Coronavirus – General Hygiene

Birmingham Wholesale Market continue to work closely with Birmingham City Council to monitor the global Coronavirus situation and prepare for any escalation.

Initial tests suggest the virus can be passed from human to human. In the same way you’d protect against flu and other nasty bugs, it’s important to practise good hygiene. Make sure you:

  • Wash hands regularly with warm water and soap, especially before handling and consuming food.
  • Cough and sneeze into tissues, then put them in the bin. Don’t leave them lying around. If you haven’t got a tissue, cover your mouth when you cough.
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth, as these areas are prime gateways for germs to enter the body.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others.

Please contact us if you have any queries.

Director of Asian Business Chamber of Commerce visits market

Head of Asian Business at the Chamber of Commerce visits the Birmingham Wholesale Market
From Left to Right- Charles Brant, Eddie Price, Anjum Khan and Rob Nixon at the Birmingham Wholesale Market

The Director of Asian Business at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce visited the Market this week. Anjum Khan was taken on a tour of the market and spoke to many traders about business in the second city and how the transition has gone from the old market too new.  The team from the chamber very impressed with the new market and look forward do doing more promotional work with the Wholesale Market.

Tenant supports two Homeless Charities in Birmingham

One of our tenants at the Market, Mr Muhammad Loonat of Bidwalla (Fruit and vegetables) Ltd is a generous supporter of several charities and projects in the Birmingham area and we thought we should give a mention to his fantastic work.

Notably he has supported the AS-SUFFA Institute Outreach initiative for over 6 years which includes assisting the homeless in the city.

He also supports the SIFA Fireside. SIFA Fireside works with homeless and vulnerably housed adults in Birmingham to provide immediate help and achieve lasting change. It is our vision that all homeless and vulnerably-housed people in Birmingham can access the services they need to achieve a more stable, healthier life.

It’s always fantastic to hear stories of tenants helping these wonderful causes.

Market welcomes The Real Junk Food Project

Simon Edge and Rob Nixon at the Birminghsm

The Wholesale Market welcomed a regular visitor yesterday. Simon Edge is a co-director of The Real Junk Food Project CIC.

The Real Junk Food Project is a collaborative effort to bring about radical change in our food system. It’s a pretty simple idea with huge impact. Levels of global food waste are a disaster for our planet and the people that live on it. We save perfectly edible food that would otherwise not make it to your plate and make it available to all on a Pay As You Feel basis.

Everything we intercept is processed, quality controlled and distributed through our network of cafes, Sharehouses, Freegan Boxes, schools and community groups to #FeedBelliesNotBins.

The Market supports the Real Junk Food Project in anyway it can.

Simon is pictured with Rob Nixon, General Manager of the Birmingham Wholesale Market on Pauls Produce stand who had that morning donated produce which was destined for Birmingham’s City Hospital.

Market signs up for Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

The Birmingham Wholesale Market are proud to have signed up to the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility aims to boost the local economy through support to the local supply chain, creation of job opportunities and ensuring employees are paid a fair wage.

The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility is a set of guiding themes to which Birmingham City Council (BCC) will adhere and invites its contracted suppliers, the wider business community, other public sector bodies (including schools) and third sector organisations (including grant recipients) to adopt. In some cases, adopting the Charter is a requirement of specific contracts or grants. In all cases, adopting the Charter is a visible and recognisable sign of your organisation’s commitment to the local economy and its communities.

Find out more about the Charter here.


Market welcomes the BBC

BBC Breakfast at the Wholesale Market in Birmingham

The Birmingham Wholesale Market on Wednesday welcomed BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast who were both providing live coverage through the morning. The main topic was Brexit and how this would affect the fresh produce sector. 

We also welcomed Henrietta Brealey, Director of Policy and Strategic Relationships at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Justin Benson, UK Head of Automotive at KPMG and Lord Digby Jones who all provided fascinating insight on Brexit and the Fresh Produce Sector.

RICS Awards at the Market

Birmingham Wholesale Market team with RICS Midlands Awards

It was great to welcome the @BhamCityCouncil team to the Market along with the awards from @RICSMidlands recently. A brilliant achievement for all involved. The Market is the largest integrated fresh food market in Europe and it’s fantastic it’s in Birmingham. In the picture from Left to Right are: Rob Nixon (General Manager), Keith Simpson (Director – Technolink), Ian Chaplin (Head of Investment Property Management – Birmingham City Council), Megan Bestwick (Senior Project Manager – Turner & Townsend), Kathryn James (Assistant Director for Property – Birmingham City Council) and Mark Tate (Director of George Perry Ltd and Board member for the Wholesale Market)

Happy 1st Anniversary to the Market!

The Birmingham Wholesale Market is the largest wholesale market in the UK, and one of the largest integrated wholesale markets in Europe. Set on an 18 acre site in Witton, the purpose built facility is minutes from the centre of Birmingham and employs over a 1000 members in a variety roles across a diverse set of businesses.

The Market offers a wide range of delicious fresh fruit & vegetables, seafood, meat, poultry and flowers from experienced traders across two halls measuring 216,500 square foot in size. Produce is sourced and imported from over 140 countries from around the world ensuring the produce offering is diverse and varied to suit local business and hospitality requirements. The high-quality produce is sold to restaurants, hotels, fast food outlets and retailers across the Midlands and Wales.

Since opening with over 48 traders on site, it is estimated that in the past year over 500,000 people have visited the Market and it welcomes on average 1,500 vehicles per day onto the site.
Originally opened on 8th May 2018 the Market is celebrating its one-year anniversary. During May and June 2019, we are celebrating the huge success of the market, the diverse product range and high-quality produce on offer with a variety and activities.

At the time of opening Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council said: “The markets continue to play a major part in Birmingham life and this is the next exciting chapter in a story that goes back almost 900 years. This state-of-the-art facility brings the markets firmly into the 21st Century and I’d like to thank traders for working with Birmingham City Council on this project. I’m sure Birmingham’s historic Wholesale Markets and the many traders working there will now grow from strength to strength.”

Market Operations Manager to walk 3 peaks for charity

Our Operations Manager Andrew Barnes is set to take on a sizeable challenge in walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in 12 hours for Motor Neurone Disease Association because his long time friend Phil Stephenson has MND.

More details on this can be found here:

The Story

We are part of team Stevo8 who are raising vital funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association by taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge on 16th March 2019.

This is an epic challenge climbing Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, it’s a gruelling 24 miles with a 5200ft ascent at its highest, it takes around 12 hours to complete.

Thank you to our walkers/climbers..

Leigh Burrow, Mark Schofield, Andy Stephenson, Trevor Bairstow, Mick Gillard, Chris Parr, Kate Parr, John Parkinson, Amy Parkinson, Marie Parkinson, Chris Parkinson, Joanne Rogers, Harvey Rogers, Daniel Richardson, Nicola Richardson, Eddie Harney, Lizzie Harney, Nadia Stewart, Tim Roberts, Claire Duffy, Paul Duffy, Graeme Rogers, Chris Parkinson-Maude, Diane Parkinson-Maude, Luka Pickford, Scott Pendlebury, Andrew Barnes, Lydia Barnes, Lisa Gardner, Rachel Harney and Karen Stephenson.

Our friend Phil Stephenson, was sadly diagnosed with the terminal Motor Neurones Disease in June 2017 at the age of 44.

We are at the 18 month point from diagnosis. Phil can no longer use his arms. His legs are affected and he is using a wheelchair, his voice is becoming laboured, with struggling to form some words and sounds.

MND will take everything from you, your body, arms, legs, voice. It will take the things we take for granted like being able to hold your head up, to swallow food and drink, to talk, to laugh. It will take your future, your plans for growing old, seeing your children grow up, becoming a grandparent.

MND is a cruel disease, currently there is no cure. Life expectancy from diagnosis is 2-5 years. One day with this vital fundraising there will be. Sadly Phil won’t be with us when the cure comes, it won’t happen in his lifetime but for us as TeamStevo8, when the cure does come.. We will know we contributed, we did all we could in honour of him.

Phil is father to our 3 children Jamie, Laura and Jack. He is a retired Rugby League player, spending much of his career at Keighley Cougars and Clayton ARLFC, during this time Phil gained many fans through his game ethic, always working hard, never giving in, no ego, positivity, always cheerful, this is how he is facing MND… despite the devastating news, Phil is living life to the full, moving forward, still giving to others, he has time for everyone and still cheerful, spreading laughter to everyone, he is one of life’s great people, much loved and respected by all who are lucky to know him.

Phil will tell you ‘if you can still laugh, it’s okay’ and what a laugh he has, all who know him, love his deep chuckle xx

TeamStevo8 is a group of amazing people (family and friends) inspired by Phil to raise funds for the MNDA, one day with this vital fundraising we will find a cure or treatment for this disease.

We have raised over £26,000 since Phils diagnosis in June 2017 for the MNDA and there is no stopping us.

We have done so many things to get to the 25K.. Recently 23 of us ran the Great North Run in September 2018. We’ve had Race Nights, Abba Nights, Raffles, School Nights, Fancy Dress Pub Crawls, Rugby Games, Cake Sales, Half Marathons (Phil ran Manchester in October 2017 after he was diagnosed…amazing), Head Shaves, Sponsorship for Motorbike events. We even had money donated from some of our wonderful friends Wedding, who had asked guests to donate instead of gifts.

Thank you everyone you’re amazing, you’re support and generosity is overwhelming.

We are going to help find the cure/treatment for MND one day.