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Leading businessman and TV personality Touker Suleyman is to lead a stellar judging line-up for the Startups Awards 2015.  Recognised as the most prestigious national awards scheme for up and coming businesses, the Startups Awards has commanded its strongest judging panel to date for 2015 with Dragon Suleyman at the helm, alongside a host of Britain’s finest business minds. 

PwC director Clare Maio has been appointed head of diversity at PwC in the Midlands, to spearhead the firm’s progressive employer programme in the region.  Increasing diversity at all levels is a key priority for PwC, and the firm runs a broad range of initiatives to encourage open-mindedness across its workforce, as well as supporting local employment opportunities.

Technology is fuelling a new wave of spontaneity in Britain, new national research has revealed. But it is also creating a generation who feel uneasy committing to plans in advance, according to the nationwide study by leading hotel bookers While 30% of Britons still make weekend plans a week or more ahead of time, over 40% of adults now confess that they don’t feel comfortable making definite weekend plans any further than 48 hours in advance.

Key powers and decision-making abilities must be devolved to those who best understand the West Midlands if the region is to achieve its “bold and ambitious” plans for the future. That was the message from Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC), when he addressed a fringe meeting of the West Midlands Combined Authority at the Conservative Party conference.

After the number of new property listings fell off a cliff in July and August, there are signs that sellers are waking up from their summer slumber. The latest Property Supply Index compiled by online estate agents, reveals that new property listings across the UK rose 9.1% between August 2015 and September 2015, and in London by more than a quarter (27.1%).

The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) results for quarter 3 for the Black Country have been released. 36% of respondents said that UK sales had increased (the same as quarter 2). 25% of companies completing the survey said that their workforce had increased over the last 3 months and 30% said that their workforce would increase over the next 12 months (up 4% and 2% from last quarter).

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.