14:48 UK time, Thursday, 5 December 2013
Chancellor George Osborne says in his Autumn Statement he hopes tax breaks for small retailers can trigger a revival on the High Street.
Plans by digger maker JCB to create 2,500 new jobs in Staffordshire is a "fantastic boost for the local economy," local traders say.
Three generations of the same family are working together to help non-league Tamworth tackle Bristol City in the FA Cup.
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Alistair McGowan travels through the West Midlands to uncover the buildings in need of renovation.
Johny Pitts tracks down the wildlife lurking in our towns and cities
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