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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:22

New Home for Sandwell Business Hub

Sandwell Biz Solutions LaunchThe University of Wolverhampton, in partnership with Sandwell Council and Sandwell College, has extended its support for local businesses across the region by opening a new base for its Business Solutions Centre (BSC) in Sandwell.

Based on the national award winning BSC Centres already established in Wolverhampton, Telford, Hereford and Wyre Forest, the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre was originally set up in 2015 in the CAP Centre in Smethwick.

Boss Design, the leading office furniture design company from the Black Country, showcased its designs at the joint Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum in Birmingham this week.

Director Phil Duggan delivered a range of the company’s furniture to the ICC and two chairs from the Kruze range, a grey leather Layla sofa, and high-backed Mister chair, were placed in a private room where dignitaries met.

It support 15 yearsAn engineer from a Midlands based IT Support provider is celebrating 15 years with the award-winning company.

Neil Fletcher, Senior Technical Engineer at ACUTEC, has been a dedicated IT expert at ACUTEC since 2002; installing servers, networks and lots of different technologies over the years. On the day of this very special milestone Neil was presented by Chris Roche, Managing Director at ACUTEC, with a surprise presentation in which he was promoted to Technical Director for his years of hard work, loyalty and expertise.

Patsy Is Back To Her Best Thanks To Spinal SurgeryA patient who has undergone spinal surgery is delighted to be back at work after the most frustrating time of her life.

Patsy Bustin says she feels like a new person again following the life changing procedure at West Midlands Hospital.

The 47-year-old had suffered with back pain for several years but put it down to sciatica – pain caused by irritation or compression to the sciatic nerve.

l r Alison Parkes St Richards Derrick Manyanda St Basils Emma Williams Primrose and Kirsten Bridgewater mfgA Midlands law firm has donated almost £600 to three Worcestershire charities as part of its ongoing fundraising efforts.

Staff at mfg Solicitors held events throughout the past 12 months for the three county charities – St Richard’s Hospice, Primrose Hospice and St Basil’s Housing Association.

The events, which included sponsored walks, raffles and dress down days, were held between the law firm’s offices in Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Worcester.

Corin CraneAs Theresa May has now signed the letter that has given official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will then formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce looks at what businesses need moving forward.

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, commented: “The Chamber will be keeping a keen eye on this process, to ensure that business needs are taken into consideration during the negotiations. Businesses are now looking to the Government for clear and decisive decisions moving forward as one of the biggest concerns to business confidence is uncertainty around leaving the European Union.

Radnor Hills Managing Director William Watkins with Mark Evans, Managing Director of R&D Tax Claims LimitedAn expanding mid Wales bottling company has reclaimed more than £400,000 in tax following successful research and development tax claims.

Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company received a total of £412,000 thanks to specialist help from R&D Tax Claims Limited, with R&D tax refunds spanning a four year period.

Based at Knighton, Powys, Radnor Hills began as a small company packing cuplets for airlines but today has grown into a company bottling a diverse range of mineral water, flavoured spring water, sparkling premium pressés, fruit juices and school compliant drinks.

CLIQ Water imageSecurity expert Abloy UK is advising companies to secure remote sites and minimise the risk of substantial fines using innovative new access control technology.  

This advice comes in light of Thames Water’s recent record fine of over £20m for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.

Thames Water was functioning with reduced operational resources, resulting in unmanned sites. When alarms were raised signaling issues, they were not attended to immediately – including one being ignored for 37 hours.

EUROWINGS 011Less than twenty-four hours after celebrating its inaugural Birmingham-Vienna service, German low-cost carrier Eurowings, has announced it will launch another new route from Birmingham to Salzburg in December.

Already operating Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Vienna, the new Salzburg flight will operate twice weekly from the 9th December, catering for the ski community and city breakers.

All services are planned with an A320 aircraft configured to 174 seats.

High security perimeter systems manufacturer Zaun Limited is bolstering the ranks of approved installers for its unique super-intruder-resistant fencing.

ArmaWeave fencing – which is unique to Chamber Platinum member Zaun – is produced on the world’s largest steel loom at the company’s West Midlands manufacturing base.

Crime & Fire Defence Systems engineers were trained in the installation of the product and have installed kilometres of the high-security woven fencing at utilities sites across the country over the last two years.

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