Made in the Midlands has opened a new office at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, close to Aston University, to help grow its subscriber base in the city. The move signals a period of expansion for the industry membership group which grew from its roots in the Black Country and now spans across both the West and East Midlands.
Made in the Midlands has already formed alliances in its new surroundings and is based on the same floor as its web developer, Kalexiko, creating a dynamic environment to improve the technology behind Made in the Midlands.
Jason Pitt, founder, said: “It’s especially significant to have a physical base in Birmingham, because this is the place where much of the movement began. The Made in the Midlands campaign really came about with the collapse of MG Rover. 6,000 people marched alongside us in 2009 at the Unite rally in Birmingham to protest at the job losses. This manufacturing loss was the tipping point, in truth MG Rover was one of many British firms that over time have been sold off for short term gains and the hard working Midlands manufacturer had frankly had enough.”
The organisation has since evolved into a dedicated membership group of over 250 members with its own innovative social network through which members can communicate.
Birmingham office manager, Sophie Whittingham, said: “I joined the business in 2013 as a graduate and the business has progressed a lot in that time. After working with several local manufacturing companies and completing the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s manufacturing course, I am delighted to be helping the Birmingham operation grow.
“As a Brummie and someone who is passionate about industry and what it means to the area, I look forward to meeting local engineering businesses and learn more about how we can help them.”
Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham said: “I am delighted to welcome Made in the Midlands to the Innovation Birmingham Campus. The Campus is home to over 100 knowledge-based companies that are building on the city’s heritage; so promoting the city region as a place that innovates, creates and makes is as crucial today as it has even been.”
For more information about Made in the Midlands, or to join, please contact Sophie Whittingham on 0121 2854113 or email email@example.com