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Frustrated by a lack of communication in Sandwell, mumpreneur Claire Newbold is launching an ambitious new website called ‘Link Me Local’ to support local residents, charities and businesses. The site is now live and act as a community hub for all Sandwell, offering free promotion for charities, fundraisers and groups. 

Employees working in leisure, culture and sport roles take more sick days than any other industry, a new study reveals. Nationally those employed in this field scored highest (3.8) with workers in telecoms, marketing and education also featuring high in the sickliest professions. Teachers take above the national average at 3.17 days per year, while those working in the manufacturing industry or industrial labour take the fewest days off sick a year (1.59).

A talented cluster of top Tottenham independent traders are boasting stunning new shop fronts after the finishing touches were done to Haringey Council project to transform them with bespoke designs. Around 25 shopkeepers on Tottenham High Road and West Green Road worked closely with architects to design the funky frontages – and are already reporting a boost in trade.

Developers at Wolverhampton Business Week this morning got first sight of what the City of Wolverhampton Council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Westside could look like. The ‘Developers Conference - Investing in the City’, at Molineux Football Stadium, focused on some of the key partners who are helping deliver new developments to regenerate the city.

A revolutionary, hi-tech system to help businesses report crime has been extended today by Birmingham Community Safety Partnership with the support of a range of partners to help businesses reduce crime and report incidents on-line. 11 of the city’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are set to receive the system which will then be made accessible to businesses within the individual BID areas.

City of Wolverhampton Council’s Civic Centre is playing host to Private Sector Housing Week this week. Council officers and representatives from partner agencies will be on hand to offer help and advice to tenants, landlords and home owners. The week of action is sponsored by local authorities from across the West Midlands. Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This event proved extremely useful to a great number of people in Wolverhampton last year.

Business leaders in the region today welcomed the “outstanding” figures that show the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is second in the UK for creating private sector jobs. The GBSLEP has already created 85,200 jobs, 72 per cent of its target to create 119,000 jobs by 2020. This gave them a 6 per cent higher growth rate than in any other core city LEP area, apart from the West of England.

Young Nigerians living in the Britain have set-up an organisation designed to promote enterprise and entrepreneurism. NewGen Nigeria UK, aimed at young people aged between 21 and 35 years old, will look to build business relationships among the next generation of Nigerians in the UK and breaking down negative perceptions. The not-for-profit start-up, programme of events will include business networks and cultural and educational services, including language courses.

Just a few days after the New Street Station launch, Grand Central, and the flagship John Lewis store, the largest outside of London, will open to the public today at 10am! Have you had a chance to see inside the new station yet? What are your thoughts? Get in touch with your views via our Facebook and Twitter pages with your images of your exploration of Birmingham's newest addition!

Margaret Corneby, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, has informed the Chamber Board of her intention to step down. Margaret, who took over the role in autumn 2009, said: “I am very proud of what I have achieved. When I took over, the Chamber had been making regular financial losses. Now it has almost £1.5 million in reserves."

A unique project to help young people in Wolverhampton cope with the trials and tribulations of modern life has moved into new offices in the city.  Last year, the City of Wolverhampton Council was given £500,000 by The Big Lottery Fund to establish a series of pilot HeadStart projects which would test different ways of improving the mental health, well-being and resilience of 10 to 16-year-olds and giving them the best chance to do well at school and in life.