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John Lewis Solihull celebrates after pay bonus announced

“IT’S a kind of magic” - that’s the verdict of Julie Blake, managing director of John Lewis Solihull after the department store revealed a bonus to all its staff - or Partners - of 17 per cent - equivalent to nine weeks’ salary.

Fury as Sainsbury delays plans to build Dorridge supermarket

Council leader Ken Meeson has hit out at Sainsbury’s after it said construction on its proposed Forest Court site in Dorridge ‘will not begin in the near future’

Dorothy & Theodore are winners in our Local Business Accelerators competition

A Solihull internet boutique selling special-occasion gifts, a Birmingham company making smoked humous, and a digital media business have all been chosen as winners of the Local Business Accelerators (LBA) 2012 competition

Solihull senior banned from Tesco

A FRAIL 83-year-old has been banned from her local Tesco store after being accused of bullying staff – and deliberately ramming them with her trolley.

Knowle Auction Rooms need new premises.

A FAMILY-run auction business may be in danger of closing less than a year after it has opened if it cannot find new premises.

Mixed reaction to Knowle Waitrose plan

WORK on Knowle’s new Waitrose store will hopefully start in spring and be open for business by summer 2014.

Green light for Waitrose in Knowle

THE Waitrose supermarket application which has divided Knowle was finally given the go ahead by borough councillors on Wednesday evening.

Hundreds attend public exhibition for Knowle Waitrose plan.

OVER 500 people attended a public exhibition in Knowle to view the latest plans for the new Waitrose store in the village.


High speed water

Plenty in reserve

SO, Solihull Council needs to reduce its budget by a further £10 million, on top of of the many millions slashed in the past five years (Solihull News).

Private money 'the only way forward for south Solihull' says petition organiser

VILLAGES like Dorridge must rely on the private sector for investment, so says a supporter of the controversial Sainsbury’s development.

Group behind 1800-signature petition speak

VILLAGES like Dorridge must rely on the private sector for investment so says a supporter of the controversial Sainsbury’s development.

Rethink on plans: village hall to stay and store size cut

A PLANNING application to redevelop parts of Knowle which will include a Waitrose store, has been submitted to Solihull Council.

Under siege from major supermarkets

SOLIHULL has been placed under siege by supermarket giants, with MP Lorely Burt saying that there must be more protection for smaller businesses.

Despicable act

To the person(s) who burgled our home.

For Sainsbury's

THE Dorridge & District Residents Association (DDRA) have been listening to the community and reviewing the latest submission for the redevelopment of Dorridge centre into a supermarket.

Just the tonic

WE would like to express our full support for the Sainsburys development of Forest Court in Dorridge.

Car park fears

Knowle already has one supermarket plus a convenience store and very limited parking.

Spicing up your cuisine

IF you want to pack some spice into meals, try unearthed’s new Spanish Hot Spicy Cooking Chorizo Sausages (£3.59,250g).

Pension fury

YOUR anonymous correspondent on the teachers’ pension strike (Letters) shows a remarkable lack of understanding for a school governor.


Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
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Multimedia Journalist
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