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Our Birmingham office was opened in Autumn 2013.
The team in Birmingham provide a full range of accountancy services for all types of Birmingham businesses ranging from start up businesses, through to growing owner managed businesses, charities and internationally owned PLC's.
Our commitment to the Birmingham area goes beyond providing accountancy advisory services. Dains has been one of the major sponsors of the Great Midlands Fun Run for the past three years whilst using the event as a platform to run our Corporate Relay - where members of the local business community run, jog or walk in order to raise valuable sponsorship money for local charities. Our nominated charity this year is Birmingham Childrens Hospital.
With a number of our staff and Partners living locally we look forward to continuing the growth of our accountants birmingham Office.
The title of this week's blog is a derivation of Francis Wheen's book Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia in which he reflects on the peculiar and sometimes inexplicable events of the 1970s.
The team redeveloping Birmingham New Street station is celebrating the appointment of the 100th apprentice to the project.
Top Birmingham City Council Stories
The Council hadn’t quite got it right in terms of bus lane enforcement in the city centre. We should have paid more attention to the people of Birmingham; the media coverage the scheme was attracting; and the feedback from our own scrutiny committee before Christmas.
Hastily set up in the wake of the coalition government's knee-jerk scrapping of the Regional Development Agencies, the government's much trumpeted 'Regional Growth Fund' (RGF) appears still beset by problems.
Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Six months before the 2012 Olympics *Premier Group*[http://premier-group.co/]were contracted by the London Organising Committee for the Olympics (LOCOG)to make the *Olympic torch*[http://premier-group.co/test-11/].
The charity, Canal & River Trust, has started work on an 18-month project to improve access to and from Birmingham’s waterways for thousands of cyclists, walkers and wheelchairs users who visit the canal every day.
This Saturday 8 March, Cofton Park in Longbridge welcomes the return of the British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and the UK Cross Country Challenge Finals. And spectators are welcome to come and cheer on the runners of all ages.
*Top Birmingham City Council stories:*
*[http://birminghamnewsroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Adrian-Phillips1.jpg]Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips insists there is an obvious solution to much of the misery caused by alcohol misuse in the UK.*
Working together, Standing up for Birmingham
As I wrote last week, what is currently going on in Ukraine is highly dynamic and, of course, dangerous.
After considerable public pressure (and following an online petition signed by over 400 people), the Capita Service Birmingham Contract (or rather one of the contracts at least) has been partly published.
*Jonathan Duck, Amtico's Chief Executive,* is proud of the part that the *Coventry-based company* is playing in rebalancing the UK economy.[http://www.amtico.com/]
When I was at Manchester University in the very early 1980s I lived with a couple of Physicists who were studying for doctorates.
Shepherding a group of visiting Chinese parents and children through Birmingham just last week, a recent quotation from the Beijing newspaper Global Times came to mind. England, the paper said, was 'just an old European country apt for travel and study'. That day, the penetrating drizzle probably meant we scored pretty low on tourism. Happily, things were rather more cheerful on the education front as the group took in visits to a range of educational establishments hereabouts.
The news that Patrick O'Connell is to join the will be joining the HS2 Limited - a company that is wholly owned by the Department of Transport - as their interim programme and strategy director has provoked controversy.