As a proud Midlands based company, we are excited to see that the commonwealth games are being held so close to home. The Games will our vibrant city and region on a global stage.
The event begins with the opening ceremony on 28th July, so let's get behind all of the athletes competing and show everyone how great the Midlands can be!
The West Midlands is considered world leading in numerous areas, so there's plenty to celebrate about the region. The midlands is a continually inventive place and has made its mark on the world with everything from chocolate to jewellery. In the build up to the games, which will shine a light on Birmingham and the West Midlands, we want to celebrate the region and put together some fun facts about the place we call home!
The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham produces around 40% of the total amount of jewellery made in the UK. It also produces and exports boxing belts, the FIFA World Player of the Year awards and 12 million items at Europe's largest Assay Office.
The school of Jewellery, located at Birmingham City University, is the largest of it's kind in Europe, and graduates go on to work at established companies such as Tiffany's and Tag Heuer.
Bourneville in Birmingham is home to Cadbury; one of the world's most renowned confectionary companies. Developing from selling tea, coffee and drinking chocolate in 1824, John Cadbury's business has now grown into employing 70,000 people and has become one of the best-selling brands in the world.
Bird’s Custard was first created and cooked in 1837 at a chemist shop in Birmingham. Alfred Bird’s unique recipe for powdered custard was so popular with his guests, he later formed Alfred Bird and Sons Ltd to produce this on a wider scale. He also went on to invent a baking powder, which is the same as what is used in kitchens across the world today.
Other kitchen staples invented in Birmingham include Typhoo Tea, HP Sauce and Bournville drinking chocolate, as well as numerous breweries originating, or are now based, in the Midlands
Top Quality Chefs & Restaurants
The region is home to six Michelin-starred restaurants, alongside an award-winning street food scene including Digbeth Dining Club and the Balti Triangle.
The West Midlands is home to five of the oldest professional football teams in the world: Aston Villa (1874), Birmingham City (1875), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1877), West Bromwich Albion (1878) and Walsall (1888).
In 1888, William McGregor of Aston Villa FC invited other clubs (including Wolves and West Brom) to play regular games of football, creating the Football League.
Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Led Zeppelin are bands from Birmingham and the West Midlands that pioneered the heavy metal music genre, and went on inspire other successful bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Nirvana.
The two-tone music genre was also developed in Midlands during the late 1970s. West Midlands bands such as The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter were at the forefront of the two-tone scene, which brought ska and reggae to new heights in the charts.