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EDF workers to strike amid pay row

11:53am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HUNDREDS of workers at energy giant EDF are to go on strike in a dispute over pay, warning the action will lead to delays in fixing and installing meters.

UK debt £10bn higher than expected

11:51am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

BRITAIN'S debt mountain was £10.7 billion higher than expected in the last financial year as it rose to more than three-quarters of gross domestic product (GDP), despite a fall in annual borrowing.

Primark seeks to crack US market

11:49am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PRIMARK is to open stores in the United States for the first time as it looks to replicate the success behind a 26% jump in profits in the last six months.

Go-ahead for green energy projects

11:48am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

EIGHT new renewable energy projects have been given Government contracts in a move that will increase household bills by 2%, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has said.

People 'priced out of healthy food'

8:17am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HIGH food prices have left more than a third of people in the UK struggling to afford to eat healthily, a charity says.

Curb excessive pay, Cable warns

8:16am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has urged Britain's leading companies to show restraint over executive pay and slash bonuses to restore public trust.

Cash for vehicle technology schemes

8:14am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PROJECTS that will put Formula 1 technology into buses and diggers and develop the next generation of engines are to receive money from a joint £1 billion Government-industry fund.

Campaign to find best energy deal

8:12am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ALMOST half of Britons do not "prioritise" finding the best energy deal despite the potential for saving money, a survey for regulator Ofgem has found.

Clegg urges industry culture change

8:10am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NICK Clegg will demand a culture change across British industry to tackle "old-fashioned attitudes" to flexible, family-friendly working practices.

Almost 100 potential volunteers make tracks to railway

Kidderminster Shuttle: VOLUNTEER FIREMAN: Ryan Green cleaning a locomotive.

6:40am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AROUND 100 people have registered their interest in volunteering at Severn Valley Railway (SVR).

Vehicle hire firm with Midlands' branches appoints assets director

6:20am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NORTHGATE Vehicle Hire, which has branches in Cannock, Stoke, Birmingham and Kidderminster, has appointed Mark Goss as asset procurement director as the company sets to expand and build on its growth plans.

Stourbridge law firm hosts clients and contacts for Easter

Kidderminster Shuttle: EASTER GET-TOGETHER: Iain Johnstone, CK Accountants, with Susannah Griffiths and James Rousell, both of Wall James Chappell.

6:10am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

STOURBRIDGE-based law firm, Wall James Chappell solicitors, held its Easter drinks reception,hosting more than 70 clients and professional contacts from the business community.

Consumer confidence 'hits new high'

12:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CONSUMERS' confidence in their financial situation is at its most positive level in over three years, prompting predictions that people will become more willing to splash out on luxuries in the coming months, a report has found.

GSK and Novartis agree tie-up deal

11:18am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

GLAXOSMITHKLINE and Swiss rival Novartis are to create a consumer healthcare powerhouse as part of a string of deals in the pharmaceuticals sector today.

Facebook boss defends targeted ads

11:17am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FACEBOOK is very protective of its users' privacy and personal data despite the use of personalised advertisements, the firm's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has said .

Expected profits at Kidderminster's Victoria Carpets take a turn for the better

Kidderminster Shuttle: Victoria Carpets commits to Kidderminster site

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A CARPET firm based in Kidderminster has announced its profits for the last financial year are likely to be better than expected.

More than 100 businesses earn Queen's Awards

6:20am Monday 21st April 2014

MORE than 100 UK businesses have won Queen’s Awards for their international trade alongside companies winning for sustainable development and innovation.

'Mum's housework adds up to four working days a week'

6:20am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE average mum puts in 31 hours of housework every week, the equivalent of four full working days and made up of 23 hours’ work during the week and another eight hours on a typical weekend according to research by Direct Line.

Lifts business opens new extension in Oldbury

Kidderminster Shuttle: MAKING A SPLASH: Dolphin Lifts Midlands officially opens its new extension.

6:20am Friday 18th April 2014

DOLPHIN Lifts Midlands Ltd has officially opened a new extension at its offices in Oldbury.

New Black Country industrial and warehousing development to open

6:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

A NEW £1.5 million industrial/warehousing development in the Black Country is to be officially unveiled at a business support event later this month.

British Chambers policy director meets Black Country members

Kidderminster Shuttle: Discussed economy: Martin Dudley, Ninder Johal and Adam Marshall.

6:20am Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE executive director of policy and external affairs, British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, met Black Country Chamber of Commerce Platinum Group members to discuss the economy nationally, especially post-Budget.

Law firm's clothes donations boost children's wards trust

Kidderminster Shuttle: 'So grateful': Caroline Irvine and Angela Manganiello.

6:20am Tuesday 15th April 2014

STAFF at law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys have been donating items of clothing in support of the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust.

Don’t find out too late you are under-insured

Kidderminster Shuttle: Bob Simonds, a partner in the Residential Service Charge Department at CPBigwood, says: Make sure you do not become a victim of under-insurance."

3:17pm Monday 14th April 2014

Bob Simonds, a partner in the Residential Service Charge Department at CPBigwood, warns of the risks of under-insurance as the property market picks up.

New chief executive for Thomas Vale

Kidderminster Shuttle: NEW MAN: From left, Craig Tatton is welcomed by Madani Sow and Tony Hyde at Thomas Vale Construction.

8:57am Monday 14th April 2014

A CONTRUCTION company based in Stourport has appointed a new managing director.

Kidderminster firm helping transform nuns' former cells into luxury suites

Kidderminster Shuttle: LATEST PHASE: Artist’s impression showing the extension being created at Stanbrook Abbey.

6:40am Monday 14th April 2014

FORMER nuns' cells are set to be transformed as part of a multi-milion pounds project to be carried out by the Kidderminster-based team of construction company Stepnell.

'1 in 7 retiring this year will rely on State Pension'

6:40am Sunday 13th April 2014

ONE in seven (14 per cent) of those planning to retire this year has made no personal pension provision and will be either totally or heavily dependent on the State Pension, according to research by Prudential.

'Flood repairs could cost £30k for 3-bed house'

6:20am Sunday 13th April 2014

THE cost of restoring a flood-hit three-bedroom house to its former condition could be, on average, £30,000, with flood proofing costing an additional £15,000 according to data issued by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

'Savvy youngsters saving more than their parents did'

6:10am Sunday 13th April 2014

SAVVY youngsters are saving more than their parents’ generation did, with 94 per cent of today’s 11 to 16-year-olds setting money aside for the future, according to new research from Santander 123 Mini.

London rated 3rd top destination

6:40am Saturday 12th April 2014

LONDON has been rated third in the world in TripAdvisor 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations.

Budding 'mumpreneurs' considering starting businesses from home

6:20am Saturday 12th April 2014

NEW research from Direct Line for Business (DL4B) reveals that nearly two thirds of mums (65 per cent) with children under the age of 10 are considering starting a business from home in the next three years.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in running for top award

6:10am Saturday 12th April 2014

IRONBRIDGE Gorge Museum Trust has been named as a finalist in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.

West Midlands houses sold per chartered surveyor 'highest for 4 years'

7:40am Friday 11th April 2014

THE average number of houses sold per chartered surveyor in the West Midlands jumped to its highest level in four years during the first three months of 2014 as increasing numbers of buyers looked to test the housing market right across the country, says the RICS March Residential Market Survey.

Innotive company designs software to help small companies

Kidderminster Shuttle: Thomas Floate from IO Studios.

7:10am Friday 11th April 2014

A REDDITCH-based digital marketing company has launched a new system to help small businesses up and down the country manage their sales leads.

'Rent rises to be overtaken by wage growth this year'

6:40am Friday 11th April 2014

RENT rises will be overtaken by wage growth in 2014, while disposable income for those in the private rented sector is set to grow for the first whole year since the financial crisis, according to the latest analysis by LSL Property Services.

£100m to boost firms' supply chains

6:20am Friday 11th April 2014

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has announced £100 million to help companies strengthen their domestic supply chains and create or safeguard thousands of jobs.

Walsall retailer backs St John Ambulance

6:10am Friday 11th April 2014

A RETAILER in Walsall is set to make a lifesaving difference after choosing first aid organisation St John Ambulance as its charity of the year.

British Gas in £5.6m contracts fine

8:08am Thursday 10th April 2014

ENERGY giant British Gas has been ordered to pay £5.6 million in compensation and fines for blocking business from switching suppliers and failing to tell others their contracts were ending, Ofgem said.

Millions are 'living on the edge'

8:06am Thursday 10th April 2014

AROUND 15 million people are "living on the edge" despite the improving economy, a report by a debt charity has warned.

Trio of MPs visit rocket motors firm

Kidderminster Shuttle: FIRM INTEREST: From left, Jim Fleming and Mark Hardman, both Roxel UK, Sir Peter Luff, Philip Dunne, Mark Garnier and Jacques Desclaux.

6:40am Thursday 10th April 2014

A TRIO of MPs representing Worcestershire and Shropshire constituencies have visited rocket motors firm Roxel UK at Summerfield.

SVR teams up with Morgan for dual driving experience

Kidderminster Shuttle: DRIVING AMBITION: 3 Wheel Drive Limited.

6:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

SEVERN Valley Railway’s (SVR) Footplate Experience has announced a new partnership, teaming up with 3 Wheel Drive Limited, in partnership with Morgan Motors, to provide guests with a heritage transport experience package.

Worcestershire financial specialist goes national with advice

6:10am Thursday 10th April 2014

A WORCESTERSHIRE financial specialist has shared his pensions and savings knowledge in a national question and answer session.

Complaints about PPI slowing down

2:19pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

CONSUMERS made more than three million complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) to financial firms last year despite the scandal showing signs of slowing down.

Co-op society rejects shake-up plan

2:15pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE embattled Co-operative Group faced a fresh blow today after it emerged that the largest independent society under its umbrella had rejected plans for a corporate shake-up.

Toyota in 35,000-car recall move

8:09am Wednesday 9th April 2014

CAR manufacturer Toyota is recalling more than 35,000 UK cars after it discovered faults that could deactivate airbags, cause seats to move while driving and break steering columns.

Yes vote 'would hit energy sector'

8:08am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE UK Energy Secretary has warned that the "uncertainty and disruption" of Scottish independence would seriously affect progress in the economy and energy sector.

Halesowen breakfast club members see proposed polymer bank notes

Kidderminster Shuttle: BANK SPEAKER: From left, Shane Miller, Thursfields, Brian Cartwright, Lloyds Bank Stourbridge, Glynn Jones, Peter O’Hara, Thursfields and Chris Cook, Nicklins.

6:40am Wednesday 9th April 2014

GLYNN Jones, deputy regional agent of The Bank of England, was the first speaker at the inaugural meeting of Halesowen Business Breakfast Club, held at the Talbot Inn in Belbroughton.

Cracking idea for kids' Easter egg campaign

Kidderminster Shuttle: EGG-STRA SPECIAL: Tina White and Alisha Savage, of eRespnse, with some of the donated eggs.

6:20am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A KIDDERMINSTER training and recruitment firm is calling on people and businesses to help make Easter eggs-tra special and donate chocolate treats for children in care.

Midlands furniture firm features on TV Troubleshooter show

6:10am Wednesday 9th April 2014

MANUFACTURER and retailer, Hereford Furniture will make its TV debut tomorrow on BBC2 in a one-hour dedicated documentary-style programme.

College gets £7m funding to help workers in West Midlands

10:15am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Bournville College has been granted European Funding to invest into a scheme which will offer free courses to support the training of workers across the West Midlands including Stourbridge and Kidderminster.

IMF: UK economy to grow by 2.9%

4:16pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE UK is set to be the world's fastest-growing major advanced economy this year according to a sharply-upgraded forecast from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).



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