Thus the proportion of establishments employing fewer than a hundred workers,as well as the proportion of workers in establishments of that size, varied widely fromtrade to trade. Clearly the most striking figures are those for the jewellery and smallarms trades on the one hand, and for the electrical engineering and the motor andcycle trades on the other. Since only 15,000 were engaged in the Midland jewelleryand small-arms trades compared with 48,000 in electrical engineering and 124,000in the motor and cycle trades, the effect of the latter on the local economy has been fargreater. The old adage about Birmingham being the home of the small manufactureris, therefore, of only limited application in recent times. In the period 1880–1960Birmingham industries, with few exceptions, have grown very considerably in scaleand expanded to a greater degree than has been the case nationally.


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