**Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Opening Hours**
Thursday 2 June – OPEN as usual. 3.30am – 11.30am (9.30am for fish/meat traders)
Friday 3 June – CLOSED
Saturday 4 June CLOSED
Sunday 5 June CLOSED
Monday 6 June – OPEN as usual. 3.30am – 11.30am (9.30am for fish/meat traders)
It was great to see our waste plant and Axil featured in the recent issue of The Business Times Northamptonshire in the May issue (page 16).
We are pleased to say that AXIL Integrated Services are continuing their fantastic work at the market and have extended their contract with us for a further 5 years. Since they have come onto site they have made many improvements including installing a new baler on-site to improve segregation of materials and maximised rebate opportunities. Not only this but waxy cardboard was taken from a higher grade to increase rebates further.
Andrew Barnes, Market manager said, “Birmingham Wholesale market has been designed for the 21st Century and offers a highly efficient trading environment, where make every effort to minimise or recycle food and material waste. Our partnership with Axil has led to a cleaner site that recycles more – with any rebates being passed straight back to our tenants.”
It was great to show off some of the Market’s amazing Fruit and Vegetables at the recent Greater Birmingham Chambers Expo at Villa Park and let everyone enjoy the delicious fresh produce from the Wholesale Market!
It was great to welcome Dr Justin Varney to the Wholesale Market this morning to discuss food strategy for Birmingham in 2022 and beyond.
Get Ready …..The Clean Air Zone charge is coming on 1 June, where high polluting vehicles will be charged to enter Birmingham City Centre.
(all roads within the A4540 Ring Road but not the ring road itself).
For cars, taxis and vans the charge is £8 per day, while HGVs, coaches and buses will be charged £50 per day and the onus will be on the driver to pay the charge.
BCC has said most petrol vehicles from 2006 onwards and diesel vehicles from 2015 will be compliant and there will be exemptions for some vehicles. More information and a series of webinars is available at https://www.brumbreathes.co.uk
Firstly, on behalf of our tenants, I would like to express my thanks to all customers and visitors of the market for your support through this very tough period. Throughout this time we have continued to supply the freshest produce to the West Midlands and beyond without the need to close our doors.
We have previously had to adopt a policy of not allowing private buyers on to the market until such time that we were able to have mitigation in place to accept those customers who were not legitimate food businesses, however, now that we have better control measures in place we believe that this can continue during the latest lockdown. One caution on this would be if we found there to be a major outbreak of ‘panic buying’ whereby we would always give precedence to those businesses over any private/public purchasers.
All customers and visitors must wear a face covering which covers their nose and mouth at all times whilst upon the estate. Any customer or visitor without face coverings will not be allowed into the estate and if found not be wearing such around the market, they will be asked to leave until such time that they are prepared to adhere to Government Guidelines.
Please note that the use of a face-covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing. Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing whilst on the market estate.
For further information please see our face-covering guidance by clicking the link below. Once again, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Sky news visited the market yesterday to broadcast live to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 on the Midlands region.
It was great to see Jas from Pedalling Pantry at the market today being filmed by BBC West Midlands for a piece which will show soon. Pedalling Pantry is a zero-waste sustainable green shop on two wheels that delivers fresh Fruit and Veg to customers across Birmingham City Centre. A lot of the produce is sourced from the Wholesale Market too which is great @bbcmtd @pedalling_pantry
Despite concern over the Covid-19 pandemic, the market continues to operate as normal for BUSINESS USERS ONLY. The Market is not open to the General Public and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Birmingham Wholesale Market Company Ltd understands the high importance of keeping the fresh produce supply chain open to the West Midlands and wider public
We continue to monitor available guidance and working with our partners to ensure the market continues to operate safely, allowing businesses here to trade effectively.
We thank you for your continued custom at this difficult time.