UK: new group to boost West Midland glass firms

A new group is being set up to boost the prospects of the glass industry in the West Midlands (central England).
Glass West Midlands is supported by Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and will represent t…

A new group is being set up to boost the prospects of the glass industry in the West Midlands (central England). Glass West Midlands is supported by Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and will represent the 130 firms across the region that are involved in the design and production of glass. The sector is focused on Birmingham and the Black Country and is part of the high value added consumer products cluster, one of twelve AWM initiatives. The steering group, chaired by Dudley businessman Charles Hanmer, aims to provide a forum for the next generation of glass makers and designers. AWM is already financing a number of projects to encourage skills development in creative industries and helped to support the refurbishment of the Wordsley Red House Glass Cone, in the Dudley area. The Glass Cone facility includes workspace for up-and-coming designers, many of whom have graduated from the International Glass Centre at Dudley College. Mike Barton, cluster manager, said: “The present glass industry in the region consists of a large number of smaller companies involved in producing high-quality goods”. “The West Midlands“ heritage in glass making is something we are proud of and students come from all over the world to study in the region”. “What is important is that we keep them here once they have qualified”.