Despite being the UK’s second city, it’s pretty easy for Birmingham to fly under the radar. London is generally considered to not only be the tourism capital, but also the business capital of Britain. With this comes the assumption that you are more likely to succeed if you set up there.
Although there are benefits to operating in London, we think there is also a pretty strong case for working in Birmingham too, especially within the tech industry. Here’s why:
It has great tech prospects
We already know that the West Midlands is going to be the first region to receive 5G, but there are also a number of other upcoming tech developments in the area. Driverless cars will be tested on the streets of Birmingham and Coventry, aiming to give residents early access to more economical modes of transportation. On top of this, more and more ‘innovation labs’ are opening all over the city, encouraging and supporting budding entrepreneurs through the early stages of their ventures.
It appears that having the second largest tech sector in the UK hasn’t gone unnoticed by business leaders, and that investment in Birmingham is likely to keep coming.
It’s been dubbed ‘the next Silicon Valley’
Birmingham’s ‘Silicon Canal’ refers to the flourishing tech scene in the city, which has been compared to California’s Silicon Valley in its early stages. Increasingly tech startups are choosing the area to set up shop, with over 6,000 calling Brum their home. Many of these are incredibly renowned and successful organisations, and this success is causing more interest in Birmingham as both a tech hub, and a great city for entrepreneurs.