WB showcases brands and designers at Birmingham Made Me Expo.
By Jessica Knowles
WB The Creative Jewellery Group is participating in a project called Birmingham Made Me, a two-week design expo taking place at the city’s Millennium Point until June 21.
The event features a showcase of products from around 70 Midlands-based manufacturers with including iconic companies such as Aston Martin, Dunlop tyres and Acme Whistles.
Birmingham Made Me has been sponsored by Birmingham City Council and is open to the public. The show places particular emphasis on student involvement with support from Birmingham City University as well as Business Birmingham and Millennium Point.
WB Group will use the expo to showcase designs from Domino and Weston Beamor. Domino will exhibit pieces from its Sassolini, Diamond Ring Mount (DRM) and wedding ring collections. Weston Beamor will show two pieces: a diamond and platinum necklace by in-house designer Natasha Bagnall, which won a Lonmin Design Innovation award in 2012, and an experimental ring called Hidden Treasures by designer Sarah Phillips.
The Birmingham Made Me expo is accompanied by an on-going seminar programme with daily seminars, workshops and competitions. Domino director Naomi Newton-Sherlock, who heads up the company’s nine-strong design team, is featured as a guest speaker in the seminar programme, hosting a talk today.
Her seminar, titled Heritage – a unique feature of the WB value proposition, looks back over WB The Creative Jewellery Group’s 60 years of production in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and how its history impacts upon the way in which the expanding, family-owned company is managed and operates today.
Newton-Sherlock said of the expo: “We are proud to have been chosen to take part in this very worthwhile event. It used to be said in the city’s heyday, if something couldn’t be made in Birmingham it couldn’t be made at all.
"Today, despite moves to overseas production by many UK firms, I’m pleased to say that more and more businesses, like our own, are now finding that making things in Birmingham still makes strong commercial sense and has the added bonus of backing Britain."
Birmingham Made Me is open daily until 8pm, seven days a week until June 21.