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A family-run Black Country manufacturer is to double the size of its operating base with a new, purpose-built factory thanks to a £9.5m investment by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Drywall Steel Sections Ltd has been at its existing site in Cradley Heath for more than eight years but has outgrown the facility which is also no longer fit for modern production methods.

The General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) of Saudi Arabia successfully hosted the Saudi Pavilion at IDEX 2023, which drew over 25,000 visitors during the five-day international defence show in Abu Dhabi. The pavilion provided a platform for showcasing the Kingdom's latest developments in the defence sector, highlighting investment opportunities and strategic partnerships.

Downtown in Business, in association with Sedulo Group and VSI executive Education, will host its inaugural ‘Business of Sport’ conference on Thursday 7th September at the iconic Lancashire Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

The event will feature presentations from leading personalities and officials from a diverse range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, athletics, and tennis.

Digital marketing and communications group The MISSION Group plc has acquired global data science and digital analytics consultancy Mezzo Labs, with the support of Birmingham law firm Shakespeare Martineau.

Mezzo Labs is a leading provider of innovative data services with more than 16 years' experience in data strategy and architecture, web analytics, CX analytics, marketing automation, insights generation, data science, Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) and personalisation.

The chief executive of Manchester City Council Joanne Roney was in Birmingham this week, urging the city’s business community go get behind Manchester’s calls for the government to provide a high-quality link between the Midlands Engine and the Northern Powerhouse.

Speaking at an exclusive Downtown in Business event at the EY offices in the heart of Birmingham city centre Roney said: “The investment that we are looking for of around £98 billion, may sound like a huge amount.

Following the launch of its Seedrs public crowdfunding round on 24th January 2023, online lettings platform has already achieved over 100% of its £850k funding target. The target – which includes an initial raise of £750,000 from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund, managed by Mercia and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, and Mercia’s EIS funds – has now been uncapped, as the Seedrs campaign approaches its final week.

New regulations for Buy-Now Pay-Later consumers are set to help protect an estimated 10 million customers from unconstrained borrowing while still ensuring those who need it have access to interest-free credit. With more people taking out these credit agreements and the potential risks of consumers being exposed to financial harm; the government is setting out proposed new regulations.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the UK held off from falling into recession in 2022. However, with the country experiencing zero economic growth between October and December, many businesses are still experiencing tough times. In light of this, UK sales transformation specialist Sales Talent is supporting businesses to remember the value of going back to basics when it comes to selling their goods and services.