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Acme Whistles are the world’s largest and most famous producer of whistles with a string of firsts to their name as producers of bird calls, musical sound effects and signal horns. The company’s heritage includes having produced the first Police Whistle and the first whistle to be used by a football referee, The Acme Thunderer. Amongst many notable inventions are the ‘silent’ Dog Whistle, the Lifejacket Whistle and the incredibly powerful Tornado Whistles which were seen on duty at the 2012 London Olympics. The company is headquartered in Birmingham’s prestigious Jewellery Quarter, where it was founded in 1870 by Joseph Hudson. Not surprisingly, they also manufacture jewellery whistles in precious metal, including miniature reproductions of the whistles made for use on the steamship Titanic in 1912.
AGA Rangemaster plc
Manufacturers of iconic British cookers, refrigeration and kitchen accessories, with a history dating back to Sir Abraham Darby who, in 1707 gained a patent from Queen Anne enabling the first smelting of iron ore with coke and the first mass production of Coalbrookdale, high quality enamelled cooking pots, triggering the industrial revolution.
The company brands names include – AGA range cookers and cookware, which with Rayburn are still produced in the Coalbrookdale foundry and manufacturing facility in Telford. Rangemaster and La Cornue cookers are produced in Leamington Spa, Leisure sinks in Nottingham. Other brands in the company portfolio include Stanley, Redfyre, Falcon and Mercury range cookers, Marvel refrigeration, along with prestigious retail brands, Divertimenti and Fired Earth.
Offering a one-stop shop manufacturing source of sand, gravity and high pressure aluminium castings with facilities including a job/batch production aluminium gravity die foundry along with a sand casting foundry, with green sand and airset departments, complemented by an established high pressure foundry equipped with fully automated pressure die casting machines. Renowned for their part in making the top and bottom caps for the 2012 Olympic Torch, for producing the Bugatti Veyron brake callipers and as founder members of the MAN Group – a formal collaboration of manufacturers cross promoting a diverse and complementary range of services, encompassing almost every aspect of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering processes.
Renowned as brand leaders in the ‘luxury vinyl tile’ market, the company has 20% global market share and sales of over £120m. It arose following an MBO from Courtaulds in 1995 having built the market segment in the 60’s,70’s and 80’s. In 2012 the company became part of Mannington Mills, a larger company with long term vision which has been driving an active investment strategy. Amtico has, as a result, recently doubled manufacturing capacity through a £6m investment in a new production line, to become Coventry’s largest manufacturing company based in the city and enabling them to bring back production of their affordable flooring line, Spacia, from China to the West Midlands which is produced alongside their premium Signature line. They employ 300 people in the UK and 600 worldwide.
As experts in the ‘science of search’, they pride themselves on achieving more sales/leads for ecommerce and lead generation sites alike. Their data-driven, ethical and fully transparent paid, owned and earned media campaigns, have proved successful for small brands and household names.
Started in 1920 by Arnold Laver on returning home from the Great War, the company continues to be run as a family business by their MD, Andrew, and his brother, David, as Chairman. The company has interests in property and leisure but over the years their reputation has been built as timber importers, distributors and manufacturers of panels and a diverse range of timber products. Employing over 580 people they aim to innovate constantly, work ethically and protect the environment.
Renowned for producing the world’s most beautiful sports cars they are framed in our consciousness as automotive icons having starred in James Bond films including the DB5 in Goldfinger, the V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day, the DBS in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and a specially designed DB10 in the latest movie, Spectre. Aston Martin combine three important elements: power, beauty and soul. The 102 year-old company is expanding its range and continuing to produce new bespoke, hand-crafted and hand-built, luxury sports cars at their state-of-the-art facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
BCRS provides business loans ranging from £10,000 to £150,000, lending to businesses making a positive contribution to the social, environmental or economic well-being of Birmingham and the Midlands. Their sole purpose is to provide SMEs with access to finance to enable such businesses to grow and prosper. BCRS works alongside other lenders to help local businesses gain access to finance.
Founded by WO Bentley in 1919, almost a century later, W.O.’s vision continues to guide the company’s beliefs, actions and ambitions. Located in Crewe, England, and owned by Volkswagen AG since 1998, Bentley Motors remains the definitive British luxury car company, crafting the world’s most desirable high performance grand tourers.
Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University provides practical solutions for business using extensive industry links to deliver employability skills and practical experience to students. The University’s track record on employability, with 90 per cent of graduates in work or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2012/13), combined with research excellence, has resulted in a strong track record of facilitating pioneering ideas. The university helped businesses in many sectors including design, environment, advanced engineering and health. Its mission is to create partnerships where businesses, academics and students flourish in a culture of innovation and the university is interested in working to drive innovation and new solutions to improve business performance.
Birmingham City University School of Architecture
Birmingham School of Architecture, accredited by the RIBA, is a key contributor of new talent to architectural practice. The School is a mirror of the rich diversity of the region, attracting students from the locality in addition to those from across the UK, Europe, and the world. It is renowned for its record on employability with 92 per cent of graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE survey 2012/13). This success reflects the School’s partnership with numerous practices locally and top practices regionally who support its teaching approach. The School welcomes opportunities to collaborate with business through its expertise, research and through its students via industry projects.
Birmingham City University Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
With a history dating back to 1843, the Faculty is one of the most established, largest and most significant centres for jewellery, art, design, media and architecture education in the world. Industry collaborations are fundamental to course design, the delivery of curriculum and a key reason why students enjoy a rich study experience. In recent years, partnerships and collaborations with Cartier, AGA Rangemaster, Triumph Motorcycles, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Mailbox, Selfridges, Pashley Cycles, Global Color Research™, UBM Live and Tektura, amongst others, have resulted in new product developments, company-wide innovations, entrepreneurship, new work opportunities for high quality graduates and innovation in the teaching curriculum.
Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University
Birmingham City Business School is one of the longest established and most respected business schools in the UK. Internationally recognised for practice-based learning and links to business, its three specialist centres are leading the way in finance, international business, marketing and management. Its Centre for Leadership and Management Practice, has been delivering measurable performance improvement combined with genuine innovation in business, particularly within multi-unit retail, leisure and hospitality organisations. This thinking underpins its Masters programme in Multi-Unit Leadership and Strategy as well as an in-company degree in Leadership and Business Management.
Birmingham City University, School of Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design
One of the largest and most successful providers of fashion, textiles, interior and product design education in the world, the School’s origins can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century. Today it is renowned as a centre for design innovation, industry engagement and research. Expert staff ensure the School has good relationships throughout the sector. With a strong multicultural and international student community, it also offers a welcoming and diverse environment and an opportunity for staff and students alike to develop a truly global perspective. Programmes address the design, managerial and communication aspects of the fashion, textile, interior and product industries and the project with Selfridges Birmingham exemplifies its focus on developing practical links with business and industry.
Birmingham City University School of Jewellery
The School of Jewellery, located on Vittoria Street, Birmingham, has been at the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter since 1890. Staff at the School are renowned for their expertise and for the support provided to award-winning students through their chosen courses and into professional life. The Artist in Residence (AIR) programme was established to allow recent graduates of UK and overseas jewellery and silversmithing courses to spend a further academic year within this outstanding environment. The residency position is viewed as an opportunity for AIRs to develop their own work and technical skills in a creative atmosphere, without the constraints of set course work or timetable. In return, AIRs act as role models and mentors to undergraduate and postgraduate students, in addition to assisting in the School’s studios and teaching.
Birmingham City University School of Visual Communication
The School of Visual Communication has an international reputation and offers innovative visual communication education, engaging with industry partners such as Magnum Photos, the Association of Illustrators, Live Nation, Merlin Entertainments, Flatpack Film Festival and McCann Erickson. The School boasts state-of-the-art digital technology, such as the MILO Motion Control Rig, allowing film-makers and animators access to the most sophisticated visual effects technology, a whole range of digital cameras and postproduction facilities. In addition photography darkrooms and print workshops demonstrate a commitment to the more traditional technologies. A truly international perspective is enriched by delivering top-up degrees at the Hong Kong Design Institute in Hong Kong and Silpakorn University International College in Bangkok.
Birmingham City University Trends
The University’s expertise in interior design, creative flair and business focus brings together in the ‘Trends’ exhibition works from up-and-coming designers.
Birmingham Made Me Posters, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
From the first BMM posters created by Alisdhair Willis, renowned designer and husband to Stella McCartney, BMM has gone from strength to strength to produce its fourth international design expo 2015 including delegations to Milan and Brussels and a live trade forum interacting with over ten global cities.
Birmingham Made Me Schools Competition 2015
Over 130 entries received for the BMM15 Schools Design Competition with submissions from Academies including — Arden, Shireland Collegiate, St Peters, Barr Beacon, George Dixon, King Edwards Sheldon Heath and King Edwards Five Ways, as well as Pedmore Technology and Bournville Colleges. We are grateful to the following judges who will select a shortlist next Tuesday 26th May to be exhibited at BMM15 Millennium Point including – Stuart Ballinger, Midlands Director, JCDecaux, Simon Topman, CEO, Acme Whistles, Lee Currier, Entrepreneur Development Manager, RBS, and Sarah Felton, BCU Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager. 2014 winners can be viewed here http://birmingham-made-me.org/y…/schools-design-competition/
Birmingham City University Racing Team
BCU Racing is a student race team operating out of Birmingham City University, competing in the IMechE Formula Student competition annually. Founded in 2010, to date we have designed and built three cars. Working with our Danish partners since 2012, Aquila Racing Cars and Aarhus Tech College, we have developed a strong philosophy based around low centre of gravity cars that are simple to manufacture and run. This not only encourages innovative solutions, but keeps our cars cost effective.
Business Information Portal (The BIP)
The BIP is a business publication company based in the West Midlands. We collect and publish local business stories on our website, www.thebiponline.co.uk.
Over the last 35 years, Bristan has become the biggest showers and taps company in the UK. They estimate that one in five homes in the UK have a Bristan shower or tap fitted. Their products are widely used in bathrooms and washrooms at hospitals, leisure centres, hotels, schools and colleges across the country. Bristan taps and showers are sold through a national network of plumbers’ merchants, bathroom showrooms and DIY stores. Their Head Office in Tamworth, Staffordshire, is home to their state-of the-art distribution centre and Bristan Express delivery service are also located. This industry-leading service includes our ‘Next Day Delivery’ promise which means that all orders placed with us by 6pm are delivered to our stockists the next day. Bristan is part of Bristan Group, parent company to Heritage Bathrooms. Bristan Group is part of Masco, a global leader in the supply of home products.
Brintons is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality woven carpets operating in both commercial and residential markets. Brintons’ reputation is built on design innovation, product excellence, technical expertise and customer focus. Operating in all major markets worldwide, Brintons deliver unrivalled carpet solutions to its customers. By investing continuously in developing patented looms they have engineered the best weaving technology solutions available today. Their latest High Definition Weave (HDW) looms have increased colour inspiration providing up to 24 colours in carpet design. Brintons pioneered the 80/20 wool nylon blend of yarn, the industry standard today, and as the world’s leading supplier of wool rich carpet provides the ultimate in custom woven Axminster, Wilton and tufted flooring. With over 20,000 designs produced every year, their design library holds digitally created patterns ready to be manufactured on demand and their design archive, the largest in the industry, consists of over 100,000 designs, dating back to 1790.
JB Brooks & Co became known and respected for its beautiful leather handcrafted saddles passing down traditional techniques from generation to generation of craftsmen as the company grew under the guidance of the Brooks family until 1958. In the last decade they have struck out as Brooks England honouring the company’s heritage. Inspired by the timeless products designed by their predecessors, they have revived the original slogan ‘Saddles, Bags, Etc’ and introduced an exciting range of cycle bags and other cycling accessories.
Bullion by Post
BullionByPost® is the UK’s No.1 online bullion dealer based in Birmingham city centre. BullionByPost is part of Jewellery Quarter Bullion Limited (JQB). The BullionByPost service was launched to offer private UK investors a straightforward, secure way to buy gold and silver bullion at low margins in a way which is ideal for investment. They offer a complete range of bullion products including gold bars, silver bars, gold coins and silver coins and are committed to offering low prices, pride themselves on their unrivalled, award-winning customer service and offering free, fully insured next-day delivery on all orders. The company also offers to sell gold and silver easy with our buy-back service paying 98% of the global spot price on all products supplied.
Business First Network
By bringing together a network of like-minded business owners both locally and nationally Business First Network has been able to create a unique suite of benefits that provides for its members:-
- Advice and assistance with business regulation and compliance
- Access to essential business services at a competitive and business efficient advantage
- The opportunity to meet and do business with like-minded business owners
- Deliver rewards for you, your family and friends.
Business First Network is committed to working with its Members, Franchisees, suppliers and the business community to realise our vision of a Robust, Sustainable, and Effective Commercial Business Membership Organisation for the 21st Century.
The Business Growth Show
National Growth Exhibition- shows offer additional revenue streams for those looking for a lifestyle business or bolt on business to their existing company. From 2005 they have been running networking events and exhibitions whilst helping businesses understand how to market themselves more effectively to improve sales and encourage growth. Franchisees run exhibitions & conference events across the country helping hundreds of businesses and their owners grow.
Business Enterprise Support
For over 30 years BES have helped thousands of people successfully launch new businesses across the West Midlands. They do this through a wide range of personalised support including coaching, mentoring, on-line support, group workshops, access to finance and networking sessions. BES are proud deliverers of Virgin Start Up Loans for the West Midlands, providing support and funding from £500 – £25,000. For more information, visit our website www.enterprisesupport.org or call 0845 6787 826.
C Brandauer & Co Ltd
Brandauer is one of the largest contract presswork and stampings companies in Europe, manufacturing precision metal components for customers around the world. They offer the complete range of services required for the supply of pressed metal components: from prototyping, design and in-house tool production (or a specialist tool transfer service) through to high-quality manufacturing and logistics. Since Brandauer was founded more than 150 years ago, it has evolved into a world-class engineering company, specialising in the manufacture of high speed precision stamped components, in difficult materials, for a wide range of industry sectors. Technical excellence, customer service and product value are central to everything they do, taking pride in their ability to turn difficult or challenging requirements into positive manufacturing solutions.
Quoted in Think & Grow Rich for Women and described as a ‘Force of Nature’, Camilita is a straight talking, International Motivational Speaker, Executive Biz Coach, Investor & Author. Camilita has spoken to audiences of over 14,000 people and appeared in Celebrate Magazine, MVP Life Magazine in the USA & Europe & the BBC. With over 12 years’ experience in the Direct Sales Industry, Camilita lead a collective team of over 11,000 people in 2 companies and 30+ countries doing over a $1 Million dollars a year in sales. With her CAN-DO attitude; no-nonsense approach, and high velocity delivery, audiences are challenged and motivated to Live Their Destiny!!
Centro is responsible for delivery of public transport in the West Midlands with the aim of creating a world-class public transport network delivered by a best in class organisation and representing the seven metropolitan councils of the West Midlands: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton to deliver the benefits of an effective transport system that meets the economic and environmental needs of the region, as well as providing access to jobs, finding innovative ways to help reduce congestion and offering seamless connections for people and goods to home and overseas markets. They manage the English Travel Concessionary Scheme in the West Midlands for those at the age of entitlement, blind and disabled and children. There are 537,000 card holders making 75 million journeys a year. The scheme entitles pass holders to free bus travel in England and free rail and Metro travel in the West Midlands area. Our vision is to create a world class public transport network delivered by a best in class organisation.
CMA Moldform is a Birmingham based specialist low volume manufacturing company producing commercial parts for a wide variety of markets and customers. CMA’s experienced team of specialists and craftsmen have supported the Scale Model, Art, Industrial, Prototyping and Specialist Product facilities for over 30 years. Recent expansion into the Medical, Aerospace and Defence sectors requires exacting standards and attention to detail leading to a worldwide customer base.
Cofi Coo is a quirky children’s lifestyle brand that encourages fun learning, storytelling and helps to unleash your child’s imagination. Cofi Coo’s vibrant homeware products have dual purpose; where the cushions turn into interactive quilts and the blankets into fun educational play-mats. With characters like Space Fairy and Tangled Giraffe your child can go on many wonderful journeys and tell stories, which they can share on our website. Everyday’s a new adventure with Cofi Coo!
Coleshill Plastics Ltd , a leading plastics moulding specialist, is based in Coventry, south of Birmingham. They provide a diverse range of plastics processing including: Compression moulding, Thermoset moulding, Thermoplastic Injection moulding, Transfer moulding and Composite Moulding. Coleshill Plastics have specialised in Thermoset moulding since the early 1940’s producing Bakelite components specifically for radar equipment. This was followed by a range of domestic appliance and automotive components. This continued through from the mid 40s, to the 70s using a whole range of developing plastics materials. In the late 70s Coleshill Plastics became involved in marketing ranges of decorative giftware and tableware under the Melamaster brand name.
Commsco is a market leader in providing Connectivity, Cloud and Unified Communications solutions to the Public and Private Sector. With over 20 years of experience in the Technology and Communications Industries we understand how to develop a tailor made solution that will enable our customers to work in a flexible way whilst driving business costs down. We work closely with our trusted partners to deliver a best of breed solution with the highest level of service within customers budgets and timescales.
Community Fibre Ltd (CFL)
Community Fibre Ltd (CFL) is an ISP delivering leading edge solutions at affordable prices to SMEs in London and Birmingham. CFL has embarked on a number of exciting network rollouts in London and Birmingham and continues to deliver innovative solutions to residential and business customers, and CFL have built a High Speed Broadband Network in Birmingham delivering connectivity to SMEs.
CFL are an approved supplier under the Government’s connection voucher scheme and have a number of pre-approved packages available.
The UK’s one-stop shop for quality precious metals and jewellery-making supplies, with over 16,000 products available for next day delivery. Cooksongold is the UK’s largest one-stop shop for the jewellery maker with a huge stock of silver, gold, palladium and platinum bullion cut to your requirements. Cooksongold also supply wide ranges of findings, chain, ring blanks, jewellery making tools and much more. With almost 20 years experience in the industry, Cooksongold despatch thousands of parcels every week to jewellers all over the world.
Creative Stoke – Ceramics
A collection of Stoke-on-Trent’s vibrant, original ceramics designers, focusing on established makers and newly emerging talent.
“First and foremost each of our products are beautiful to look at, working sculpturally and visually in your home.” David Louis is an innovative product designer who works from his studio in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, harnessing his design skills in silversmithing, jewellery design and horology to develop his contemporary tableware and gadget ranges. David’s design ethos is to “blend function with beauty” and his goal is to create “inspirational lifestyle experiences – perhaps turning the ordinary everyday experience into a fun thing to do”. David-Louis also works as a commissioned product designer undertaking private commissions for high end brands to produce tableware and product designs currently on sale around the world in New York, Tokyo and London.
Deakin & Francis
Deakin & Francis, founded in 1786, designs and manufactures the world’s finest cufflinks. The Birmingham workshops produce fine quality handmade jewellery in precious metal, incorporating vitreous enamel and fine gemstones. Seven generations after Charles Washington Shirley Deakin developed the product range, the business is today owned and managed by James and Henry Deakin. Over the last 200+ years the team of manufacturing jewellers and silversmiths at Deakin & Francis has created over 1,000 cufflink designs for business people, celebrities and members of royalty worldwide. Styles include gold and silver cufflinks, through to full dress sets in platinum and diamonds. Deakin & Francis® creations range from funky and fun to classic collections. Stockists include Harrods and other well known international department stores.
Delcam sponsors Bloodhound SSC world record attempt Delcam, the world’s largest specialist supplier of machining software, is a Sponsor for the Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car) adventure. Bloodhound SSC aims to set a world land speed record of 1000mph. Delcam is supporting the project with its manufacturing software and expertise, and has already produced some components for the vehicle. Several Delcam customers and technical partners are also involved, using the company’s CADCAM software to manufacture parts for the ultimate jet- and rocket-powered racing car.
Denby Pottery, founded in 1809, is still world renowned for designing and manufacturing unique, exceptional quality items for the kitchen and table. The pottery continues to innovate and evolve, recently celebrating 200 years of craftsmanship and heritage in Derbyshire. Denby draws its inspiration from many sources, from working with the designers of the day to more recent projects with students from the many universities and design courses across the UK. Additions to the Denby family include the Burleigh Pottery – renowned for its blue and white pottery created in an authentic Victorian Pottery, Leeds Pottery from Hartley Greens and Co, producers of handcrafted creamware, with delicately pierced patterns and the iconic Poole Pottery with its vibrant giftware. Denby is proud to uphold its position as one of the country’s key tableware manufacturers and looks forward to a diverse future as exciting as its past.
Digital Birmingham are a skilled team of professionals working to improve the way services are delivered through the use of digital and smart technologies. For the last 8 years, they have been at the forefront of leading the city’s digital and Smart Cities development, working collaboratively with many varied clients and partners across the public, private and third sector to attract and manage digital investment and uptake. They have gained a track record of success in designing, testing and mainstreaming digital and ICT innovation to support more effective service delivery shaped by the needs and wants of citizens. Their work to support sustainable economic and civic growth in an inclusive way has included achievements like the establishment of next generation wireless connectivity networks, development of the Public Shared Network and roll out of the Government’s voucher connectivity scheme. Their award winning initiatives ‘Computers in the Home’ and ‘Keeping IT in the Family’ and projects like the Universal Credit digital log book pilot show our novel approach to enhancing digital skills and supporting citizen engagement.
Disorder Boutique Disorder Ltd is Birmingham’s Award Winning Best Independent Retailer, located on Needless Alley, just off New Street. Defined as, ‘super cool’ by Sixty Nine Magazine, recommended as one of 5 reasons to visit Birmingham by The Guardian, and endorsed as, ‘one of the cleverest retailers I have seen in the UK in years,’ by international Brand Consultant Mary Portas. Disorder has its own menswear label, specializing in truly ground breaking tailoring, made in the city itself and it combines art with graphics giving it an inconceivable edge. A beacon to those who love creatively made clothes with design integrity. ‘A very special shop even by world standards,’ Vogue Magazine. Refreshing and individual cutting edge clothing (particularly the menswear) in the heart of Birmingham, for those who want something different from the chain store, youth-market or bespoke classic tailor.
Domino, part of the WB Creative Jewellery Group, is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of jewellery mounts and finished jewellery. WB the Creative Jewellery Group is a family business owned by Patrick and Vivian Fuller, who together with a strong and independent management team headed by Managing Director, Andrew Morton, play an active role in its on-going development. Domino, the second business in the group, was the brainchild of Patrick Fuller. It was founded in 1979 to provide a comprehensive catalogue of off-the-shelf jewellery components to the UK industry. Domino offers jewellery retailers instant access to one of Europe’s most comprehensive and established ranges of speciality components and stylish, precious jewellery suites. The companies’ design-led ranges are extensive with over 6000 innovative jewellery items available across a range of precious metals. Products include castings, settings, shanks, and mounts as well as fully-finished wedding rings, diamond rings, pendants, necklaces and earrings.
Dr Mark Gilman is Professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City Business School.
Prior to moving to Birmingham, Mark was the Director of The Centre for Employment, Competitiveness & Growth, one of Kent Business School’s major applied research centres. Mark has published in the area of SME performance and growth, Human Resource Management, and Rewards. And working directly with Business involves the creation of a whole range of assistance offerings including the creation of business support provision through the Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) initiative including: The BIG Journey, The BIG Network, The BIG Toolkit, The BIG Diagnostic and tailored coaching and consultancy assignments. He has worked in industry and academia for the last 40 years engaging with businesses of all sizes including, Boots plc., Barclays bank, British Airways and a number of public sector organisation. More recently impacting the growth of over 500 SMEs through research, programmatic and coaching interventions for ambitious business owners. Mark looks forward to continuing this work, locally within the Midland, nationally and internationally.
A British company manufacturing fine china tableware for the hospitality market, it is one of the oldest china companies in England, founded in 1800. It is based in the traditional Midlands “Potteries” town of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Tableware plays a key role in the dining experience so understanding customers’ perceptions and requirements underpins the company’s planning and along with their continuing focus on innovation is driving business development. Design is recognised as being key to the success of the Dudson brand; with new products having to satisfy the needs of our customers and be commercially viable. The business has formed partnerships with other tableware brands to offer our customers a comprehensive tabletop solution and is setting standards in design, product performance, service and manufacturing technology in creating its platform for future development and growth.
Ecospin is one of Europe’s leading companies revolutionizing urban mobility. The Raptor is an electric powered stand-on vehicle aimed at the security patrol market.
East End Foods
East End Foods has over 40 years’ experience as a leading supplier and innovator in the UK Indian food market, with an annual turnover of over £180 million as trusted suppliers of high quality ethnic foods to a wide range of markets from their progressive plant in the West Midlands, at the centre of the national distribution network. Over 80% of Asian independents stock East End’s range as well as all the major UK multiples.
Their high standards are achieved through a multi-stranded and targeted programme.
- Successfully pioneering the reduction of pesticides – and aflatoxins to levels below detection
- Paprika is free of artificial food colour
- Commitment to continual new product development – on-going market research as one of the foremost new product innovators in the sector
- Internationally sourced products – personal visits by our Directors to overseas suppliers ensure high quality selection
- Huge – 1250 – range of stock – with at least 98% availability
- Fast, dependable delivery service – with a modern transport fleet
- Investment in technology – to provide a superior service to our customers. Our new, £6m plant opened February 2005 with state of the art machinery and technology
- Anticipation of market trends – promoting the development of excellent products to meet demands of the modern consumer – with an outstanding range of authentic convenience foods based on interpretations of up-to-date marketing information
- Dedication to safety and hygiene concerns – with EFSIS and BRC accreditation
Wide product range – with over 1250 lines sourced from around the globe.
Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network is the official European Commission business support network helping organisations to make the most of the European marketplace. Enterprise Europe Network Midlands is your regional gateway to the Enterprise Europe Network serving both the East and West Midlands regions of England.
Emma Bridgewater is a British ceramics manufacturer founded in 1985, owned and run by Emma Rice née Bridgewater and Matthew Rice. Noted for their polka dot design among others, Emma Bridgewater specialises in pottery with motifs drawing on expertise and traditional techniques stretching back over 200 years.
English Leather Company
Based in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside, The English Leather Company is a well-established leather finisher and supplier. The company is renowned for producing the world’s finest English Bridle leather with a client base that stretches across the globe. More recently, it has developed its range of available articles to include a variety of; Vegetable Tanned Full Grain Hides, Soft Panel Hide, Printed Leathers, Tooling Hides, Suede and even Wild Rabbit Fur!
Made by Ermine’ design handmade mixed media fabrics from various recycled materials; she creates one-off unique bespoke pieces rich in texture and subtle colours. Her work is inspired by her surroundings, with the fabric she produces being suitable for fashion and interior. Her use of recycled materials in her work has encouraged her to explore the environment, leading her to research the vast amounts of disposable packaging that is generated and subsequently thrown away. Magazines, newspaper and plastic are a source of raw material with endless of potentials. “The material that she reuses is a starting point to the unpredictable process of transformation”.
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Dr Martyn Ratcliffe, Placement Officer, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment, CEBE, at BCU
Responsible for overseeing student placements into industry to gain work experience during any period of the academic year, including part-time working, live projects, concentrated periods during holidays together with full year placements as part of a Sandwich Degree and including motivation and preparation of students, liaison with BCU staff and companies to generate suitable opportunities, and monitoring student performance during work experience.
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences
Birmingham City Business School is committed to working with businesses of all sectors and sizes, and over the past decade we have helped thousands of businesses, large and small.
With a focus on working with our many ambitious SMEs in the West Midlands to provide insights for our future teaching, research and consultancy we have been developing close working relationships with industry to ensure our courses are vocationally relevant and that we are preparing our students for the constantly changing world of work.
Birmingham City Business School offers free services to SMEs assessing new markets, new products and services, diversification and lateral market opportunities.
Our Community of Networks is open to all, prioritising business growth through partnership working, people focus, fairness and integrity, and above all, excellence in adding value for success. The Business School specialises in consultancy, interns, KTP, event management and delivery, non-credit CPD and focused service provision.
A 188 year old family run and owned manufacturing business based over three sites in the UK, specialising in the design and manufacture of beautifully crafted bespoke items in all materials from precious metals to plastics. The company was founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini who established a number of retail outlets specialising in jewellery, watches and fancy goods including barometers. One of the branches based in Skipton, Yorkshire decided to set up a dedicated factory in Birmingham to take advantage of the demand for badges and medals to sports clubs (especially the Football Association clubs). The range of products widened to include sporting cups and trophies, Insignia for Associations, Civic Authorities and National Governments, emblematic jewellery including cufflinks, tieslides, brooches, bracelets, pendants, necklets, silver and gold wear including coffee pots, dishes, commemorative and collectors pieces, medallions, medals and museum replicas. In the 1980’s the company started to manufacture ceremonial swords for graduation gifts, replicas and parade swords. Today the company exports throughout the world from governments to private individuals with the same exacting standards being as important today as they were in the 1800’s. Mr. Greg Fattorini is the present Managing Director of the company he being the 6th generation of the Fattorini family to manage the business.
Listed as one of the Top 100 People in the Jewellery Industry by Professional Jeweller 2010, Fei Liu is growing in international acclaim. Originally from Chong Qin, China, Liu received his training from the School of Jewellery, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and in 2006, launched his own company, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery. The essence of Fei Liu Fine Jewellery is that of great drama and elegance. For Liu, design is all about the intricate details. Pairing delicately sculpted settings with vivid and colourful stones, Fei Liu’s look is a refined mix of femininity and drama. Combining his Eastern heritage with Western design, each piece is uniquely inspired with a three dimensional edge. Creating pieces that redefine luxury, Fei Liu’s jewellery is lavishly delicate and elegantly bold.
Firmin & Sons
Firmin & Sons are appointed Insignia, Buttons and Accessories manufacturers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Kashket & Partners are appointed manufacturers of coats and uniforms to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
From modest beginnings as button makers, Firmin became the leading supplier of every form of uniform, livery or badge, and the accessories and accoutrements to go with them. This achievement was recognised when Firmin exhibited at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. Firmin’s renown was international: in the American Civil War both sides wore Firmin buttons. The oldest part of Firmin & Sons was established in 1655 making the company older than the Bank of England, with their products present at the Battles of The Nile, Trafalgar, Waterloo and Gettysburg. Uniform and insignia products are still used today supplied to service personnel and deployed around the world. During the latter half of the 20th Century and to date Kashket & Partners have become the household name in fine uniform tailoring. In 2006 all of these very specialist and unique companies came together in a single Group, known today as the Kashket Group.
Five Brand Communication and Impact Futures are two co-run but very different Birmingham-based businesses working towards a common purpose – making the businesses and people in the city thrive.
Five Brand Communication specialises in brand communication to generate sales from the inside out: talking about your products and services authentically, across digital platforms.
Impact Futures focuses on building skills and experience for Birmingham’s diverse youth talent pool and helping employers to attract diverse talent.
Android apps –delivering bus, train, taxi and walking information: enabling blind and low vision people to enjoy and travel independently in the smart city of the future.
Come and meet GeorgiePhone at our Birmingham Made Me Expo stand. Talk to us about white labelling opportunities for your travel information, talking beacon solutions and how we can work together to include blind people in the smart city.
Gemma Elizabeth Holz Jewellery
Gemma graduated from Birmingham’s School of Jewellery in 2009. She went on to do a year at Design Space in which she took part in Style Birmingham, London Jewellery Week and Harrogate Trade Fair. Gemma has also shown her range in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Munich. Gemma’s pieces take inspiration from flatpack furniture and miscellaneous everyday objects that we tend to ignore.
GKN Driveline, the world’s leading manufacturer of automotive driveline components. The company has 22,000 people at 56 facilities in 22 countries working in partnership with vehicle manufacturers to develop driveshaft and geared component technologies for the future.
Parent company, GKN plc, sells into many markets. 40% of cars built today are fitted with GKN drive shafts with over 90% of commercial aircraft taking off every day powered by GKN technology. The company produces All Wheel Drive (AWD) systems as well as being a tier 1 supplier into leading global aerospace OEMs, including Rolls Royce, Airbus and GE.
Glassdomain design, manufacture and supply the world’s finest glass furniture for you.Our exceptional Design & Creative skills allow us to offer you a bespoke design service, bringing products through from conception to installation. We have worked on some of the most prestigious projects in the UK including some of the most famous Football Stadiums and TV stations in the world. With hard work and creative flare we are fast becoming the ‘go to’ name in glass furniture.
Robert Garner is an experienced glass artist. His is the designer and creator of all his pieces of work for GM Glass design. He uses traditional skills that are seldom used within the etched glass trade. Robert hand draws and stencil cuts his designs and does not rely on computers or an automated machine. The result is custom made bespoke pieces of art, rather than mass produced glass.
Glenn Howells Architects
Glenn Howells Architects has built a strong reputation over the last 23 years for delivering design excellence and high quality, award-winning projects. They have won a number of design competitions and in addition to being short-listed for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007 and winning the British Council for Offices Best of the Best Award in 2010, they have received over 60 national awards.
Graduate Advantage, the leading West Midlands FREE recruitment service for SMEs, is here to help you find graduate talent this summer! To benefit from our service and £1000* incentive, you will need to have secured your intern by the end of July 2015. We will support you with writing a job description and advertise the role on our website and social media. As well as talent match CVs to your exact requirements and shortlist the best suited interns for your role. Call us on 0121 204 4767 or visit www.graduateadvantage.co.uk for more information.
Green Room is an award-winning retail design agency. Since their inception in 2001, they have been working to re-define conventional retail. Through multichannel retail experiences, designing and delivering retail concepts that have transformed the physical presence of some of the world’s most respected brands.
The Green Room ethos believes that retail should provide a memorable experience for consumers to not only drive sales, but help retailers forge long-lasting and meaningful relationships with their customers. From complete store design and retail concessions, to pop-up shops and window display design; their retail design agency provides global brands with the tools to enhance their offering. Their understanding of a rapidly-changing industry also allows them to deliver quality digital integration to transform any retail experience.
Harris Horology is a young company from the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery quarter; launched from the world renowned School of Jewellery. Producing high quality contemporary horological products, Harris Horology seeks to revive the use of traditional old-world tools and skills within the industry, making them relevant once again by combining their use with cutting edge technologies, processes and materials. The brand currently has a range of accessories available, with prototypes for watches and clocks in production.
International luxury lifestyle stores specialising in brand name merchandise with stores in Birmingham, London, Leeds and Riyadh including restaurants and food retailing. Harvey Nichols, Mailbox Birmingham, re-opens this summer following a multi-million pound refurbishment.
HF Contracts’ services range from the supply of bespoke contract furniture to complete turn-key solutions for retail, leisure hospitality and healthcare. It collaborates with designers, project managers and end users to deliver the customer’s vision on time and on budget.
HF is currently launching the Cello Collection a result of a collaboration with Birmingham City University’s Richard Snell and David Rowe whose research and development has provided unique insight into the positives of incorporating postural benefits within furniture. HF has developed a range of seating that promotes good posture to improve the sitter’s overall well-being with no compromise on aesthetic detail.
Established in Bristol in 1985, Heritage Bathrooms creates stunning bathroom suites that combine the best of British classic design with modern, reliable engineering. They design all of their products in Britain and apply stringent quality standards to everything we do, from product manufacture to after-sales service. Many of their ranges, including all of their furniture, are produced here in the UK and with a state-of-the-art distribution centre they can deliver most products nationally next day. Heritage bathrooms is part of Masco Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of brand name products for the home improvement and new home construction markets.
Heritage Collection is a leading manufacturer of bespoke tableware for Hotel and restaurants around the world. Based in Birmingham the company was formed in 1976 as Heritage Silverware Ltd and has been making silverware for top hotels such as The Ritz, The Dorchester and The Lanesborough for over 30 years producing exclusive pieces such as silver plated Afternoon Tea stands, Stainless Steel, Silver Plated Cutlery or Wine trolleys in traditional or contemporary styles. It has now expanded its operations producing innovative and exciting ranges of Fine Bone China and Glassware which again have been selected for service in highly respected establishments.
Hille Furniture has had the good fortune to have worked with some of England’s most prolific furniture designers including Robin Day, Fred Scott and more recently Prof Richard Snell, on the SE Ergonomic Chair. Prof Snell, has together with independent furniture designer, David Rowe, initiated many successful applied business education research collaborations, having been based at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Hille is known to all in the industry as a company of design excellence, having produced one of the UK’s most well known design classics – the Polypropylene chair – and they continue to provide new designs and new technology combined with a wealth of knowledge and are currently working with designer, James Plant.
With good design delivering export sales Hozelock products are sold in more than 60 countries, the company were the proud recipients of several awards for their export achievements during 2012. Hozelock is one of Britain’s favourite gardening suppliers. Founded on an airfield in 1959 in the village of Haddenham, from their early days their drive has always been to develop technically perfect, visibly striking products that are part of a total system. Their first product was the world’s first plastic hose connector, the Hoze-Lock. Today, their head office is in Birmingham and although they are a global garden equipment manufacturer, over 75% of their products are made in Britain. Hozelock’s innovative new AutoReel is the ultimate easy to use hose reel which can be smoothly and easily rewound with no kinks, tangles or effort. With over half a century of horticultural expertise, Hozelock combines their knowledge and passion for gardening with pride in craftsmanship aimed at delivering solutions that help gardens flourish.
HR Johnson Tiles
Established in 1901 Johnson Tiles is the leading UK Manufacturer of ceramic tiles, with a highly experienced design team travelling the world sourcing and bringing together their diverse, authentic portfolio whilst retaining a strong sustainable ethos as one of the UK’s greenest companies.
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Front man of his Unconventional Crooners Indi Wouhra dubbed ‘The Sikh Sinatra’ by ITV central is the new contemporary answer to Frank Sinatra. The new Asian crooner heads his 25 piece Orchestra to cover the classics of Jazz and Swing with power and conviction. Get ready for a performance of a life time, artists like Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Van Morrison and many more will be bought back to life with a 21st Century big band bang.
25 Piece Orchestra made from the finest musicians from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music comprising of a strong back line, Strings and Horns will take you on a blast from the past. Get ready for a touch of class from the UK’s new crooner.
Interiors & Lifestyle Futures, Birmingham City University
Interiors & Lifestyle Futures (ILF) delivers practical support for West Midlands design-led businesses and service providers. This includes creative workshops, a business start-up programme and collaborative projects.
The ILF team Kathryn Burns, Ruth Edwards and Adrian Burns is based at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of the Arts, Design & Media and is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Over the last six years ILF has established a network of over 450 companies, providing direct assistance to many of them and taken 40 people through its Venture programme to set up 30 new businesses.
Interface is a global leader in the design and manufacture of environmentally-responsible carpet tiles, suitable for any education environment. Its concept designers can help create the perfect floor, tailored to clients’ creative, functional or financial requirements. Its extensive portfolio of products is supplemented by a broad range of installation and cleaning products.
Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made a pledge in the mid-nineties to eliminate its impact on the environment by 2020. Known as Mission Zero, it influences every aspect of the business and inspires the company to continually push the boundaries in order to achieve its goal.
International Synergies is the world’s leading expert in industrial symbiosis and the circular economy with over ten years’ experience applying its expertise and proven methodology, tools and techniques, to support the implementation of industrial symbiosis projects and programmes at regional, national and international level in over 21 countries worldwide.
Award-winning British goldsmith, Jack Row, creates elegant writing instruments and accessories, intended for the most discerning clientele. Working in precious metals incorporating gemstones, this virtuoso designer skillfully fuses traditional goldsmithing skills with the latest technology to craft highly desirable objets d’art. Based in his Jewellery Quarter studio, Jack currently presents exclusive collections of limited edition fountain pens and complementary cufflinks, inspired by the bold forms of iconic architecture and the intricate detailing of Islamic art.
Jade Devall Homewares
Jade Devall Designs are fully functional stylised Ceramics and Textiles for your home, incorporating high quality, fun and charming design led products. Jade has a huge passion for pattern and by using it in a very practical way she was inspired to set up her own business, specialising in stylized pattern decoration onto China and printed Textiles. She works from her studio in Staffordshire to create designs that are innovative and beautiful. All of her items are Fine Bone China; decorated by hand and fired at her studio to make them dishwasher proof. “All my life I have enjoyed the simple things like going for afternoon tea, riding my bike down to the park and cooking to my heart’s content (or at least until I couldn’t eat anymore!). My unique collections include Teacups, Milk Jugs, Cake Stands, Tea towels and cushions. My new Spring collections will be sure to capture your imagination and make you smile.”
James Newman Contemporary Jewellery
As a graduate from the School of Jewellery who has established his highly successful shop in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, James Newman represents the pinnacle of a Birmingham “born and bred” Brand. His trademark style marries innovation with traditional skills in the creation of his unique and distinctive designs. He won 1st prize for design from the British Jewellers Association, has exhibited at the prestigious Goldsmiths Fair since 2003 and between 2004-10, served on the British Jewellers Association National Committee.
One of the world’s most recognized luxury automotive brands producing innovative automotive brands and seductive performance sports cars and saloons in the UK Midlands for over 75 years. Jaguar is proud to be able to support, encourage & inspire design creativity in the Midlands. With an incredible history of creating beautiful, advanced, pioneering cars, design is crucial to Jaguar, meaning attracting the very best talent within the UK & beyond has never been more important. Being displayed are Jaguars from the present day and a little way into the future – the current XF and XE, the XJ and the C-X75 concept car. Each have been showcased to global acclaim, the C-X75 having made appearances in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Delhi, Paris and Beijing. Created by Director of Design, Ian Callum and his design team at Whitley, all cars demonstrate the very best in British creativity and industry-leading engineering. Each, like all the best Jaguars, looks firmly to the future – designed, developed and manufactured in the Midlands.
James Plant Designs
James Plant is an award-winning British designer, working across a range of design disciplines. Based in Islington, London his studio works with leading manufacturers, retailers and collaborators, spanning numerous industries; he innovates through products, strategy, thought and application.
JCB is one of the world’s top three manufacturers of construction equipment. It has some of the finest engineering facilities across the globe, producing a range of over 300 machines and maintaining a reputation for unrivalled customer service. JCB is one of the world’s top three manufacturers of construction equipment employing around 7000 people on four continents and selling their products in 150 countries through 1,500 dealer depot locations. Throughout their 64 year history, they have invested heavily in research and development, keeping JCB at the cutting edge of innovation.
JCDecaux is the world’s number one outdoor advertising company and by revenue the largest in Europe with presence in 3,600 cities across 56 countries. For over 40 years JCDecaux has delivered quality and innovative outdoor advertising solutions. We are the only company worldwide to focus exclusively on out-of-home media and have a presence in all areas of the market – Street Furniture, Retail, Billboards, Transport and Digital. A cultural focus underscores the values on which JCDecaux has been built – a respect for the urban environment and its cultural heritage. Lord Norman Foster, Mario Bellini, Philippe Starck, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Martin Szekely, Phillip Cox, Porsche Design are just some of 52 world renowned designers or groups that have worked in partnership with JCDecaux to create innovative Street Furniture found throughout the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, Birmingham City University
The Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC), is part of The School of Jewellery, and was set up in 1997 to assist the jewellery and silversmithing industries. During the 11 years since it was established, the Centre has developed an excellent reputation regionally, nationally and internationally for its holistic ‘concept to prototype’ approach to new product development, and for working closely with industry, small and medium sized enterprises, associations, universities, and research institutes. The JIIC is a centre of expertise which is at the forefront of CAD/CAM, laser and related technologies and their application within the high value added product industries, with an outstanding reputation for technology transfer, innovative technology applications and research.
Jill Middleton – Business Services Assistant, Birmingham City Business School, BCU.
With a background in both hospitality management and recruitment, having spent 17 years at Compass Group, Jill supports the Business Services team developing KTPs and providing assistance to KTP Associates and graduates employed by Birmingham City University, as well as managing external events, promoting collaboration between BCU and local business.
Kate Farley Design
Following in the foot-steps of mid-century designers such as Bawden and Ravilious, Kate Farley has combined her skills and study of art, design and craft to create a unique collection of products featuring surface designs inspired by kitchen gardens, allotments and home-grown / cooked food, mixing garden and culinary tools as a journey from ‘Plot to Plate’. Other designs in her range feature plants and patterns evocative of the vegetable patch. This body of work has stemmed from a series of prints and drawings of the same subject made over the last few years featuring both private sites and National Trust estate gardens.
Keelys provide a full range of legal services to businesses, and their owners, including advice on employment, property, litigation, corporate structures and commercial transactions. Keelys offer an employment law retainer service which provides unlimited advice on employment law from £85 per month plus VAT.”
Kier is a leading construction, services and property group specialising in building and civil engineering, support services, house building, and property development employing nearly 11,000 people worldwide and with annual revenues of £2.2bn. Working collaboratively with clients and designers they provide cost-effective, innovative solutions. Working with the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and architects, The Design Buro, they have been designing, constructing and delivering best-in-class mental healthcare solutions. Their multi-million pound refurbishment to improve services for people with mental health needs at Penn Hospital, Wolverhampton is changing perceptions of how care is delivered. Colours and sensory features have been key, helping to improve communication, decrease frustration, and manage behaviour. As part of the ‘healing environment’, they have been creating therapy rooms, kitchens, art studios and gardens supporting rehabilitation.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) support UK businesses wanting to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within UK Universities. If you are interested in discussing how a KTP can help your business, please call Natalie Lewis direct or email to arrange a meeting.
Formed in 1967 by Lyndon Laney, Laney Amplification is a West Midlands based guitar and musical instrument amplifier manufacturer who were closely involved with Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath in the birth of Heavy Metal music genre. Since 1967 Laney Amplification has gone from strength to strength and is presently a multinational company that continues to design tone solutions to enable musicians of all playing styles and levels to attain their goals. Laney currently work with globally renowned musicians and bands such as Black Sabbath, The Killers, HIM, Foo Fighters, Killswitch, Engage, The Prodigy, Neon Tress, Skindred and many more.
In early 2011 Liam Treanor founded his self-titled designer furniture brand which has promptly established itself as one of the emerging brands to look out for. The studio, working alongside its series of carefully selected manufacturers, has produced a distinctly fresh and international range of timber based furniture and lighting for both domestic and cafe-contract use. The products adopt an elegant, minimal and seamlessly organic aesthetic pulled together by a selection of trend savvy colours. Stockists include renowned Hong Kong and Beijing designer retail store Lane Crawford.
We have made a new set of pledges to help support small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout the coming year, in our latest SME charter.
The UK’s five million SMEs are the bedrock of our economy and as such it is their confidence and growth that will underpin the economic recovery as it continues during 2015. The new charter builds on the commitments first set out by Lloyds Banking Group in 2009, and is focused on helping SMEs seize opportunities for growth, as part of the Group’s stated aim of helping Britain prosper.
We want to ensure that the terms on which we lend to our SME customers are fair and clearly understood; that they have access to affordable finance; and that we are providing the right support to help these businesses grow.
Bespoke wood furniture makers, founded in 2009 by Alex MacMaster. MacMaster specialises in the design and production of timber based lighting and wood furniture products. Every single piece is hand made in England in the MacMaster workshop located in the Worcestershire countryside. With design, development, manufacture and packaging based in-house, the business is able to work closely with clients to offer a streamlined service to meet specific requirements and time schedules. MacMaster’s bespoke wood furniture and products are received by a global audience from luxury homes, highly regarded retailers to ambitious commercial projects. Alex MacMaster, is driven by a pursuit of absolute excellence in design and craftsmanship and he runs the workshop employing a team of highly skilled craftsmen. The environment is ‘traditional meets modern’ with state of the art technology side by side with 1970’s, Wadkins and Sedgewick cast iron machinery, which has been lovingly restored to their former glory. MacMaster uses natural timbers hand-picked from suppliers who source Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timbers. FSC is an international non-government organisation set up to promote the responsible management of the World’s forests. Timber is globally regarded as one the most beautiful, versatile and naturally renewable resources.
Magnus and Bella
Magnus and Bella are Artist Jewellers and Designer Makers, trained in traditional craft skills but with a talent for contemporary design and materials. As an English company with a strong focus on their eco-credentials, Magnus & Bella are proud to state that all of their precious metals are recycled and smelted by British refiners. Their high-tech resins are also made right here in England, even their packaging is hand made in Britain. Based in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, Magnus & Bella support local artisan craftspeople, keeping alive the traditional hand and bench skills that gave this small district its world renown. With all of their jewellery hallmarked nearby at the Birmingham Assay Office, established in 1773, their brand is at once utterly fresh and modern, while reassuringly founded in history and tradition – an ethos reflected in their logo giving a contemporary tweak to Baskerville’s original font, designed in Birmingham in 1757. In 2008 Isabella finished studying HND Jewellery and Silversmithing at the BCU School of Jewellery and, after their success exhibiting at London Fashion Week in Autumn 2012, and Inhorgenta Munich in 2015, Magnus & Bella are currently preparing to launch their stunning “English Eccentrics” collection in 2016.
The Mailbox Birmingham
Birmingham’s most stylish shopping, lifestyle and restaurant destination, with a variety of exclusive stores and 24 hour parking.
Mark Linton National Growth Exhibition
His shows offer additional revenue streams for those looking for a lifestyle business or bolt on business to their existing company. From 2005 he has been running networking events and exhibitions whilst helping businesses understand how to market themselves more effectively to improve sales and encourage growth. His franchisees run exhibitions & conference events across the country helping hundreds of businesses and their owners grow.
The MAN Group provides complete engineering and manufacturing solutions to their customers through the collaboration of world-class knowledge, expertise and technology.
This network of manufacturing companies is designed to share technical excellence in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering processes. The group provides a non-competitive environment for member companies to share best practice and create a stronger, combined force when tendering for contracts. Additionally they have associate members providing a full marketing and communications service to supplement their own internal resource, if required, or act as their Virtual Marketing Department. The MAN Group has a proven track record of delivering contracts involving one or several member companies at any one time.
Mintronics are a valued added reseller of design software and hardware along with management of data systems. Our main partners are 3D Systems incorporated, M-Files and Dlubal.
We are displaying the latest technologies for design, desktop 3D scanning with Geomagic Capture, digitising of scanned data then making changes as a process for reverse engineering using Geomagic Design X. New Geomagic Sculpt with haptic device for digital clay modelling, all processes being 3D printing friendly. All exhibits are functional on the day, you are invited to come and try.
Amplification is a stereo acoustic amplification system, developed to encourage deep listening to environmental sounds within a space. Users of the system will augment their listening through two large ear trumpets. In addition, they will be able to adjust the stereo field of what they can hear by swiveling each horn; creating a distinctive and unusual listening experience.
During their time exploring the collection at the Birmingham Museums Trust, MortonUnderwood was struck by the efforts made by developers of the music boxes, gramophones and orchestrions in the collection to amplify the sound output. In a world where we can easily dial in more electronic amplification, many of the innovative approaches seen in the collection are now obsolete. Through Amplification MortonUnderwood hope to highlight the beauty of passive, acoustic amplification systems.
Offering uniquely stylish and sporty vehicles with unmistakably British qualities ensuring our drivers and passengers enjoy every journey as much as they enjoy their destinations.
Monique Lee Millinery
Hand-crafted beautiful hats made for private hire or custom-made for weddings, festival and horse racing.
Morgan Motor Cars
In 2012 Morgan has expanded its Model range and doubled production. There are three pillars for the future for Morgan cars, the Morgan Aero, Morgan Classic and Morgan 3 Wheeler. Each has its own development programme to ensure an iconic design has the benefits and features of modern technology. 180 people assemble Morgans by hand in Malvern but parts are designed on computer and made from tooling to be as accurate as possible. Morgan matches production to customer demand and the specification can be tailored to individual choice. Although customisation may mean a modest wait for a new car, the rarity plus the durability and the quality of the materials used guarantee Morgans have strong residual value. Please see the brand new 2012 Morgan website for virtual car configuration, full details of the current Morgan range and for other information.
The original full suspension, separable, small-wheeled high performance bicycle, world renowned for speed, efficiency, durability and comfort.
Photographed and curated by Birmingham City University lecturer, Emma Love, the ‘Mr Birmingham’ exhibition celebrates the work and achievements of some of the city’s most celebrated personalities, including Trevor Francis, Jasper Carrott, Glynn Purnell and UB40’s Astro.
Passionate about the city and its people, Emma embarked on the project as a means of showcasing some of the personalities that make Birmingham so distinctive.
mrfdesign is a manufacturer and supplier of contract furniture, modern chairs, contemporary sofas, bar furniture, dining chairs, low tables, modern reception seating, hotel bedroom furniture and bespoke upholstery. It also offers furniture design service for corporate, leisure and public environments; product development through CAD and pre-production prototypes as well as contract furniture to order at a competitive price. mrf has an extensive range of standard products – chairs, sofas, stools, cubes & tables – as well as offering a bespoke design service. Through their network of local manufacturing contractor’s mrfdesign can offer a diverse and complete furniture package for hotels, leisure, office and public environments.
Natalie Lewis, Knowledge Transfer Manager, BCU. Birmingham City University has worked through our delivery-oriented KTP programme with over a thousand companies and managed over £30 million in funding directly benefiting many Midlands-based businesses.
Natalie Lewis, Birmingham City University’s experienced Knowledge Transfer professional, offers business development advice and support on behalf of Birmingham City University to industry and businesses across all sectors in all regions, supporting strategic business development, regional and national stakeholder engagement, to market and sell a vast portfolio of Birmingham City University’s business services.
With a track record spanning over 16 years at the university, Natalie is fully aware of the critical issues affecting companies striving to remain competitive – working with BCU, SMEs can get access to the help and support they need.
Natalie said: “Working across all industry sectors, I have witnessed many benefits resulting from these associations with Innovate UK and KTP programmes, in general delivering a minimum of £240,000 value-add transferred directly back into these companies, whilst accessing highly skilled graduates, embedding new knowledge and accessing the vast resources on offer to SMEs from the university.
“It is no surprise that many businesses go on to develop further knowledge transfer and applied research partnerships with Birmingham City University.”
Realising the dream of starting a business is one of the most rewarding but challenging things anyone can do. As a result NatWest have created a start-up package and a range of services to help start-ups succeed and giving business the best start possible.
For start-ups opening a business current account, the following benefits are available:
- 2 Years Free Banking (saving an average of £499 over the 2 year period).
- No annual fee on Business Credit Cards for the first 12 months (saving you £32 per card).
- Fee free overdraft facility of £500 for the first 12 months. Overdraft facility is subject to application and approval. Over 18s only. £50 annual fee applies after the 12 month period.
Available to start-ups with an annual turnover less than £1 million, where the business has been trading for less than one year. NatWest reserves the right to alter, amend or foreclose this offer without prior notice. All credit applications are subject to approval. Over 18s only subject to status.
Opus Tessellatum creates truly innovative and impressive collections of hand-made English tiles. From traditional classic themes such as Game and Coastal, to the new and impressive Opulent arrangements incorporating glassmosaic and Swarovski crystals reflecting dazzling rays of colour and light, they bring a touch of glamour to the finest kitchens and bathrooms. The company, owned and operated by Nicola J Hulme, is a rare example of craftsmanship in the modern age. Maintaining fidelity to traditional techniques, she expertly designs and produces all products from her Staffordshire studio in the heart of the Potteries. Other ranges include the contemporary Trompe l’oeil with innovative woodeffects in ceramic – the perfect complement to every painted kitchen and Aga-style setting. The next stage in the Opus Tessellatum journey welcomes a new collection of work featuring original Polo sketches in precious metals, the result of a successful collaboration with highly regarded equine sculptor, Denise Dutton.
Party Ace is a UK registered company used to promote and to find events worldwide, we provide promoters with a platform to advertise and sell music event tickets world wide. Partyace has created a dedicated application, which allows users to find and search for events worldwide, purchase tickets online, receive entertainment news and provide feedbacks on events and promoters worldwide.
Pashley Cycles is Britain’s longest-established bicycle manufacturer. Since the company was founded by William ‘Rath’ Pashley in 1926, they have been dedicated to hand-building high-quality bicycles and tricycles to meet the diverse and evolving needs of their customers. Their bicycles are not only unique in their design and quality, but also in their connection to a well-established heritage of craftsmanship and innovation at their factory in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Sir Paul Smith, CBE RDI, renowned as a fashion icon and dubbed ‘the indisputable don of British fashion’ was born in Nottinghamshire in 1946. His clothing, much loved throughout the world, inspires a feverish loyalty. Known as a ‘decent bloke’ he has an international reputation for his clothing collections and accessories, famously identified by his multi-stripe signature. Harbouring ambitions to become a racing cyclist, these were cruelly quashed when, on leaving school at 15 he was involved in an accident. Through a stint in hospital he met a new circle of art student friends, inspiring him to join their ‘colourful world of ideas and excitement’. Evening classes in tailoring followed and with the help of his girlfriend, Pauline Denyer, he was able to open his first shop in Nottingham in 1970. By 1976 he had shown in Paris, later becoming the first fashion brand to open in London’s Covent Garden with his flagship store opening in Notting Hill in 1998. That same year he showed his first women’s collection which escalated into an international phenomenon. With stores in Paris, Milan, New York and Tokyo, Dubai, Bangalore, Leeds, Antwerp and Los Angeles, he remains fully involved in the business, overseeing all developments in the company.
Plant & Moss
Plant & Moss Plant and Moss is a British design studio and manufacturer of contemporary furniture, lighting and products. Produced in limited runs they seek to create designs that will enrich interiors with exclusivity, style and character it is a highly acclaimed creative industrial design studio that mixes traditional through with contemporary ideas. Designing for longevity through narrative, interaction and material exploration.
Poundland, established in 1990 by Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith with £50k capital in Willenhall, has since become Europe’s largest single price value retailer, following the opening of their first store in the Octagon Centre in Burton-upon-Trent. In 2003 turnover was £192.9m rising to £510m in 2010 delivering £19.8m in pre-tax profits. The business almost doubled their store portfolio over the 3 year period to 2006, from 80 to 150. From early 2008 they took advantage of the economic downturn to further expand their store portfolio at an average rate of 3.7 stores a month. Speaking in April 2005 Chairman Colin Smith revealed they had invested £20–25 million in building a 300,000 square feet distribution centre, saying there was great scope for further growth. Strong growth has continued with results to March 2014 showing £997.8m turnover, and £36.8m Profit before tax.
With a track record of success in turnkey engineering and associated services spanning 20 years, Premier Group’s experience and commitment to innovation ensures customer satisfaction through effective project management, fair pricing, repeatable high quality and timely delivery. In June 2011 The Premier Group were announced as manufacturer of the London 2012 Olympic Torch designed by London based design duo, Barber Osgerby, requiring the application of specialist innovative manufacturing techniques. Premier Group was established in 1992 with the founding of Premier Sheet Metal. Since then the company has grown from employing 12 staff working on a specialised ‘Body in White’ projects for Motor Panels to over 100 employees with a turnover in excess of £15m, developing a business that offers a full turnkey operation to the Automotive, Rail, Aerospace and Military sectors. Premier Group’s mission is to be recognized as the first choice for the supply of high quality prototype and low volume products and associated services striving to produce components with their unmistakeable quality, packaged and delivered in a professional and timely manner.
Portmeirion Group PLC is a British group based in Stoke-on-Trent and is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (“AIM”) of the London Stock Exchange.
A significant force in the homewares industry, the Portmeirion Group, encompasses the Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel brands. It is a market leader in high quality and innovatively designed tableware, cookware, giftware and tabletop accessories.
Professor Adrian Cole PhD, CEng, MIMechE, Faculty Director of Innovation and Enterprise, Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. Background expertise in automotive powertrain R&D having been involved in industrial programmes in both the USA and Germany and having covered subjects as diverse as thermally insulated diesels, turbocharger turbines, piston cooling, in-cylinder flows, combustion analysis and biofuels amongst others, as well as customer Informed Innovation, customer awareness research for global brand and up-skilling of engineering teams by providing a common innovation process tool kit and developing internal innovation expertise.
From a straightforward overdraft to a multi million pound loan, RBS has a range of finance solutions to fit all sorts of business, offering intelligent ways to support business growth, including invoice and asset financing.
Redesigning Manufacturing, Palgrave Macmillan
Beverley Nielsen, renowned economist Vicky Pryce and Professor Michael Beverland make available copies of their book on manufacturing’s many successes, illustrated with a wide range of case studies from companies based in the Midlands including AGA Rangemaster, Amtico, Premier Group, MAN Group, Brintons Carpets, Pashley Cycles, Brooks England, Acme Whistles, GKN, Morgan Motor Cars, amongst others.
RNLI provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With their lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, they are committed to saving lives.
Rolls-Royce designs, develops, manufactures and services integrated power systems for use in the air, on land and at sea. They are one of the world’s leading producers of aero engines for large civil aircraft and corporate jets. They are the second largest provider of defence aero engines and services in the world. For land and sea markets, reciprocating engines and systems from Rolls-Royce are in marine, distributed energy, oil & gas, rail and off-highway vehicle applications. In nuclear, they have a strong instrumentation, product and service capability in both civil power and submarine propulsion. Design is one of five core engineering disciplines within Rolls-Royce, and the role of ‘Designer’ is held in high regard. Designers are responsible for providing creative solutions to complex sets of requirements, and it is this innovation that generates intellectual property for the company and maintains a competitive advantage across its product ranges.
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), admired internationally for performing Shakespeare’s works alongside other highly respected contemporary playwrights, has an annual income of around £30m. Generated through Box Office receipts and other related activity, grants from Arts Council England and with valued sponsorship and donations from individuals, trusts and companies, these revenues are enabling the Company to develop pieces of new work with over 30 writers under commission, to train artists and to introduce young people to the work of Shakespeare and live theatre. The RSC make all their own sets, costumes, props and armoury in their own workshops and their education work is central to their ethos as a Company. Each year they reach over 65,000 young people via the 300 schools in their Learning and Performance Network. They are producers of the World Shakespeare Festival, the biggest celebration of Shakespeare ever staged and one of the centrepieces of the London 2012 Festival. They attracted audiences from 70 different countries to Stratford upon Avon, continuing to draw 47% of their audience from the Midlands.
Established by Ernest Rudd in 1890 as an engraver and based in the heart of the United Kingdom’s industrial area in Handsworth Birmingham, they have 120 years of manufacturing heritage. They are specialist label / name plate manufacturer and printers, printing mainly on to metal and plastic substrates. Their print is often vac formed into various shapes and used in illuminated displays.
Screen printing, lithographic and digital printing are at the heart of our business. For the brewery sector, they make bespoke beer pump clips of all descriptions for front of bar branding along with branding plaques and panels and also promotional items with a further specialisation in back of bar branding. They also manufacture bespoke nameplates, rating plates, data plates, VIN plates, signs and labels of any description using a multitude of different materials and methods including etching and anodising.
Sadler’s Brewery, first opened in 1900 by Thomas Sadler, supplied its twelve tied pubs that were operated by the Sadler family. The most famous being the Windsor Castle in Oldbury. Brewing stopped in 1927 but was started again 10 years ago by Chris Sadler who is the fifth generation brewer and Managing Director. Now situated in Lye, Stourbridge, the Company has recently moved into a much larger facility to enable its growth plans – Sadler’s award winning craft beers are sold widely in to pub groups and free of tie pubs within the Midlands region and increasingly nationally with the bottled beers being sold widely into supermarkets, garden centres and convenience stores.
British manufacturer, Samuel Heath, is a forward thinking and creative company that combines time-honoured craftsmanship with the latest technology and design to offer a collection of beautifully crafted bathroom fittings and architectural hardware.
Established in Birmingham in 1820, the company has since become internationally renowned for design, innovation and quality; with a heritage which benefits from a wealth of British craftsmanship, manufacturing knowledge and expertise.
Sara Page Design
‘The Art of the Table’ – love of the table, love of painting, a colourful collection of tableware and kitchen textiles created by Sara Page design. A Warwickshire based company designing for products made in Europe and UK, (Midlands), textiles, place mats, coasters, melamine, glass and bone china. They have Sara’s distinct style of painterly brush marks depicting the kitchen, garden and dining table, with names such as, seedling flower, allotment and wild wine.
Sanjeev Gill, Business Engagement Manager, Faculty Business, Law and Social Sciences, BCU
Supporting all external income activities and working to organise conferences and deliver CPD, international summer schools and acting as a main point of contact for external activity whilst developing relationships with new and existing clients. Connecting SME to the Faculty.
Voted the best department store in the world, Selfridges has all the latest designer collections, must-have toys & gifts for all the family. Selfridges Birmingham has supported Birmingham Made Me 2015 by including a Capsule BMM exhibit in-store 16-18 June. It has also provided exhibits from its Bright Old Things campaign – tree, chairs and lampshades as exhibits included forming part of BMM15 Design Expo, Millennium Point.
Selfridges ‘Bright Old Things’
TREE AND CHAIRS
Designer: Den Woods
Actress-turned-chairmaker Den Woods was selected from hundreds of entries to be part of Selfridges’ ‘Bright Old Things’ campaign earlier this year which celebrated talent from mature creatives.
Den, aged 60, from Beoley, near Redditch, did a career U-turn after stumbling upon, and lovingly restoring, an old unwanted chair. Using only the finest materials sourced from around the world, Den now creates these incredible chairs, which she sells for up to £3,000 each.
This dynamic piece of work, which sees two of her chairs sitting under a large wooden tree, was put together with the help of the creative team at Selfridges, and was originally on display at the Level 2 store entrance.
Selfridges has proudly donated these pieces to the BMM exhibition to give them a second lease of life.
Designer: Sally Peplow
Teaching assistant-turned-textile artist Sally Peplow, aged 54, worked in Birmingham schools for 18 years, and opted to embark upon a course in Fine Art Textiles, followed by a degree at Birmingham City University after realising that spectacular school displays were just the tip of the iceberg of her creative potential.
Sally, who lives in Northfield, had her bright installation fill Selfridges’ 3.5m tall and 8m wide curved glass window earlier this year as part of the store’s ‘Bright Old Things’ campaign,which celebrated talent from mature creatives.
Selfridges has proudly donated these pieces to the BMM exhibition to give them a second lease of life.
Signature Uniforms’ philosophy is based on traditional values of quality and service. All their products are supported by a no-quibble guarantee. As a quality workwear supplier they stock a wide range of workwear, specialist safety wear, corporate wear and security wear. All items in their comprehensive range are available for UK delivery. They also offer customisation such as embroidery, heat-sealing and tax tabbing and a bespoke service able to create specialist garments in any style, color or size and in any fabric. They specialise in safety wear such as Ballistic Trousers, PPE clothing, Fire Retardant clothing, Protective Workwear and Freezer wear.
Sitting Firm was set up by master-craftsman Dave Green in 1989, and soon gained an enviable international reputation for producing fine quality traditional Windsor chairs. At Sitting Firm chair-making is a living tradition. In recent years they have been working with leading furniture designers to create an exceptional range of Modern Windsors. They have led the way in the current renewal of interest in this traditional British craft; at the same time moving it forward for the 21st century.
Smallfry have over 40 years’ experience and are one of the UKs leading design consultancies. With experience in a range of industries from ‘start-ups’ to leading household names such as Marks and Spencer, Vax and B&Q.
The Smallfry visionary design team have designed hundreds of projects that have been launched, ranging from cocktail shakers to medical robots and have advised inventive entrepreneurs, category buyers, heads of research, scientists, and the board rooms of major retailers.
Stax Creations is team of creatives working together to provide bespoke radical environments for venues, events and retail. A solid mix of designers and builders coming together to craft an out of this world environment, whether we direct creativity for a festival or build you a giant digital radio photo booth for your corporate event Stax Creations are here to make the craziest ideas come true.
They work across Birmingham and the West Midlands area having started in 2005 with vision of nurturing and helping to grow individuals so they can be architects of their life. They offer quality teaching and learning, supported by excellent pastoral care across all their courses.
Recognised as a leader in the hospitality industry Steelite has been trading with over 140 countries around the world for the past 30 years providing tabletop solutions covering tableware, glassware and cutlery.
Award-winning watchmakers based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter who having studied horology at the Birmingham School of Jewellery set up their own business which has collaborated with Morgan Cars, following an introduction by Birmingham Made Me producing two limited edition handcrafted watches reflecting the distinguished ethos of the Morgan brand.
For 40 years, Tektura has supplied wallcovering for commercial and residential interiors; helping designers, specifiers and contractors. The company offers total start-to-finish project management; product selection; samples; delivery; on site/technical advice; maintenance manuals and after care.
Its consultants are based throughout the UK and Ireland, backed up by customer care teams in London, Dublin with warehouse/distribution hubs in London, Manchester and Holland.
Textiles By St Annes
Textiles by St Anne’s is a leading soft furnishing manufacturer of quality products. Its portfolio includes local and national companies requiring outsourcing facilities for fluctuating capacity requirements.
Working with designers based in and around the creative hub of Birmingham’s Custard Factory, it supplies a range of companies such as Liberty of London, Paperchase, the Victoria and Albert Museum among others.
Textiles by St Anne’s is part of BITA Pathways, Birmingham, a leading mental health charity that provides a range of education, volunteering and employment services for adults in preparation for paid employment.
Tiledspace designs and makes custom ceramic tiles and tiled murals for any interior and exterior space. The company works with architects, designers and private clients using patented digital technology to reproduce images or designs to give true photographic quality.
Tiled Space allows clients to personalise any tile or any space working to photographs or artistic design to produce custom individual tiles or murals of any size. Its team of designers and technical experts will work with clients to create the “wow” factor.
Toye Kenning Spencer
Toye & Co designs and manufactures jewellery and identity products for governments, corporates, fraternal and friendly societies, and clubs and associations. Exploiting the latest technology our creative designers inspire our craftsmen and women, experts in weaving, gold and silversmithing, enamelling and embroidery. Still run by the Toye family, the firm has grown and diversified since its foundation in 1685 but our original values are unchanged – superb craft skills, quality and service. The company holds a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen as supplier of Gold and Silver Laces, Insignia and Embroidery and was commissioned to manufacture the medal presented to serving personnel in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In the heart of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter is Toye & Co’s metal work manufacturing operation, while the firm’s textile production takes place in Bedworth, once the home of Britain’s weaving industry.
Blue Sky Corporate Finance Tony’s talk will centre on Crowdfunding and Peer-to-peer lending. Decline in bank lending over recent years has seen the rise of alternative sources of funding in a number of guises. In particular the Crowdfunding/Peer-to-peer market has grown from virtually nothing to a multi-billion industry, with no signs of its growth slowing.
The presentation will explore the different forms of Crowdfunding and Peer-to-peer lending, how they operate and some of the advantages and disadvantages of this type of funding.
Tony Seaton joined Blue Sky Corporate Finance from BDO in 2009. He is well known throughout the finance community in the Birmingham, Black Country and Worcestershire regions. Tony has extensive experience in raising finance, acquisitions and disposals within the SME market.
Tony is an appointed member of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Consultative Forum.
The Birmingham Assay Office
The Birmingham Assay Office, now the largest Assay Office in the world, was established following Matthew Boulton’s personal intervention in lobbying Parliament in 1773. At the time silversmithing was booming and manufacturers, including Boulton’s Soho Manufactory, were having to send all items produced to Chester for hallmarking. Boulton, having teamed up with the Sheffield Cutlers, asserted the case for a new Assay office requiring an Act of Parliament. The 1773 Act established the Birmingham Assay Office as self-supporting, making its revenues from charges on assaying and today six million articles of gold, silver or platinum are tested every year prior to being hallmarked. It has developed into an independent centre of quality assessment and expert opinion for precious and base metals, gemstones, fine and costume jewellery and fashion accessories employing around 140 people in the Jewellery Quarter, which reputedly accounts for up to 60% of UK jewellery output. A ‘not for distributed profit’ organisation, it has invested heavily in sophisticated equipment and highly trained staff to ensure that it remains a leader in its own field.
The Custard Factory
At the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter housing 500 businesses, 2,500 people, independent shops and underground nightlife – all 800 paces and a million miles away from the Bullring.
Thorneywork Studio is dedicated to bringing original art images to products which can be enjoyed every day in the home. The designs, which combine hand-drawing, digitally generated designs, and original art prints, are printed onto fine bone china plates in full colour, fired at high temperature and are washable. All products are designed in England, and printed and fired in the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, traditional home of the British ceramics industry. We welcome collaboration with retailers and manufacturers to make new products in ceramics, textiles, wallcoverings and prints.
Designers, manufacturers and suppliers of professional lighting systems. The Thorlux range of luminaires is designed, manufactured and distributed by Thorlux Lighting, a division of the F.W. Thorpe Plc group. Thorlux luminaires have been manufactured continuously since 1936, the year Frederick William Thorpe founded the company. The Company now operates from the Group’s modern 16,882 square metre self-contained factory in Redditch, Worcestershire, central England. Thorlux is well known throughout the world and provides a comprehensive range of professional lighting and control systems for architectural, commercial, floodlighting, industrial, hazardous area and tunnel applications.
3D Creation Lab
Using a technology called 3D printing, 3D Creation Lab can turn designs into reality. By sending design data to this business for a quotation they will 3D print it and ship it to clients in a very simple process. Their service is available to anybody – businesses or private individuals – who can benefit from the 3D printing process.
First established in 1902 and now based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, Triumph is one of the most iconic motorcycle brands in the world and today is Britain’s largest domestically-owned automotive manufacturer, producing around 50,000 bikes per year. At the heart of Triumph’s philosophy is a commitment to develop truly unique motorcycles offering a blend of distinctive design, intuitive handling and ample performance. The innovation and engineering passion that gave birth to the legendary Bonneville of the 60’s has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders, from authentic retro classics to high powered sportsbikes and relaxed, easygoing cruisers to mile-munching tourers. Around 85% of Triumph’s production is exported and Triumph’s market share of the global +500cc market now stands at 5.9%. With state-ofthe-art manufacturing facilities both in the UK and abroad, plus strong investment into R & D and a comprehensive new model development programme in place, Triumph is set to further strengthen its position in the market.
Vax Ltd Vax is the best-selling floorcare brand in the UK. Their iconic multi-vax orange tub was first developed in the Midlands in the late 1970s. It transformed homes, rapidly becoming the UK’s best-selling vacuum cleaner. Today’s Vax ranges are just as innovative, including the lightest and the most powerful multi-cyclonic vacuum cleaners in the world. When Vax first launched, they led the way with bold use of the colour orange, strong performance messages and a brand name that said exactly what it did… Vax. Today their brand still encapsulates what Vax has always been about, but delivers it in a style that’s designed for the modern world. Vax has made it their business to listen carefully to their customers, with their Birmingham-based design team making continual improvements to stay in tune with their customers’ needs. Their philosophy ‘Performance is everything’ is at the heart of everything.
They are a managed service provider which specialises in IT support, designing IT solutions, installing, designing and supporting networks.
Virtual Office Solutions
Virtual Office Solutions (VOS) offer a simple and hassle-free approach to alleviate your business’s work load and provide peace of mind.
CEO Susan Cumming has provided clients with a consistent and efficient solution to their requirements since she conceived the idea for VOS in 2001. Our services include, but are not restricted to:
- Mailing address
- Call answering
- Payroll & CIS
- Secretarial support
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Westfield Sports Cars
For the Ultimate Driving Experience in Drifting and Racing Driver Experiences. In1982 grand prix competitor and engineer, Chris Smith decided to design and build a replica of one of his all-time favourite race cars, the 1956 Lotus XI Le Mans car. The following year the company Westfield Sportscars was created. Further demand for the new Westfield XI replica kit meant bigger premises and staff were required and the fledgling sportscar company was under way. In 1991, Westfield expanded moving to Kingswinford where they manufacture today. In December 2006 ownership of Westfield Sportscars transferred to Potenza Sports Cars, a family company with a strong vision: To be the first choice sportscar provider and one of the world’s most admired niche vehicle manufacturers. Potenza are continuing the investment and development with the expansion of the business and products into new markets. Launch of the IRacer at Geneva Motor Show 2010 saw Westfield move into the Electric vehicle market utlising some advanced materials for components of the vehicle. Westfield has sold over 12000 cars worldwide since 1983 and currently produce over 400 cars a year for driving enthusiasts the world over. In an age of manufacturing imports Westfield are proud to boast high quality British craftsmanship in every aspect of production, and they build them right here in the heart of the United Kingdom.
Yanii Akeliah is a luxury interior brand, creating patterns with distinctive personality, which adorns a range of products. Yanii’s Photorealistic floral designs described by Marrianne Shillinford creative director at Dulux as an ‘interpretation of nature through technology, can see these designs and colours working on a range of home interiors products.’ Working closely with manufacturers in the West Midlands to deliver highly commercial products to market while supporting Midlands manufacturing and creativity are key to Yanii Akeliah’s business practices.