Business Desk West Midlands, thought to be be the new online business venture headed by former Birmingham Post editor Marc Reeves, has launched on Twitter.
Its Twitter address states as its location "West Midlands" and it is clearly linked to TheBusinessDesk.com, the online business news service which covers Yorkshire and the North West. There is a cryptic tweet: "We're getting there. Slowly". TheBusinessDesk.com was launched by David Parkin, a former Yorkshire Post business editor, in November 2007 covering Yorkshire business news with the backing of a group of professional investors and entrepreneurs. It launched in the North West in September 2008. It now has 28,000 registered users, employs five journalists and sends out a daily email to subscribers.
It is thought that his former employer, Trinity Mirror, may not be best pleased to find Reeves launching a rival online news service to that of the Birmingham Post, which targets the business community in the West Midlands.
Reeves left the Post at the end of last year shortly after the newspaper switched from daily to weekly publication and put its daily business news online.