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Expert's praise for new family drug and alcohol court

Dudley News:

9:07am Monday 1st September 2014

A NEW court which aims to give unprecedented support to the children of alcoholics and drug addicts has been welcomed by one of Kidderminster’s leading family lawyers.

Prospect of higher mortgage repayments worries homeowners

11:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

UK homeowners are facing the worrying prospect of higher mortgage repayments when interest rates rise and research conducted by comparethemarket.com has found that mortgage-holding homeowners expect to pay, on average, almost £600 (£590) more a year on repayments if interest rates rise by 0.5%.

Latest migration statistics due

8:21am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Government's attempts to slash net migration to the tens of thousands will come under the spotlight today as official figures are released amid increased debate over the inclusion of international students in the target.

Cameron praises 'single market' UK

8:20am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Prime Minister will hail the UK as one of the world's ''oldest and most successful single markets'' as he campaigns to keep the country together.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber urges business people to get a slice of the action

6:20am Thursday 28th August 2014

HEREFORDSHIRE and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesspeople to dust off their cook books and bake some tasty cakes for its Business Expo at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern on Thursday, September 18.

Wyre Forest IT firm pitches in for Worcestershire County Cricket Club

6:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

AN IT support company which has offices in Stourport and Kidderminster has again been selected as the official IT partner of Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

First Direct tops customer poll

4:12pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

FIRST Direct has retained top spot in a customer satisfaction poll of current account providers while Barclays languishes in bottom place for the first time.

Deadline looms for CPP cover claims

2:06pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

PEOPLE who were mis-sold a type of cover for bank and credit cards face a last-minute dash to return their claim forms now or else they will miss out on compensation.

Aldi and Lidl keep up the pressure

2:02pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

HALF of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer as the discounters kept up their pressure on the "big four" supermarkets.

Britain is 'deeply elitist society'

2:01pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

BRITAIN is still "deeply elitist" with privately-educated pupils and Oxbridge graduates continuing to dominate top roles in society, a major new report warns.

Business leaders backing No vote

1:58pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A GROUP of 130 business leaders have insisted that the case for Scottish independence "has not been made".

House prices near top state schools come at a premium

10:10am Wednesday 27th August 2014

PARENTS in the postal district of the Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire face paying a premium of £483,031 (154%) compared to the average house price in neighbouring areas, according to new research by Lloyds Bank.

RBS fined £14m over mortgage advice

8:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

STATE-backed Royal Bank of Scotland was today fined £14.5 million after the City regulator found "serious failings" in its advice to mortgage customers.

TNT ad banned over post claims

8:05am Wednesday 27th August 2014

AN ad in which TNT Post compared itself to Royal Mail has been banned for implying that it offered the same service and similar prices as its competitor.

Redditch industrial estate fully let

Dudley News:

6:40am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A REDDITCH industrial estate is again fully let following the completion of deals involving four units, national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has announced.

Hartlebury communications agency's staff hits 150 mark

Dudley News:

6:20am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A HARTLEBURY-based communications agency's recruitment drive during 2014 has seen its staff numbers reach 150.

Worcestershire firm gets lift in global market

6:10am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A MANUFACTURER and supplier of specialist equipment for lifts, based at Hallow, near Worcester, is targeting a significant increase in new global clients as well as further penetration in its domestic UK market following £600,000 in funding from Santander Corporate and Commercial.

Concern over taxman accounts access

1:44pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

PEOPLE may revert to hiding their cash "under the mattress" amid fears that their money is not safe if controversial plans enabling the taxman to seize money directly from accounts are implemented, the Building Societies Association (BSA) has warned.

WHO call for curb on e-cigarettes

1:41pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

ELECTRONIC cigarettes should be banned from indoor spaces and face curbs on their sale over health fears, the World Health Organisation has said.

Facebook to cut 'click-bait' links

1:38pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

FACEBOOK has announced plans to cut down on "click-bait" articles that appear on user news feeds, as the company says it wants to tackle spam on the site.

Super Isa launch sees savings surge

1:36pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

CONSUMERSstrongly ramped up their cash savings in July as the new "super Isa", which allows more money to be put away tax-free, was launched, banks have reported.

Amazon pays £585m for game website

1:34pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AMAZON has splashed out nearly a billion dollars to buy game streaming website Twitch just three years after it was founded.

160k join property millionaire club

8:29am Tuesday 26th August 2014

MORE than 160,000 new property millionaires have been created over the last year in Britain as the housing market recovery has taken off, according to a website.

Bus passengers 'have been let down'

8:28am Tuesday 26th August 2014

BUS passengers have been let down by a lack of competition and a failure of deregulation, a report by a think-tank has said.

West Midlands firms urged to tap into bioenergy opportunities

6:40am Tuesday 26th August 2014

WEST Midlands businesses and entrepreneurs are being urged to tap into the growth opportunities around bioenergy - forecast to generate in excess of £12 billion of new business in the UK in the next decade - following the launch of a new suite of "innovation services" from an Aston University research and business engagement team.

Redditch accountant warns over insolvencies surge

Dudley News:

6:20am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A SURGE in the number of people becoming insolvent has prompted a fresh warning from a Redditch-based finance specialist about the need for individuals and business owners to manage their finances "closer than ever".

New cycle storage causes hubbub at Stourbridge station

Dudley News:

6:10am Tuesday 26th August 2014

NEW cycle storage facilities have been unveiled at a Black Country railway station.

'Retry' system to avoid 'bounced' payments extending next month

6:40am Monday 25th August 2014

FROM Monday, September 1 a retry process will be extended within the banking industry to help customers avoid late payment charges on their account.

Jobs around house skills could be 'DIY-ing out'

6:20am Monday 25th August 2014

BANK holidays are traditionally the time when homeowners catch up on DIY jobs but recent figures suggest the skills are DIY-ing out.

The Law of Summer - humorous holiday-time scenarios explored with QualitySolicitors

6:10am Monday 25th August 2014

A HIGH street law network has applied its legal expertise to a series of summertime questions, with a humorous twist.

New mapping tool for Government property and land

6:40am Sunday 24th August 2014

A NEW tool mapping Government property and land is available for the first time.

People set to live average of 20 years in retirement says Pru

6:20am Sunday 24th August 2014

PEOPLE turning 65 this year can expect to average nearly 20 years in retirement, according to new analysis published by Prudential.

'Property rights must be respected in fracking' says rural watchdog

6:10am Sunday 24th August 2014

THE CLA (Country Land and Business Association) has accused the Government of having too little regard for property rights and long-term liabilities in its enthusiasm to realise shale gas extraction.

Rural watchdog warns of potential legal pitfalls over sky lanterns

7:10am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE CLA (Country Land and Business Association) says that a new code of practice intended to ensure the responsible sale and safe use of sky lanterns fails to address the fact that lanterns carrying naked flames cannot be controlled.

Air con gets arguing car passengers hot under the collar

6:40am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE fluctuating weather Britain is experiencing this summer is likely to lead to more in car arguments, according to new research from automotive servicing and repair company Kwik Fit.

'Students spend £485 a year travelling to and from uni'

6:20am Saturday 23rd August 2014

UNIVERSITY students are spending £485 a year travelling to and from university, equivalent to a collective £667 million, reveals new research from the 1l2l3 Student Current Account.

Vets' clients' behaviour 'influenced by what they see online'

6:10am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A SURVEY of vets by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveals that 97% of respondents in the Midlands believe their clients’ behaviour is influenced by what they find online.

Hot dogs - or cats - can lead to costly bills insurer warns

2:10pm Friday 22nd August 2014

DOGS and cats love basking in the sunshine but Direct Line Pet Insurance warns that summer can also be hazardous for our furry friends.

Land Registry completes almost 1.5m applications in month

12:40pm Friday 22nd August 2014

TRANSACTION Data shows Land Registry completed more than 1,479,490 applications from its customers in July.

Wool marketing board members set to meet producers at auction markets

12:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AS the major sheep sales season gets in to full swing the British Wool Marketing Board is looking forward to meeting wool producers at a number of auction markets over the coming months.

Unsung heroes of social care sought

11:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE sixth annual Great British Care Awards have been launched, marking the start of the search for unsung heroes across the UK who dedicate themselves to excellence in social care.

Arts store to occupy listed Pershore building

10:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

FOLLOWING significant investment by a businesswoman, work being undertaken to restore a long-term vacant Grade II listed property on Pershore High Street is nearing completion.

Canal bridge restored in Kidderminster

Dudley News:

9:40am Friday 22nd August 2014

WORK to restore a Kidderminster canal bridge has been completed.

Bridging industry 'accelerates rapidly' since new rules imposed on mortgage lenders

9:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

SINCE the enforcement of new rules on mainstream mortgage lenders, the bridging industry has witnessed a rapid acceleration in its pace of growth, according to the latest West One Bridging Index.

Rising fare costs cause commuters train pain

7:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

ESCALATING rail fares are to continue hitting commuters in the pocket according to the product director at Scottish Friendly.

West Midlands claims for R&D tax relief up a third

6:40am Friday 22nd August 2014

LATEST Government figures show that the number of claims for Research and Development tax relief by SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the West Midlands region rose by 33% in 2012-13 compared to the previous year.

Black Country accountant opens second office

Dudley News:

6:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

ALMOST two years after setting up TaxAssist Accountants in Kingswinford to provide specialist tax and accountancy services to the small business community, local accountant Lloyd Evans is expanding, opening a second office at Cradley Enterprise Centre in Halesowen.

New marketing and communications director for Birmingham Royal Ballet

6:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

BIRMINGHAM Royal Ballet has a new director of marketing and communications.

Figures reveal costs to commuters

4:37pm Thursday 21st August 2014

COMMUTERS' contributions to the cost of the rail system have been laid bare in new figures.

First food spending drop recorded

4:35pm Thursday 21st August 2014

SPENDING in food stores dropped in July for the first time in at least 25 years as the supermarket price war took effect, official figures showed today.



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