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Sunday, 10 December 2017

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Birmingham is an historic city and there are plenty of sites and places of interest that shouldn’t be missed by visitors. The sheer variety of interests and attractions in Birmingham means that there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s particular tastes.

The Artifex is a gallery that showcases some of the best pieces in contemporary art, glass and jewellery, as well as metal work and ceramics. The articles are chosen for the high quality of work and the innovative nature of the objects. Something that often confuses the visitor is that Birmingham is very widespread so not all attractions are in or even close to the city centre.

If you like visiting stately homes then there are a good number to pique your interest; Aston Hall is one of the great country homes of England and was built in 1680 by Sir Thomas Hoitte. Blakesly Hall is a great example of the Tudor and early Stuart country homes. Built in 1590 for a Birmingham gentleman farmer, the house reflects the lifestyle of wealthy families during the late sixteenth and very early seventeenth centuries. The building of Hadley Hall was commissioned by George, first lord of Lyttleton in 1756. This house is probably the last built example of the English Palladian mansion, with its rococo decorations and perfect proportions. You may be more interested in learning about the every day life of ordinary Birmingham folk in days gone by, than by how the aristocracy lived. If you have an interest in the people of the Black Country then a visit to the Black Country Museum and reconstructed village is a must. The museum was first established in 1976 and has some perfect examples of late Victorian and early twentieth century village life.

An increasing number of people have an abiding interest in Britain’s canals, and Birchill’s Canal Museum is largely about life on the Walsall canals, its well worth seeing, even if you’re not into longboats and canals. Nobody should leave Birmingham without a visit to the famous National Exhibition Centre or NEC. Now more than a quarter of a century old, the NEC is still the largest exhibition centre in Europe. If you are interested in the art of the pre-Raphaelite painters then you should visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as it houses the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art in the world.

If you’ve had enough culture for a while then the West Midlands Safari Park is a Birmingham attraction that everyone can enjoy and it makes for a great family day out. Chocolate lovers should make a beeline for Cadbury World, which is a purpose built visitor centre dedicated to the art of the chocolateer and the only such example in the whole of the UK.

This article has given a brief overview of just some of the Birmingham attractions that visitors might enjoy. There are plenty more sights and scenes that may attract visitors to England’s second city. Birmingham is a vibrant city and there are enough attractions to suit everyone’s taste.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

RBH Creates New Brand Film for Birmingham Airport from RBH

RBH Creates New Brand Film for Birmingham Airport from RBH on Vimeo.

21st November 2016

RBH has created a new communications campaign to bring Birmingham Airport front of mind in the global aviation and tourism markets. The campaign positions the airport as central to its clients’ business needs.

Building on the airport’s existing Hello World brand proposition, the Centre of Your World campaign launched in September at the World Routes Global Forum 2016, hosted in Sichuan Province, China. The forum itself brought together over 3,000 delegates, 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourist authorities.

Core to the campaign is a brand film showcasing the airport and its facilities, as well as the wider West Midlands region and its future potential. The film was created using footage overlaid with infographic animations to communicate the breadth of information in an impactful manner, and resonate with a global audience.

In addition to the brand film, the Centre of Your World campaign made use of a number of channels to maximise engagement for the event, including trade press, brochures, online advertising, exhibition panels, DM and delegate promotions (in both English and Mandarin).

Justine Howl, Head of Communications for Birmingham Airport said,
“We’re delighted by the response at World Routes to our Centre of Your World campaign. It had real stand-out among the many international airports exhibiting at the event. The new brand film, in particular, helped to deliver several key messages while driving Birmingham Airport’s central role in bringing business and tourism into the city, globally as well as domestically.”

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Cardiff 2017 UEFA Champions League Final Charters

Thousands of fans have arrived in Cardiff for the Champions League final. Up to 170,000 people have traveled to the city for the world's biggest sporting match of 2017, with many arriving on Saturday morning to watch Juventus F.C take on holders Real Madrid for the UEFA Champions League match. Cardiff Airport was unable to accommodate any of the heavy charters, so Birmingham Airport stepped in to take on the extra traffic.

Wamos 747 Champions League Charter flight at Birmingham Airport
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flight PLM8001 from Madrid to Birmingham for the Champions League

Hifly A340 Champions league charter flight at Birmingham airport
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Flight PVG9991 from Madrid to Birmingham for the Champions League

HiFly A330 Champions League charter flight at Birmingham Airport
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Midlands Engine & Midlands Connect | We Make the Midlands


Published on 4 May 2017

The Midlands’ geographical location at the centre of the UK gives it an inherent advantage in ensuring it is well connected to the wider UK economy. 92% of the UK’s population can reach the Midlands in less than four hours.13 45% of British rail freight goes through the Midlands.

Transport bosses in the Midlands are considering proposals to build a terminal building linking the HS2 station to Birmingham Airport. The HS2 Interchange station will be located approximately 1.2 miles away from the airport and, if plans go through, could include a mover system to transport passengers to get their flight.

This could open up the doors of international travel for HS2 customers, as passengers in London may be tempted to go to Birmingham to catch their flight, as it will only take around 38 minutes to get to the Midlands Engine on the high-speed service when it is planned to open in 2026.

Midlands Connect is a pan-Midlands partnership of 23 Local Authorities, nine Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Chambers of Commerce, Highways England, HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, Birmingham Airport and our Sponsor the Department for Transport. It aims to deliver the enhanced connectivity required to power the Midlands Engine, maximising the Midlands’ position as a hub of the national transport network; driving economic growth, trade and productivity.


Published on 4 May 2017

The Midlands Engine is an ambitious strategy to invest in skills, connectivity and economic growth in the Midlands. We were incredibly proud to be given the opportunity to create the official video content for this campaign, including this empowering and triumphant promotional film.

The Midlands Engine is the heartbeat of Britain’s economy Built on a strong advanced manufacturing base and enhanced by a range of sectoral strengths, the Midlands Engine is perfectly positioned to take advantage of economic growth, productivity and skills opportunities.

We will improve the economy of the Midlands and the UK, deliver an enhanced quality of life for our citizens and communities and become a globally recognised driver of the economy.

Advanced manufacturing expertise is the bedrock of the Midlands economy and supports a host of other industries and sectors. We will develop our reputation as a globally recognised centre of excellence. We will position the Midlands as a major UK and European gateway unlocking the region’s potential and will support growth across every sector.

Midlands Connect will develop the vision and set out the long term transport and connectivity strategy for the Midlands Engine.

Our universities and research translation centres will work with businesses to bring forward initiatives to turn our world-class science into new technologies, materials and products.
We will create a thriving environment for businesses to flourish.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Emirates SkyCargo operates freighter to transport exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars from Birmingham Airport

Emriates SkyCargo Flight 9923 (Dubai to Atlanta via BHX & Chicago)
By Ryan Kirkpatrick

Emriates Flight 9923 from Dubai World Tarde (United Arab Emirates) to Atlanta (United States) via Birmingham Airport (England, UK) & Chicago (United States). The aircraft is an Boeing 777-F1H (reg: A6-EFM) is 3.6 years old and has been operating for Emriates SkyCargo since 2013.

Emirates SkyCargo operates freighter to transport exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars from Birmingham Airport
18th May 2017
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has operated its freighter aircraft from Birmingham Airport as part of a new bespoke service for the transportation of exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars to Chicago.

Emirates SkyCargo flight EK9923 departed Birmingham Airport on its way to Chicago O'Hare International in the United States of America, to deliver cars for further testing. Metro Shipping, the logistics service provider appointed by Jaguar Land Rover, partner to Emirates and strategic partner of Birmingham Airport was on hand to coordinate the logistics of the exciting shipment.

The freighter service is part of Emirates SkyCargo’s specialised offering, Emirates SkyWheels - air transportation solutions for high value automobiles. The service offers the safe transportation of luxury, premium vehicles. Airfreighting the cars directly from Birmingham, the location of Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull facility, to Chicago, also results in reduced handling of cars as there will no longer be a requirement for long-distance trucking of the vehicles.

The Jaguar Land Rover cars were uplifted by an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft which has the capacity to carry over 100 tonnes of cargo. Large and outsized shipments can also be easily uplifted through the aircraft’s wide main deck cargo doors. The aircraft is one of the most modern, technologically advanced freighters available, and has the lowest fuel burn of any comparable sized aircraft.

Hiran Perera, Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning and Freighters, Emirates SkyCargo, said: “We have seen huge demand from customers across the globe for bespoke transportation solutions for various business verticals, which is why we’ve launched a number of sector-specific products as part of our offerings, such as Emirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyWheels and more recently Emirates SkyFresh.

“It is a positive development that we are able to work with leading car manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover on our Emirates SkyWheels offering. As a global facilitator of trade with a network spanning 155 destinations across six continents, we look forward to working with businesses across the Midlands and the UK to help them connect with their international counterparts.”

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham Airports said: "The Midlands is at the heart of UK manufacturing and the top export region outside of London and the South East, accounting for almost 20 percent of all English export goods.

"Air connectivity is an absolutely vital ingredient in growing this success and supporting global manufacturing brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, which produces thousands of vehicles each week from the Solihull plant, near the airport site. It therefore makes absolute sense to see more exporters using Birmingham Airport as a gateway to the world and I encourage business leaders in the region to support this opportunity to even further enhance the success of Midlands Engine."

Lawrence Boyle, Global Test Facilities Team Leader, Jaguar Land Rover said: "This is another milestone for Jaguar Land Rover as it continues to improve productivity, saving significant time and cost in the movement of our vehicles. By working with Emirates SkyCargo and using Birmingham Airport, we have a hub much closer to the centre of our engineering and manufacturing operations, enabling us to transport our premium products more quickly and efficiently. We are proud to have played a role in making this happen and supporting sustainable, profitable growth."

Tom Fernihough, Automotive Director, Metro Shipping said: ‘’Metro is delighted to realise its vision of achieving global supply chain solutions through local strategic partnerships creating a truly unique, bespoke and scalable platform, with the support of Emirates SkyCargo, Jaguar Land Rover and Birmingham Airport. We have drawn on our relationships and over 35 years of experience within the automotive logistics sector to deliver benefit to all parties involved, which we will also be offering to other shippers in the region.”

In December 2016, Emirates SkyCargo carried nearly 5,700 tonnes of cargo from the UK, up 29% on the same period last year*. This was the first month that Emirates SkyCargo exported a larger volume of cargo from the UK than any other airline. The total cargo volume flown by the UK arm of Emirates SkyCargo between January 2014 and December 2016 was nearly 190,000 tonnes.

* IATA statistics