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Made in the Black Country Showcase Exhibition returns to Parliament

The Black Country LEP has joined forces with Ian Austin MP for Dudley North for the second time to showcase goods manufactured in the Black Country to MPs on Wednesday 1 November 2017 at the Houses of Parliament.

With 455,400 people working in the Black Country with 103,725 of those in high value manufacturing jobs across 7,565 high value manufacturing businesses, the Black Country is one of the UKs leading supply chain centres within the automotive and aerospace sectors, this special exhibition will showcase almost 30 Black Country based companies whose products are “made in the Black Country and sold across the world”.

From 11am – 3pm MPs will be able to visit the exhibition to view products including traditional handmade ironwork by Kirkpatrick in Walsall - the only remaining traditional black ironmongery in the UK, to car wheels from West Bromwich based Rimstock Limited - a world leader in the design and manufacture of high performance premium alloy wheels - supplying some of the world’s most revered super car brands, and Global motorsport series.

Companies from Sadlers Ales to A&M EDM to Boss Design and Ibstock Brick will showcase the best of the Black Country showcasing goods and services across the following sectors: housing; automotive; sport; engineering; education; aerospace; foundry and creative industries.

On the day the Black Country LEP will also demonstrate HVM City: The Opportunity Gateway, a new online portal which allows companies to register tender opportunities as well as companies and individuals being able to access tender opportunities. The HVM City Platform, which will be directly aligned with the HS2 Procurement Portal, will enable inward investment opportunities, drive supply chain development and integration and support major contract delivery from start to finish.

Ian Austin MP for Dudley North said: “I grew up in Dudley, I love the Black Country and I’m proud of it. “Manufacturing is a really important part of the Black Country’s heritage but I want to show that hi-tech manufacturing, science and technology has a bright future in the region too. I want people in London to understand that we are bringing new industries and new jobs to the area to strengthen the local economy and boost prosperity.” “That’s why I’m delighted to be able to organise this event in Parliament again this year, where our brilliant local producers and manufacturers can show off their work to MPs from across the country.”
Stewart Towe, Chair of the Board Black Country LEP Board said: “The Black Country is home to 34,950 businesses, our automotive specialisms are amongst the best in the world with Black Country companies supplying 16 of the world’s largest car makers and supplying all leading commercial and military manufacturers of planes. With so much to shout about we are delighted that our companies are coming together in Parliament to demonstrate to MPs from across the country that products made in the Black Country are sold across the world!”

For more information, please contact Helen Annetts, PR on behalf of the Black Country LEP.

Picture caption: Dudley North MP Ian Austin, left, and LEP chairman Stewart Towe.

Companies exhibiting at the event will be:


A&M EDM are leading precision engineers, manufacturing components for aerospace, automotive and Formula 1. A&M offer over 60 CNC machines and one of the UK’s largest wire and spark erosion capabilities.

Accord Group: LoCal Homes

LoCal Homes is an award-winning manufacturer of high quality, closed - panel timber framed homes with low running costs. Our Eco 200 product is quick to erect and offers Value for Money. We also offer a “factory in a box” solution for those wishing to replicate our local production model.

Airguard Filters Ltd

Airguard Filters Ltd is a progressive manufacturing company established since 1985. Our expertise is the manufacture and supply of Air Filters for various sectors such as Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Industrial Filtration and HVAC.

Alucast Ltd

Alucast is unique for its ability to supply aluminium components from the main casting processes; sand, gravity and high pressure die-casting. Alucast’s capability to supply machined, painted and assembled components from its plants, ensures customers have a single UK source for all their casting requirements.

Aspire Sports

Aspire engages children and young people in physical activity, by providing innovative delivery and training services and resources that educate and inspire.


ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. ASSA ABLOY is the largest global supplier of intelligent lock and security solutions.

Black Country Colleges Group

The Group includes: The City of Wolverhampton College, Dudley College, Halesowen College, King Edward V1 College Sandwell College, BMet Stourbridge College (Associate Partner) and Walsall College. Black County Colleges work together to turn strategy into action, words into work prospects and create life opportunities for the people of the Black Country. We are committed to delivering high-quality education and skills provision to promote economic growth.

Boss Design

Boss Design is one of the UK’s most successful manufacturers operating within the commercial furniture sector. Beginning life in 1983, Boss Design is now a successful international operation with global production capability. The company manufactures in four continents, with plans for further expansion, and has an international supply chain servicing more than thirty countries.

Brooks England

Brooks England have been making quality goods for our customers ever since our founder created the Brooks company in 1866. Today we remain committed to his legacy. His early blueprints and inspirational pursuit of innovation led to a wealth of quality, durable and beautiful products, so we preserve that spirit by combining the very best of modern technology with the timeless Brooks aesthetic. We still deliver the finest saddles and cycling accessories to our customers across the UK and beyond.

Cube Precision

Cube Precision Engineering are a leading manufacturing solutions provider to the worlds largest Tier 1 and OEM engineering companies. Specialising in tooling and sub contract machining in aerospace, automotive and defence industries.

East End Foods

East End Foods has over 40 years experience as a leading supplier and innovator in the UK Indian food market, with an annual turnover of over £180 million. We are trusted suppliers of high quality ethnic foods to a wide range of markets from our progressive plant in the West Midlands, at the centre of the national distribution network. Over 80% of Asian independents stock East End's range as well as all the major UK multiples.

High Speed Fabrications

A Midlands business servicing local industry and international customers. Manufacturers of specialist bespoke fabrications, steelwork and machines, and external bespoke cladding manufacturers. We are a CE accredited company.

Ibstock Brick

Ibstock is the UK’s leading brick-maker, manufacturing a wide range of clay facing bricks and other clay based construction products.


Kirkpatrick was founded in 1855 in Walsall and remains on the same site to this day and is the only remaining manufacturer of traditional black ironmongery in the UK.

LearnPlay Foundation

LearnPlay Foundation is a creative digital media company that strives to make a difference to people’s lives using games based technologies, innovative film development and unique branding designs.

Marston’s PLC

Marston's PLC is a British brewery and pub operator. It operates over 1,700 pubs in the UK, and is the world's largest brewer of cask ale. For further information about our brands and products pleasevisit

Moog Aircraft Group

Moog Aircraft Group - Wolverhampton Operations work at the cutting-edge of engineering technology providing flight critical components for the world’s largest aerospace programmes, from Airbus A350 through to the F35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Precision Chains Ltd

Specialists in the manufacture of industry standard chains and also excelling at bespoke solutions, we’re optimised to meet customer requirements. If a chain is needed, we’ll find a solution.

Prima Makeup

Prima Makeup launched in August 2016. The range currently includes a variety of innovative sparkly cosmetics, including pressed glitter eyeshadows and face and body glitters which are both cruelty free and vegan friendly.

Rimstock Ltd

Rimstock Ltd is the UK’s largest, most advanced and fast growing alloy wheel manufacturer producing cast, forged and flow formed wheels in the Black Country which with fast production times and cutting edge products aids the UK & Global automotive sectors.

Sadler’s Ales

Sadler’s Brewing Company is a multi-award winning Brewery based in Lye in the heart of the Black Country. Sadler’s produce craft beers in cask, keg, bottle and can formats supplying multiple grocers, convenience stores, independent pubs and national brewers across the UK and also into the export market. The company also produces Peaky Blinder beer to celebrate the BBC2 worldwide success - Peaky Blinders.

Stourbridge Glass

The Stourbridge Glass International Collection combines twenty five years+ fine interiors and international project experience worldwide, together with the skills of world-class glass artists and creators based in, or who developed their skills in, Stourbridge.


Established in 2000 out of the ashes of a historic tube machine forming company based in Sandwell - the home of ‘metal bashing, Techniswage has grown to become an internationally recognised engineering company. Extremely proud of our immense tube forming expertise, our personnel have backgrounds in various industries including forging, casting, pressing and in quality leading sectors of automotive and aerospace. It is our diverse skill sets that have enabled us to create a major force in tube forming technology. Over our 17 year history, we have achieved a wide range of accomplishments and as a company we continue to grow and grow.

Tytek Industries

TyTek Industries can make your ideas a reality, overseeing every step of your product’s development. Get it designed, developed and delivered by a company who can help you to make it better.

University of Wolverhampton

Springfield Campus and Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills Springfield Campus is set to be Europe's largest construction centre of excellence. The exciting £110m project will increase the number of qualified industry practitioners to help meet the growth of the nation's construction and manufacturing sectors.

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

The WMCA is a collaboration of local authorities and LEPs. Working together its priorities include:

• Transport

• Skills

• Housing and Land

• Finance and Investment

• Public Service Reform

Our elected Mayor is Andy Street.

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