The rise of Peaky Blinders mirrors the sharp increase in Birmingham based businesses winning new business deals overseas, as other businesses are encouraged to seize opportunities.
Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Fairhead has hailed the recent success of West Midlands exporters, following the stunning success of West Midlands TV hit Peaky Blinders at the Bafta Television Awards.
The value of exports from the West Midlands rose to £33.6bn in 2017, a huge 12.9% increase compared to 2016. The West Midlands share of total national exports accounts for 10.2% of all UK exports.
It’s not just exports that have seen a big increase, last year Birmingham welcomed a record number of overseas visitors - as tourists flock to the city following the success of the hit drama.
From January to September 2017 there were a record 1.8 million overseas visits to the West Midlands, up 10% on the same period the year before.
Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion said: “Exports have surged in the West Midlands over the past year, with successful products from electric black cabs to world-class BAFTA winning TV shows leading the way in unlocking the region’s enormous potential.
“The popularity of Peaky Blinders, one of the world’s most popular series, has raised the profile of the West Midlands. I want to encourage companies to tap into this success,and help businesses of all sizes forge ties with potential buyers and investors.”
Baroness Fairhead is currently working on a new Export Strategy to develop a new culture of exporting in the UK. The Export Strategy review will take evidence from businesses to consider how to increase exporting activity and unlock international opportunities.
To celebrate the success of the BBC series, a Peaky Blinders festival is set to take place in the West Midlands later this year – providing fans with the chance to live out the exploits of the Birmingham gang. For two weekends over September 7-8 and 14-15, the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley will be transformed into the streets of 1920s Birmingham where the show is set, attracting visitors from across the world.
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