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Replay: Birmingham Day at the House of Commons

Citizen Khan star Adil Ray leads the charge as the city showcases its creative excellence in an exhibition in the heart of London

City of Birmingham
City of Birmingham

Adil Ray, the comedian behind hit BBC sit-com Citizen Khan, is representing Birmingham at Westminster as the city’s creative industries take the spotlight at an exhibition in the House of Commons.

The latest “Birmingham Day” event is showcasing the region’s creative sector. Also attending is Tommy Nagra, head of business development for
BBC Birmingham.

The event is backed by MPs from all parties, including Edgbaston Labour MP Gisela Stuart, who said the creative sector was key to the city's success.

Gary Young

Good morning everyone, Gary Young from the web team here.

Adil Ray as Citizen Khan

I'll be bringing you all the latest news and reaction from today's Birmingham Day event at the House of Commons, which is taking place over the next few hours.

The public face of the event is Birmingham TV star Adil Ray, lead in the popular BBC sitcom Citizen Khan. He'll be doing his best - along with the other attendees - to raise the profile of Birmingham's creative sector in the capital.

10:32 am

London looks set fair for today's Birmingham Day event.

House of Commons on Birmingham Day

Here's a shot of the House of Commons from Birmingham Post editor Stacey Barnfield as he arrived at the House of Commons this morning.

Let's hope those sunny skies bode well for Brum's creative industries - and that they can banish any clouds on the horizon...


High profile adverts have been put up at Old Street underground station in a bid to attract tech start-ups to Birmingham.

Birmingham adverts at Old Street Station

They are certainly nicely eye-catching...

Birmingham adverts at Old Street Station


In Birmingham the creative sector, including digital, employs 27,000 people across more than 3,800 companies.

It delivers an economic boost of £1.25billion to the local economy.


Custard Factory and Yamination Studios setting up their stand...


Custard Factory and Yamination Studios at Birmingham Day

10:45 am

Here's some early reaction from Twitter...








Birmingham Day profile: Soshi Games

Soshi Games makes music-themed online and mobile games which strive to raise new revenue for bands and the music industry and help new
artists be discovered.

Working with clients such as Universal Music, Global Talent and The Isle Of Wight Festival, the company aids the music industry to navigate the new digital landscape through the power of games.

It secured £285,000 in crowdfunding in February.


Here's Drew Roper from Yamination Studios with his character Bartholomew.

Drew Roper from Yamination Studios with Bartholomew

Bartholomew stars in the film 'At-issue', an animated short film billed as uniquely combining stop-motion, 2D and CG animation.

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Birmingham was recently named a start-up ‘hotspot’ and most entrepreneurial area in the UK by StartUp UK.

More than 16,000 businesses were started in Birmingham last year.

10:54 am

Here's some more Twitter reaction....



The Jubilee Room at Westminster is hosting the Birmingham Day event

The Jubilee Room at Westminster


Here are some more tweets from Birmingham Day...



Eileen Schofield, president of Birmingham Law Society, at Birmingham Day.

Eileen Schofield, president of Birmingham Law Society

The society has more than 3,500 members, many of whom are able advise creative businesses on Intellectual Property matters.


Here are some more reactions on Twitter...







Lucan Gray, right, owner of the Custard Factory, arrives at Birmingham Day.

Lucan Gray, right, owner of the Custard Factory, at Birmingham Day

In a Birmingham Post article Mr Gray said: “Over the next decade, I hope Birmingham will invest and build upon its reputation in the creative industries and be a globally competitive creative and digital city.

“It is a real, achievable goal for the city which will create thousands of new jobs and attract inward investment in a short timescale. Importantly it can transform the often unfair national media perceptions of Birmingham and make us into a city with a story."

Read the full article here:

11:21 am

Some more reactions from Twitter to today's Birmingham Day event...



Birmingham Day profile: Whisk

Whisk is a digital shopping list application, launched by former BBC Apprentice finalist Nick Holzherr, which allows users to add any recipe they find online to a single shopping list and then purchase the ingredients from an online supermarket.

The concept won £170,000 investment from a consortium in 2012.


Melanie Glass, founder and director of Devenishgirl Bakery CIC with trainee Amy Redway at Birmingham Day.

Melanie Glass, founder and director of Devenishgirl Bakery CIC with trainee Amy Redway at Birmingham Day


Melanie said: "we're here to prove there is lots of creativity going on outside London, in particular the social enterprise sector.

"We operate a kitchen school offering skills training for unemployed which will fulfil our social ethos and have a sustainable commercial bakery offering events and experiences."


Here are some more Birmingham Day tweets...



The BBC, in attendance at Birmingham Day, recently announced it will base its UK 'talent centre' at the Mailbox in Birmingham.

BBC at the Mailbox in Birmingham

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