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ROAD TEST: Kia Picanto GT

The car I’ve just been testing has 16 inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, DAB radio with Bluetooth and music streaming, keyless entry, hill start assist, smart faux leather upholstery and leather steering wheel. Is it a BMW, a Mercedes, a Range Rover? No. It’s one of the smallest city cars on the road; the…

ROAD TEST: Land Rover Discovery Sport

Just as they did with the Range Rover, those clever designers at Land Rover are offering an attractive and slightly less expensive way to join the exclusive Discovery club. Enter the Discovery Sport, writes motoring editor Ian Strachan. And it’s not just a slightly smaller, more car-like Discovery. It also has a…

ROAD TEST: Peugeot 308

I have to admit to bias here – the Peugeot 308 has long been one of my favourite cars. I’ve always thought it deserved higher rankings in the UK sales charts, and in its latest iteration it might just achieve that writes motoring editor Ian Strachan. The new Peugeot 308 gets sharper styling, more…

ROAD TEST: Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has been on our roads for many years, and now it’s got even better. The car that is keeping Ford at the top of the UK sales charts is probably one of the most technologically advanced small cars in Europe, writes motoring editor Ian Strachan. The development of the eponymous Fiesta has…

ROAD TEST: Citroen C3 Aircross

Of all car manufacturers, Citroen has probably advanced the most in terms of design and innovation. The new Citroen C3 Aircross is a case in point, writes motoring editor Ian Strachan. The French manufacturer has loaded this compact SUV with lots of big car extras. Not so long ago it would have been unheard of to get…

EEF appoints Dr Megan Ronayne as its new Regional Manager

EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation has celebrated the New Year with a boost to its Midlands team with the appointment of Dr Megan Ronayne as its new Regional Manager.   Megan has joined the Membership team where she will ensure member companies gain full advantage of the services that EEF can offer. She will…

Hartshorne Group opens new £3m Volvo Centre in Walsall

A sales centre for used Volvo trucks is opening in Walsall following a £3million investment by the Hartshorne Group, one of the largest private dealer groups in the West Midlands.   The site will create jobs and will begin trading in January, offering quality pre-owned trucks in order to meet healthy demand in the…

Malmaison is just the tonic for Edinburgh Gin Dinner

Edinburgh Gin and Malmaison Birmingham have teamed up to host the ultimate juniper journey, with a specially created five course feast inspired by and paired with the distillery’s award-winning gins, taking place on Thursday 15 March. Known for its multitude of different flavours and infusions, from the fruity to…

New board members at Colmore BID

  Five new board members have been appointed to Colmore Business Improvement District, who will have a say in running Birmingham’s main business district. They will focus on key projects such as marketing, promotion, public realm, connectivity and safety. The new board members include our very own co-owner,…

Workspace Pioneer Spaces to Open in Birmingham

    Creative workspace pioneer Spaces has announced that it will be opening a work hub in Birmingham. The workspace will occupy all 7,523 sq m of The Crossway on Great Charles Street. Born in Amsterdam, Spaces provides a productive working environment which allows its users to integrate work into their…