Michael Allchin, CEO & Assay Master with The Chancellor of The Exchequer,Â The Rt. Hon. George Osborne, MPHe was in Birmingham to launch the Birmingham Enterprise Zone. Â (The Enterprise Zone initiative will support areas around the country by offering incentives to both new and expanding businesses) Â The Chancellor remarked that for too long the UK had relied on London to generate growth in the country and the government were now looking to help the regions grow.
Faye Grove, Hand Hallmarker explains the hallmarking process to The Chancellor
Faye was very impressed with Mr Osborne's marking ability and he was offered a twilight shift. Â He remarked that he may be able to do some weekends........
Â HAMMER TIME !
Mr Osbornes' visit was timely as The Birmingham Assay Office is itself on the move and has recently received a welcome boost as plans for the new building for The Birmingham Assay Office took another step forward when Birmingham City Council approved a Â£1.2m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
GEORGE listens to MICHAEL
Russell Clinton, melter, explains the gold melting process to The Chancellor
The King of Wishful Thinking........
Dr Ben Halmshaw, Senior Analytical Chemist showing Mr Osborne the recently expanded chemical laboratoryThe new Birmingham Assay Office site is inÂ an Enterprise Zone on the edge of the Quarter, and will create an impressive new âgatewayâ which is expected to kick start more investment in the unique Jewellery Quarter area. Â
The Chancellor meets with the media in The Wardens Dining Room at The Birmingham Assay Office
The Birmingham Assay Office is the Largest Assay Office in the World and is home to World leading experts in their field of science, metallurgy and gemmology. Â The Birmingham Assay Office celebrates its 240th anniversary this year and since 1773 it has been at the heart of the jewellery quarter and the City of Birmingham.
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