MADE for Newhall Square

6-7 Newhall Square

RO St Bernards (ROSB) has let the first floor of 6-7 Newhall Square, Birmingham, to Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment (MADE).

MADE is the architecture centre for the West Midlands and was established to raise the standards of architecture, landscape and urban design across Birmingham and the region. It provides design advice to public, private and voluntary organisations and communities.

Funded by Advantage West Midlands, the Arts Council and CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), MADE runs training courses, exhibitions and networking events for those working in the built environment. Continue reading


Mills & Reeve advises Trafficmaster plc executive team on takeover by Vector Capital

The Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve has advised Trafficmaster plc’s executive team on the takeover of Trafficmaster by Vector Capital Limited. The offer valued the intelligent driving and satnav business at approximately £73.3 million.

Mills & Reeve was appointed to Cirencester-based Trafficmaster plc’s panel of legal advisers in 2009 after a competitive tender involving other leading national law firms. Continue reading

Chord notches up biggest Jewellery Quarter Office let of 2010

 Chord Developments has secured the biggest office letting in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter this year.

Global insurance brokerage Willis Group Ltd has taken 10,000 sq ft/ 929 sq m on the ground floor on a ten-year lease, including 12 car parking spaces, at Chord Developments’ 40 St Paul’s Square. The company moves from 30 St Paul’s Square. Continue reading

Deloitte secures top spot in new report

Business advisory firm Deloitte has been ranked number one for client services, strategy and market presence in a new report on information security and risk consulting.

The firm came top in all three categories evaluated in Forrester Research Inc.’s The Forrester Wave™: Information Security And Risk Consulting Services, Q3 2010.

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Law firm hits the right note for charity


(Left to right): Group Captain Wendy Williams, Dawn Brathwaite, Bridget Archibald and Mike Hammond

The Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve helped raise more than £3,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) Charity by staging a concert at St Philip’s Cathedral.

The firm joined forces with musicians and singers from Birmingham to present a gala evening of music and song. Acts included Quinton Community Choir, Abigail Kelly, Godfrun Moore and Birmingham Conservatoire’s Brass Ensemble.

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Institutions poised to move into residential sector

Home ownership in Britain is moving towards the European model, according to new research by global real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis.

Jon Matthews, director and head of the residential valuation team at the firm’s Birmingham office, says that the dynamics have shifted towards renting rather than home ownership. Continue reading

Is education failing business?

Leading figures from the worlds of business, media and academia will be battling it out in a war of words when they take part in Deloitte’s ‘Great Debate’.

The two teams, one arguing for and one arguing against, will lock verbal horns on the subject of whether education has failed business.

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