Enquiries flood in after NEC Group put up for sale


Birmingham City Council says it has been inundated with enquiries and bids from investors following the decision to sell the NEC Group. There has already been a stampede of applications and interest from potential buyers ahead of this week’s pre-qualification process deadline. The group includes the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), International Convention Centre (ICC) and…

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Solihull barber celebrates 50 years with the same salon

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Dave Phipps, who started work at Kent Hairdressers in July, 1963, celebrated the milestone by treating Solihull Mayor, Councillor Joe Tildesley, to a trim. Joe has had his hair cut by the Olton barber for the past 20 years. Dave is the first Kents employee to notch-up a half-century. He joined the company, founded by…

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Alert over abduction attempts at schools

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Stranger danger alerts remained in place outside several Solihull schools this week. Teachers, parents and pupils have been urged to be vigilant and on alert for anyone behaving suspiciously. Police patrols have also been increased. It follows abduction attempts near to schools and nurseries in Solihull and Birmingham. West Midlands Police said they were investigating…

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Solihull dad and daughter climb Everest

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A father and daughter from Solihull will have their endurance tested to the limit when they take on a trek to the Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity. John and Eleanor Stewart plan to reach the summit of Kala Patthar at over 18,000 feet, via the Everest Base Camp, next month on an…

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Solihull Dad’s cheeky poster has serious health message


A Solihull man has become the face of a new cheeky poster campaign to help raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer. Mahendra Dabhi appears on a series of posters and digital ads around the Midlands alongside the humorous message: “I’m regular as clockwork.” The initiative is part of Cancer Research UK’s new Spot Cancer…

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Solihull Council has bid for and received additional funding for flood damaged roads


The Council has been awarded £723,000 to repair 8.5 miles of damaged roads in the borough in a mix of urban and rural locations. Repairs will be carried out early this year. The funds are part of a £140m government initiative set aside to help local authorities cope with the damage to their roads following…

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Cycling OAP rescued from M42 near Solihull


A mixed-up pensioner riding a pushbike pedalled along a busy motorway in Solihull before being rescued by motorway police. Frantic motorists on the M42 dialled 999 to inform emergency services that the man, in his 70s, was heading south on the motorway at about 3.30pm this afternoon. He had joined the M42 at Junction 5…

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Solihull woman celebrates world record breaking marathon row

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A Solihull woman celebrated her 50th birthday with a world record breaking marathon row in aid of the The Brain Tumour Charity. Taking part in the charity’s ‘Row for It’ campaign, Ann Atkins achieved the 26-mile distance in just 3 hours, 24 minutes and 21 seconds, placing her at world number one ranking for her…

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Local MP backs top jobs quota for women

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Meriden Conservative MP Caroline Spelman has backed calls for quotas to ensure women receive a fairer share of top jobs. The former Cabinet Minister said she applauded banks which were introducing a positive discrimination system to try to end the male domination of their industry. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mrs Spelman also warned…

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Fraudster brothers lose appeal over sentence for scamming pensioners

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A pair of callous brothers who conned pensioners out of thousands by claiming their homes were infested with vermin have failed in a bid to have their jail sentences cut. Errol Flynn, aged 47, and younger brother Timothy Flynn, 36, told their elderly victims in Solihull and Quinton their lofts were crawling with rats or…

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