Birmingham Made Me Design Awards to celebrate Midlands’ companies.

A business-university collaboration called IDEA Birmingham has announced the shortlist for its inaugural design and innovation awards for the Midlands, Birmingham Made Me, with the Birmingham Assay Office (BAO) part of the line up.

The BAO is part of the shortlist for the Best Brand 2012 representing Birmingham.


The awards ceremony is set to take place later next month at Birmingham’s Mailbox, and will be the final flourish to the city’s first design expo for 100 years.

The BAO is set to join around 100 other companies and exhibitors taking part in the expo, which will be free to attend, and aims to showcase many of the brands and companies producing and working in the Midlands.

The winners of newly-launched Birmingham Made Me Design Awards will be chosen by a public, online vote.

Commenting on the Birmingham Assay Office’s nomination, its chief executive and Assay Master Michael Allchin said: “Innovation, independence and integrity are what we have always been about and always will be.

“The Birmingham Assay Office has invested heavily in high tech equipment and the highly skilled experts to use it. We would not have survived for over two centuries without continual innovation and in the current difficult trading conditions it is more important than ever. We are delighted and honoured to have been recognized with this nomination.”



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