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The showcase featured 20 exhibitors presenting goods manufactured in the Black Country, reports Asian Lite News

The Black Country LEP has joined forces with Ian Austin MP for Dudley North, and hosted a showcase of goods manufactured in the Black Country to MPs on Tuesday 12 July at the House of Commons.

With 442,000 people working in the Black Country and home to the highest proportion of high and low tech manufacturing jobs in the country, the special exhibition showcased 20 Black Country based companies delivering goods and services across the following sectors: housing; automotive; sport; engineering; education; aerospace; foundry and creative industries.Ian Austin MP and Stewart Towe Chair Black Country LEP. Black Country showcase at House of Commons. 120716

210 people, including 40 MPs, visited the showcase meeting representatives from Black Country companies including Wolverhampton-based aerospace experts HS Marston, Wednesbury aluminium firm Alucast, Stourbridge  Glass, CUBE Precision Engineering from Rowley Regis and the Accord Housing Group from West Bromwich.

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.”

The event kick starts the Black Country LEPs campaign to support Black Country Day on 14 July. To celebrate the diversity and strength of business in the Black Country, the Black Country LEP, alongside the 4 Black Country local authorities; Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton are encouraging local business to tweet about their product(s), workplace or staff members to celebrate all that is great about the Black Country including the hashtag #MadeInTheBlackCountry.Black Country showcase at House of Commons. 12 July 2016. Photograph by Jas Sansi.

Stewart Towe, Chair Black Country LEP said, “The Black Country is home to 33,400 businesses and we want them to join us on 14 July in tweeting about their successes so we can collectively ensure people are aware of the many fantastic products made in the Black Country and sold around the world.”

Black Country Day on 14 July marks the region’s industrial heritage and marks the anniversary of the invention of the World’s first steam engine, the Newcomen Engine, built in the Black Country in 1712.

The 2015 Black Country LEP Black Country Day social media campaign saw almost 1,000 tweets issued by over 300 businesses and individuals using the hashtag #MadeInTheBlackCountry and it reached almost 550,000 people. The aim is to increase these figures for 2016.

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