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As it happened: Birmingham Day at the Houses of Parliament

Birmingham was on display as civic and business leaders headed to the Palace of Westminster to showcase the city

Live: Birmingham Day at the Houses of Parliament
Live: Birmingham Day at the Houses of Parliament

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.

Follow live updates on our liveblog below.

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Birmingham Day 2013

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.”

Birmingham Day 2013

There's a lot of anticipation about Birmingham Day across the Twittersphere this morning:

 

Birmingham Day 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."

 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

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:

 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

And here is a picture of the colourful outfits on the Institute of Asian Business stand.

Institute of Asian Business setting up at Birmingham Day at the Palace of Westminster

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.

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

We've also got a stand for the Birmingham Post Business Daily, which is available for tablets.

Birmingham Day - Birmingham Post Business Daily stand
 

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.

Download from iTunes.

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

We've a packed room here now full of people learning about everything Birmingham can offer.

Packed room at Birmingham Day 2013

Great to see such interest. And we're trending:

 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Birmingham's Perry Beeches The Academy have a stand here as well.

There are offering refreshments to guests.

Birmingham Day - Perry Beeches The Academy providing refreshments
Birmingham Day - Perry Beeches The Academy providing refreshments
 

Another great Birmingham success story.

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Here's Penny Parkes from Birmingham Assay Office showing the office's new Help With Hallmarks app.

Birmingham Day - Penny Parkes from Birmingham Assay Office shows 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.

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Hilary Fanning, from University Hospitals Birmingham, on hand to talk about some of the incredible life science innovations taking place in Birmingham.

Birmingham Day - 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.

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

And here's a few more Tweets about Birmingham Day:

 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

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.

Birmingham Day 2013
 

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.

Cracking stuff.

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

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

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

We've also had musical accompaniment from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The CBSO performing at Birmingham Day

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.

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Government minister Greg Clark MP with Beverley Nielsen of Birmingham Made Me design expo

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.

Jonathan Walker at Birmingham Day 2013

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.

Jonathan Walker at Birmingham Day 2013

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.

Jonathan Walker at Birmingham Day 2013

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.

Jonathan Walker at Birmingham Day 2013

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.

Jonathan Walker at Birmingham Day 2013

Cities Minister Greg Clark has visited the Birmingham Day exhibition, which is being held in the Commons.


Greg Clark


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.”

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Sipho Eric Dube, 18, from Birmingham Ormiston Academy performing spoken word at Birmingham Day.

 

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."

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Visitors continue to pack the Jubilee Room at Westminster for Birmingham Day.


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.

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Here are a few more tweets about Birmingham Day...







 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

The Cadbury stand at Birmingham Day continues to be a popular place, for obvious reasons.

The Cadbury stand at Birmingham Day
 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Here are some more great Birmingham Day tweets.







 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 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.

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
 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 2013

Here's our final selection of tweets supporting Birmingham Day.







 

Stacey Barnfield at Birmingham Day 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.

 
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