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Welcome to the programme. The headlines: Plans move a step
nearer that could mean thousands of new jobs created around Coventry
airport. It is ready to go. It is a side
that can literally be happening within weeks or months.
A ground-breaking deal signed between the University of
Birmingham and one of the most prosperous cities in China.
TRANSLATION: If the companies from Birmingham want to come to
Guangzhou, we will treat them justly and fairly.
When the shops and restaurants that have made this town world-famous
have held their long -- held their own through the economic downturn.
And the women's wheelchair doubles at Wimbledon.
Good evening. Tonight, the prospect of thousands of new jobs and A
Prost -- partnership between private and public money. They
would be created in the shadow of Coventry airport. Local authorities
have joined with businesses to back the plan. They believe it could
create up to 14,000 jobs next year by cutting through red chip and
planning regulations. -- red tape.
Denys Short likes to get things done. He set up a beauty product
Ivers -- business in Stratford- upon-Avon from scratch. Turnover is
now �1 hand and 30 million. His business may be thriving but he
fears for the rest of the country. What does it take for real --
people to realise there are no jobs our business is? What needs to
happen for people to say, we needed to turn this round and focus on
growth and jobs. He is behind a plan for an enterprise zone on land
behind Coventry airport. They have just submitted a bid. We start out
with jaguar Land Rover and move down here, a defunct sewage
treatment works. It is fundamental to Coventry. It shows we are open
for business and we are prepared as eight region to move forward. It is
important for the region. Enterprise zones lure businesses
with incentives, relaxed planning laws and he --. The Isle of Dogs
started out like this. If the enterprise zone over here is going
to be a success, they have to look at this. This is the worst traffic
bottleneck in the area. It is likely to be a problem for five or
six years. If the enterprise idea comes forward it could be resolved
into a three years. It is important it is usable. Critics argue that
enterprise zones and this place jobs. Ashby's place. Every job
should create another job outside the enterprise his own. There would
be a need for it with their losses in the car industry. A would be
brilliant. I think the rope round there is not designed for that
amount of people. It is bad enough now. The government will announce
if the bid was successful in two or three weeks. It was something of
pride and if we when it will be a great honour.
A ground-breaking deal has been signed between the University of
Birmingham and China. It was a multi-million pound research centre
set up in the city of Guangzhou. Chinese officials will arrive at
looking for business partners and clearly there is money to be made.
China is a world's second largest economy and it is predicted it also
pass the USA by 2020. What can a Chinese opera businesses from the
West Midlands? -- what can be Chinese offer?
All smiles as they signed a memorandum of co-operation, they
are in business. It is a unique collaboration between a British
university and China. There are a number of advantages. We will be
working in one of the fastest- growing economies in the world. One
of the evidence is the best research is done internationally.
Brains from Birmingham will collaborate with researchers in
Guangzhou on projects relate -- ranging from health to
manufacturing. Already the University spearheaded the largest
health trial in China. We estimated 1.9 million deaths in China are
caused as a response that -- to passive smoking. It kicked off last
weekend when the Chinese premier visited MG Rover. He went on to
sign deals in the UK were billions. Clearly officials in Guangzhou are
hoping for the same. Around 100 are in Birmingham and armed with a
glossy video, they are trying to promote business. If a business
wants to invest in your city, how confident can they be that there
will not be political interference? TRANSLATION: To further co-
operation, we will issue a series of policies regarding companies
from the UK and Birmingham. We will give them support and help.
If what we are encountering is a seriousness of commitment and
openness to working together and a desire on both sides to get his
right. The Birmingham-Guangzhou research centre will open in the
Teva. I am joined by Professor David
Bailey. Our China connections keep growing. Why is it good for
business here? All universities in the West Midlands are active in
emerging economies. That is partly about students, partly about joint
research. At Coventry it is everything from automotive design
and three to low carbon economies. It is more about economic
development. Whether it is an enterprise zone in the West
Midlands or at supporting administrations in China. China is
the fastest-growing economy in the world. What is the attraction for
them to do this this year? We know it is good for us, but what for
them? We can offer skills, Brahms, technologies and lease on a visit
by the Chinese premier last week. - - Bryant's. We can't do the
development in the UK and the money factor in China and both benefit.
It is about finding ways to increase trade. Will we get on with
business here but find it difficult in China? We will have to make it
work as we do with other markets. There is a big role for
universities in understanding cross cultural differences. Let's take
you to the top story, the enterprises and in Coventry. For
there will be all sorts of tax benefits. Is that no way to get
this country back on its big economically? There will only be 20
when enterprise zones, not everyone had them. In the 1980s they were
short lived. Be on the Enterprise Zone, how do things develop? It
will help businesses grow. It builds on the success of a science
park and it will offer an attractive place for inward
investors. It is supported by councils and universities. When a
tax rates and run at Ayr is a chance of it working.
-- and run out, there is a chance of it working.
Don't mention a tennis! Still ahead tonight... The Saxon relics going
on show for the first time with treasures from the stuff which
record. -- Staffordshire abhorred.
Around 100 jobs could go at a Premier Prison when a private firm
takes over running the prison. -- Birmingham prison. Their company
due to take over the prison in October has confirmed 123 posts are
at risk in management and administration.
An investigation into the work of a Staffordshire surgeon has concluded
one patient was not treated correctly. Dr Changez Jadun's
activities have sparked for separate inquiries. He no longer
performs some procedures on the brain. The trust also admitted his
whistle-blowing policy did not work. Under changes announced, a fit of
workers in a council was the big drop in pay. 50% will get a heck --
pay rise and some of the noted at all. All staff have to agree by the
end of October RTE's redundancy. -- or face redundancy. Please explain
why you are doing us? We have to do it. The equal Pay Act came into
force in 1970, followed by the single status legislation in 1997.
We are obliged to take this process forward. Inevitably, Unison is
latching on to the fact that staff will have a pair reduction. What do
you say to that? There will be winners and losers. We cannot avoid
that. We do not want there to be losers but we have to follow the
government guidelines in the introduction of this grading system.
That is what has shaken out. We have followed procedure and this is
how it has worked out. The union is saying, there is no doubt Walsall
will seek strike action similar to Birmingham earlier this year. Does
that worry you? I would be disappointed to hear that. We have
had good negotiations with the unions. We have worked well with
them to resolve these matters amicably. I would be disappointed
if we got there that situation. official statement says they are
disappointed at the way this has turned out. So be it, we have
followed procedure. We have carried out the evaluation in a correct
manner in consultation with unions. Might I said, there will be winners
and losers. Bearing in mind, 81% of people will either stay the same or
be a winner, 19% will have a change. A lorry driver has been jailed for
12 months for causing the death of a her for a couple who were crushed
when it's begun shed its load of timber. Tom Matts and Terri-Ann
Barnett died after the lorry hit a bridge at Belmont in February. Ray
Morgan has been told he will serve at least six months in prison.
MPs want the Government to postpone closing the National forensic
science service based in Birmingham. Ministers announced the closure in
December, saying the service was losing �2 million a month. It is
due to be wound down by March but the Commons Science and Technology
Committee said meeting the work elsewhere could create unacceptable
risks to justice. An empty building designed for use as a regional fire
control centre is costing the taxpayer �1.4 million in and will
went. Wolverhampton control centre was commissioned by the Labour
government to bring emergency call services under one roof. The
National Audit Office says it was flawed because it did not have the
support of Fire and rescue services. Local produce, visitors from around
the world and individual food protesters, the recipe for economic
success. While there have been hard times for some, on the whole they
have held their own. Ludlow has developed an
international reputation for fine food. The annual Frugi festival in
a September attracted 22,000 visitors, double the local
population, and generates millions of pounds for the local economy.
This chef gained 8 Michelin-starred two years ago. Turnover increased
30% in the last financial year. Some Australian tourist recently
planned their trip to the UK based on a visit to this restaurant.
supporting local businesses by buying locally, supporting
independent farmers and shops, and in turn the locals support me.
There is a market for days a week. The shops are owned by independent
people, we do not have changed here. People are passionate about what
they are selling, they know about the producer. The pictures and
because know the origins of everything they are using and that
is really special. Visits here has remained stable. Mike of the shop
owners, they were affected more by this know than by the economic
climate. We get a lot more visitors from the West Midlands area. They
seem to travel to Ludlow regularly. They used to come every week but
now they perhaps come once a month. Perhaps that is due to fuel prices
as well as the economy. This picture it says people are more
cautious. In the last few years it has grown 10 to 20% each year. This
year, it has been stable or is even dance some percentage. It is
worrying but compared to some places, probably very good. A mix
of local people, we get home owners and tourist shop here. Their
opinion then buried. I am going to Manchester tomorrow. I am taking
food to my son in Manchester because I'll have the choice.
pubs and restaurants are great. The fine dining is good. Tourists but
accommodation within a 30 mile radius a year in advance of the
annual rate festival and with many holiday makers opting to stay Hann,
those in the food industry here That has made me hungry. Lunch was
a long time ago. Still to come:
How the gorgeous spring weather - remember that - has produced a
bumper and early crop of a fruit that we love to drink.
And there could be good fruit growing weather this weekend -
mostly dry with some sunshine and a bit warmer. The full forecast in a
few minutes. I think we are going to like the
forecast. Rare Anglo Saxon documents rarely
shown to the public are going on display for the first time. Over
1000 years old, they give an insight into the dark Ages, a
period we know little about. The exhibition has been put on to
coincide with the first tour of Staffordshire of the famous
Staffordshire hoard. Lindsay Doyle reports.
This is one of our archive strong rooms which we do not normally
allow access to, so you are privileged. Stafford is truly going
Saxon. Rare Anglo Saxon documents are going on display at the records
office to coincide with the first visit to the town of the
Staffordshire hoard. We are very lucky that they have survived from
that period will stop the connection with the Staffordshire
hoard adds even more to what they tell us about the history of the
county. The documents are over 1000 years old and they rarely leave the
archives. The most valuable is the last will and testament of a mercy
and nobleman, who leaves his wealth to the abbey. It is not just the
will, but there are several documents relating to the
conveyance of land. They are not normally stored like this. They are
being prepared to go on display for There will, for example, was folded
into a small package of perhaps three inches square. And this would
have been kept in someone's pocket, in a pouch or his saddlebag. Just
over the road, the famous hall of Anglo Saxon gold from the ancient
kingdom of mercy or is being carefully unpacked. It was found in
a field two years ago by a metal detector enthusiast. It is
absolutely fantastic to be able to put the items on display. Some of
them have never been on display before. And on show for the very
first time, the actual metal detector used by the manner
discovered the hoard. The first stop for the artifacts, it will
then travel to Lichfield and Tamworth.
If that has whetted your appetite, there is a programme on Sunday
presented by Dan Snow on BBC One at 6pm.
Dan is here with the sports news. I understand there has been around in
women's football on Twitter. Yes, communication is not always a good
thing. England's women have got their World Cup campaign back on
track with victory over New Zealand. For Enny Aluko, it is the perfect
response to comments that she received after the first match,
comments she described as poisonous. Aluko missed several second half
chances. England drew their first game 1-1 with Mexico. She said that
comments directed at her on Twitter did nothing to help her or the team.
It does affect me. It is quite poisonous. When I am in a World Cup,
you need to keep positive going into the next game. I do not need
these things directed at me. There is a time when I might say
something back. Carson has left to join a Turkish
side. As a Roger Vingham have not revealed how much the former
captain has been sold for. -- West Bromwich Albion.
It was not just Andy Murray who had a big day today. While he was
losing on Centre Court, Jordanne made her Wimbledon debut in the
wheelchair doubles. But she also lost in the semi-finals.
It is the most famous tennis club in the world and is home to the
most famous tournament. Today, Jordanne was part of it. For the
first time, she graced the grass of Wimbledon. Then 19-year-old from
Halesowen played in the semi-final of the ladies will chair doubles,
an invaluable experience. It was a good experience and I really
enjoyed it. It is lovely to play with Lucy. We worked hard to get
the ranking that we have, and we worked hard together to be in
places like this, playing in these tournaments, so I was proud.
despite the lure of Andy Murray on Centre Court, there were plenty of
fans cheering them on. It means a lot that people are taking the time
to look at wheelchair tennis, taking the time to support us. We
appreciate that. Sadly, her debut was a losing one, losing in
straight sets. But she will hope to be back twice next year. Once in
the Wimbledon championships, and again at the London 2012
Paralympics. Finally, if Alex McLeish needs help
winning over the fans at Aston Villa, he could do worse than to
call on this man. Yes, that really is Prime Minister David Cameron
going for his morning jog in an Aston Villa shirt. The photo was
taken in Hyde Park. I presume he has Cameron Number 10 on the back.
Am not sure that he and the Chancellor have much spare cash,
but Alex McLeish could do worse than to ask. His uncle was the
chairman of Aston Villa in the glory years. It is the club of the
Establishment. Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England,
Prince William, Tom Hanks, no less. Exactly, a Holyrood superstar.
There is an argument as as men of that age should not be wearing
football shirts. I have to say, he was exercising so I think it is
allowed. And most men have not given up the dream of playing for
their side. Thank you.
It may not be the most tasty of fruits, but the humble black
currant is having something of a resurgence. Almost a third of the
total crop produced in the UK has grown in this region. This year,
thanks to the spring weather, the black current season is earlier
than ever. Deep in the Herefordshire
countryside, the black current harvest is well under way. On this
farm in Lyonshall, close to the Welsh border, they have been
growing the fruit for almost 100 years. We are picking this variety
about two weeks earlier than ever before. Lovely fruit, swelled by
the rain and ready to harvest. some parts of Herefordshire, they
have been harvesting blackcurrants for two weeks, something unheard of
before. So why has the season started so early? We had a
fantastic the cold winter, lovely warm spell in the spring and plenty
of water recently. Sunshine on the Bush has now to get the sweetness
into the berries. So this should be a very good crop. On this farm in
Herefordshire they grow around 125 acres of blackcurrants. That
produces around 300 tons of the fruit each year. 90% of that is
bought by a manufacturer of a rather well-known blackcurrant
drink. That still leaves enough fruit to produce a drink of a very
different kind. This is Casillas, an alcoholic version of
blackcurrant juice. It is one of the products they make on the farm
from this bear fruit. This is this year's crop. What makes good
blackcurrants? In terms of nutritional benefit, it is the
colour, the Act -- the anti- oxidants that come from such a dark
colour. There is also the fact that his is full of natural fruit sugars.
As far as the crop is concerned, these are lovely berries, so we are
pleased. With more fruit now being produced in the UK, the growers
will be hoping the blackcurrant resurgence is here to stay.
Someone around here perked up when they mentioned coses. -- when they
mention the alcoholic drink! Can we Yes, we will be drinking in the
garden this weekend. Not as warm as last weekend, but the headline is
that we will see sunny spells and it will stay mostly dry, and it
will begin to turn a bit warmer as well. The reason for the fine
weather is this area of high pressure right on top of us at the
moment. Through today, that has trapped a lot of cloud underneath
it but that will melt away through the rest of tonight. Clear spells
developing which will allow things to turn fairly chilly. In towns and
cities, down to 10 Celsius, but in the countryside, may be as low as
six. It will be a bright start tomorrow morning with a lot of
sunshine through the first part of the day. But more cloud developing
into the afternoon. Temperatures doing quite well tomorrow, getting
up to 22 Celsius, 72 Fahrenheit in a light and variable wind. Tomorrow
evening and tomorrow night it will stay fine, which is good news for
over 400 women heading to the University of Birmingham for the
start of the Starlight stroll, kicking off at 10pm. Pleasant
weather for walking. Clear spells, patchy cloud and temperatures down
to 10 Celsius. But there will be some sunshine on Sunday, very
pleasant conditions. Patchy cloud, some spells of sunshine and
temperatures beginning to rise. Maybe 23 Celsius. Not good news for
everyone. High pollen levels make things miserable for hayfever
sufferers. That will continue through the weekend and into the
first part of next week, because during Monday and Tuesday it will
stay fine and dry, with sunny spells but only in the daytime, not
the night time! Temperatures eventually into the mid- twenties.
As far as the weekend goes, not too bad.
Just to confirm, it will be dark at midnight!
Before we leave, the headlines: The former IMF chief Dominique
Strauss-Kahn has had his bail conditions relaxed in New York, as
doubts emerge about the sexual assault case against him.
Over and out for Andy Murray, beaten again by Rafael Nadal in the
Wimbledon semi-finals. The Spaniard will play Novak Djokovic in
Sunday's final. And plans for thousands of jobs
with the creation of a business enterprise zone near Coventry
airport. A couple of big events are amongst
many this weekend. There is a weekend of celebrations to mark the
reopening of the canal at Droitwich Spa. It cost �12 million to make
the seven-mile stretch navigable again, completing a Worcestershire
circle. There will be displays of boats and trips on the water. And
they will have the weather for it. And today has been the start of
three days of music in Coventry. Three days of music and
entertainment. One of a highlights is the Godiva choir who have been
chosen to perform as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. BBC