West Midlands

  • Regional inequality flagged by Solihull and Sandwell, weak growth in Telford and pandemic related job losses mount up June, 2020

    Administrations and job losses in the region are on the increase as the effects of the pandemic on businesses solidify. Lee Longlands, a historic Midlands furniture company which was established in 1902 has gone into administration. Its shops in Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Kidderminster, Abingdon, Derby and Cheltenham were closed for three months and have only just re-opened as lockdown restrictions eased. Up to 80 jobs could be cut at pie manufacturer Wrights. The Crewe based firm started making pies in 1926 but now supplies savoury goods and other products to businesses such as restaurants and bakers. Many of its clients in airline catering...