Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 15-19th June

Monday, June 15th, 2015

BMM Expo

Birmingham Made Me Design EXPO 2015: Millennium Point – NOW CLOSED

BMM15 Expo and Design Festival – Facebook photos


Running for our Third Year, we would like to thank all our partners and supporters for all your much valued support to-date, showcasing our proud design and innovation-led manufacturing heritage and continuing originality, as well as highlighting our emerging talent.

This year’s BMM15 Design Expo and Festival will be taking place 15th -19th June 2015 at Millennium Point, with conference/workshops and one day exhibitors taking place on Wednesday and Thursday focusing on the following zones:

-Manufacturing & Design Zone – Midlands Powerhouse;
-Entrepreneurship & Employability Zone;
-Innovation, Funding & Future Zone; and
-Smart Marts – The BMM Marketplace.

Please reserve your FREE place above. We are delighted to share the following news/highlights of this years Expo:

The National Design Council Summit
As part of BMM we are delighted to be hosting the Design Council who will be holding their annual summit for the first time in their 70 year history outside of London. This one-day national event will explore how the strategic use of design, creativity and new technology can drive innovation in UK manufacturing delivering new market share, growth and profitability with the focus on auto and aero markets. The event aims to encourage manufacturers in all sectors to employ ‘design-led thinking’ in response to an increasingly competitive global market. To book your place (£345) visit: here

BMM15 Media Partnerships

BMM15 is delighted to announce that this year we are being supported through the Birmingham Post, promoting BM15 and showcasing our regional design and innovation excellence to wider national and international audiences. We hope you will share or send us news content from your businesses or organisations so we can, in collaboration, continue to promote a stronger reputation for our city region. Our first of four 8 page supplements went out April 16th, launching BMM15  and our packed programme of activities.

Birmingham Post 8pp Supplement

Birmingham Post 8 Page Supplement


Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 15-19 June, Millennium Point
in conjunction with Inspired Festival showcasing Birmingham City University Graduate Degree Shows, Knowledge Quarter, Birmingham



Graduate Degree Shows, Parkside INSPIRED FESTIVAL 15-21 June, BCU Faculty of Art, Design and Media



School of Art, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BX
School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B3 3PA
School of Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design, Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD
School of Architecture, Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building
School of Visual Communication, Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building.
SELFRIDGES BMM15 Design Expo CAPSULE 16-19 June 2015 Birmingham City University Capsule exhibit highlighting Fashion, textile, product and jewellery designs by student and business exhibitors, @ Selfridges Birmingham




15th-16th June 2015



MEF with BMM15 and Idea Birmingham think tank

Birmingham live on the web – and the Giant Screen, Atrium, Millennium Point

OverviewThe Global Trade Fair: Midlands is an initiative by the Midlands Economic Forum designed to bring companies and businesses from the local region into direct contact with UK Trade & Investment offices around the world together with importers and exporters from the principal trading partners of the Midlands. Each session is a live two-way video conference with an overseas UKTI Office or Chamber covering trade and business opportunities, the event is also live streamed via our website.

Taking in global centres of trade, aiming to of include: Jakarta, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Mexico City, Istanbul, Chung Ching, Shanghai, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Milan, Berlin and Munich, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

Booking details:




17th June 2015


Connected Birmingham – Digbeth in Focus, 10 – 12pm midday

Discussion regarding physical and digital development opportunities for Birmingham and in particular for Digbeth in light of Knowledge Quarter and Curzon development plans.

Roundtable attendance:

Lead Speakers: Barry Allen, Savills – physical connectivity and place experience ; Jonnie Turpie, Maverick TV – digital connectivity ; Adrian Lee, LCR, Kings Cross experience.

Attendance: Tracy Westall Director Corporate Services, SCC ; Glenn Howells Founder Director, Glenn Howells Architects ; Lucan Gray, Founder and Director, Custard Factory and Fazeley Studios ; Sandeep Shingadia, Sustainability and Programmes Manager, Centro ; Stuart Ballinger, Midlands Director, JCDecaux ; Andrew Round, City Centre Development Planning & Regeneration Manager, Birmingham City Council ; Simon Delahunty-Forrest, Development Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council ; James Murphy, P3GM ;Sergio Fernendez de Cordova, UN Economic Commission for Europe, P3GM ; Prof Kevin Singh, Head, School of Architecture, Birmingham City University ; Prof Kathryn Moore, World President, International Federation Landscape Architecture, Birmingham City University ; Dr Steve Harding, Enterprise, Innovation and Business Engagement, Birmingham City University ; Peter Barrett, School of Built Environment, Birmingham City University ; Beverley Nielsen, Director Corporate Affairs, Birmingham City University


Midlands Engine for Growth: A Manifesto – Making Knowledge Work
Midlands Economic Forum supported Birmingham City University, 1.30 – 4pm

Panel Discussion


  • Professor Julian Beer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University


  • Welcome and setting the scene for the Midlands Powerhouse, Prof Julian Beer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University

  • Mark Rogers, CEO, Birmingham City Council – Delivering the West Midlands Combined Authority


  • Paul Forrest, Head of Research, Midlands Economic Forum
  • Beverley Nielsen, Director Corporate Affairs, BCU – Results from consultation on Midlands Manifesto


  • Marc Reeves, Editor in Chief, TMG Midlands – expectations and opportunities for Midlands Powerhouse


  • Prf David Bailey, Aston Business School, Aston University, Metro regions driving growth


  • Roundtable discussion including key contributions from — Dr Lawrence Green, Director of Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Studies, Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media, BCU, Stuart Ballinger, Midlands Director, JCDecaux


Schools Awards Celebration and presentation, 4 – 5.30pm

Presentation following receipt of over 130 entries to the Schools Design Competition from 10 West Midlands schools.


Birmingham Made Me Design Awards Celebration Dinner, Atrium, Millennium Point, 6 – 11pm

The third BMM15 Design & Innovation Awards taking place on the 17th June at Millennium Point.  A celebration honouring some of the most innovative brands and individuals within the region. An evening comprising of showcases from emerging performance and design talent, locally sourced and prepared food and refreshments, music, dance and great company. Book online here.  

Our charity for the evening will be the Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Some of the key awards being presented on the night:

Lifetime Award – Best Design – Best Innovation – Best Collaboration with Business – Special Awards – Best Exhibitor Award – Best HCI Supporter and other special recognition awards.




18th June 2015


SME innovation funding Seminar & Exhibition supported by Birmingham City Business School, 1pm-5pm Millennium Point, Auditorium


Access to finance, innovation, grants & Internationalisation, 1 – 2.30pm

Chair – Mark Gilman Introducing workshops

  • Alan Gardner  BCRS   – Business Loans –An alternative source of Business Finance
  • Tony Seaton  Blue Sky corporate finance  – Crowdfunding/peer to peer  marketing funding
  • Graham Mold Finance Birmingham – Summary of new funds Available to SME’s across West Midlands
  • Matt Simmons, Sam Stevens TB80, Grant funding for Innovation and Growth, how what, when why?
  • Sam Stevens, R&D Tax credits, Cash from the taxman to support Innovation
  • Q&A to the panel


Break, 2.30 – 2.45pm


Importance of digital Marketing 2.45 – 3.45pm

Panel Discussion

  • Richard Williams Digital Birmingham – Digital Packages and Funding
  • Anne Stanley  Annica –  Social Media
  • Mark Lintern National Growth Exhibition – Power of Networking M
  • Rebecca Wheatly Five Brand/impact futures -TBC
  • Camilita Nuttal  Entrepreneur – How Camilita became an Entrepreneur
  • Q&A to the panel


BCU Supporting Business 3.45-4.30pm

  • Prf Mark Gilman- BCU Big Insights
  • Paul Roberts Keely Law – The Employer Strikes Back
  • Jill Miller How SMEs can best recruit and develop talented people
  • Natalie Lewis KTP @40
  • Prf Adrian Cole-BCU KTP KTP
  • Prf Simon Bolton Innovation  tbc
  • Q&A to the panel


KTP in Action, 4.30-5.00pm

  • William McGrath, CEO, Aga Rangemaster plc


Design Council Summit – Parkside Lecture Theatre

Design Council smlogo

1000 – Welcome

  • Event Chair, Kirsty Lang, Broadcaster and Journalist
  • Opening Address, John Mathers

1030 – Innovation and Growth

  • Using design to pioneer and prosper
  • Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF
  • Caroline Simcock, Global Head of Compliance and Approvals – Dyson

1130 – Break

1200 – Supply Chain

  • Using design to create competitive edge
  • Richard Baker, Head of Supplier Engineering – Rolls-Royce
  • Chris Guy, Engineering Manager, Hydro Systems
  • Phil Swash, CEO, GKN Land Systems plc

1400 – Skills

  • Using design to develop talent and potential
  • Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor – Aston University
  • John Male, Managing Director – Lloyds Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre

1500 – Break

1530 – Futureproofing

  • Using design for a sustainable strategy
  • Professor Stephen Boyd Davis, Professor of Design Research – Royal College of Art
  • Richard de Cani, Managing Director of Planning – Transport for London
  • Paul Priestman, Co-founding Director – PriestmanGoode

1630 – Plenary

  • Dr Pietro Micheli, Associate Professor of Organisational Performance – Warwick Business School
  • Beverley Nielsen, Director Corporate Affairs, Birmingham City University

1700 – Close


Productivity in Focus, 5-5.30pm

  • Mark Beatson, Chief Economist, CIPD
  • Prf Vicky Pryce, Chief Economist, CEBR and Visiting Professor, BCU


Networking Reception, 5.30-7.30pm


  • William McGrath, CEO, AGA Rangemaster plc
  • John Mathers, CEO, Design Council
  • Andy Street, Chairman, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and CEO, John Lewis Partnership