BAO takes Birmingham to the House of Commons

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Assay Office takes part in Birmingham Day, promoting city’s firms.

The Birmingham Assay Office took a slice of the Jewellery Quarter to the House of Commons this week, showcasing its business and an array of jewellery designs in a day dedicated to firms from the Midlands city.

The event, called Birmingham Day, celebrated and showcased Birmingham as "the city of pioneers", with a range of businesses and organisations present including the city’s symphony orchestra and Cadbury’s.

A statement from the Assay Office said: "It was a fantastic celebration of the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the citizens of Birmingham."

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The BAO showcased items of silverware including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bowl, made in Birmingham by Andy Macgowan, as well as pieces from Deakin & Francis and Cooksons.

It shared a stand with the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust where it outlined work by the local Business Improvement District (BID), and also unveiled its new app Help with Hallmarks, released to aid jewellers, valuers and collectors with dating items made in the UK.

The Birmingham Day was set up by Gisela Stuart MP, Richard Burden MP and Steve McCabe MP.

Stuart, Labour MP for Edgbaston, said: "It is a chance to show people a side of Birmingham they may not know about. The last time the Westminster bubble came to Birmingham was for a party conference, and even then they may not get to see very much of the city. So we are going to show them what Birmingham is all about.

“It’s also a chance for key people and organisations in the city to speak to each other. We are such a large and diverse city that we don’t always get the chance to do that.”

 

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