Villa school’ gets go ahead (Birmingham Mail) A new school, backed by Aston Villa, is set to open its doors to pupils next year.
Paradise Circus plan roll up (Estates Gazette) Birmingham Council, Argent and Altitude Real Estate will next week submit plans for the first phase of their 1.5m sq ft Paradise Circus scheme.
Fire at former leather factory
A number of streets in Walsall are closed due to a fire at a former leather factory building.
Cash-in-hand pay ‘morally wrong’
Treasury Minister David Gauke calls it “morally wrong” to offer to pay tradesmen in cash in the hope of avoiding tax.
UK ‘faces science skill shortage’
Universities are failing to produce enough science graduates with the skills needed for economic growth, a House of Lords committee report finds.