Life-size soldier sculptures to appear around Solihull

Statues of First World War “Tommies” are to be placed at locations around Solihull to mark 100 years since Armistice. The metal silhouettes are to take up positions at the War Memorial, in Robin Hood Cemetery, at Woodlands Cemetery and in Shirley Park. The Tommies – which depict a serviceman with helmet, pack and rifle,…

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Hundreds of jobs set to be created in Solihull

Around 800 jobs are expected to be created on the back of investments in Solihull in the last six months. Councillors have received an update on economic activity in the borough in the first half of 2018/19. The council’s growth strategy team said they had logged 24 investments during this period. A third of these…

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NEC Group sold to another private equity firm

The NEC Group has been sold to another private equity firm. Funds managed by Blackstone have acquired the live venue and conference group which owns the NEC and Genting Arena in Solihull and the ICC and Arena Birmingham in the city centre. The confirmation today brings to an end speculation that Blackstone was in line…

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‘We carried our children’s bodies home in a box’ woman’s heartbreak after losing six babies

Claudia Matthews had just minutes to cuddle her premature baby twins Archie and Hugo before they died in her arms. Devastatingly, she and husband Benjamin, from Tanworth in Arden, would go on to suffer the loss of another four babies. Today, Claudia, 40, who runs her own legal recruitment firm, tells her remarkable story in…

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No money set aside for a Brexit upheaval in Solihull

No specific pot of money has been set aside by Solihull Council to deal with financial upheaval which might arise from Brexit. With less than six months remaining until Britain leaves the EU, and growing concerns about the impact on the economy, the organisation has been questioned about its preparations. The councillor responsible for the…

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Medical cannabis to be available on prescription in Britain from November

Medicinal cannabis will be available on prescription in the UK next month. The Home Secretary Sajid Javid said cannabis-derived products that meet safety and quality standards will be reclassified by the Autumn. From 1st November, they will be prescribed by specialist clinicians without the need for a special licence. In the meantime, all fees for…

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Solihull mum saddles up for 500 mile cycle challenge after cancer scare

A Solihull mum and World Champion Duathlete is riding roughshod over cancer by taking on an epic cycle challenge for Stand Up To Cancer. Single mum Debbie Bradley (44) is cycling over 500 miles in five days from Glasgow to London, calling at Cancer Research UK’s key research centres en route. Debbie, who won the…

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Bullets and WW2 incendiary device found in loft clear out

WMP Force Response A Unit Solihull attended an incident in Baxterley Green, Solihull this morning (10th October), after two 50 caliber bullets and a 1kg WW2 incendiary device were located in a loft clear out by a member of the public. A spokesperson said: “Fortunately a very peaceful road in Solihull so no disruption caused…

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HS2 reveals design vision for new stations in Birmingham and Solihull

HS2 has released images for two of its brand new stations, marking a significant milestone for the programme, cementing the project’s commitment to the Midlands and emphasising the region’s place at the heart of Britain’s new high speed network. The images will be officially released at Birmingham Library at the first of a series of…

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HS2 Interchange Station site’s key role in economy

A mixed-used development centred around the HS2 Interchange Station is set to play a key part in bolstering the region’s economy, a council report has said. Birmingham City Council’s cabinet will tomorrow (Tuesday 9th October) receive an update on plans for the parcel of land, which lies to the east of the NEC and airport….

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