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Open evenings let Birmingham people connect with Shakespeare heritage

27/03/2019 People across Birmingham can discover how to get involved with a major new project to unlock the city’s forgotten Shakespearean heritage – thanks to upcoming information evenings.... (...read more >>)

The UK cities where house prices have grown fastest since the Brexit vote

27/03/2019 Several UK cities have seen property prices surge by more than 15% since Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016, new figures suggest.... (...read more >>)

Council hikes car parking charges in Birmingham city centre

21/03/2019 This is who will pay the most when the cost of parking on the city's streets and council owned car parks goes up again... (...read more >>)

Birmingham property boom revealed as house prices skyrocket

21/03/2019 In the West Midlands as a whole, the value of detached houses rose the most over the year - by 6.1 per cent SHARE.... (...read more >>)

Birmingham Moor Street Station regeneration plans revealed

18/03/2019 Designs which aim to "future-proof" a Birmingham railway station have been revealed.... (...read more >>)

Green light for £60m Commonwealth Games venue

14/03/2019 Plans for the £60m Sandwell Aquatics Centre,which will host the swimming and diving competitions for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, have been given the green light... (...read more >>)

NatWest, Lloyds and Barclays to pilot UK’s first business banking hub in Birmingham

11/03/2019 NatWest, Lloyds Bank and Barclays have announced that they will pilot the UK’s first shared business banking hub in Perry Barr, Birmingham, from today. The pilot will also see five other shared hubs open across the UK in the coming weeks.... (...read more >>)

New chapter for University of Birmingham's 'Old Gym'

11/03/2019 Run-down building given new lease of life after being threatened with demolition.... (...read more >>)

Arden Gate: Live, Work, Play

19/02/2019 Arden Gate, Top Capital Group’s next contemporary residential development, is located in a calm and tranquil area in the very heart of Birmingham city centre. It is just a few minutes’ walk from New Street Station, close to the luxury entertainment and shopping centres and the central business district, including the UK headquarters of Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Learn more about what to do, where to indulge and how to enjoy what the city has to offer within walking distance of Arden Gate.... (...read more >>)

HSBC's new home and JQ factory make RICS shortslist

19/02/2019 Ten development and regeneration projects from across Birmingham feature in shortlist for prestigious annual regional awards... (...read more >>)

Inflation below target ‘a boost for property market

13/02/2019 Inflation falling to its lowest level in nearly two years is set to give the property market a welcome boost, an expert says... (...read more >>)

Second phase of Perry Barr regeneration scheme to start after Commonwealth Games

12/02/2019 Proposals for the second phase of the regeneration of Perry Barr have been unveiled, as Birmingham council launches a public consultation for the plans... (...read more >>)

London to Birmingham train fares fall to just £10

9/02/2019 The Virgin Trains offer is for a strictly limited number of trains on Mondays... (...read more >>)

HSBC's close encounter is a tall order

8/02/2019 Architect Joe Holyoak argues the new headquarters of HSBC UK makes a good fist of fitting in nicely with its new neighbours.... (...read more >>)

Birmingham building numbers go from strength to strength

8/02/2019 Home building leads the way in Birmingham as a new survey reveals how good the city’s property prospects are...... (...read more >>)

New Midland Metro tram tracks laid in Birmingham city centre

7/02/2019 The first tram tracks have been laid in Birmingham's Victoria Square, marking a pivotal moment in the extension of the West Midlands Metro network..... (...read more >>)

Confidence stays strong in Birmingham's development market

5/02/2019 Latest annual Crane Survey from Deloitte suggests investors are still keen to spend money on Birmingham developments.... (...read more >>)

Birmingham gets ready for 2022 Commonwealth Games

2/02/2019 Locals in host city have concerns any benefits will be short term, while others are optimistic the event will unite everyone.... (...read more >>)

Birmingham residential property (What’s happening and where it could go)

11/02/2019 With continued pressure on the housing supply and a vibrant rental market, Birmingham delivers a blend of above-average yields and strong capital appreciation. What are the factors underlying these trends?.... (...read more >>)

UK house prices grow fastest in north of England and Midlands

30/01/2019 Aberdeen and Cambridge suffer sharpest falls since 2016 Brexit vote.... (...read more >>)

Real estate investment rallies against Brexit uncertainty

30/01/2019 Investment in real estate in the Midlands is proving to be resilient despite the uncertainty caused by the Brexit negotiations, with £1.2bn of assets changing hands in last year’s fourth quarter.... (...read more >>)

Is a slowdown on the horizon for the housing market?

30/01/2019 KPMG’s latest UK quarterly Economic Outlook Report has revealed that the prospects for the UK housing market remain consistent with the broad slowdown in house-price growth identified in the firm’s September edition of its Economic Outlook... (...read more >>)

Living in Birmingham

25/01/2019 Best quality of life outside London... (...read more >>)

City communities connect with Birmingham Shakespeare heritage

18/01/2019 Community representatives from across Birmingham had an exciting preview of a major new project which will unlock the city’s forgotten Shakespearean heritage, restoring the world’s first great people’s Shakespeare Library to everyone in the city... (...read more >>)

The Birmingham developments starting and finishing in 2019

14/01/2019 A round up of some of the key developments happening in the city this year and beyond... (...read more >>)

Birmingham is hot spot for business start ups again

14/01/2019 City is ranked top location outside of the capital for entrepreneurs to launch a new company.... (...read more >>)

Education in Birmingham

14/01/2019 There are no fewer than 450 state schools in Birmingham metropolitan area. The total excludes universities and colleges of further education (CFEs). In addition, there are over 50 private schools, including those that are faith-based.... (...read more >>)

This is when Birmingham's German market, ice rink and big wheel finish for 2018

23/12/2018 These are the last dates for all the Birmingham Christmas markets, ice rinks and big wheel... (...read more >>)

West Midlands ends 2018 as most confident region outside London

21/12/2018 West Midlands firms experienced a sharp fall in business confidence during December but remained the most positive UK region outside of London..... (...read more >>)

Massive Birmingham city centre regeneration takes a step closer

20/12/2018 Martineau Galleries project handed boost after government decides against listing The Square - handing green light to developers to regenerate the site.... (...read more >>)

House prices in Birmingham rising twice as fast as the national average

19/12/2018 The average property price in our city stood at £187,708 in October, according to data released by HM Land Registry today..... (...read more >>)

West Midlands economy forecast to be fastest growing UK region outside of London

11/12/2018 The West Midlands will continue its reign as the fastest growing UK region outside of London and the South East, with 1.7% Gross Value Added (GVA) growth until 2021..... (...read more >>)

Birmingham and Brexit

27/11/2018 In June 2016, shocked observers learned that, by an exceptionally narrow margin (50.4%), Birmingham, the UK’s second-largest city, had voted in the national ‘Brexit’ referendum to leave the European Union (EU), defying the trend in other leading cities.... (...read more >>)

Building a new Birmingham

14/11/2018 The city’s development is attracting people and investment... (...read more >>)

Birmingham Airport: More passengers and flights plan

06/11/2018 Birmingham Airport has announced an ambitious £500m expansion plan to grow passengers numbers by 40% over the next 15 years... (...read more >>)

Where will 2019's housing hotspots be?

06/11/2018 Specialist property investment agency, Surrenden Invest, has fired up the crystal ball and peered into the future to see if the UK housing market is as prepared as it can be to ensure that property investment continues as business as usual... (...read more >>)

The most and least visited attractions in Birmingham revealed

03/11/2018 The Pen Museum was Birmingham's least-visited attraction last year - with fewer than 6,500 people coming through the doors... (...read more >>)

New York professional services firm on hunt for Birmingham offices

31/10/2018 Global professional services firm Alvarez and Marsal, which is headquartered in New York, is on the hunt for permanent offices in Birmingham after picking the city for its second UK base.... (...read more >>)

Biotech firm relocates to Manufacturing Technology Centre

30/10/2018 A Midlands-based microbiology testing company has moved its entire research and development operation onto the Manufacturing Technology Centre campus.... (...read more >>)

£60m research centre to create 150 jobs

29/10/2018 The West Midlands will become home to the UK Mobility Data Institute, creating up to 150 jobs, after Chancellor Philip Hammond provided £20m in his Budget.... (...read more >>)

Budget: At a glance

29/10/2018 Brexit Hammond said the Government was at a “pivotal moment” in EU negotiations, saying that they were “confident but not complacent” that a Brexit deal with dividends will be secured... (...read more >>)

Take the kids to … Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham

23/10/2018 This indoor twist on a Legoland theme park builds up the fun with its miniature city, rides and play area but crumbles when it comes to entertaining older kids.... (...read more >>)

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022: Which sports will be played where

19/10/2018 ‘Out of the 17 sports showcased throughout the action-packed competition, the city will host 12.... (...read more >>)

New research shows the impact of the Bullring development on Birmingham’s economy

17/10/2018 ‘The owners of the Bullring estate in Birmingham have commissioned a piece of research which shows the positive economic impact the Bullring estate has had on the city's economy since it opened 15 years ago... (...read more >>)

Inside the new Bear Grylls adventure in Birmingham

15/10/2018 ‘When your greatest fears are laid bare, you have to keep your nerve and dig deep,’ says Bear Grylls.. (...read more >>)

University of Birmingham leads the way in accepting Chinese 'Gaokao' exam

15/10/2018 'The University of Birmingham is the first elite UK Russell Group University to announce that it will accept the ‘Gaokao’ exam for high-flying Chinese students wishing to join its undergraduate courses in 2019.. (...read more >>)

Mayor hails 'another big day' for HS2 as new stations unveiled

11/10/2018 'They will be landmark buildings in both Birmingham and Solihull for the next 100 years probably'.. (...read more >>)

Fly-through video demonstrates vision for West Midlands Metro’s Birmingham city centre extension

11/10/2018 A computer generated fly-through shows how the West Midlands Metro will soon be taking passengers to Centenary Square.... (...read more >>)

World first puts Midlands in the driverless driving seat

10/10/2018 The Midlands has put itself in the driving seat for the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) with the world's first multi-CAV demonstration.... (...read more >>)

Property hotspots of 2019

23/08/2018 With new developments and transport links being built all over the UK, 2019 seems a promising year to invest in property.... (...read more >>)

The most popular property searches for city-dwelling Britons

23/08/2018 Many residents in Britain’s biggest cities are searching for properties in the suburbs and on the coast, although city living is still a popular choice...... (...read more >>)

Birmingham Draws In Chinese Property Investors As City’s Revival Gathers Pace

16/08/2018 Chinese property investors are increasingly turning to Birmingham as an affordable alternative to London. Britain’s second-largest city is undergoing a revival, attracting investors with splashy new infrastructure and a better rental income return..... (...read more >>)

House prices rise the fastest in West Midlands

15/08/2018 House prices in the West Midlands rose the fastest in the UK compared with a year ago, according to official figures.... (...read more >>)

UK’s Birmingham is stealing the hearts of Chinese property investors

14/08/2018 Birmingham is emerging as an affordable alternative to London, as the UK’s second-largest city undergoes a revival with splashy new infrastructure, dining, shopping, entertainment and residential space... (...read more >>)

UK Cities House Price Index - June 2018

25/07/2018 3-month growth rate in London increases as sellers become more realistic on pricing. The discounts from asking prices in London are narrowing which is a positive for sales volumes.... (...read more >>)

Where is the nearest beach to Birmingham?

23/07/2018 Oh we do like to be beside the seaside - but what is the nearest beach to Birmingham?.... (...read more >>)

Birmingham is the fastest-improving city to live and work in the UK

16/07/2018 Transport, inequality, work-life balance, health and income levels taken into account... (...read more >>)

Best restaurants to eat in the sun in Birmingham

26/06/2018 Toast the sunshine on the terraces of these restaurants.... (...read more >>)

The UK's rapid return to city centre living

21/06/2018 A generation ago many UK city centres were dreary and dilapidated places, with a reputation for crime. Now, they are among the most desirable areas of the country to live. What's changed?.... (...read more >>)

Salaries in Birmingham are 'rising three times quicker than London'

05/06/2018 Advertised salaries for roles in Birmingham increased by 4.2% in June.... (...read more >>)

£18m extension to Birmingham Business School

03/06/2018 The University of Birmingham has appointed Morgan Sindall to build an extension to its Business School at a cost of £18m. Morgan Sindall was awarded the contract through the Constructing West Midlands Framework (CWMF),... (...read more >>)

Best restaurants to eat in the sun in Birmingham

03/06/2018 Toast the sunshine on the terraces of these restaurants.... (...read more >>)

Welcome to Brumbria: should the West Midlands become a national park?

20/05/2018 Could a plan to turn the West Midlands into a national park transform the Black Country’s unlovely reputation, asks Wolverhampton native Stuart Jeffries... (...read more >>)

Commonwealth Games: 'Work starts now' in Birmingham

16/04/2018 How does a city change from a commercial and residential hub into an international sporting venue?.... (...read more >>)

Work can begin on Commonwealth Games athletes village after mayor awards grant

12/03/2018 West Midlands council bosses approve grant to kick start the redevelopment of Perry Barr.... (...read more >>)

Birmingham set for house price surge over the next four years

27/02/2018 The wide variation in growth is down to local demand and economic factors, trends seen in previous housing cycles.... (...read more >>)

Top Capital Gains

15/02/2018 Birmingham continues to grow at a rate that has made it the UK’s premier investment location. BY ELIZABETH KERR ... (...read more >>)

What to Expect in Birmingham in 2018?

5/02/2018 Strong with its past successes, Birmingham will continue to see a significant transformation to its cityscape. Modern, glass-clad offices have already mushroomed at areas like the Colmore Row Central Business District, Arena Central, as well as on various segments of prime real estate within the city center.... (...read more >>)

A Retrospective on Birmingham in 2017

15/01/2018 Birmingham submitted a stellar report card in 2017 and is looking set for an outstanding 2018 ahead.

2017 started out uncertain for Birmingham and for the whole of the UK. The country ended 2016 still reeling in shock from the results of the EU referendum, and predictions for the country’s economy and general future spelt doom and gloom... (...read more >>)

Birmingham – it’s the city to get smart

07/01/2018 They say that education is important. Nowhere does it seem to ring more true than in Birmingham. Education is big in Birmingham – and we are not talking about its status in the city’s social fabric (although it is held in high standing), but in economic terms. Education, specifically, university education, is big business in Birmingham.. (...read more >>)

A City in Good Standing

30/12/2017 Blessed with strong fundamentals for growth, Birmingham is poised to become one of UK's property investment hotspot. (...read more >>)

Number of Londoners abandoning capital hits 10-year high

29/12/2017 Nearly every part of England and Wales saw an ex-Londoner move in with trend causing social tension in some areas (...read more >>)

The City in England's West Midlands that is not at all Middling

23/12/2017 As UK’s proud second city, both in population and GDP, Birmingham is an economic powerhouse that is poised for even bigger growth. (...read more >>)

Birmingham confirmed as host for Commonwealth Games 2022

21/12/2017 The games will boost the West Midlands economy by £750 MILLION (...read more >>)

Birmingham, UK's up-and-coming property investment hotspot

18/12/2017 Birmingham may be second to London in terms of physical size, but it is second to none as UK's fastest growing property investment hotspot. (...read more >>)

First Building at Paradise Tops Out

14/12/2017 The first building of the £700 million Paradise development in Birmingham has topped out, almost two years to the day from when the initial demolition of the site began. (...read more >>)

Bank of England move: Birmingham's financial credentials

11/12/2017 With plans mooted to move part of the Bank of England from London to Birmingham, could the second city's landmark bull be set to give the charging bovine of Wall Street a run for its money? (...read more >>)

Birmingham, UK's up-and-coming property investment hotspot

04/12/2017 Birmingham may be second to London in terms of physical size, but it is second to none as UK's fastest growing property investment hotspot.  (...read more >>)

Birmingham, a Connected City

2/12/2017 Perhaps the most exciting transport development is the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2), a new high-speed rail network that will link Birmingham with Manchester, Leeds and London. (...read more >>)

UK's second largest city has the biggest dreams

01/12/2017 As the UK's second largest city, Birmingham has already seen success and is well-equipped for continued success in the future. (...read more >>)

This is what Birmingham got from the Budget

22/11/2017 A second devolution deal and cash to tackle rough sleeping - but no help for struggling social care, police or education services (...read more >>)

Philip Hammond SCRAPS stamp duty in huge boost for first-time buyers

22/11/2017 The measure will also apply on the first £300,000 of a purchase in high-price areas (...read more >>)

10 reasons why Birmingham will be the most amazing city in the world

11/11/2017 If you think Birmingham has transformed in recent years, you ain’t seen nothing yet! (...read more >>)

Birmingham's hoteliers enjoy best-ever summer

07/10/2017 Occupancy up at hotels across the city after summer of sport boosts tourist economy. (...read more >>)

Birmingham, a Beacon of Growth

23/10/2017 Birmingham may be second to London in terms of physical size, but it is second to none as UK's fastest growing property hotspot and it looks like the influx of new residents into UK's second largest city is still going strong and is unlikely to stop anytime soon. (...read more >>)

The City in England’s West Midlands that is not at all Middling

10/10/2017 Birmingham is an economic powerhouse that is poised for even bigger growth. The city offers investors – whether in property, finance, or businesses – huge potential. And it’s all thanks to a far-sighted blueprint drawn up in 2011. (...read more >>)

HSBC is hiring for its new UK headquarters. Here’s how to get a job there

08/10/2017 Early next year Michelle Andrews is making what she describes as a “huge and exciting move” – and she’s already counting down the days. (...read more >>)

This is Birmingham City Council's response after Uber is axed in London

22/09/2017 Transport for London described the minicab firm as “not fit and proper” to operate in the capital due to public safety concerns and stripped its licence.  (...read more >>)

Pension funds and foreign investors set to battle it out for the right to reshape Birmingham

06/09/2017 Birmingham is set to become a commercial property hotspot as large pension funds battle it out with foreign investors for the opportunity to progress new developments.  (...read more >>)

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre set to open in Birmingham

06/09/2017 The first blocks have been laid down as work on a new Legoland gets underway.  (...read more >>)

Region’s brewing industry recognised in important new guide

22/09/2017 The importance of the brewing industry to the economy of the West Midlands has been recognised in the latest edition of beer drinkers’ bible, The Good Beer Guide. (...read more >>)

Birmingham arts festival celebrates city’s diversity

22/09/2017 One of the biggest events in Birmingham’s artistic and cultural year takes place over the course of this weekend. Birmingham Weekender 2017 features more than 160 scheduled performances, 600+ artists and 26 new commissions. (...read more >>)

Live and Loud festival set to celebrate Birmingham’s music scene

22/09/2017 Soweto Kinch, Birmingham’s award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC, is among the host of artists coming together as part of this year’s Selfridges Birmingham Live + Loud festival.  (...read more >>)

3,600 Government staff to move into Birmingham city centre

21/09/2017 The Government has today confirmed its badly-kept secret that its HMRC regional hub will be housed at Birmingham's Arena Central development.  (...read more >>)

New festival comes to city’s canals

08/09/2017 Birmingham’s city centre canals are set to host a brand-new festival aimed at celebrating their history and encouraging people living nearby to explore the waterways on their doorstep. (...read more >>)

Government picks Birmingham ahead of Liverpool in race for Commonwealth Games

07/09/2017 Birmingham has been congratulated by the mayor of Liverpool after being named England's candidate to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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Five new Midlands Metro stops revealed in £149m extension

01/09/2017 Department for Transport backs Edgbaston extension of city's tram network as exact locations are revealed for five more stops (...read more >>)

UK Central chiefs move to revamp HS2 station plans

09/08/2017 Next step in plans to create major mixed-use development have been taken as growth company submits proposals to change planned infrastructure around Solihull HS2 station site (...read more >>)

This is how new Birmingham apartments will look

03/08/2017 Developer Court Collaboration unveils project to develop more than 200 apartments off Broad Street (...read more >>)

Birmingham’s Axis Square gets green light

25/07/2017 Birmingham City Council has given the go-ahead for the exciting Axis Square development, promoted by LCR.   (...read more >>)

HS2 contracts worth £6.6bn awarded by UK government

17/07/2017 Contracts announced as transport secretary prepares to unveil changes to final Manchester and Leeds routes (...read more >>)

This is what the Birmingham city centre of the future looks like

07/06/2017 Regeneration, trams, new buildings - you can expect to see them all by 2027 in Birmingham city centre (...read more >>)

Living in Birmingham is more popular than (almost) anywhere else in the country

06/06/2017 Birmingham has come sixth in a list of the most desirable places to live in the UK by Zoopla  (...read more >>)

Birmingham Airport considering terminal building for new HS2 station

23/05/2017 Airport is proposing to build a new terminal at the Birmingham Interchange station to improve passenger experience (...read more >>)

Why foreign investors are investing in regional property over London

18/03/2017 Strolling along Cannes’s famous Croisette last week, you could have been forgiven for wondering whether you had stumbled into the annual holiday for the UK tourist board. (...read more >>)

Brum rush: Birmingham becomes tourist hotspot

01/02/2017 City’s hotels enjoy most successful year to date as visitors are drawn by revamped Bullring, culture and sport (...read more >>)

Move over, Manchester – Midlands motor Birmingham is setting the pace

10/11/2016 UK’s second city has been quietly casting off stereotypes from the recent past to become a hotspot for business, says estate agent (...read more >>)