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In 2022 the award-winning social enterprise Pivot will run a series of jewellery making workshops in venues across London, led by trained makers who have lived experience of homelessness. 

In the run-up to Christmas Pivot will be selling workshop vouchers online and across London’s festive markets. Pivot has four workshops currently listed on its website, taking place at the House of Annetta on January 22nd, January 27th, February 12th and March 5th, with more to be released throughout the year. 

For the first time in decades, a British piano brand has been reinvented: Danemann pianos are available once more. This NEW range of upright and grand pianos combines the brand’s British history and quality with exceptional value for money. 

Like many manufacturers of the time, Danemann Pianos was originally based in Islington, London. From 1893 to 1980, the company produced a wide range of instruments from small uprights to concert grands, with actions supplied and built by Renner, Schwander and British Piano Actions.

There were a record number of job vacancies in the UK this year centred around environment, social and governance (ESG) – with more anticipated in 2022 according to global recruiter Robert Walters.

There have been more than 35,000 new jobs created this year alone around ESG – with the number of people moving into these roles increasing by +7% to now represent upwards of 400,000 professionals in the UK.

Minworth-based innovative independent logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group is on track to achieve record turnover and profits in 2021, with 2022 forecast to be even more successful. Europa’s site at Prologis Park which is home to all 140 staff and four divisions of the business, Europa Sea and Europa Showfreight as well Europa Road’s regional roadfreight team.

Europa’s growth predications follow a hugely productive year, despite the ongoing and unprecedented challenges arising from the global pandemic and Brexit.

HS2 CEO Mark Thurston pushed the button to start HS2’s tunnel boring machine on its one-mile journey under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire, marking the launch of the first TBM on the Midlands section of HS2.

Around 170 engineers have been working on the 2,000 tonne, 125m long TBM during its construction and assembly. An expert tunnelling team will now work around the clock in shifts to operate the machine for around five months as it excavates the first bore of the one-mile tunnel.

Downtown in Business (DIB) hosted its first event in Wolverhampton this week with City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Ian Brookfield, and Chief Executive Tim Johnson joining an exclusive Roundtable discussion of Investors and Developers at the state-of-the-art Springfield University Campus on Thursday morning.

Among the companies in the room were ArcadisAvison YoungBruntwoodCapital & CentricLaing O’Rourke, and Urban Splash. The council presented its ambitious Investment plans to the group, with the discussion focussing on placemaking, regeneration, and economic growth.

Andy Donald is set to be appointed as Interim Chief Executive of Haringey Council, taking over from Zina Etheridge, who will be leaving her position in February 2022.  

Andy was Chief Executive of nearby Redbridge Council until earlier this year and will take up his new position with Haringey in the New Year, subject to approval at Full Council.

Frasers Group has refinanced nearly £1bn in bank facilities as it seeks to continue its Elevation Programme.

It will be able to access credit facilities and a term loan totalling £930m to support its growth ambitions. Frasers Group is on an ambitious elevation strategy and continues to invest significantly across its portfolio of retail facias and digital platforms, with the vision to serve consumers with the world’s best sports, premium and luxury brands.

A rogue builder who swindled a Wolverhampton homeowner out of more than £1,000 and then disappeared leaving behind incomplete and defective work has been fined by magistrates. 

William Morton, of Wolseley Close, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to carrying out work without professional diligence, contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Problems began when the trusting homeowner, from the East Park area of the city, employed Morton to carry out a garage conversion on his property. 

The UK financial sector continues to bounce back from the pandemic as hiring activity reaches an all-time high.

The current senior finance job market is characterised by increasing demand for staff at every level, but with a shortage of skills and low candidate supply leading to a record number of vacancies. While jobs within the ‘executive and professional’ category have the slowest increase, they are still experiencing a sharp jump in demand.

Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills, located in the village of Great Witley, is home to Hundred House, a magnificent Grade II listed building steeped in history.

Hundred House is a state-of-the-art development featuring 16 residential units, with more than half already sold. A collaboration between HCT Homes and Bramham Properties, the property developers have created modern-day luxurious homes, paying meticulous attention to detail whilst honouring the building’s historic charm.

Over the last few years, West Bromwich town centre has undergone one of the largest physical and economic refurbishment programmes in the West Midlands region, with changes now visibly taking shape.

The programme has seen hundreds of millions of pounds invested into schemes that provide both residents and visitors of West Bromwich with state-of-the-art opportunities, amenities and services.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved a £6 million investment to support the construction of a new industrial park on the site of a derelict steelworks in north Birmingham. Working alongside industrial property developer Chancerygate, the development of Minworth Industrial Park will transform the former Steel Plates and Sections site off Forge Lane.

The first Official Retail Store for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has now officially opened. Located on New Street by the iconic Bullring, the 3,200ft² store is stocked full of official Birmingham 2022 merchandise, including clothing, hats, caps, water bottles and soft toys. Sports fans can also get their hands-on Team England T-shirts, vests and hoodies.