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A Centro-WMPTA scheme giving north Solihull job seekers free travel passes to help them get back into work is to continue for another three years.

The WorkWise initiative, which provides passes for unemployed people starting new jobs or travelling to interviews, has secured pounds 264,860 funding; pounds 113,000 from Advantage West Midlands and the rest from Centro-WMPTA and Jobcentre Plus.

Aspire People, a recruitment consultancy based in Sutton Coldfield, has outperformed hundreds of hopeful new businesses to reach the regional finals of the 2007 HSBC Star-Up Stars Awards.

Dorian Chan, the power behind the Wing Wah Restaurant chain and the 2006 Midlands Business Woman of the Year, will be talking about her career, the issues around ethnicity in business and juggling priorities to achieve a good work/life balance at a lunch being staged by Birmingham Forward and Birmingham DiverCity at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens next Tuesday.

Focus Solutions has signed a restructured support services agreement with Openwork worth between pounds 650,000 and pounds 900,000 over five years. The Leamington Spa-based software solutions provider said the deal underpinned confidence in its future.

Businessman Richard Toy, head of operations at specialist recruitment firm Skyblue, was crowned Birmingham's Brite Spark by the judges of the Switched on Business Awards.

Tomdunn, the West Midlands based recruitment business, has picked up a Green Hero award for its environmental achievements.

Tamworth-based JDR Distribution has launched a new business delivery service, A Staffordshire-based company is splashing out more than pounds 30,000 on state-of-the art cleaning equipment as it expands its range of services. Tamworth-based Total Services Window Cleaning, a division of Total Services Grounds Maintenance, has invested in the latest window cleaning technology to keep up with new safety legislation, environmental and security concerns.

Car parts and building products maker Tomkins, which grew out of a Walsall bucklemaker, has appointed John McDonough and Iain Napier as nonexecutive directors. Mr McDonough is the chief executive of Wolverhampton-based Carillion, while Mr Napier is chairman of Imperial Tobacco.

Just Car Clinics has acquired the business and assets of a car accident repair business from Trinity Motors of Hinckley for pounds 113,000.

Coventry-based Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems has been named a Supplier of the Year by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, the company that designs, develops, manufactures and supports advanced business jet aircraft.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 19, 2007
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