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Stamp duty holiday: How much do I have to pay now?

1/7/2021 Stamp duty rates in England and Northern Ireland are changing from 1 July, as the tax holiday introduced in June 2020 starts to be phased out. (...read more >>)

Developer advances second phase of £700m Paradise Birmingham

8/7/2021 Developer MEPC is advancing the second phase of the £700m Paradise Birmingham scheme with detailed plans for two more buildings due to be submitted to the city council later this summer. (...read more >>)

Hometrack UK Price Index May 2021

29/6/2021 Buyer demand has moderated as stamp duty holiday ends but remains elevated compared to ‘normal’ market conditions (...read more >>)

West Midlands keeps hold of top spot for foreign investment

27/6/2021 The West Midlands has once again emerged as the UK’s leading location for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) outside London and the South East – the fourth consecutive year that the region has held the top spot. (...read more >>)

Commonwealth Games transport plan unveiled

27/6/2021 Spectators will get local bus, train and tram travel included in their tickets for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games under plans to make the eleven-day sporting festival the greenest Games ever held. (...read more >>)

Behind the fence - huge changes pictured at Solihull's HS2 Interchange site

7/6/2021 Activity on the massive parcel of land near the NEC gathers pace (...read more >>)

RICS Economy and Property Market Update May 2021

1/6/2021 Sharp rebound in economy expected to gather pace over coming months (...read more >>)

Hometrack UK Price Index April 2021

26/5/2021 Sales completions forecast to reach 1.5 million this year, up from 1.04 million last year and the highest level since 2007 (...read more >>)

The richest people in the West Midlands - and how they made their money

25/5/2021 From a former Miss UK to the owner of a gym clothing business, here's the richest residents in the region (...read more >>)

Is now the time to buy property in UK city centres?

23/5/2021 Ever since the property market reopened last May there has been only one mantra: houses, houses, houses. A year later, when 55 per cent of the population has received a jab, are we ready to go back to city-centre living in flats? Is now the time to buy back into London and Birmingham? (...read more >>)

UK property boom set to roll on as savings unlocked

21/5/2021 Britain's pandemic property market boom is set to roll on as government support for the roaring market continues and those who have managed to save money during lockdowns look for more living space, a Reuters poll found. (...read more >>)

The Axium Shortlisted for Midlands ‘Apartments of the Year’ as Residents Move In

4/5/2021 The Axium has been shortlisted for two awards at the annual Midlands Residential Property Awards, ‘Placemaking Project of the Year’ and ‘Apartment Development of the Year’. (...read more >>)

Rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax for non-UK residents

1/4/2021 Check if you have to pay the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge from 1 April 2021 for buyers of residential property in England and Northern Ireland who are not resident in the UK. (...read more >>)

Why Goldman Sachs technologists should move to Birmingham

28/4/2021 Goldman Sachs is opening a new office in Birmingham. To read this site and others, you'd think this is the end of the world for London technologists. It's not. I live in Birmingham, and it's honestly very nice here.  (...read more >>)

Midlands Residential Property Awards Shortlists Revealed

26/4/2021 The black-tie event, now in its sixth year, has secured 77 submissions from 46 organisations, compared to last year’s 60 entries. The shortlists for 15 categories are revealed below. (...read more >>)

Andy Street to reveal his vision for the future at Invest Midlands

10/5/2021 Andy Street, the newly re-elected mayor of the West Midlands is set to give an exclusive interview at the forthcoming Invest Midlands online conference on Wednesday May 26. (...read more >>)

UK property demand surges to new high amid stamp duty stampede

27/4/2021 Demand for UK property is up 27.5% year to date in 2021 when compared with average levels in 2020, but has fallen again since the first stage of lockdown easing, Zoopla's latest house price index revealed. (...read more >>)

Building blocks: how Birmingham is emerging from London’s shadow

25/4/2021 Geography class: Building blocks: how Birmingham is emerging from London’s shadow. (...read more >>)

Energising the UK’s net-zero future: How the West Midlands is storing opportunities for energy investment

22/4/2021 Energy storage could unlock the UK’s net-zero ambitions, but where do the opportunities for investment lie? (...read more >>)

West Midlands champions ‘levelling up’ of UK FinTech with raft of new commitments to accelerate growth and innovation

19/4/2021 The West Midlands has today (Monday 19 April 2021) cemented its place as a strategically significant hub for levelling up FinTech in the UK with its appointment to the FinTech National Network – the UK’s first network connecting FinTech hubs and supporting nationwide financial innovation. (...read more >>)

Aston University welcomes arrival of Goldman Sachs to Birmingham

15/4/2021 Aston University has welcomed Goldman Sachs’ plans to open a new office in England’s second city. . (...read more >>)

Goldman Sachs to open office in Birmingham in UK

13/4/2021 Goldman Sachs said on Tuesday it would open a new office in the English city of Birmingham, expanding its office footprint in Britain at a time when many rivals are reducing space due to the pandemic. (...read more >>)

Chamberlain Square re-opens at Paradise

30/3/2021 One of Birmingham’s most significant public spaces, Chamberlain Square, has re-opened to the public as the final part of the first phase of the £700m Paradise scheme at the heart of the city.  (...read more >>)

Why Birmingham stands out from the startup crowd

26/3/2021 Once known as the ‘city of a thousand trades’, Birmingham has built itself an international reputation for innovation and creativity.  (...read more >>)

BBC maps out commitment to the West Midlands

18/3/2021 The BBC has today (Thursday 18 March) revealed ambitious plans for its biggest transformation in decades, including moving more power and decision-making to the West Midlands.  (...read more >>)

Savills Residential Property Forecasts Spring 2021

9/3/2021 2021 will be a complex year, with competing forces having different impacts on the housing market over the course of the year..  (...read more >>)

Region’s companies named amongst UK’s best for international sales growth

18/2/2021 Region’s companies named amongst UK’s best for international sales growth.  (...read more >>)

Resilient Birmingham market remains a target for property investors

9/2/2021 ‘Resilient’ Birmingham market remains a target for property investors  (...read more >>)

More than 125 new skilled jobs created at innovation hub

13/8/2020 The University of Leeds’ innovation hub Nexus is celebrating its first year of success for its business and university community. (...read more >>)

Zoopla names Birmingham as best UK location for remote working

4/8/2020 Birmingham is revealed as the UK’s best location for remote working, scoring 69.8 out of 100 in Zoopla’s analysis (...read more >>)

How has the stamp duty holiday affected property in Birmingham?

31/7/2020 There is good news for buyers, estate agents, property investors and developers (...read more >>)

Birmingham listed as one of ‘most transparent global cities’ for real estate

29/7/2020 Birmingham has been listed as one of five UK cities to rank in an index of the world’s top 15 most transparent cities. (...read more >>)

Surf’s up in Birmingham as green light given for £25m wave park

27/7/2020 Plans to build the UK’s most landlocked surf park near Birmingham have taken a major step forward after planning bosses voted unanimously in favour of the £25m project. (...read more >>)

Plans for redevelopment of Birmingham International Station move to next stage

23/7/2020 Plans to transform Birmingham International Station into a multi-modal transport facility ahead of HS2’s arrival have taken another step forward after a crucial design stage was agreed. (...read more >>)

£12m boost for new Birmingham railway station

2/7/2020 The Government is to pump £12m into the design and build of the Birmingham University station, to get it ready for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the city. (...read more >>)

Stamp duty holiday explained: what it could mean for you

9/7/2020 The Chancellor has announced that from 8 July, the stamp duty threshold will be temporarily raised from £125,000 to £500,000. (...read more >>)

Stamp duty holiday: How will it work?

8/7/2020 The chancellor has announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. (...read more >>)

Minister visits University of Birmingham to mark Government's launch of R&D roadmap

7/7/2020 Amanda Solloway MP, the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation recently visited the University of Birmingham to mark the launch of the Government’s R&D roadmap and find out more about Birmingham’s COVID-19 research. (...read more >>)

HS2 to create hundreds of Birmingham jobs

30/6/2020 HS2 Ltd has announced plans to create more than 300 new jobs in Birmingham. (...read more >>)

‘Surprise’ Rebound in U.K. Market Will Keep Prices From Falling in 2020

23/6/2020 Downward pressure on prices not expected until end of the year, according to Zoopla (...read more >>)

£3.2bn plan to ‘reset, rebuild and recharge’ West Mids economy launched

23/6/2020 A blueprint to kickstart the West Midlands economy has been submitted to the government today (23 June). (...read more >>)

Savills Spotlight: Revisions to our mainstream residential market forecasts

15/6/2020 Pandemic disruption will impact the market this year, but we’re standing by our five-year forecasts (...read more >>)

UK Housing Market Enjoys Fast Recovery 1 Month After COVID-19 Lockdown Ends

16/6/2020 International property consultant Knight Frank is reporting this week that home purchase offers are being accepted at record rates in UK property markets as traction returns and downwards pressure on prices eases in the first month since market lockdown measures were lifted. (...read more >>)

Knight Frank Birmingham Report 2020

08/6/2020 This report provides a detailed analysis of the residential market in Birmingham. The report examines market dynamics including demand and price growth. (...read more >>)

Demand for UK property set to rise as Boris Johnson promises visa shake-up to benefit Hongkongers fleeing Beijing’s security law

04/6/2020 The prime minister promised Hongkongers ‘one of the biggest changes in our visa system in British history’ if Beijing pushes through the national security law widely seen as a threat to the city’s autonomy (...read more >>)

West Midlands boom - property pockets set to see a transport-inspired price boost

01/6/2020 A leading Birmingham estate agent has highlighted the potential increase in property prices anticipated across the West Midlands market as a direct consequence of the region’s ongoing transport infrastructure upgrades. (...read more >>)

The advice for people selling and buying homes in coronavirus pandemic has changed

27/3/2020 Homebuyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus (COVID-19)  (...read more >>)

Coronavirus: house prices expected to hold up in the short term

26/3/2020 Government intervention expected to soften impact of COVID-19 on house prices.  (...read more >>)

Boom for Birmingham – how is the city shedding its ‘emerging hub’ status?

23/3/2020 The Birmingham Report, released a few weeks ago by global property consultancy Knight Frank, revealed that the Midlands’ residential development market is shedding its ‘emerging hub’ status as it continues to mature at pace..  (...read more >>)

UK house prices “unlikely to crash” due to impact of coronavirus

23/3/2020 Most sectors are likely to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic over the coming months, and UK house prices may not go unscathed. But history shows the housing market can be surprisingly resilient. (...read more >>)

West Midlands & South West Forecasts 2020 by Jones Lang LaSalle UK Living Research

20/3/2020 The UK’s seven largest regional economies are hugely important to the prosperity of the UK. (...read more >>)

First post-Brexit Budget puts UK on borrowing and investment path

12/3/2020 The first budget of Boris Johnson’s premiership signalled a move away from austerity.. (...read more >>)

Chancellor moves £2bn Midlands Rail Hub a step closer

11/3/2020 While Chancellor Rishi Sunak concentrated heavily on measures to tackle the coronavirus crisis in his first Budget, there was plenty for the Midlands to cheer about. (...read more >>)

Record year for residential land & investment transactions signals boom for Birmingham

9/3/2020 The Midlands sheds its “emerging hub” status as market continues to mature (...read more >>)

Plan to expand Commonwealth Games venue lodged

6/3/2020 NEC will host badminton, boxing, table tennis, netball and weightlifting events (...read more >>)

Plans in for Solihull’s HS2 station

4/3/2020 Plans to build the new HS2 station in Solihull have been handed in to the council. The Interchange Station, located 1.2 miles east of the NEC campus and Birmingham Airport, will be... (...read more >>)

University of Birmingham signs up for strategic research vision in India

25/2/2020 Experts at the University of Birmingham will work with partners in India across education, healthcare, genetic engineering and sports science. (...read more >>)

Chinese could get role in HS2 – but not for next five years

19/2/2020 Second phase of railway could see involvement from China. (...read more >>)

Will HS2 affect property prices in the Midlands and north?

17/2/2020 I’m wondering if prices will become high like the south-east once the high-speed rail link opens. (...read more >>)

Majority of UK landlords plan to invest during 2020, finds new research

12/2/2020 Newly released research from The National Landlord Investment Show has revealed an upward, positive trajectory of interest in the UK’s buy-to-let market, despite a turbulent 18 months for the industry. (...read more >>)

PM gives green light to HS2

11/2/2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given the green light for the controversial HS2 high-speed rail link to be built. Speaking to the House of Commons, Johnson said that to avoid “further blow outs” in HS2’s cost or schedule, a series of measures will be taken to “restore discipline to the programme”. (...read more >>)

Key questions on HS2

11/2/2020 Here are 11 key questions about the controversial high-speed rail project. (...read more >>)

What will Brexit mean for house prices?

6/2/2020 Expert house price predictions for the post-Brexit transition period and beyond. (...read more >>)

West Midlands mayor in talks with PM over Tube-style network for Birmingham

6/2/2020 Expansion scheme would include eight new lines by 2040 West Midlands mayor Andy Street has been holding talks with the prime minister about plans to transform Birmingham and surrounding areas with a £15bn Tube-style metro system, Building understands. (...read more >>)

The Birmingham Transport Plan 2031 describes what the city needs to do differently to meet the demands of the future

5/2/2020 The Birmingham Transport Plan 2031 describes what the city needs to do differently to meet the demands of the future. (...read more >>)

UK house price growth at 14-month high, says Nationwide

29/1/2020 January property values are 1.9% higher than a year ago and average price stands at £215,897  (...read more >>)

UK house prices rise at fastest pace in 18 years

20/1/2020 UK property prices are rising at the fastest monthly pace in 18 years, according to new figures. One estate agent said the property market was “exploding back to life,” after last month’s decisive general election result provided some short-term clarity over Brexit.  (...read more >>)

PwC opens largest UK regional office in Birmingham

16/1/2020 Professional services firm PwC has moved its 2,000 Birmingham staff into a new office at One Chamberlain Square. The new locale is part of the multi-million Paradise redevelopment scheme in the city, and constitutes PwC’s largest regional office outside of London.  (...read more >>)

Three Snowhill Birmingham: 4,000 BT staff to move to new office

8/1/2020 BT Group has announced more than 4,000 of its staff will be working out of a new office in Birmingham, as it becomes the latest company to base major operations in the city.  (...read more >>)

Top ten home moving statistics of 2019

8/1/2020 Home move comparison site, reallymoving, has revealed ten statistics that together tell the story of UK home movers during 2019, including when people moved, how far they went, the most popular destinations and of course, what it all cost.  (...read more >>)

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

6/1/2020 If you think Birmingham has transformed in recent years, you ain’t seen nothing yet!  (...read more >>)

How much the city's restaurant scene has changed in 10 years

5/1/2020 As we head into a new decade, we look back on how Birmingham's restaurant scene became the deliciously diverse foodie landscape it is today.  (...read more >>)

UK’s regeneration hotspots revealed – and it’s Birmingham out in front

20/12/2019 Birmingham has been revealed as the council area with the most opportunities for regeneration for investment of empty residential and commercial properties.  (...read more >>)

Birmingham ranks first as UK regeneration hotspots revealed

18/12/2019 New research has revealed Birmingham as the council area with the most opportunities for regeneration for investment in empty residential and commercial properties.  (...read more >>)

Law firm signs up to £700m Paradise scheme

11/11/2019 Law firm DLA Piper has become the first office tenant to sign up to Two Chamberlain Square at the £700m Paradise development in Birmingham.  (...read more >>)

Works starts on university’s arts centre

11/11/2019 Work has started on the construction of Warwick Arts Centre at the University of Warwick. The development will be a key venue in Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021. (...read more >>)

Birmingham office market set for record-take-up and rentals

6/11/2019 Birmingham’s office market is poised to outperform other regional cities, with a booming jobs market contributing to increasing levels of take-up resulting in higher rents.. (...read more >>)

James Morrison returns to Midlands roots with Birmingham show

5/11/2019 James Morrison's You’re Stronger Than you Know tour hit Birmingham on a dark, damp November Monday evening, but those attending this concert were richly rewarded for their effort getting into the city.. (...read more >>)

38 photos of Edgbaston's breathtaking fireworks display as Birmingham celebrates Bonfire Night 2019

3/11/2019 The eagerly anticipated event saw a spectacular array of fireworks launched into the air, with Birmingham residents and city locals of all ages enjoying the proceedings. (...read more >>)

The amazing things that have happened in Birmingham since just last Christmas

2/11/2019 From the arrival of the world's biggest Primark and Kitty Cafe to the disappearance of Druckers, from the (near) completion of Centenary Square to the loss of a vegan dream... it's all been happening in Birmingham in the past 12 months. (...read more >>)

New £3.6bn funding to boost jobs and transport

1/11/2019 West Midlands towns and cities invited to apply for a share of the government capital which is aimed at 'rebalancing the national economy'.. (...read more >>)

New Birmingham station designs revealed

29/10/2019 Designs to transform one of Birmingham’s busiest railway stations have been revealed as part of transport preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.... (...read more >>)

Market update: Birmingham

28/10/2019 Investment in regeneration, a young population and fast-growing employment opportunities have boosted Birmingham’s construction market and left the city well prepared for any economic turbulence to come. ... (...read more >>)

How gentrification is revitalising Birmingham city centre

24/10/2019 As millennials move into the centre of Birmingham, the city is undergoing a transformation and new residential developments are springing up at a fast pace. (...read more >>)

HMV opens Europe’s biggest entertainment store in Birmingham

11/10/2019 A new branch of HMV opens in Birmingham today (October 11), and becomes the biggest entertainment store in Europe.... (...read more >>)

New Government hub to house 1,700 civil servants in Birmingham

11/10/2019 Lease deal agreed to take all nine floors in Platform 21 which will bring staff from several offices into a single location... (...read more >>)

Birmingham workplace parking levy: Does it pay to ditch the car?

11/10/2019 Businesses with employee parking in Birmingham city centre may be charged £500 for each space. The council says it's the latest bid to bust pollution and would be in addition to fees on cars entering Birmingham's Clean Air Zone (CAZ). But what do those who might pay the price say?... (...read more >>)

£30m funding boost for West Midlands transport

4/10/2019 New capital stream will support the create of bus lanes, junction upgrades and improvement stops across Birmingham and the Black Country... (...read more >>)

Foreign Investors Capitalise on Weaker Sterling

2/10/2019 Global free-to-list property portal reveals why there’s never been a better time for agents to target foreign investors... (...read more >>)

Where is the UK’s second city for property investment?

25/09/2019 Whilst Birmingham and Manchester compete over the UK’s “second city” status. They also compete on which place is more lucrative for investment.... (...read more >>)

Peaky Blinders mania puts Birmingham on global 'screen tourism' map

2/09/2019 Record number of visitors at UK’s second largest city and West Midlands boosts local industry... (...read more >>)

Music giant HMV to open giant concept store in Birmingham city centre

30/08/2019 HMV is set to return as The Vault at the former Ikea store in Dale End and is expected to be a great hit with music lovers... (...read more >>)

New £25m surfing park to inject millions into West Midlands economy

30/08/2019 Plans unveiled for ambitious project to create a new surfing lagoon near landlocked Birmingham... (...read more >>)

Revised plans for next phase of Arena Central

29/08/2019 Revised plans for the next building on the Arena Central site have been put forward for planning approval. 5 Centenary Square, which was previously known as 1 Arena Central, is on Broad Street and is the plot closest to the Hyatt Hotel... (...read more >>)

Waterworld splashes out on £12m expansion project

28/08/2019 Four new super rides, hailed as the 'tallest and fastest' of their kind in the country, are being opened at a Staffordshire water park today as part of a £12m expansion... (...read more >>)

Jaguar Land Rover reveals plans for global distribution centre

19/08/2019 Jaguar Land Rover wants to create a 3m sq ft distribution centre in Leicestershire to supply 80 markets worldwide. The car maker has been working with IM Properties for several years on its plans for a new global aftermarket parts distribution centre.... (...read more >>)

Homes are being rented faster in Birmingham than almost anywhere else in UK

13/08/2019 Properties in region take an average of 19 days to be snapped up, according to analysis... (...read more >>)

First images of multimillion-pound music institute released

12/08/2019 The first artist’s impressions of how the Black Country’s new multi-million pound music institute Resonance could look have been released.... (...read more >>)

Christmas ice rink and big wheel WILL return to Centenary Square - Chamberlain Square to reopen this year too

24/07/2019 Three cheers for Birmingham! Ice Rink, Big Wheel and Chamberlain Square are all coming back to the heart of the city.... (...read more >>)

Own one of these stunning luxury apartments in Birmingham city centre with Help to Buy Scheme

11/07/2019 Arden Gate offers luxurious living in the heart of Birmingham city centre, with the apartments and duplexes available via the Help to Buy scheme... (...read more >>)

Why buying off-plan property as a buy-to-let investment is worth considering

09/07/2019 Investing in a property before it’s been built, known as off-plan, has become an increasingly popular way for both individual and institutional investors to achieve greater returns, but some are put off by the idea of buying something they haven’t seen... (...read more >>)

My wife is buying her own property. Is she liable for stamp duty?

08/07/2019 She has never owned a property before, but I did once before we were married... (...read more >>)

Birmingham’s Centenary Square revealed following £16m revamp

04/07/2019 Centenary Square is the city’s largest public square and is a pivotal space connecting Victoria Square, Chamberlain Square – which is currently being developed as part of the £700m Paradise Birmingham project – Symphony Hall, the ICC and Brindley Place... (...read more >>)

Latest images of Birmingham Southside development plans released

03/07/2019 Images showing how an area in front of Birmingham Hippodrome would be transformed into a public square have been released, as the regeneration of the city’s Southside continues apace... (...read more >>)

Local SMEs key for Midland Metro Alliance's head of procurement Paula Gray

28/06/2019 Paula Gray, head of procurement, explains how the Midland Metro Alliance continues to establish partnerships with innovative local SMEs..... (...read more >>)

Barclays extends mortgage deal so first-time buyers can borrow £500k with NO deposit

25/06/2019 FIRST-TIME buyers can borrow £500,000 with NO deposit at Barclays, as long as a family member contributes 10 per cent of the property purchase price from their own savings.... (...read more >>)

See inside the hidden parts of the most famous house in Birmingham

25/06/2019 Exclusive access was given to photographers of Instagram community IgersBirmingham.. (...read more >>)

2022 Commonwealth Games stadium plans revealed

24/06/2019 New designs showing how Birmingham's Alexander Stadium will be transformed for the 2022 Commonwealth Games have been revealed... (...read more >>)

I'm a first-time buyer – do I earn enough to get a mortgage?

17/06/2019 I’m worried that the repayments on my help-to-buy loan will count against me with a lender... (...read more >>)

New tenant fee shift ‘could see landlords increase rents’

12/06/2019 The government’s new ban on tenancy fees could result in landlords increasing rents in a bid to absorb the burden of fees that are now being put onto the property owner, rather than the tenant... (...read more >>)

Telecoms giant to create regional hub in Birmingham

07/06/2019 BT has launched a major office restructuring programme that could result in hundreds of staff relocating to Three Snowhill in Birmingham... (...read more >>)

New HS2 station to be a catalyst for regional growth

07/06/2019 The Chairs of both Birmingham Airport and HS2 Ltd have said at a recent meeting that the new Interchange Station, alongside the airport’s growth plans, are crucial to improving the future connectivity and prosperity for the region.... (...read more >>)

Take a sneak peek inside these luxury apartments in Birmingham at the show home event

29/03/2019 You are invited to check out the stunning Arden Gate development - tucked away behind Broad Street - see how you can register for the show home launch and discover the true potential of luxury living in Birmingham city centre.... (...read more >>)

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 >>)

Residential Forecasts: West Midlands​

13/02/2019 The Birmingham City Centre housing market is expected to perform strongly over the next five years with several notable catalysts for change.... (...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 >>)