Shopping, Cadburys, and the accent are often things that spring to mind when you think of Birmingham, but it’s tech industry is set to be another thing that puts Brum on the map. With staggering year on year industry growth, a central location and outstanding startup support, Birmingham really is a great place for tech businesses. Here’s why:

It’s ideally located

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Not only is Birmingham located pretty centrally, it also boasts an international airport, fantastic rail links and is close to multiple major motorways. This makes it both easy to commute to and an attractive place to live. As Britain’s second city, there is plenty to do, and the city sees constant investment into tourism and local attractions.

As well as this, Birmingham is located within an hour of almost 20 universities, and is becoming more and more appealing to graduates looking to enter the job market. With an increasing number of universities investing in Tech Hubs and Innovation Centres, graduates are highly equipped to enter the tech industry. This talent can be nurtured by tech companies and develop Birmingham’s next generation of tech superstars!

It has the largest tech sector outside of London

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According to Business Birmingham, there are over 3000 tech businesses generating £2billion for the local economy. This number is set to grow in coming years, fuelled by recent announcements within the tech world. Firstly, the West Midlands was named as the first region in the UK to receive 5G, which could benefit every sector from education to healthcare. Birmingham was also selected as the UK’s first Future of Mobility Area, meaning new modes of transport and ways of getting about will be tested around the city. As the Birmingham tech sector continues to flourish, we are likely to see more investment and interest in the city which will fuel further growth and innovation.

There are countless organisations supporting tech startups

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For the last five years, the West Midlands has seen more startups than any other non-London region in the UK. In fact, in 2018 Brum’s figure of 18,500 startups was double that of Manchester, who took third place with 9,100 new businesses. Looking at the amount of support for entrepreneurs and SMEs, there’s no wonder why.

Organisations like the West Midlands Growth Company promote the region as a great place to invest and visit. The Barclays Eagle Lab and The Innovation Birmingham Campus have helped turn almost hundreds of ideas into reality by providing support, funding and workspaces for those looking to enter the tech market.

Birmingham Tech Week gives visitors the chance to explore the array of leisure and tourism attractions around the city and throughout the West Midlands.

Birmingham Tech Week aims to celebrate the growth, diversity and innovation that drives Birmingham, whilst promoting collaboration within the city’s tech scene. These trends, plus many more will be covered at talks and events throughout the week. Visit our website for more information.

Holly Botterill

Holly Botterill

Holly is a recent graduate with an interest in content marketing, particularly blogging. She enjoys learning new things through research for blog posts; whether it be about marketing, or a topic she didn’t know about before. In her free time Holly enjoys reading, dancing and travelling.