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A BPP Professional Education accountancy student proved number one after a stunning exam result saw him crowned the best in his region! Felix Rodas-Cross scored an outstanding 92 per cent in the Strategic Business Management (SBM) advanced level exam paper which he took in July. His remarkable result proved to be the exam’s best grade in the Birmingham and West Midlands district.

HS2 has been dealt a blow today by a recent YouGov passenger survey which reveals that the majority of train passengers surveyed (59%) haven’t travelled between London and Birmingham for business purposes in the past 12 months. Based on a sample size of 1,010, only 46% of the Virgin Trains West Coast and London Midland business travellers surveyed indicated that they used the existing rail services mainly for business purposes compared to 50% for leisure purposes.

City of Wolverhampton Council has named its first five-star landlord under the new ‘Rent with Confidence’ scheme. Lyndon Whitehouse, Director of L&A Lettings, owns several five-star properties in the city and has also been granted five-star agent status. The rating system is similar to the one used by the Food Standards Agency for restaurants and takeaways. It is hoped it will raise the bar for the quality of private sector rented housing in the city - improving the health and wellbeing of residents, and encouraging greater customer choice.

The chance to become a lifesaving paramedic has piqued the interest of no fewer than 10,000 people. The staggering figure shows how many people have logged onto NHS Jobs  to have a look at the person specification to become one of 300 student paramedics with West Midlands Ambulance Service in 2017. Of those almost 700 have either completed their application or started it.

In many areas, competition for each property on the market is extremely strong, so standing out from the crowd is a must for buyers who wish to secure their dream home. National estate agents Leaders has an average of 10 buyers for each available property, meaning serious buyers must be able to present themselves as attractively as possible to both sellers and agents. One key way to achieve this is to get pre-approved, which means being qualified by a mortgage lender prior to starting the search for a place to live.

Tesco appeals for food waste entrepreneurs to join new crowdfunding platform, BackIt. BackIt helps small businesses gain vital funding, in order to bring their food waste-busting products to market. Hannah McCollum, founder of ChicP, is the first food waste entrepreneur to join the platform, with her hummus made from wonky fruits and vegetables. A new hummus, made from wasted vegetables is set to take the foodie scene by storm, thanks to its launch on Tesco's new crowdfunding platform, BackIt.

The Birmingham Development Plan (BDP) setting out a 15-year strategy to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs can be formally adopted and approved by Birmingham City Council, the Government has confirmed. Housing Minister Gavin Barwell lifted a Holding Direction which prevented the BDP from progressing pending further investigation into proposals to earmark land in the Sutton Coldfield green belt for housing and employment purposes.

Business leaders in Greater Birmingham said the real test for the government will be on their ability to deliver “real results” following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in which Philip Hammond pledged £5 million for a Midlands Rail Hub. In a low-key statement, he announced a further £392 million for West and East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnerships without specifying how much each would get.

Full-service Midlands/local marketing agency Gough Bailey Wright (GBW) welcomed Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid to its offices to help celebrate the company’s 80th birthday. The award-winning firm’s celebrations saw a Fish and Chip van arrive at St. Johns house, surprising everyone with a tasty lunch which was thoroughly enjoyed by the team and Sajid Javid. Founded as advertising agency Tom C Gough and Partners back in 1936, GBW has become the oldest independently owned agency in the West Midlands.

Award-winning management consultant specialist Rudi Page's appointment as Director of International Diaspora Relations for Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses (CCTN/VAB) is timely and fortuitous. He develops policy implementation for International Trade Support, Healthcare Management Systems, Workforce Development (Equalities) and Corporate Social Impact recently developing the Caribbean Diaspora Delivery System (CDDS), a facilitated framework for the digital transformation of the traditional Diaspora leadership, management and involvement model by providing strategic leadership in communication, governance, structure and implementation.

Showing off the latest number plate to impress your neighbours is just so yesterday, according to a new study of car buyers’ habits. Drivers are now more interested in the car itself – and they care most about having the latest model updates with features like personalised paintwork and option combinations, rather than rushing to snap up the newest registration plate. According to interviews with almost 1,000 motorists, conducted by the specialist online car seller, almost four in five drivers now say that they wouldn’t delay the purchase of their car for a new number plate.

The Gambia Experience has been announced as the winner of 'Best Small Holiday Company to Sub-Saharan Africa', receiving Gold in the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards. The announcement was made on 23 November at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by close to a thousand travel industry people. The Gambia Experience is one of six travel brands owned by Serenity Holidays, a family-owned Hampshire tour operator and specialist to The Gambia, offering year-round package and tailormade holidays.

Solutions to break down the barriers preventing Birmingham’s women from positions of leadership are set to form the focus of a summit in the city at the Council House on November 28. The Inspiring Birmingham Women in Leadership summit will explore a number of current challenges facing aspiring female leaders in the city – which lags at, or near, the bottom of many performance tables comparing the UK’s Core Cities.

A new report from global retail property experts, Colliers International, shows that while online shopping is growing rapidly, the way that people around the world shop and pay for their goods remains very diverse. The largest European e-commerce market is found in the UK with online sales currently running at around at £130bn ($160bn) annually. British seniors are among the most tech-savvy consumers in the world with 78 per cent of internet users over 65 now shopping online.