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Are you a conference venue or a business with meeting space based in the Black Country? Would you like to get free promotion of your facilities or business to thousands of people?

‘Venue partners’ with conference and meeting spaces of any size are being sought for the first Black Country Business Festival, running from 23rd April to 4th May 2018.

Andrew Vernon 1It’s the eternal problem at this time of year, what to give the person who has everything? If you’ve decided to make cash gifts to family, friends or charity this Christmas, a Midlands lawyer has issued important advice.

Andrew Vernon, a Partner in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Department at FBC Manby Bowdler, said more people should be aiming to maximise their opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs while spreading some seasonal cheer. 

He said following a few simple rules means that anyone can make smaller gifts or gifts out of surplus income without it being taken into account for inheritance tax purposes.


Dudley-based Truckman is helping to convert the next generation into rugby fans after supplying the Welsh Rugby Union’s community programme with Truckman hardtops as part of Isuzu’s renewed sponsorship.


The company has supplied 31 highly-secure and robust Truckman RS hardtops to increase the load capabilities of the Isuzu D-Max pick-up trucks, which are being used as part of an outreach programme to encourage more youngsters to take up rugby.

Dudley Building Society has announced two One Year Fixed Rate Bond accounts suitable for businesses, charities, local authorities, clubs and community associations.

The accounts available are both priced at 1.31%, with the interest on the account paid on the anniversary of account opening. One version of the account is aimed at Corporate and the other Unincorporated Entities.

Following on from the busiest day of our year on Monday 11th December, with 24,000 call-outs recorded, wintry conditions are forecast to prevail across the UK in the run-up to the festive period.

With company car drivers 49% more likely to be involved in an accident than ordinary drivers*, even in normal weather conditions, we urge fleet managers and business owners to prioritise the safety of their drivers during this cold spell via the following actions:

Mike Hughes brings with him a wealth of experience in the Financial Services industry and is a keen supporter of mutuals and their business model. Society Chairman, David Milner, commented: "We are really pleased to welcome Mike on board – he brings great energy and has the right skills to add real value to our Society in our continued journey of change, improvement and innovation in our sector."

Following a thorough review of their mortgage and savings product range the mutual has announced that they will be holding mortgage rates and has re-priced a number of savings rates for new and existing members.

The Society has not changed any of its mortgage products (with the exception of Tracker accounts that monitor the base rate) as a result of the rise and has re-priced its range of bonds for new customers and launched a new (Best Buy Featured) 5 Year Fixed Rate ISA.  It has also increased the rates on a number of existing accounts that it felt were out of line with the market in a view to offer best value to its members wherever possible.

A Channel Island prison has become the first in the world to use a new system designed to stop drones smuggling drugs, weapons and other contraband over perimeter walls.

A group of British companies has collaborated to install a comprehensive perimeter protection package at Les Nicolles Prison on Guernsey, including the new “Sky Fence” technology.

PhotoWest Midlands Hospital Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Dalvi Humzah has scooped a top prize at a showcase awards ceremony for the aesthetics industry.

Mr Humzah has won the ‘Best Independent Training Provider’ award for the fifth consecutive year and received his prize at the Park Plaza Hotel in London.

He was also ‘commended’ for his collaborative work with the Medical and Aesthetic Training Academy in the ‘Professional Initiative of the Year’ category.

Creative Learning Co Ordinator James Collins with the GiantWolverhampton Grand Theatre have revealed a towering new resident for the festive season in the shape of a 15ft Giant, made by over 20 individual groups from the local community. 

The giant and a brimming beanstalk are the result of four months work from over 400 participants. The project has taken over two floors of the stalls and dress circle staircase for the duration of this years pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk until 14 January.

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