Monthly Archives July 2017

£246 Million Battery Technology Investment To Be Launched By Business Secretary In Birmingham

The first phase of a £246 million Government investment into battery technology is being launched.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said the aim is to ensure the UK leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries.

Known as the Faraday Challenge, the four-year investment round is a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. It will deliver a programme of competitions that will aim to boost the research and development of battery technology.

Birmingham’s car industry and universities are engaged in research to make electric batteries more efficient, more compact and longer lasting to power our vehicles of the future and lessen the economy’s dependence on oil, as well as boost our economy.

The West Midlands has already launched a bid to open a national ba...

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Back Smaller Builders To Tackle Housing Shortage Says Wayne Hemingway

Fashion giant turned urban designer Wayne Hemingway has called on Government to speed up house building for young people.

Mr Hemingway, who famously founded the Red or Dead fashion house, told a meeting of council bosses at the Library of Birmingham that they should emulate Birmingham City Council’s Municipal Housing Trust to tackle the national shortage.

The Housing Trust is currently the largest house builder in the West Midlands with 800 properties under construction and more in the pipeline, and is looking to rapidly expand its output to help meet the city’s target of 89,000 new homes by 2031.

But he said the Government also needed to encourage more smaller building firms to start developing rather than wait for the big construction beasts who he accuses of restricting housing grow...

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Mario Addison Speaks At Housing Authority’s ‘Man To Man’ Event

Mario Addison speaks at the “Man to Man” event.(

He may have played in the Super Bowl, but the NFL’s Mario Addison told a group of Birmingham man that life is about more than athletic achievement.

Addison, who grew up in North Birmingham Homes, spoke to almost 200 people this week as a part of the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District’s “Man to Man” event.

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Addison will also host a football camp for HABD youth this summer.

The program at the Smithfield Community Center brought together 180 men of all ages participating in this summer’s HABD summer camp. Addison, a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, urged the young men to seek and embrace the positive examples that are already present in their daily lives.

“It doesn’t always have to be your parents...

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