Today is Black Country Day where we celebrate everything great about the Black Country.

One of the great things about being an MP for Wolverhampton South East is representing the town of Bilston. Bilston is a wonderful town with a rich manufacturing history and is famous for its vibrant market.

I love hearing the stories behind our local businesses, whether its local shops or the many brilliant creative businesses operating from local industrial estates.

Of course, many of the big names in manufacturing which used to employ thousands have long gone. But it would be a mistake to assume that we don’t make anything anymore. There are lots of small manufacturing businesses making great products in the Black Country and they are absolutely vital to the local economy.

Over the years, I have met with businesses who make everything from air guard filters (cleanable air filters used for power generation and industry) to trauma response equipment used in emergencies or bulletproof pilot seats used by our armed forces. Congratulations to all of the innovative businesses making a real difference here in the Black Country.

And Happy Black Country Day to all!

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