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.


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.”

Birmingham Wholesale Market Opening Day

Birmingham Wholesale Market Company Ltd enjoyed a fantastic opening event on the 5th October. This was the official opening and a chance to tour Birmingham’s new £50 million Wholesale Market and celebrate a successful start to this exciting new chapter in the Market’s story.

Visitors enjoyed sampling the variety of food that was available some of which was prepared by Michelin starred chefs. They got to sample the huge range of delicious fresh produce available at the market each day and enjoy the musical entertainment from around the globe.

Councillor Ian Ward alongside Chris Bavin (star of Britain’s Best Home Cook, Eat Well for Less? and Tomorrow’s Food) did the official countdown the opening.

Join TV chef (star of Britain’s Best Home Cook, Eat Well for Less? and Tomorrow’s Food) Chris Bavin for the official opening of the new purpose-built facility.

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