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Scott Bird and Ian AdamsWolverhampton Grand Theatre’s 2017/18 pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk has won two awards at this year’s What’s On Readers’ Awards, coming out on top in both the categories it was nominated in.

For the second year running, the Grand Theatre pantomime has won Best Pantomime In The Midlands and a new category for this year, Best Pantomime Dame In The Midlands was awarded to Ian Adams for his role as Dame Trot.

A quiz night in the Black Country organised by Thursfields Solicitors has raised more than £1,000 for a local sight loss charity.

Scores of brainy people in 18 teams from companies and organisations across the region took part in the event on Thursday 15 March at The Seven Stars, Gospel End Road, Sedgley.

Entry fees from each team and a raffle raised £501, an amount that the Lloyds Bank Foundation then doubled, meaning that a total of £1,002 resulted from the evening.

Dave Heeley, who is nicknamed Blind Dave, will be welcomed by Q3 Academies Trust for their Annual Sponsor’s Dinner on Wednesday 28th March 2018. ‘Blind Dave’ from West Bromwich, is this year’s guest speaker and will address the Sponsor, governors, staff, students, and local businesses at the event held at Q3 Academy Great Barr, Wilderness Lane. Each year, the Sponsor’s Dinner is attended by an inspiring personality to share an evening with Q3 Academy’s Post 16 students. Together, the Trust, students and local businesses celebrate achievement and are provided with an exclusive networking platform.

Thursfields eight New Year recruitsThursfields Solicitors has made eight new appointments since the start of 2018, taking its overall staff numbers above 140.

In Worcester, the leading Midlands law firm has recruited Laura Smith as an associate in the Wills & Estates division, while Emily Regimbeau has joined the company as legal secretary in the Commercial Property division.

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has launched a thought-provoking whitepaper focusing on the critical subject of fire door safety.

The whitepaper covers key topics of fire door safety. These include the purpose and effectiveness of fire doors, fire door regulations, manufacturing and installation, and will be available to download from

end of treatment bellAn end of treatment bell has been unveiled at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton to commemorate the conclusion of a patient’s cancer treatment.

Thanks to the charity, End of Treatment Bells, a special bell has been installed just outside the reception to Deanesly Ward.

Another one has been installed in Cannock Chase Hospital’s chemotherapy unit.

Kim and Jason at NuffieldAs shown in a recent survey, staff at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital are very caring. In their lives outside of work, this is very evident too. Theatre porter Jason Cattell is preparing to cycle over 100 miles for Birmingham Dogs Home and  Kennels, whilst medical secretary Kim Bailey is fundraising for a local not for profit cat rescue centre.

The February 2018 patient satisfaction survey put the private hospital in Tettenhall at the top of the league table for all 31 hospitals in the Nuffield Health group nationally. A whopping 97% of patients said they would recommend the hospital to friends and family. This year the hospital celebrates 40 years of providing healthcare and across the years, staff remain highly motivated both in and outside work.

One of the world’s leading metal recyclers, EMR, recently enlisted the help of fire protection specialists Bryland Fire to further safeguard them against the risk of fire at their Oldbury depot. EMR specialise in the recycling of scrap metal from sources including end of life vehicles, consumer products, industry, construction and demolition.

David Mills, Maintenance Manager at EMR, commented: "We are global leaders in our field and, as such we are keen to use the very latest technological advancements to safeguard our people, buildings, and assets. We knew of Bryland Fire’s reputation in the fire industry.’ Mills continued, ‘As you can imagine, because of the vast quantities we recycle, our halls are huge with 18 metre high ceilings and equipped with bulky heavy plant and machinery, making them awkward from an installation perspective. So we had two problems to overcome; what system to use and how to install it."

Midland Expressway Ltd, operators of the M6toll, today announced the appointment of Andy Cliffe as its new permanent Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Cliffe joins the road operator next month from his current role as Managing Director of East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports, part of the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) of which he is an executive committee member. Prior to that, he held a number of roles within MAG including Group Marketing Director, Group Strategy Director, and Managing Director of Assets, with time spent in his 19 years at MAG across finance, operations, commercial, real estate development, strategy and corporate development functions.

Corin CraneToday (Tuesday) the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) launches its campaign for ‘No More Not Spots’, with the aim of ending not spots for voice coverage where UK phone users live, work, travel and play.

The UK’s leading business group is launching a campaign that will bring together business communities and those involved in delivering coverage to identify coverage challenges and work through solutions to improve poor mobile coverage. Companies and individuals across the Black Country are being urged to get on board and report issues and ‘not spot’ areas.

Not spots, and areas of partial not spots hamper UK businesses. A recent survey by the BCC of over 1,400 companies, found that a fifth (21%) of firms say the UK mobile phone network doesn’t meet their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employees.

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