Made in Birmingham – gift for Rotary convention

By on 16/06/2009 in News

Birmingham’s rich industrial heritage will be symbolised in a gift that City Council Leader Mike Whitby is due to present at the forthcoming Rotary International Convention.

The silver salver, inscribed with Birmingham’s official crest, has been pressed by BDG Manufacturing Ltd, a company based in the Jewellery Quarter, using tooling that is believed to have previously belonged to the company run by Matthew Boulton.

The salver will also carry an inscription of Boulton to commemorate the industrialist’s memory and contribution to the city’s heritage in the year which marks the bicentenary of his death.

It is set to be handed over to Rotary International President Dong Kurn Lee during the convention’s official opening ceremony on June 21.

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Mike Whitby, who commissioned the eye-catching item, said: “Birmingham is delighted to be welcoming delegates from all over the world to the 100th Rotary International Convention.

“The silver salver is a symbol of our appreciation and thanks for being the 2009 host city. The salver is made right here in the city and with the inscription of the city crest and Matthew Boulton it is truly a Birmingham gift, recognising our status as a leader in the jewellery industry.

“It also honours the contribution made by the likes of Boulton – one of the leading figures from the industrial revolution, a period in history when Birmingham was powering Great Britain at a time when Britain was leading the industrial world.

“I am sure that every visitor to the city in the coming week will be impressed by what Birmingham has to offer and that they will spread the word to others of the warm and welcoming nature of the city and its people. The Rotarians are driven by the ethics of goodwill and understanding a it is fitting that their annual international conference, their 100th, is taking place in one of the UK’s most diverse and vibrant cities.”

BDG Manufacturing Ltd, based in Northwood Street, is renowned for being the supplier of cutlery for the First Class lounges in all of Cunard’s cruise liners and recently won a five-year contract for awards for the world famous TT races in the Isle of Man.

The company also made an exact replica of the second FA Cup for Birmingham City FC Chairman David Gold after he bought and then subsequently donated the original to the National Football Museum in Preston.

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