Welcome to #madeinsandwell Monday!
We publish a profile of a different Sandwell organisation almost every Monday, giving readers an engaging overview of what it does and where its products or services are used.
#madeinsandwell Monday is a celebration of the talent and diversity of businesses and organisations in our borough. You don’t need to actually ‘make’ things – we just want to know about all the success that’s made in Sandwell.
Each profile is shared through Twitter, so taking part would be a great way to promote your business.
All we need you to do is complete our #madeinsandwell Monday questionnaire and email it back to us with a few high-quality images. We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful.
#madeinsandwell Monday stars so far:
Monday 29 June 2020
CT Furniture opened a new charity shop in West Bromwich on this day. If you need some new furniture and at a bargain price head on down to the new shop at Kings Square, Sandwell Centre in West Bromwich.
Monday 22 June 2020
Today we meet international mosaic artist Caroline Jariwala who lives in Bearwood, learn about her journey from paintings to mosaics, and hear about the projects she undertook during lockdown.
Monday 15 June 2020
This week #madeinsandwell Monday celebrated the success of Kelly and Andy Newham, a Tipton couple who have taken their business, AK Valves, from zero to hero in just over a year.
Monday 8 June 2020
The world has changed since the COVID-19 outbreak and the capacity for remote working has never been more valuable to businesses. Here’s how West Bromwich-based Midshire Telecom is helping organisations across the UK with remote working solutions.
Monday 1 June 2020
A topical #madeinsandwell Monday this week as we meet Mac Security Systems in Cradley Heath, which is offering thermal imaging technology to help businesses screen for people with high temperatures – a possible sign of coronavirus.
Monday 4 May 2020
This week we featured Hewigo, an Oldbury business that has built more high efficiency frying ranges than all other UK manufacturers combined.
Monday 30 March 2020
This week we celebrated Robinson’s Bakery, a company that works hard to keep West Bromwich and Oldbury well fed.
Monday 23 March 2020
This week we celebrated the ability of Sandwell’s creative industry to bring joy, creativity and connections to our communities in difficult times through Creative Black Country’s ‘Creative Connections‘ programme.
Monday 9 March 2020
Shining bright in education: schools service provider SIPS Education Ltd is our #madeinsandwell Monday star this week.
Monday 2 March 2020
This week we threw our #madeinsandwell Monday spotlight on Ash & Lacy, a West Bromwich engineering company with roots that go back to 1857.
Monday 24 February 2020
This week #madeinsandwell Monday featured FUNction Fitness, an all-inclusive fitness company determined to change perceptions and increase accessibility to fitness for disabled people.
Monday 17 February 2020
Mytime Active is a social enterprise on a mission to improve the wellbeing of local communities across the borough and this week’s #madeinsandwell Monday star.
Monday 03 February 2020
Our #madeinsandwell Monday spotlight this week fell on Oldbury care provider Select Lifestyles, which provides services for adults with learning disabilities across the West Midlands.
Monday 27 January 2020
This week we profiled Direct Corporate Clothing Plc in Oldbury, a leading manufacturer of workwear and uniforms. DCC is one of the ‘1000 companies to inspire Britain’ as compiled by the London Stock Exchange Group/
Monday 20 January 2020
Our #madeinsandwell Monday star was Narrow Aisle Ltd, a Tipton manufacturer that has been making specialist space-saving forklift trucks for over forty years.
Monday 13 January 2020
This week #madeinsandwell Monday featured Barnshaws Section Benders from Oldbury, whose precision-engineered steel is now travelling the world on two luxury cruise liners.
Monday 2 December 2019
Our #madeinsandwell Monday star was Creative Active Lives CIC, a non-profit organisation in Sandwell that delivers tailored, inclusive activity sessions to people with physical or learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments, dementia, autism, language barriers, refugees, and disadvantaged children and young people.
Monday 11 November 2019
This #madeinsandwell Monday feature revisited local classic car parts company David Manners Group, continuing down the road to success since we first turned the spotlight on it back in 2017.
Monday 28 October 2019
This week #madeinsandwell Monday celebrated the achievements of Fire Glass UK, a Tividale-based glass manufacturer that has just been shortlisted for two major industry awards.
Monday 21 October 2019
This week #madeinsandwell Monday celebrates AME Alloy Pressure Die Castings, a specialist castings manufacturer based in West Bromwich which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Monday 14 October 2019
This #madeinsandwell Monday Sandwell Council is reaching out to local residents and businesses to ask for help to make Sandwell the best place it can be with an economy that benefits everyone.
Monday 7 October 2019
This week #madeinsandwell Monday celebrated Midshire Telecom, a business telecommunications provider based in West Bromwich, supplying telephone systems, broadband, wifi and business mobiles to SMEs and schools across the UK.
Monday 16 September 2019
You may not have heard of Cube Precision, but you will have seen its products. This week we celebrated this Rowley Regis company along with the planes, trains and automobiles it has helped build.
Monday 9 September 2019
For a business to thrive, it needs the right environment, and that’s why this week we celebrated Sandwell Council’s own award-winning Urban Design and Building Services.
Monday 2 September 2019
This week we celebrated Thin Lizzy star and rock legend Phil Lynott, who was born in Sandwell. The hospital where he came into the world now boasts a memorial plaque, put up to mark the 70th anniversary of his birth.
Monday 19 August 2019
Our spotlight this week was on Sandwell-headquartered nursery chain Kangaroo Pouch, which is set to expand into China after securing a new contract with support from the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Department for International Trade (DIT).
Monday 12 August 2019
Wednesbury-based Sirus Automotive provides wheelchair-accessible vehicles. For recognition of its support of people with disabilities, the company has had many prestigious honours. “But of all these achievements, we are most proud of being able to give people their independence”, said production manager Simon Alleman.
Monday 5 August 2019
This week’s #madeinsandwell spotlight focused on Oldbury firm FMC Fire and Safety, which manufactures fire prevention products and is leading the way in the fire safety sector with its latest innovation.
Monday 29 July 2019
This week’s #madeinsandwell Monday celebrated Tipton-based engineering firm Doocey Group, which has just secured a £500K contract for part of the construction of Sandwell’s flagship Aquatics Centre.
Monday 22 July 2019
This week #madeinsandwell Monday celebrated KTC Edibles, a business that’s been oiling the wheels of the food industry for forty years.
Monday 15 July 2019
This week we celebrated Sandwell’s wealth of fantastic restaurants serving an abundance of delicious dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Monday 01 July 2019
This week’s #madeinsandwell Monday celebrated the wonderful diversity of our borough by shining the spotlight on the Ola Sandwell and Birmingham Mela, the annual celebration of Asian music and culture.
Monday 17 June 2019
Tansun has been heating people and places for over 35 years from its base in West Bromwich. This #madeinsandwell Monday star has built a reputation as a world leader for delivering cutting-edge indoor and outdoor heating products to the hospitality, leisure, retail and industrial sectors.
Monday 03 June 2019
Tividale firm Barnshaw Steel Bending Group has featured as one of our #madeinsandwell Monday stars previously, with a focus on its high-profile clients, including Network Rail. This time it is using its curved metal fabrication expertise to come to the aid of the agricultural sector.
Monday 20 May 2019
This week we revisited a former #madeinsandwell Monday star, CMT Engineering, to catch up with their latest news about the company and a family move from New Jersey to Cradley Heath.
Monday 29 April 2019
#madeinsandwell Monday isn’t just about organisations. Here we celebrated some of Sandwell’s gifted young athletes and their dreams of competing on home turf in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Monday 15 April 2019
BMV JV runs two staff canteens for construction workers on the M5 Oldbury viaduct project. Its canteens are operated on a not-for-profit basis and focus on the health and wellbeing of the people who use them. Read about BMV JV’s delicious approach.
Monday 8 April
CT Furniture is a charity with a Tipton presence that collects, sells and delivers furniture to businesses, and to individuals on low incomes or at transitional stages in their lives. A really worthwhile place to donate any unwanted office furniture!
Monday 1 April 2019
Black Country Women’s Aid is a charity that helps over 8000 victims of abuse every year to escape violence, cope with trauma and rebuild their lives.
Monday 25 March 2019
Founded in the 1960s, Wade Building Services provides the UK’s most comprehensive range of structural lintels for the house building and wider construction industry.
Monday 18 March 2019
Products made by West Bromwich firm PK Engineering are used worldwide, in industries that include defence, pharmaceutical, medical, oil exploration, energy generation and automotive.
Monday 4 March 2019
Starting off the week that would include International Women’s Day, we celebrated the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath, who fought more than 100 years ago against low pay and exploitative working conditions.
Monday 4 February 2019
“It wasn’t long before neighbours were complaining about the deliveries ending up outside my house.” Read Mohinder Singh Saimbhi’s inspiring Kenya Tea story, which takes us from Nyeri County to West Bromwich.
Monday 28 January 2019
We don’t always think about the engineering that goes into everyday objects. Next time you shop at Tesco, look for the plastic crates in the produce section and think of West Bromwich-based Keight’s Precision Tools! Here’s why.
Monday 3 December
The Lions of the Great War statue stands in Smethwick, honouring people of all faiths from the Indian subcontinent who fought for Britain in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. It was created by Luke Perry, a Cradley Heath artist.
Monday 26 November
In an increasingly digital and sometimes impersonal world, two Oldbury-based sisters have made a living creating hand-drawn cards with carefully composed greetings. Meet Sheleen and Simone of Curious Pencil.
Monday 19 November
Barnshaw Steel Bending Group is based in Tividale (and further afield), and has supplied iconic building components to world-class projects – including this RIBA Stirling prize-winning building in London.
Monday 12 November
We think Smethwick-based workwear supplier Wizard Pro Gear could wave a magic wand (or fire up its embroidery machines) and get your entire team looking the business!
Monday 5 November 2018
Johnson Test Papers in Oldbury is a specialist manufacturer of rapid tests (such as pH testing strips) and filtration products, whose current owners have increased its workforce from three to 25 people. Go, JTP!
Monday 22 October 2018
Next time you spot a Land Rover Discovery or Evoque, have a look at the sunroof. It’s very likely that it was made by Star Precision Tools in Wednesbury.
Monday 15 October 2018
Latham’s Security Doorsets in Oldbury already supplies an amazing 10,000 doors a year. Recent recruitment and building investments have brought a forecasted annual growth in turnover of 25 per cent.
Monday 8 October 2018
North Smethwick Development Trust has turned a dilapidated 1960s building into a much-loved community hub. Read all about the Brasshouse and its social enterprise café.
Monday 1 October 2018
We celebrated Black Country ingenuity with this profile of Cradley Heath-based Enforce Technology. The IT company went up against the Beast from the East to help clients at Forestry Commission Scotland.
Monday 10 September 2018
Did you know that the UK’s biggest concrete repair work is underway in Sandwell? It may be delaying motorists but here’s why the Oldbury Viaduct project is great news for the West Midlands . . .
Monday 3 September 2018
Joinery firm Aspen Concepts, with a workshop and factory in Oldbury, has been investing to keep ahead of the market. Its recent high-profile clients include John Lewis and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Monday 23 July 2018
West Bromwich-based Ian Smith Group has evolved from office supplier into full business services provider, and reaped the rewards! Read all about one of Sandwell’s fastest growing companies for 2018.
Monday 16 July 2018
Esprit UK is a specialist shopfitting company, based in West Bromwich, with prestigious retail clients. It is Sandwell’s fastest growing business in 2018. How has Esprit achieved such impressive growth?
Monday 2 July 2018
Smethwick-based Mastervent supplies clipped ductwork in galvanised steel, mild steel and stainless steel. But what is the family company’s role in bringing back gold medals from the Chelsea Flower Show? Find out the secret here.
Monday 18 June 2018
Majorsell in West Bromwich is a specialist manufacturer of air brake components. Established on a shoestring, it exports to over 70 countries – including repair kits to SpaceX, a company that launches air rockets and spacecraft in the US.
Monday 22 May 2018
This company was established in 1937 as a coach building enterprise. Today Fred Smith & Sons builds, repairs and services trucks from three sites in West Bromwich.
Monday 15 May 2018
The RTB in RTB Performance stands for raise the bar! This rehabilitation and injury prevention service, based in Smethwick, encourages people to become and stay healthy.
Monday 16 April 2018
Giffords Recycling of West Bromwich has turned unwanted wooden pallets into a multimillion pound business, even supplying equestrian bedding for the Queen’s horses.
Monday 9 April 2018
From tiny beginnings in 1964, cold roll-forming giant Hadley Group has grown to have seven manufacturing centres worldwide – with headquarters in Smethwick.
Monday 26 March 2018
Hinges and hardwear specialist A Perry of Cradley Heath has supplied Buckingham Palace, Wembley Stadium and Warner Brothers. It has a contract with Aardman Animations to produce Shaun the Sheep statuettes.
Monday 19 March 2018
Civil and ground engineering company Forkers operates nationally from West Bromwich and has more than 45 years’ worth of expertise. The Black Country location is crucial to Forkers’ success: here’s why.
Monday 12 March 2018
Warning: this #madeinsandwell Monday entry contains hunger-inducing images. Cradley Heath-based Manor Abbey Foods keeps Sandwell well fed, supplying to schools, cafés and businesses across the borough.
Monday 5 March 2018
“We’re really passionate about what we do – bringing circus into the community and making it accessible to all.” Spinsonic Circus Academy is a social enterprise based in Oldbury.
Monday 19 February 2018
West Bromwich-based AME Pressure Diecasting manufacturers zinc components. Its 20-year business plan has already led to an increase in women on its senior management team, and big investments in facilities.
Monday 5 February 2018
It’s not only businesses we celebrate on #madeinsandwell Monday. Located in West Bromwich, Sandwell College has amazing facilities to prepare young people in the Black Country for a lifetime of achievements.
Monday 29 January 2018
From high-visibility jackets for railway workers to lab coats for technicians, Supertouch in Smethwick provides PPE (personal protective equipment) to help keep people safe across the UK.
Monday 22 January 2018
Ever wondered who makes those crowd control barriers you find at big events? Step forward, Hawthorn Trading Company, strong as steel in Wednesbury for 30 years.
Monday 15 January 2018
What a year! In 2017 Wednesbury-based commercial vehicle bodybuilder Bevan Group celebrated its 30th anniversary, won an award and was one of Sandwell’s Top 50 fastest growing companies.
Monday 18 December 2017
CMT Engineering is based in Cradley Heath and has two divisions, focusing on tube fittings and clamps. It is a newly formed company but its Sandwell story goes back nearly a century . . .
Monday 11 December 2017
Transervice Training in West Bromwich delivers driver courses and qualifications that include forklift training, HGV driver training, Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) and apprenticeships.
Monday 4 December 2017
Oldbury-based Select Lifestyles, a care agency for adults with learning disabilities, has opened a supported living scheme in West Bromwich, bringing 15 full-time care sector jobs and two building jobs to Sandwell.
Monday 27 November 2017
Oldbury-based FEM (FEM stands for Fire Equipment Maintenance) aims to make the UK a safer place, and is taking on apprentices in anticipation of its continued growth . . .
Monday 13 November 2017
The UK’s first nuclear power station for a generation is being built – and Cradley Heath-based FPC UK won a high-profile contract to supply fire protection materials to the site.
Monday 23 October 2017
West Bromwich-based Transervice Express Transport was established in 1979 by Paul Johnson, who started out working from home with one van. Since then the company has grown steadily . . .
Monday 16 October 2017
With its head office in West Bromwich, Steel & Alloy processes over 380,000 tonnes of steel every year and has more than 220 employees.
Monday 9 October 2017
Here’s a company that’s going up in the world. Since 2011, Cradley Heath-based Lift & Engineering Services has managed to raise productivity by over 15 per cent and sales by a whopping 93 per cent.
Monday 25 September 2017
In the 1980s, most British-made cars would have included a product by Rubery Owen. Now look what this company, with its many divisions (including Wednesbury-based Rotech Laboratories), is doing!
Monday 18 September 2017
Sheldon Clayton Logistics from West Bromwich was established in the 1970s as a two-man haulier operation – now look how the company has diversified and grown.
Monday 17 July 2017
Oldbury-based David Manners Group manufactures parts for classic and modern cars. This year the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary – but did you know it started life as a very different business?
Monday 3 July 2017
Robinson Brothers in West Bromwich is one of the UK’s leading chemical manufacturers, serving industries that include pharmaceutical, agrochemical, life science, personal care and photographic.
Monday 19 June 2017
Cradley Heath-based Paint 360 is an innovative, socially conscious business which achieves the difficult feat of recycling paint! The company even won a coveted Virgin Voom award for its achievements.
Monday 12 June 2017
Supplying Sandwell’s vehicles with top-branded and budget tyres at the lowest possible prices, Addison Tyres in Tipton is a family business that is still going strong after more than 50 years!
Monday 5 June 2017
Oldbury-based Lord Combustion Services designs, installs and maintains heating and hot water systems – maybe even in your Sandwell school or place of work . . .
Monday 22 May 2017
Cradley Heath-based Howells Patent Glazing supplies railway stations, care homes, shopping centres, schools, retail complexes, heritage buildings, domestic applications and factory units.
Monday 15 May 2017
Smethwick-based J4 Packaging is a family business which started in 2007 as a box manufacturer. Like all successful businesses, it has a very strong work ethic.
Monday 8 May 2017
“I love the mobility industry. Every product we supply is needed and a necessity,” said Lisa Wardley, managing director of Cradley Heath-based furniture manufacturer Repose.
Monday 24 April 2017
Over 80 per cent of independent Asian grocery stores in the country stock products by West Bromwich-based East End Foods – plus all the major retailers.
Monday 3 April 2017
If you’ve used a cosmetic or exfoliating sponge today, there’s a chance it was made in Oldbury by foam and rubber specialist Gilca Ltd.
Monday 27 March 2017
Smethwick-based Techniswage manufactured the tapered tubes that formed the Olympic cauldron, the centrepiece of the London 2012 opening ceremony.
Monday 20 March 2017
You’ll probably find H&R ChemPharm products in many areas of your home, from MDF to moisturiser and textiles to tyres. This company is based in Tipton.
Monday 13 March 2017
With many sites across Sandwell and beyond, Liberty Engineering Group has a strategy to make UK steel production competitive and sustainable again.
Monday 6 March 2017
Smethwick-based APiC manufactures aluminium windows, doors and cladding, as favoured by this landmark Birmingham hotel.
Monday 27 February 2017
CLM is Currall Lewis & Martin (Construction) Ltd. Now based in Oldbury, CLM makes bridges – including some you may have walked over in Sandwell . . .
Monday 20 February 2017
UKSD stands for UK Security Doors. This West Bromwich-based company has an admirable commitment to preserving jobs and skills.
Monday 13 February 2017
A&M EDM is based in Smethwick, making components for personal jet packs, hypersonic engines, space explorers, deep-sea equipment and more.