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Business Birmingham is the commercial division within West Midlands Growth Company, the region’s strategic marketing partner, and has played a key role in enabling the city to become recognised as the most investible city in the UK three years running, ahead of every other UK city (PwC research Jan 2015; Jan 2016; Jan 2017).
Awarded the title of top-performing UK investment agency 2016 by specialist locations magazine, Site Selection, Business Birmingham provides outstanding and award winning support and services to its clients by providing an understanding of their specific needs and requirements; presenting bespoke solutions, services, and support; tailoring their suite of unique products to each company’s requirements; and providing long standing after care.
Business Birmingham acts as a single point of contact for clients, bringing together a project team from relevant organisations across the city such as property agents, recruitment consultants, public agencies and universities to deliver a comprehensive package of support.
Our extensive support networks enable us to connect with experts in a wide range of fields. Through this collaborative sharing of knowledge, we are able to make valuable introductions and connect likeminded businesses and individuals throughout the Birmingham city region.
• A commercial partner network with professional services, recruitment, property and education.
• Local authority contacts
• R&D, centres of excellence and technology
• Industry associations
There has been significant investment in Birmingham’s infrastructure through the development of several city based tech clusters including:
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.
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.
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.
At the heart of Longbridge is the £100 million Tech Park, a new hub for progressive technologies and services, and home to over 60 local, national and international businesses. A comprehensive refurbishment of the Park’s Innovation Centre 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. Properties ranging from 50,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft can be tailor-made to meet customer requirements.
Birmingham’s voice of the tech and digital community, Silicon Canal is a non-profit organisation run and owned by the tech community.
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 over 100 ‘ambassadors’, all of whom offer free advice and support to tech companies within the city.
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.
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.