From a barbershop to virtual assistant service, we’ve spoken with the enterprising leaders running a business in Birmingham.
Barclays has inked a deal with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) to create Angel Hubs, a series of incubators that will provide companies in scale-up mode with access to funding and mentoring opportunities.
Business secretary Sajid Javid is overseeing a visit from the Chinese minister of commerce to build investment in the Midlands, which is worth £222bn to the UK economy each year.
During a visit to Jaguar Land Rover's Midlands engine plant, George Osborne revealed a £16.6m fund for the automotive company to lead a research and development effort that can lead to 200 local manufacturing jobs.
Has the East Midlands been overlooked for too long as a business hub? And should the government rethink its idea of a Northern Powerhouse and instead look to the East Midlands as the obvious base? The answer to these two questions is, quite simply, yes.