Birmingham Day


RB Devenishgirl Bakery Birmingham Day

Today was Birmingham Day in the Houses of Parliament, showcasing creativity in our city. Lots of people from Birmingham’s arts and creative industries sector were there, including from the Custard Factory and Fazeley studios in Digbeth. The great potential for Birmingham’s digital gaming industry was also highlighted. The BBC were also there talking about their decision to make Birmingham their digital centre of excellence, and to move the BBC Academy to our city. More to be done there, but under Tony Hall, their new Director General, the Beeb does finally seem to be listening and acting on what we’ve been saying to them. And there were examples of Birmingham creativity in other sectors on show at Birmingham Day too. Like the great Devenishgirl bakery, a social enterprise offering quality products and skills training which is based in – you guessed it – the Northfield constituency. You can find out more about them on both Facebook and Twitter. And yes, I couldn’t resist trying some of their cakes on Birmingham Day – and they certainly didn’t disappoint!

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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