Credit availability begins to ease but challenges lie ahead for manufacturers

A survey of UK manufacturers, conducted by Findlay Media in association with Deloitte, has revealed that almost two-thirds of manufacturers (62 per cent) expect the availability of credit to remain the same or improve in the coming 12 months. 

The industry is also responding positively to the economic challenges by making use of available public sector funding, with 63 per cent declaring a good understanding of available grants and incentives whilst 33 per cent of manufacturers have sought capital from alternative sources such as shareholders or parent companies. Continue reading


Triple win for Anthony Collins solicitors at Legal Awards

Legal Awards winners

It was another night to remember for Anthony Collins Solicitors at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, with the firm picking up three awards for the second year running.

Trainee solicitor Rebecca Kershaw won ‘Trainee Solicitor of the Year’, while Helen Tucker and Rankeshwar Batta walked away with the ‘Commercial Solicitor of the Year’ and ‘Private Client Solicitor of the Year’ titles respectively. Continue reading

CB Richard Ellis continues global pledge to earth hour 2010

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has again signed up its support for the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour 2010, which will take place in more than 4,000 cities in 116 countries on Saturday, 27th March at 8:30 p.m local time. 

Globally, the Earth Hour initiative will be encouraged throughout CBRE-managed buildings and offices in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  In the UK the lights will be turned out in over 1,134,971 sq ft of managed space. Victoria Square House, Colmore Plaza and Beetham Tower are among the buildings in Birmingham that will observe the lights-out initiative. Continue reading

New contracts boost turnover at construction consultancy

The £12m fit-out at Audi’s flagship new showroom

Birmingham-based HCT Construction Consultants has completed the £12m fit-out of Audi’s flagship new showroom.

The construction consultancy was responsible for the post contract quantity surveying of the world’s largest Audi Centre, on London’s Great West Road. The impressive showroom spans three floors and has space to display 116 cars.  Continue reading

Deloitte and Drivers Jonas complete merger

Richard Edwards (left) and Gary Cardin with the new DJD branding

The merger of two of the biggest names in Birmingham’s property and accountancy sectors has been completed.

Business advisory firm Deloitte and property consultants Drivers Jonas have merged to create Drivers Jonas Deloitte, a 700 strong specialist real estate advisory arm of Deloitte.

It follows the announcement in January that Deloitte had acquired Drivers Jonas to create the new business. 

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Judges give final verdict on winners

(L-R): Passing their verdict on this year’s Legal Awards winners were His Honour Judge William Davis QC, Professor Bernardette Griffin and Kevin Martin.

With just over a week to go, the judges of the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2010 have given their final verdict on who will be crowned this year’s winners.

Having considered the evidence, the judging panel, chaired by Kevin Martin, former president of the national Law Society, has chosen the winners in the ten individual categories. Fifty finalists were short-listed in total.  Continue reading

Mills and Reeve achieves gold!

National law firm Mills & Reeve, which has an office in Birmingham, has been included in the annual Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to Work For” survey for the seventh year running. The firm moved up 11 places to 72nd place – the only representative from the UK top 50 law firms (by revenue) in the ranking. 

Marking the 10th anniversary of the “Best Companies” survey, the firm was also awarded a prestigious gold standard for its remarkable achievement in being ranked in the top 100 list for the last seven years, along with only 13 other organisations.  Continue reading