Job creation almost double its target for business scheme

By on 17/02/2015 in Cllr Ali, News with 0 Comments

A grant scheme that helps businesses across the West Midlands invest in innovative new products is expected to create and safeguard over 600 jobs – significantly over its target of 350. The Business Innovation Programme (BIP) is an £8.7m programme of business support, part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund. Successfully managed by Birmingham City […]

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Media Watch – Feb 17

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Council leader warns over improvements (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has told a meeting of the authority’s cabinet that the ‘writing is on the wall’ for the council if it does not rapidly improve performance following the Kerslake review. Council opposes free school opening (BBC Local […]

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Formal objection to proposed free school

By on 16/02/2015 in Cabinet, Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council has formally objected to plans to open a free school in Small Heath on the grounds that it will detrimentally affect the education of the majority of children in the area. Cabinet approved the move which is in response to a last-minute decision by the Department for Education to allow Perry Beeches […]

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Gritting alert – Feb 16

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The Birmingham gritters are heading out to treat the roads again at 7pm. Please take care if you are planning to go out folks. Winter maintenance and FAQs Regional Gritting Information #wmgrit The panel below brings together gritting alerts from local authorities across the West Midlands. You can also get this information via the following […]

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Drug expert warns against cannabis 'complacency'

By on 16/02/2015 in News with 0 Comments

A Birmingham drugs expert has warned regular users of cannabis they risk developing mental health problems – even if they are not smoking super-strong varieties. News reports today have revealed a study by King’s College London found that smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases. The research by KCL’s Institute of […]

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Parking wardens in Birmingham get Living Wage

By on 16/02/2015 in Cllr Stacey, News with 0 Comments

Parking wardens working on behalf of Birmingham City Council are the latest to have their pay increased to ensure they receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. A group of 55 parking wardens had their pay elevated by 20 per cent from £6.50 per hour to the national Living Wage – currently £7.85 […]

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Media Watch – Feb 16

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories £11k Handsworth fake cigarette stash uncovered in hidden compartment in shop roof (Birmingham Mail) Criminals with a fake fag empire set up a James Bond-style hidden compartment in their shop behind a false roof – which was lowered via a hidden switch. Trading standards officers uncovered Birmingham’s second biggest retail […]

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This week’s council meetings: Feb 16-20

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Click on the link below for details of this week’s Birmingham City Council meetings. To view meeting webcasts go to:

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City food manufacturer ordered to pay £1,838

By on 13/02/2015 in News with 0 Comments

A Birmingham food trader, who pleaded guilty to eight offences under Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006, was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (13 February 2015). Andrew Arthur Allen – who runs Andy Allen Foods, based at Unit 38, Mount Street Business Centre, Nechells – was sentenced to one month imprisonment for each offence to […]

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Media Watch – Feb 13

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Councillors in battle to stop cut in their number (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s 120 councillors are gearing up for a clash with the Local Government Boundary Commission over plans to cut their numbers, with talks between the council and the Commission over a major shake-up of local elections now under way […]

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