Championing World Class Industry in the Midlands
Updated: Nov 28, 2019
Proud to be part of Made in the Midlands
At Datalink Electronics we are proud to have joined forces with an accomplished network of local manufactures by becoming a member of Made in the Midlands. We are very excited about the shared opportunities that our membership is sure to bring!
Made in the Midlands is a business network representing around 250 SME’s in manufacturing in the Midlands. The organisation was founded in 2002 after John Hayward, MD of a local manufacturing firm passed the concept and domain to a local entrepreneur to run with .
The organisation acts as a platform for firms to source and supply with one another, collaborate and improve their businesses – independent of the public sector. As of 1st May 2009, the organisation went public with its new online portal announced during a large Manufacturing summit, where firms were able to meet at director level only with other manufacturers.
Made in the Midlands is now notable within the business support network for the extensive lobbying and representation activities it undertakes on behalf of its members. In 2011 the delegates from Made in the Midlands were invited to Westminster to meet with senior government figures including Business Minister Mark Prisk to contribute to business policy in line with the UK government’s ‘big society’ drive. This was followed in 2013 by a visit to BIS (Business, Innovation & Skills) to meet Michael Fallon.
Now recognised as a major non-government initiative for the region, Made in the Midlands sought to influence the relevant authorities to expand and improve the region’s manufacturing focus using the campaign slogan “Championing Midlands Manufacturing!” which was endorsed by leading former government figures and leading industrialists including Lord Digby Jones, Tony Woodley of UNITE and Colin Green, MD of Land Rover. In 2012 Made in the Midlands also welcomed visits from Adrian Bailey, MP and Ian Austin, MP who pledged their support and commitment to the midlands manufacturing community.
Made in the Midlands has also pioneered a manufacturing academy scheme with local education centres to engage youngsters in the region to fall in love with industry through submitting innovative ideas to a panel of Made in the Midlands firms, with a view to putting them into production. The group also holds an annual awards presentation to the top performing manufacturers each year called The Made in the Midlands Awards which are voted for by a third party panel of industrialists.
Made in the Midlands has received widespread acclaim from the business community and has featured on BBC TV and radio, The Economist and The Manufacturer magazine.