A loan fund set up to support West Midlands businesses has reached a new milestone. The MEIF Small Business Loan Fund, which is delivered by BCRS Business Loans, has now invested and loaned £2 million to over 60 West Midlands businesses that have been unable to access finance from traditional lenders. The fund is part

Well-known stockpicker Neil Woodford’s flagship fund remains locked for investors, it has been confirmed. The extension, announced as the initial 28-day suspension expired, means investors will have to wait at least another month to withdraw their money. Investors in the Equity Income Fund have now not been able to access their money since 3 June,

The insurance market for the tyre industry is diminishing quickly with only a small number of motor trader insurers willing to write insurance policies. When premiums rise, price becomes the main focus and key balance sheet exposures may be missed as brokers fight to retain and win business. Jelf has significant experience in arranging insurance

Pensions expert Emily Jacobs is urging parents to think about their children’s pensions and to educate them about saving by putting away a few pounds each month. With severe pressure on state pensions and people facing paying tens of thousands of pounds in social care bills, the onus to save for retirement is growing year

Festival Park-based solicitors Beswicks Legal has welcomed two new additions to its team. Experienced wills and estates solicitor Caroline Hewitt has joined the private wealth team. Caroline has expertise in all areas of private wealth work and specialises in the administration of estates and trusts. Caroline is a member of The Society of Trust and

Two of Beswicks Legal’s trainees have completed their training contracts and are celebrating becoming fully-qualified solicitors. Sarah Abbotts and Hannah Johnson joined Beswicks in January 2017 as paralegals and have spent the last two years working across the firm as they completed their training. Sarah said: “Training at Beswicks has been amazing, I have had

Strategi Talent is revolutionising the jobs market by working to find the perfect match for both employer and employee. Instead of simply waiting for opportunities to open up, the service consistently builds relationships with potential applicants, so it can step in with a match soon as the right vacancy comes along. The approach means that

A Staffordshire window company has raised £1,665 for a children’s hospice after staff completed a gruelling Three Peaks Challenge. Office Manager Nicola Green and Commercial Supervisor Sam Plant from Target Windows, based in Stoke-on-Trent, climbed the highest peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice on

Businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are being urged to help shape the area’s new industrial strategy at one of a series of free workshops in the coming weeks. Each local enterprise partnership area has been asked by the Government to form its own industrial strategy which reflects on their own identities, strengths and needs. They