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Downtown Boss named as UK CEO of the Month

Leading business publication Corporate Vision has named Downtown chief executive Frank McKenna as the CEO of the month (UK) for May. The award comes following Downtown’s success in gaining a £250,000 investment from Funding Circle at the back end of last year; and a first quarter performance in 2017 that ...

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WM Mayor: Day one and the aftermath

Here it is then. The first day in office for the first ever elected Mayor of the West Midlands, writes Kevin Johnson. There is much to reflect on and much to ask about the next three years. But it would be churlish not start by congratulating Mr Street on his victory ...

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"Digital sector must integrate into the business world", says Nielsen

The LibDem candidate in the West Midlands Mayoral campaign has issued a passionate plea for the region's creative digital sector to embrace the wider business community. Beverley Nielsen has spent the last decade at Birmingham City University (BCU), acting as a catalyst for numerous productive partnerships between employers and the education sector. ...

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Downtown boss predicts Labour mayoral hat-trick

The Labour Party maybe facing electoral disaster in the General Election next month. However, Downtown in Business chief executive Frank McKenna is predicting a Labour hat-trick in next week’s mayoral elections in the Liverpool city region, Greater Manchester, and the West Midlands. Commenting on the first ever regional mayoral elections ...

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Downtown in Birmingham: What’s in a Name?

  The roundtable discussion ‘What’s in a Name?’ invited opinion from members of the business community. There was a general consensus that Birmingham was too powerful a brand to not leverage in attracting inward investment. This was tempered with an appreciation the regions making up the Midlands have strong pride ...

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Members News

Birmingham: in praise of the spirit of Manchester

This week, the country’s two leading provincial cities stood strongly together in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist atrocity in Manchester late on Monday evening. Birmingham’s political and business communities offered sympathy, praise and support to counterparts in Manchester as they came to terms with the shock of 22 deaths ...

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British Airways flights take off from Birmingham again

When flight BA7025 took off from Birmingham Airport for Florence, Italy it marked a significant return to regional flying for British Airways. It was the first of four new regional routes launched from the Midlands this weekend and the first time British Airways’ colours ha

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BullRun networking event to be held in Birmingham for ninth successive year

A business networking event that the organisers claim has revolutionised the way businesses come together to create worthwhile relationships, is being held in Birmingham, on Thursday 6th July, 2017, for the ninth successive year. The Birmingham BullRun, created by the Mercantile Club, a Birmingham based business networking and support group, ...

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Great design at heart of £325m electric vehicle project

London Taxi Company (LTC) has hailed the designers of the ambitious firm’s state-of-the-art electric vehicle manufacturing facility in the West Midlands, as part of the business’ £325m electrification project. Birmingham-based interior architects Monteith Scott designed

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Michael Parker named Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2017

Michael Parker took the overall title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) last night (Thursday 18th May) as guests from the city's business and professional services sector attended BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards ceremony at the ICC. Associate Director at construction consultancy Gleeds, Michael took the title in ...

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