There has been a mixed reaction to the Budget from the press across the Midlands this afternoon. While the details are still in the process of being analysed, here's a round-up of intial thoughts...
Business Insider says the budget was "generally well received" in the region: and headlines on the creation of three enterprise zones in the Midlands.
In the West Midlands the Birmingham Post and the Coventry Telegraph have jointly run a live blog:
The Birmingham Post previously reported that local businesses are cautiously welcoming the return of enterprise zones
While the Wolverhampton Express & Star hones in on Ed Milliband's jibes at George Osbourne:
The Midlands Businessdesk.com focuses on the creation of the Birmingham and Black Country enterprise zones:
Surprisingly, BBC Birmingham & Black Country has not yet posted any Budget reaction:
In the East Midlands the Nottingham Evening Post leads on the reduction in fuel duty:
The Derby Evening Telegraph sticks with an overview of the key Budget announcements:
As in Birmingham, BBC Nottingham has not yet posted any Budget comments:
Watch this blog for further reaction reaction from the region to today's budget.