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Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.


Connected city

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Connected city

We have regional, national, European and global connections. To keep us ahead £1.3 billion will be invested in our networks by 2015.

Easy access to 400 million people across Europe

90% of UK consumers are within four hours travel time

High Speed 2 rail  – London in less than 45 minutes 

50 airlines serving more than 140 routes worldwide


Multi-sector strengths

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Multi-sector strengths

Our talented people use their skills and expertise across a range of key sectors.

60% of the UK’s automotive R&D from the region

More BPFS companies than Zurich, Manchester and Edinburgh

23,700 people in architecture and engineering

500 medical technology companies, more than any other UK region


Space to breathe

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Space to breathe

Birmingham was voted best UK city outside of London for quality of life (Mercer Quality of Living 2012).


With more than 600 parks and open spaces and Sutton Park as one of the largest urban parks in Europe there is always space to breathe

Slow down. Explore more miles of canal than Venice

Secure future - 10 Local Nature Reserves and 156 designated nature conservation sites


World class city of culture

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World class city of culture

Indoors, outdoors, participate, watch or find space and quiet to get away from it all. You will always be able to relax and unwind.

Birmingham was ranked among the New York Times’ top 20 international destinations to visit.

Explore cuisine from more than 27 countries and dine in more Michelin star restaurants than any other English city outside London

More than 500,000 works of art in one square mile


High quality workforce

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High quality workforce

Our large talent pool is highly ranked now. It will stay that way.

4.3 million people of working age within an hour of the city

Over 300,000 students and 100,000 graduates within an hour’s drive of the city

A digital hub - for example 21% of the UK's games industry workforce is here

Nearly 1 million people speak a second language


Growth engine

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Growth engine

Our £94 billion regional economy will grow 20% by 2020

Innovative economic zones generating £1.5bn and 50,000 new jobs

Home to 75,000 companies, 1,190 of which are international

Our population will grow to 1.17million by 2018 (ONS)

Birmingham New Street helps move nearly 25million passengers annually

Europe's youngest city, with under 25's nearly 40% of our population


Bold regeneration

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Bold regeneration

We are investing £18 billion by 2026 in a bold 21st Century regeneration plan.

£1.3 billion will be invested in road, rail and air networks by 2015

£25 million is going in to the Digital Media Academy and £188 million on the new Library of Birmingham

£600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway

Tech business in Greater Birmingham

Birmingham's tech and creative scene is thriving and building a solid reputation as one of the most exciting destinations in the country for digital and tech companies.

Take a look around the site and get to grips with the Birmingham tech scene, get in touch with the team to discuss your project and our city.

6,000

Digital Media Companies

40,000+

People directly employed in the Digital Media sector

Web design and development
Sound recording

3,195

students enrolled on digital media degrees in Birmingham

Silicon Canal
Digital Birmingham
Video and Serious Games
I want to make Birmingham a really exciting and important part of what we do. This is just the start - but make no mistake, if you're interested in new skills and digital innovation, this is the place to be.
Tony Hall
BBC Director General

Smart City

Named a super connected city with £7million government investment to give 100Mbps in urban areas by 2015

Bridging the Opportunity Gap
Social media

Moving Forward

A quarter (15) of FDI projects in 2013/14 came from creative, digital and tech firms – primarily from small start-ups – painting a positive picture of Greater Birmingham's rapidly growing digital industry

Birmingham feels like a city that has big plans and is on the cusp of big things. We wanted to get in there first.
Pete Marsden
Chief Information Officer, ASOS
The Custard Factory

15

Universities within an hour's drive of the city

Film and Animation
Plan

Digital Cluster

The Custard Factory, located in the industrial district of Digbeth, is one of the UK’s largest digital media clusters and is home to around 400 businesses

Knowledge Economy

The city’s strength in the sector is aided by its network of five universities, each offering courses in a wide range of disciplines relevant to digital media.

Fazeley Studios
Innovation Campus
Oxygen Accelerator

£2 Billion

The gross added value (GVA) for the Digital sector in Greater Birmingham

Birmingham offers companies an established and thriving tech eco-system alongside a wealth of talented, young coders and entrepreneurs. The landscape here is truly exciting, and we want to add to our list of success stories by speaking with as many digital & tech companies as we can to link up with opportunities in the city. Our team are on hand to discuss your project and help you plug into the #techbrum scene – either get in touch using the contact form on this site or tweet @business_bham
Wouter Schuitemaker
Investment Director Business Birmingham

Economy

£94 billion regional economy and the second largest urban development outside of London

Set-up
Grow
Business Catalyst
SME Fast Track

Video and serious games:

Greater Birmingham is already well known as a centre for the games industry with companies such as Codemasters and Activision located in the region, along with 25% of the UK’s games industry workforce. The video games industry is continuing to advance with the recent release of the next generation of consoles, but the biggest potential for growth is perhaps in the serious games industry. Modelling and simulation of a real world system allow testing or training to be carried out hundreds or thousands of times in a completely safe environment and at hugely reduced costs.

The key universities of Aston, Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham have around 1,500 students in various computer science courses at present and the serious games institute (SGI) global centre of excellence is located in the city. The University of Birmingham’s HIT Team has, since 2005, become recognised as an international leader in the human-centred development of serious games, courtesy both of internal research programmes and those associated with the University’s major role in the UK’s Human Factors Integration Defence Technology centre (www.hfidtc.com).

Web Design and Development:

This is a large sub-sector in Greater Birmingham with currently 2,100 web design/development companies concentrated in tech hubs mostly in Digbeth and Aston, where hotbeds of digital talent reside within our clusters at Fazeley Studios, the Custard Factory and Innovation Campus. An installation of next generation super-fast broadband has made Digbeth a real focus for creative and digital industries, and community organisations such as Silicon Canal are creating an increasingly prosperous eco-system for growth hungry tech companies.

Film & Animation:

The BBC has recently established their Digital Innovation Centre in Birmingham. Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development for BBC Birmingham, stated that the decision was taken largely as a result of the regeneration taking place in the city. The BBC are actively engaging with the local universities as well as other public and private partnerships to develop the digital innovation skill set in the region. There are currently around 1,000 students studying a range of film, animation and media courses at the local universities and the city has a number of centres of excellence including the Creative skill set Media Academy and the Visual Communication Research Group.

Sound Recording and Music Publishing:

The UK has a solid heritage in music recording throughout the years and it has carried this into the digital age. With a strong musical heritage alongside a leading music scene, Birmingham is at the forefront of this strength and is home to several centres of excellence including the Birmingham Electro-acoustic Music Studios and the Centre for Music and Performance. There are around 150 music companies in the area and strong opportunity for growth in digital music.

Social Media:

The world of social media is one of constant development and change. This fast changing environment based around novel technologies and concepts is well suited to the young work force of Birmingham. The city is well suited to the industry as it is one of ten planned super connected cities and has received £7 million from the government to ensure broadband speeds of 100 Mbps are available in all urban areas by 2015. It is also one of the first cities to roll out extensive 4G wireless technology.

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WHISK - Apprentice star turned tech entrepreneur

Whisk.com, a smart grocery shopping list application that allows users to send their lists into online grocery supermarket baskets with a few clicks is a prime example of what Birmingham’s tech community can produce. Since launching in June 2012, the company has won many of the UK's biggest Retailers, FMCG brands and digital food publishers as clients.

Dan Cobley, Google MD UK and Ireland, said “Whisk is making the moment to buy really matter”.

Whisk raised over £800k in funding from technology investors for Whisk, after pitching the business to Lord Sugar following getting to the final of the BBC Apprentice 2012, where Nick achieved the series' best task-win record.

Before Whisk, Nick founded two successful start-up companies after graduating with a 1st in International Business from Aston University. In 2011 he was named Birmingham Young Professional of the Year for entrepreneurship after being named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Insider in 2010. Whisk is continuing to grow and is a prime example of what Birmingham’s tech community can produce.

"As a place to start a tech company, Birmingham is brilliant. The most important reason for us is that we've been able to find top talent, both experienced software engineers and graduates from Birmingham's many universities."

"When I speak to VCs in London and San Francisco about our burn rate and how much we've achieved with the money we've raised, they're always impressed. The money goes about twice as far so that quasi-discounts start-ups here by 50%."

Nick Holzherr – Founder Whisk

Whisk.com

ASOS – Recognising Birmingham as a perfect location to expand

This global online retailer set up an office in Birmingham’s Custard Factory in March 2013. It recruited 20 highly skilled developers, with plans to employ up to 50 people in 12 months. Online fashion retailer ASOS is recruiting in Birmingham to fuel its global growth plans.

Famed for its fashion forward designs, ASOS began its Birmingham journey by recruiting 20 senior positions in the city. The roles focused on creating new company websites, tailored to the needs of consumers in growth markets including France and Germany. The number of roles in Birmingham is planned to rise to around 50 over the next 12 months.

The new Birmingham office at The Custard Factory in Digbeth is its first regional office outside the South East. The news came a week after ASOS posted strong trading results for the three months to 28 February 2013. Retail sales were up 37% year on year, resulting in first half retail sales growth of 34% to £352 million. It is ASOS’ international trading success however, that grew by 45% and now accounts for 59% of total retail sales, that fuelled its Birmingham office opening.

Taking advantage of one of the UK’s largest digital sector talent pools and a growing specialism in e-commerce across the city, ASOS is confident of the key role Birmingham will play in its international expansion plans.

Pete Marsden, Chief Information Officer for ASOS, said of the expansion into Birmingham:

“As a company ASOS has grown, despite challenging economic times, because of the innovative approaches we take to meeting our customers’ demands. Our innovation comes from our people; we seek out and recruit the very best talent because we know that they are the key to our success. That is exactly what we are doing by creating a presence for the company in Birmingham.

“Last week’s trading statement highlighted that ASOS’ European growth is driven by strong performances in countries where the company has dedicated websites. Our new Birmingham team will work alongside our London Technology Centre to develop and tailor these sites to each market, putting it at the forefront of our future growth."

www.asos.com

BBC – Creating a centre of excellence for digital talent

The BBC has announced it will base its centre for recruitment and talent development for the UK at the landmark Mailbox in Birmingham. The BBC Academy, the BBC’s centre for in-house and industry wide training, will move to the city in 2015, alongside the core of the BBC’s HR and Internal Communications. The academy offers training and development for the UK broadcast industry and will also work with local companies to increase the talent base in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

In total 190 roles will move to Birmingham by the end of 2015. This is an increase of 100 roles on the 90 announced last year – the BBC’s earlier announcement included roles in a Digital Innovation Unit for Digbeth, The Space digital arts partnership, BBC Trainee and apprenticeship schemes.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “Birmingham is a great city, with a history of creativity and innovation. I can’t think of a better place to base the BBC Academy.

“Its role is to nurture the broadcast stars, programme makers, and talent of tomorrow. It also provides training and development for the entire UK broadcasting sector.

www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham
www.mailboxlife.co.uk

SOSHI – Progression through crowd funding for Birmingham based games designer

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based Soshi Games has secured £285,000 via the SyndicateRoom equity crowd-funding platform, taking the total investment in the business to £1.4 million since it was established in 2010. Soshi Games makes music-themed online and mobile games which strive to raise new revenue for bands and the music industry and help new artists be discovered. Working with clients such as Universal Music, Global Talent and The Isle Of Wight Festival, the company aids the music industry to navigate the new digital landscape through the power of games.

Soshi is developing games that incentivise popular music acts to promote them, not just for financial gain, but also as a way to actively engage with their fan bases. The concept is breaking new ground and capturing the attention and imagination of the global music industry. Players of Music Festivals Game typically play the game for over 30 minutes a day. The player profile is very diverse in age and 63 per cent are female and already very global.

Cliff Dennett, CEO of Soshi Games said: “We’re gamifying the music industry. I envisage a world where the whole idea of an album cover, a CD insert, and the static imagery you still see online being used to promote albums today, being transformed to a much more interactive, engaging experience. Albums will evolve with their player bases over time, with new micro games launched that provide an interactive medium for gamers who love their music to uncover a more enhanced experience.

“There is such a close connection between games, hand-held devices and music consumption and we’ve brought together the best of these to create the Soshi Games business model. Our games enable popular acts to engage with their fan bases and earn money at the same time, but our aim is actually to launch a brand new artist globally through one of our games.”

TEAM FOOTBALL - Bringing
football home with England deal

Team Football is based in the Innovation Birmingham Campus’ Entrepreneurs for the Future centre. The start-up has been established by a group of games industry veterans, who between them have over 90 years games industry experience. The football mad team has been involved in some of the best loved football games of the last 20+ years including Sensible Soccer, Super Kick-Off, Actua Soccer, Premier Manager, Soccer ’97 and multiple versions of FIFA.

The outfitl has completed a deal to bring Official England Football to football fans and gamers across the country. The game is being released on iOS, Android and Windows 8 phones and tablets. With this license, Team Football is launching an authentic game based on the English national side, allowing players to compete as all of the England squad who will be heading to Brazil this summer. The signing of this license also signals the start of a number of similar imminent announcements bringing official team football experiences to fans globally.

Steven Huckle, Team Football’s Creative Director said "When we founded Team Football, our goal was to work with high profile licenses - such as England - to significantly raise the profile of our games. We've worked really hard since late last year to develop a game that is fun to play and will give our end users plenty of enjoyment this summer and beyond. Now, by adding the England license, we are also giving those who play our game the authenticity of the official game logo, player names and team kit. With football high on the agenda for fans of England this summer, we're sure they'll enjoy playing our game and attempting to perform as well - or better - than the national side, by playing Official England Football on their chosen platform."

The range of licensed games launching in June 2014, of which Official England Football is one title, was developed under the Creative England and Microsoft programme ‘Greenshoots’. Creative England’s Head of Games & Digital Media, Jaspal Sohal, said: “Team Football is a shining example of what the Green-shoots programme is all about; supporting new and emerging games developers with innovative ideas that have huge potential. We were impressed with Team Football’s imagination and passion, and it’s great to see what they’re achieving on an international level.”

Creative Director of Team Football, Steven Huckle:

"We are so fortunate to be part of a program with excellent access to talent and brilliant facilities. The Innovation Campus eco-system has been a major factor in our ability to secure these contracts, there are some really great talented people here and we couldn't be happier to be part of Birmingham's growing tech cluster."

www.teamfootball.co.uk

YAMINATION – Birmingham based animator causing a splash

Birmingham-based animation company Yamination Studios has played an instrumental role in creating Cravendale’s new integrated campaign “Barry the biscuit boy”, which is making a splash in the advertising world. Yamination is an innovative animation studio specialising in stopmotion/frame animation and additional aspects of production. Founded in 2009 by Black Country born Drew Roper, the studio takes its name from 'yam yam', a moniker often given to people born and bred in the Black Country.

The 30-second advertisement, which made its debut to six million ITV viewers on Saturday evening prime time this spring, uses an innovative mix of techniques including puppetry, stop motion animation and computer graphics (CG) to tell the story of the adventurous young biscuit boy “Barry” and his love of milk.

Production company Blinkink approached Yamination Studios to create the main elements of the set for the advert having worked with Yossel Simpson Little, Head of Art Department at Yamination Studios, on their John Lewis Christmas commercial ‘Hare and Bare’.

The Yamination team, based at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, built the set in just three weeks. The team recently released exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the commercial, which gives a detailed insight into the different processes involved in building and dressing the set.

Drew Roper, managing director of Yamination Studios said:

“Birmingham's Brilliant! The people, the places and the possibilities here are over-whelming. The opportunities for business growth is a huge bonus about being based here as the location is great, not being too far from other creative industries such as London, Bristol and Manchester. There's a huge range of spaces available at affordable prices (living and business) and the talent base is forever increasing within the region especially within the creative sector and for animation in particular there's a real sense of community and collaboration.”

www.yamination.com/

CODEMASTERS – Birmingham’s own gaming giant

Codemasters Birmingham is the home of the BAFTA Award-winning FORMULA ONE series of video games for PlayStation, Xbox and PC and, most recently, for the smart device market. Representing the union of two prestigious British engineering operations, Formula One Management works exclusively with Codemasters as a trusted partner to bring high-quality simulation of each year’s race season to PCs and the leading game consoles.

Codemasters’ series of F1 games, which are designed and developed in Codemasters’ Birmingham studio, is an export success story for the West Midlands with over 6 million games shipped the world over. As the largest video games development company in the UK, Codemasters designs and develops its portfolio of games from its studios in Warwickshire, which employs over 500 talented young people, and in Birmingham, which created around 100 jobs when it opened in the city centre five years ago. Codemasters Birmingham’s first iOS title was F1 Race Stars, a free-to-play arcade racing game for iPhone and iPad, which has successfully propelled the studio into the smart device gaming market. F1 Race Stars became a number one hit on the AppStore around the world and has been downloaded by over 3 million gamers.

Codemasters Birmingham was recognised in the 2013 Develop 100 Studios list – an annual assessment of the top 100 development studios by the leading games development trade publication, Develop. Codemasters is also a recipient of the Develop Grand Prix Award, a recognition bestowed on companies that are considered to have contributed the most to the games medium in recent times.

Nick Craig, Studio Head, Codemasters Birmingham:

Birmingham has an outstanding pedigree in gaming, stretching back over 25 years. There’s an incredibly vibrant and fast-growing digital cluster in the city. We knew there was the skills-base, infrastructure and space to support our plans, without breaking the budget.”

“There’s a real buzz about the place. The universities are vibrant, the local council is doing a great job bringing in new investment, there’s plenty of support on hand from organisations like Business Birmingham, and the strength of the digital sector means there is a fantastic talent pool to recruit from.”

“Birmingham has the best of both worlds. It has the facilities, excitement and culture of a major European city, and yet in 20-30 minutes you can be in the heart of some of the UK’s finest countryside. It’s definitely a winning combination.”

www.codemasters.com

Silicon Canal

Greater Birmingham's voice of the tech community.

Our aim is to represent the tech community in Greater Birmingham. We are a non-profit – run and owned by the community organisation.

Silicon Valley has inspired a number of tech hubs across the globe. You’ve got Silicon Alley (New York), Silicon Hills (Texas) and closer to home, Silicon Roundabout, Silicon Fen and now joining them: Silicon Canal.

Silicon Canal is a movement that explores, showcases and supports the digital technology community in Greater Birmingham. They are the 'go to' community for designers, developers and marketers and act as the glue between all the great things already going on in the eco-system.

siliconcanal.co.uk

Digital Birmingham

Digital Birmingham was established in 2006 as the driving force to ensure that the benefits of digital and new emerging technologies are available to all people, businesses and sectors in the city. This is key to accelerating Birmingham and the region's economic and sustainable growth, as well as promoting greater inclusion and quality of life.

Through its investment in technology, infrastructure and world class connectivity programme it is now recognised as a leading digital city and has grown a strong stakeholder group that spans commercial, public sector and academic organisations. We are continuing to ensure that the city maintains its digital leadership as well as extend this approach across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) so that as a region, we stimulate innovation led growth, deliver better services and achieve greater transparency and efficiencies.

Having established the city's digital credentials, Digital Birmingham are now driving forward Birmingham's Smart City approach, which is looking at the significant benefits to be achieved through the integration of technology into a strategic approach across all mainstream city initiatives in the areas of mobility, economy, people, living and governance. A Smart City Commission, led by Cllr. James McKay (Cabinet Member for Green, Safe and Smart city), provides the leadership, vision, expert knowledge and strategic direction to oversee the development of the Smart City programme and ensure that we future proof the city, so that it is adaptable, resilient and responsive to meet the challenges ahead.

www.digitalbirmingham.co.uk

Fazeley Studios

Set around breath-taking common spaces and comprehensive facilities are 45 studio offices flooded in natural daylight for 5 – 200 person businesses which deliver the Digital and Creative way of working. We have the latest technology, high-speed internet and our very own bar and cafe, Fazeley Social.

Just a stone's throw away from Birmingham City Centre, we are at the hub of the burgeoning Digbeth creative quarter which is redefining our city. The lifeblood of this revolution is entrepreneurial Digital and Creative enterprises. We have secured significant public funding to keep rents low to ensure the growth doesn’t abate even in the current climate.

Lucan Gray - owner and creator of Fazeley Studios says -

“I was walking down River Street, I passed a guy on his blackberry, two kids were laughing at something on an iPod and then I see this guy in his car with a laptop squatting someone's WiFi, and it just hit me. Whatever media you are in, it is going to be a digital media - even the written word with ebooks coming - and this is already driving a huge and unprecedented cross fertilisation amongst creatives united by one common trait - they GET digital.

This is the engine of the new economy, these are the people that need inspirational places to work, these are the companies which will have explosive growth in the next 20 years.

Fazeley Studios has been designed for passionate digital people, engaged dynamic people whose mantra is "Thank God its Monday" not "Thank God it's Friday.

We have paid huge attention to detail at Fazeley Studios, caring about every last corner of the vast complex. It is a work in progress, we are bringing in new pieces of art all the time and making subtle changes that keep everything fresh".

www.fazeleystudios.com

The Custard Factory

The Custard Factory in Birmingham is one of the largest hubs for digital, creative and technology businesses in the region. So great was the interest in the cluster that 130 companies had filled the building before the marketing campaign had even started. The cluster has now expanded into additional buildings and is home to around 400 businesses.

Set in 15 acres of beautifully restored Victorian Factories, just five minutes walk from the Bullring, it is the heart of Birmingham’s buzzing creative and digital district.

From the dessert revolution to the digital revolution, the Custard Factory has been at the centre of Birmingham’s history as an innovative, globally competitive city where great ideas take shape and where things are made that change the world.

Installation of next-generation super-fast broadband has made Digbeth a real focus for creative and digital industries. By 2026 the city will have invested £18bn in the regeneration plans that includes the £600m New Street Gateway, City Park, the £25m Digital Media Academy and the newly completed £188m Library of Birmingham - the hub of the region’s knowledge economy, all of which will be underpinned by a first class digital infrastructure.

“Birmingham is packed with energetic, talented young people and creative and digital businesses. Whenever we have visitors from other cities coming to see Digbeth they are blown away by the quality of the companies, the scale of the cluster and the way independent cultural activities are interwoven with the businesses.

“Creative & digital companies moving to Digbeth join an ecosystem of friendly, entrepreneurial highly skilled young and dynamic businesses. More than this, the city offers a fantastic quality of life proposition, with world class education and wonderful green neighbourhoods. By virtue of its location it is also easy to get to and from pretty much any other city in the UK. HS2 will be a great boost, but even now there is a good train service to London that takes only 82 minutes. Several Digbeth companies have offices in London, with senior team members being able to work in whichever city the day demands.”

Lucan Gray – Owner Custard Factory

www.custardfactory.co.uk

Innovation Campus

The Innovation Birmingham Campus is a thriving cluster of tech companies. The Campus is home to 100 companies, with specialisms including coding, software, digital gaming and low carbon technologies. An active incubation offering in the Entrepreneurs for the Future centre, EU-funded projects and a major programme of events, visiting expert sessions and access to finance all catalyse a dynamic community that is engaged with the city. The available opportunities for start-ups and SMEs creates the best environment for growth, with over 80 ventures established in the past four years. Medium sized enterprises and large corporates find engagement with the tech entrepreneurs and businesses based at the Campus highly beneficial as a way to infiltrate their working practices with innovative thinking to create new commercial opportunities.

David Hardman CEO Innovation Birmingham Campus:

"The continued growth and expansion of our specialist tech incubation centre is a really positive sign for the city. In 2013, Birmingham was the top location outside of London for new start-ups, with 16,281 companies being launched here. The community and eco-system that is growing here and in other parts of the city is testament to the great talent and opportunities that are here."

www.innovationbham.com

Oxygen Accelerator

Oxygen Accelerator is a 13 week intensive mentor led bootcamp that culminates with a series of investor days helping to pitch to a large, carefully selected group of Angel investors, VCs and Private Equity groups for next stage funding. Oxygen Startups delivers a series of programmes that invest in, support and bring to life early stage and growth businesses. Since 2009 we have been investing in, mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs from the idea stage through to investment and beyond.

The organisation was Born in Birmingham, and has unrivalled experience with startups no other UK company can boast, having engaged with 5000+ entrepreneurs, had 1000 entrepreneurs go through one of our programmes, mentored 100+ startups and invested in 20+ businesses last year alone.

"Birmingham has the most new business created and high growth businesses outside of London and so other cities around Europe get a lot of press but we think Birmingham has one of the biggest untapped opportunities of any city in Europe. The city is fast becoming a powerhouse of tech startups and we are proud to be based in Greater Birmingham"

Simon Jenner – Chief Entrepreneur

www.oxygenaccelerator.com

Bridging the Opportunity Gap

  1. Bridging the Opportunity Gap helps more West Midlands ICT based SMEs to benefit from European funding.
  2. Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f), which is a mentor-led tech start-up incubator programme at Innovation Birmingham. Benefits of being on the e4f programme include six months free office space, IT, telecoms, meeting rooms, a programme of networking events, drop-in sessions, structured personal mentoring and access to finance. E4f is unique to Birmingham and specifically designed to harness and support the city’s burgeoning tech community.
  3. Creative England’s Business Investment Fund, which secured £5m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) whilst also launching a £1m ‘Digital Champions’ fund to invest in companies developing ground-breaking cross-platform digital media content and services.

By working as a strategic partner and consultant with your internal project team, we can provide relevant information for your organisation and a comprehensive package of support, across all phases of your business plan. One call to us unlocks direct access to an extensive network of skills, knowledge and assistance resulting in a coordinated, tailored response to your enquiry. Our services are driven entirely by your needs and are independent and free of charge.

Plan

We’ll help create a convincing business case for setting up in our region. Our planning support includes:

  • Mediating between your business and local or central government (regarding, for example skills needs, planning and environmental considerations and access to incentives and grants)
  • Providing Intelligence through up-to-date information, data and research for the specific sector in which your company is active
  • Providing familiarisation tours to help you make the most of Birmingham’s offer
  • Relocation and property advice - whether this means a move to new or existing premises, we can help. We know the real estate market in the Birmingham area. We help with the right connections and your first steps in the city.
  • Legislation and tax advice tailored to your company situation and requirements
  • Funding signposts to the right sources of business and property finance (grants, loans or equity) both government and private provision

Set-up

Once you are happy that your planning phase has been successfully completed we can then help you with specific requirements during your business set-up. Our support includes:

  • Connecting you with networks, sector support agencies and media contacts
  • Refinement of your property planning – distilling down through design and build requirements. We can also support finding turnkey solutions
  • Staffing support through help in attracting the right staff, with the right skills. We help by bringing you into contact with the right people
  • Relocation support for existing staff. Relocation does not only affect your company, but also your staff. We value them as equally important, and to help their transition we provide information on housing, schooling, healthcare and more

Grow

We are committed to supporting inward investors once they are based in the city. Our on-going commitment to you includes:

  • Our long-term business service is aimed at supporting continued development of significant inward investing companies in Birmingham
  • Keeping you connected with local and national organisations in Birmingham
  • 'Team Birmingham' will help you tap into the city's opportunities and make them work for you

Business Catalyst

Most cities will give you an hour with a lawyer, maybe even three. We’re a bit more ambitious as we understand the support needed to get you on your feet and operating successfully. We are supported by over 100 private sector companies who help to promote the city on a global scale. Working with some of our partners to go above and beyond basic support we have formulated a ‘market-entry package’ with specific subsidised rates that can be tailored to your needs. Each partner brings different skills and support for you and your business, but will fall into one of the four categories of people, property, process and profile.

A range of incentives are on offer for investors for businesses including rates relief, simplified planning, digital infrastructure, business support and investment in infrastructure.

SME Fast Track

WE’LL BOOST YOUR BUSINESS AND HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS.

SME Fast Track is available to small to medium enterprises operating within the ERDF Priority 3 areas of Birmingham and the Black Country.

We’ve teamed up with two leading private partners that have decades of expertise within business development; Winning Moves and Winning Pitch – so you’re in good hands.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

SME Fast Track consists of three simple stages, which will have an immediate impact on your business:

1. Specialist business advice

We’ll begin with a diagnostic session where a business expert will analyse your current situation and help you focus on tangible and realistic targets for the future.

2. High impact workshops

To achieve these targets, you’ll have the opportunity to learn vital skills in workshops across a number of areas, such as marketing and communications, access to new markets, sales techniques and access to finance.

3. Opportunities to attend trade shows

You’ll then get the chance to attend any relevant events to meet new customers as growing your order book is what we’re all about.

Once you’ve completed the programme, you’ll also be eligible to move forward onto one of our aligned projects, delivered through Winning Moves, which offers growing companies further business support and the possibility of match-funded grants of up to £10,000.

Tech business in Greater Birmingham

Birmingham's tech and creative scene is thriving and building a solid reputation as one of the most exciting destinations in the country for digital and tech companies.

Take a look around the site and get to grips with the Birmingham tech scene, get in touch with the team to discuss your project and our city.

Success Stories

Birmingham’s start-ups, established companies and individuals operating are gaining recognition on a national and international level. We are proud of our community and the companies, organisations and ideas that are “Born in Birmingham”. Check out some key success stories below that capture the essence of #TechBrum

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