Home to more digital and creative companies than any regional city in the UK – Birmingham is located in the centre of the UK with connections to all major cities across Europe and the rest of the world. Birmingham provides exceptional technological infrastructure at an affordable cost, supported by a highly skilled talent pool and leading national universities. This winning combination creates a perfect ecosystem for tech innovators, start-ups, scale-ups and creatives.
The presence of major companies and a young, diverse population means that Birmingham is already recognised as a leading tech hub for progressive thinkers and a rich entrepreneurial environment.
Acclaimed as number one in the UK for start-ups for four years running, the city offers all the benefits of an international location, without the high costs associated with many of its competitors. Entrepreneurs have access to a range of support, across areas including: property, business, introductions, networking, recruitment, training, PR, marketing, and signposting funding opportunities.
Birmingham has one of the most culturally diverse and highly skilled tech workforces in the UK with 32,000 employees in the sector. There are three world-renowned universities in Birmingham city centre and 20 local universities, within one hour of the city centre. Within the universities there are over 100 tech and digital Business Centres of Excellence, producing more than 114,000 graduates per year.
As a destination, Greater Birmingham is an international city that competes highly with all other major European cities. Commercial property is less expensive than any other leading UK city, yet the quality of life and infrastructure is world class. The region is going through an unprecedented period of transformation, and is leading growth and development trends in the UK.
Greater Birmingham’s reputation as a tech hub is growing. The city is already home to 6,000 tech firms employing more than 32,000 people, with tech firms boosting the economy by £2.3 billion every year.
With record levels of infrastructure investment, international recognition and countless opportunities for companies to thrive in the region, there has never been a better time to be based in Greater Birmingham.
The Custard Factory in Birmingham is one of the largest hubs for digital media and creative businesses in the region. The urban estate has continually expanded since its opening and is now home to around 400 businesses.
Innovation Birmingham Campus (IBC) is one of the UK’s largest, leading tech campuses and the fastest growing in the country. IBC is the base for Birmingham’s tech community – a place for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors looking to develop or fund tech start-ups with high-growth potential.
Campus facilities include the Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) multi-occupancy start-up centre, with hot-desking facilities and a wide range of flexible office units, enabling a flexible and collaborative environment to fast-track the growth and development of tech start-ups.
Start-ups in the e4f incubator benefit from an initial six months’ free access to a dynamic co-working centre, with full tech support and meeting facilities. While medium-sized enterprises and large corporates benefit from a platform for new commercial opportunities, with the tech entrepreneurs and businesses based at the Campus; all of which provide a unique opportunity to learn, collaborate and drive forward latest industry trends and developments within all the companies.
Birmingham’s voice of the tech and digital community, Silicon Canal is a non-profit organisation run and owned by the tech sector. It promotes, connects, showcases and supports, the digital technology community in the city, and is the ‘go to’ organisation for designers, developers and marketers. In addition, it also hosts an array of tech meet-ups, events and its own highly prestigious and well attended awards event.
Silicon Canal has more than 100 ‘ambassadors’, all of whom offer free advice and support to tech companies within the city.
Fazeley Studios comprises 45 elegant and fashionable studio offices for 5 – 200-person businesses, ideal for the digital and creative sectors. The luxurious, elegant studios are at the heart of the burgeoning Custard Factory area, which is rapidly becoming the city’s main media and creative location and a nationally recognised cluster.
Situated on the 21st and 22nd floors in Birmingham’s iconic Alpha Tower, Alpha Works’ collaborative workspace is set across two floors with unrivalled views of the city. The space has been designed by award-winning Orms, known for creating architecture that elevates the human experience through insight, collaboration, and design integrity.
Alpha Works is a home away from home with everything you need to hand, from a welcoming reception to superfast broadband to print services. Shared spaces include meeting rooms, phone booths and quiet rooms all to use and enjoy plus three fully equipped kitchens with free flow tea and coffee. As well as 24/7 secure access, members can also take advantage of The Alpha Café, on site showers and changing rooms as well as secure cycle storage. There’s also a programme of events and socials for community members to come together, connect and be inspired.
i2 Office provides serviced offices to suit all sizes of business with the flexibility to allow upsizing, downsizing or a move to another location. Each i2 Business Centre also provides virtual office services and meeting rooms for hire. Its aim is to ensure the loyalty of its clients through providing highest quality offices on flexible terms backed up by unrivalled customer service levels. i2 Office’s Snow Hill centre is situated in one of the city’s most impressive premier business locations, just off Colmore Row with great transport links on the doorstep.
Since 1878, Birmingham’s Assay Building had been used for hallmarking precious items such as jewellery and silverware – but we thought the Grade II listed building itself was a bit of a treasure, and the perfect place to bring ambitious people together within this truly unique space.
Assay offers stunning office and studio space within a vibrant atmosphere on St Pauls Square in the Jewellery Quarter, and is already home to an eclectic mix of young, energetic companies and entrepreneurs.
With its distinctive character, spacious inspiring setting and home from home feel, Assay Studios is ideal for creative and digital companies in Birmingham looking for office space.
The £1 billion Longbridge regeneration scheme is the area’s largest mixed-use scheme outside Birmingham city centre and one of the largest urban regeneration programmes in the UK.
Properties ranging from 50,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft can be tailor-made to meet customer requirements.
At the heart of Longbridge is the £100 million Tech Park, a new hub for progressive technologies and services, and home to more than 60 local, national and international businesses. A comprehensive refurbishment of the Park’s Innovation Centre improved connectivity, and the Park now houses several data heavy operators benefiting from broadband connections as fast as 1GB per second or higher.
Longbridge West, the site’s next phase, will also provide an ideal environment for fast growing, high tech manufacturing companies.