Birmingham was on display as civic and business leaders headed to the Palace of Westminster to showcase the city
MPs and members of the House of Lords will learn what Birmingham has to offer today when an all-day exhibition is held in the historic Palace of Westminster.
City leaders from industry, education, medicine and politics have joined forces to organise “Birmingham Day”.
One of the aims of the event is to surprise politicians and Westminster journalists by showing them that there is more to Birmingham than they know.
Exhibition stands will highlight ground-breaking technology used by University Hospital Birmingham, Cadbury’s product development techniques, Birmingham’s sporting heritage and more.
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Good morning everyone, welcome to our Birmingham Day 2013 - #birminghamday - liveblog.
We'll have regular updates from the Birmingham Post editor Stacey Barnfield who has joined city leaders at the Palace of Westminster.
MP Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston) has led organisation of the cross-party event.
She said: “This 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 they 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.”
There's a lot of anticipation about Birmingham Day across the Twittersphere this morning:
Let's hope that inbound domestic tourism features in the talks and discussions around #BirminghamDay— Jamie Turner (@jaymeetee) October 22, 2013
Birmingham Post editor Stacey Barnfield is getting stuck in, he said: "We're just setting up the Jubilee Meeting Room for Birmingham Day.
"MPs Gisela Stuart and Richard Burden have arrived.
"We're looking forward to promoting our city through the course of the day."
We've got visitors passing through viewing stands for University of Birmingham, Birmingham Made Me and Cadbury parent company Mondelez International among others.
Institute of Asian Business setting up the most colourful stand of the day yet with gorgeous gowns and spicy foodstuffs on display.
And Birmingham Airport have sent their support:
And here is a picture of the colourful outfits on the Institute of Asian Business stand.
The IAB specialises in the business needs of Asian businesses in Birmingham and Solihull.
It was formed in 1987 to recognise and understand the unique challenges faced by ethnic businesses and provides business support and networking opportunities.
We've also got a stand for the Birmingham Post Business Daily, which is available for tablets.
It is produced every day, Monday to Friday, and will be waiting to download when you switch on your Tablet from first thing in the morning.
We cover everything you need to know about business in the city.
Birmingham's Perry Beeches The Academy have a stand here as well.
There are offering refreshments to guests.
Another great Birmingham success story.
Here's Penny Parkes from Birmingham Assay Office showing the office's new Help With Hallmarks app.
The app contains a comprehensive database of UK Assay Offices, date letters (from 1544), fineness and duty and commemorative marks.
The Birmingham Assay Office is a not-for- profit organisation and has been a centre of expert opinion and independent assessment of jewellery and precious metals for nearly 250 years.
Hilary Fanning, from University Hospitals Birmingham, on hand to talk about some of the incredible life science innovations taking place in Birmingham.
They include the endoscope-i iPhone app and attachment that allows health experts to take photos of the inner ear and view them instantly and retain them in patients' records.
Fantastic work being carried out in the city.
And here's a few more Tweets about Birmingham Day:
Habib Rehman, from Saltley Business Association, with Kadeer Arif, representing Saltley Business Association and Aftab Chughtai, vice president of the Institute of Asian Business at Birmingham Day at Westminster.
Mr Arif explained how The Saltley and Alum Rock areas brings visitors from across the country to buy stunning fabrics for weddings and other special events.
The CBSO was founded in 1920 by the city's civic leaders, led by Neville Chamberlain.
The Orchestra's inaugural concert was conducted by Sir Edward Elgar
We've also had musical accompaniment from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The CBSO was founded in 1920 by the city's civic leaders, led by Neville Chamberlain.
Their inaugural concert was conducted by Sir Edward Elgar. Not too shabby.
Government minister Greg Clark MP with Beverley Nielsen of Birmingham Made Me design expo
The Birmingham Made Me Design expo ran from June 6-21 at Millennium Point.
It's aim was to promote innovative, authentic and great brands designed and made in Birmingham and the Midlands.
As the Birmingham Post's Westminster correspondent I've been taking part in today's events.
The Institute of Asian Businesses and Saltley Business Association have a stand highlighting Birmingham’s role in the textile industry - stunning wedding outfits - and its potential as a leader in halal foods, such as non-alcholic wines (which actually taste great - they have free samples!).
Asian families from across the country come to Birmingham to shop - and eat out too - adding millions to the local economy. And overseas firms are investing in the city as a base to market, manufacture and distribute hasla food and drink.
Brian Gambles, Director of the Library of Birmingham, is telling visitors about role the library plays in a digital age.
He is providing access to knowledge both digitally and physically (ie traditional books) and sharing the expertise of staff with the public and providing services to smaller libraries across the city.
He is also explaining how they are becoming a major visitor attraction.
Pupils at Perry Barr school (once named the best in Birmingham by Michael Gove) have been telling visitors about the Birmingham Baccalaureate, which is designed to prepare young people for the workplace.
They’re giving away food but they haven’t been learning about cooking - they’ve been looking at what’s involved in running a small business such as a restaurant.
14-year-old Niall Madourie tells me he’s pleased his school is piloting the qualification, which will eventually be rolled out to schools across the city which choose to take part.
“It will help me get a job”, he says.
The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District also has a stand, where it is explaining the role of the Assay Office, the jewellery industry in Birmingham and the transformation of the Jewellery Quarter into a mixed-use district with housing as well as industry.
Cities Minister Greg Clark has visited the Birmingham Day exhibition, which is being held in the Commons.
He tells me: “It is a fantastic event. It really brings home the sheer breadth of excellence in the city, and what it has to offer.
“It is really making an impact on MPs. It’s created a buzz at Westminster today.”
Sipho Eric Dube, 18, from Birmingham Ormiston Academy performing spoken word at Birmingham Day.
Sipho says: "Birmingham is beautiful. It's my home. It's a home for people with ambition where people want to support each other and it's an accepting place.
"I have made friends through my performances."
Visitors continue to pack the Jubilee Room at Westminster for Birmingham Day.
The displays from Birmingham businesses and institutions, and performances from CBSO, The Drum and Birmingham Ormiston Academy, have been seen by some of the most prominent politicians and government ministers in the country.
Here are a few more tweets about Birmingham Day...
#birminghamday fact: The Custard Factory is set in 15 acres of factory buildings and is the largest digital creative hub outside of London.— Stacey Barnfield (@staceybarnfield) October 22, 2013
The Cadbury stand at Birmingham Day continues to be a popular place, for obvious reasons.
Here are some more great Birmingham Day tweets.
#birminghamday fact: Birmingham is the fastest growing young city in Europe. Almost 40% of the population is under the age of 25.— Stacey Barnfield (@staceybarnfield) October 22, 2013
The Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Rev David Urquhart with Gisela Stuart MP holding a Midland-made Olympic torch from the Birmingham Made Me stand.
Here's our final selection of tweets supporting Birmingham Day.
Shame it's raining on #BirminghamDay. But a bit of water will never stop this fabulous city!!! My home town! Woooooohoooo!!!— Marverine Cole (@TVMarv) October 22, 2013
As Birmingham Day at the House of Commons winds up, we're going to close our live blog now. Thanks very much to everyone for reading and supporting Birmingham at the event.
Keep visiting the Birmingham Post website over the next couple of days for more pictures, information and reaction to Birmingham Day 2013.