- Published: Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:00
- Written by Jonathan Walker
The West Midlands quango set up to support the region's economy repaid £201,801 to the European Union after it failed to include the EU logo on publicity material.
Advantage West Midlands was forced to repay the sum after it received an EU grant of £1.7 million for a project to market the region to tourists and inward investors.
It decided not to include the EU's logo - the 12 yellow stars on a blue background, also commonly known as the EU flag - because it wanted "to avoid having a confused brand image", according to the Government.
I guess that means it wanted to cover its leaflets and posters with images connected to the West Midlands rather than the EU, which seems eminently sensible to me.