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retrofitting trapsNational Express West Midlands engineers have been doing pioneering work to clean up the region’s air.

The bus company has fitted new green technology into hundreds of its older buses to catch harmful particulates and NOx gases.

It takes a team of two engineers around six hours to fit a filter and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) “trap” with AdBlue injection to each bus. When they’ve finished, the harmful emissions coming out of the exhaust are reduced by as much as 96%, making the air coming out of the exhaust cleaner than the air in the city outside.

Emirates, the world’s largest A380 operator, is set to receive its milestone 100th A380 aircraft on 3rd November.  

Over 80 million passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined Emirates’ modern fleet. Today, Emirates flies the A380 to over 45 destinations spanning Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Everywhere it operates, the Emirates A380 attracts consumer demand for its industry-leading inflight experience in all cabin classes, and is welcomed by local economies as a contributor to tourism and visitor growth. 

New Hip Replacement Gets Paul Fighting Fit AgainA karate enthusiast is fighting fit again just months after a new hip replacement at West Midlands Hospital.

Paul Brown is thrilled to be getting back up to speed with his martial arts after undergoing surgery with expert surgeon Professor Edward Davis.

The 51-year-old had battled hip pain for five years but it was only when he visited his GP and had an X-Ray that it revealed the full extent of the problem.

Two further sponsors have signed up to partner the new Black Country Business Festival – running from 23rd April to 4th April 2018, which is set to be the largest business event in the region.

The University of Wolverhampton and legal firm, Talbots Law are backing the new two-week annual Business Festival, driven by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

team cropStaff at NOVO CSV Ltd are celebrating today after they have been named as finalists in the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for 2017.

NOVO CSV have been chosen as finalists in the Service Provider category, after they were recognised for the outstanding service that they offer in the small domestic appliance and garden tool repair industry.  The company work alongside a number of national bluechip companies including Tefal, Makita and Lidl, providing both a repair and replacement service for faulty products. 

The leading prison fencer in the country has notched up 80 years in existence – with the plan to double its turnover by the time it turns 100.

Binns Fencing Limited, now a part of the Chamber Platinum member Zaun perimeter protection group, is ideally placed to benefit from the growing fear of international terrorism, both from organised targeting of critical national infrastructure and the current trend for lone wolf attacks.

Minster recruits left to right Emily Gaden Nathan Rowe Lynsey Tutin and Paul TaylorFour new jobs have been created at an expanding Midlands IT and business software provider.

Kidderminster firm Minster Micro Computers Ltd has welcomed new staff in sales, administration, finance and human resources to meet demand on the back of ongoing contract wins and a sustained period of growth.

Emily Gaden has joined the company as finance and HR assistant manager, looking after the firm’s day to day finances and leading a variety of personnel-related projects.

When reports from the Office for National Statistics stated that Wolverhampton was the unhappiest place in the UK, locals didn’t agree, and now Creative Black Country are going to prove it isn’t true, with a celebration of Black Country humour. 

Creative Black Country have brought together a range of local and national partners and artists, to produce a festival ranging from household names to new talent, exhibitions and comedy film, theatre and family activities, and lots more.

Dale Collett picIt’s double awards joy for a thriving Black Country insurance brokers who have been named amongst the best in the West Midlands.

Gravity Risk Services have been named finalists in two categories in the West Midlands Insurance Institutes Awards 2017.

The awards recognise the very best in the industry and are set to take place next month (Nov) at the ICC in Birmingham.

L to R Declan Egan Michael Watson Simon Bailey Lewis Griffiths. Credit Matt Martin 2Full casting has been announced for Jersey Boys, the smash hit musical at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 28th August - Saturday 8th September 2018.

The producers are delighted to announce that Michael Watson will be playing Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey will be Tommy De Vito, Declan Egan will be Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths will be Nick Massi.  

Michael, Simon, Declan and Lewis have all previously performed their roles in Jersey Boys to great acclaim: Michael and Simon in the West End, Declan in the West End and Australia, and Lewis in the first UK and Ireland tour. Dayle Hodge will return to the production to play Frankie Valli at certain performances.

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