Any Brummie will tell you, our beloved city is on a serious upward trajectory at this moment in time. You can just feel it in the air, can’t you? The rest of the UK is starting to sit up and notice the positive changes across the region – and this is just the beginning!
We have always been proud to call Brum home, and so we have picked out our five favourite aspects that really show our city is on the up!
Commonwealth Games 2022 – Okay, so we have started with a glaringly obvious one, but it is just so cool! In under four years’ time, our city will host a fantastic sporting event that celebrates the multiculturalism and unity of the Commonwealth, and we think Birmingham is the best city for the job! It will provide millions of pounds in funding and investment, a world-class Athlete’s Village which will then become housing, and a well-deserved global spotlight on all that Birmingham has to offer.
The bar and restaurant boom – Birmingham has long been a hustling and varied hub for fantastic nightlife, but over the past few months we have seen some excellent new locations pop up! The Ivy, Bonehead, Dirty Martini and Revolucion de Cuba have all recently launched to great success, and we are well and truly spoiled for choice!
Birmingham businesses continue to thrive – Over the past couple of years, industry in Birmingham has gone from strength to strength, and is widely considered the “start-up capital” of the UK. Independent companies continue to sprout up across the region, and unemployment continues to fall. As an independent SME, this fills us with pride to see these figures – long may it continue!
The creativity is well and truly flowing – For years, Birmingham has been a somewhat understated contributor to the country’s creative industries, but we are starting to get the recognition we deserve. Areas such as Digbeth, the Jewellery Quarter and the City Centre host a range of creative studios and agencies, including animation, design, computer games and music, and one of the most internationally popular TV shows, Peaky Blinders, was created by a proud Brummie. With the BBC already having a presence here, and rumours continuing to swirl around Channel 4 potentially setting up a headquarters in the region, it really is a fantastic time for creativity in Birmingham.
Our transport links are going from strength to strength – Transport in Birmingham has been going through a gradual state of improvement over the past few years, making it easier to get around the city and to different parts of the country. The tram network across the Midlands continues to improve and connect different areas of the region, and there are strong rumours of new railway stations opening in places like Moseley and Kings Heath. And of course, the opening of HS2 in the next few years which will cut the Birmingham to London train journey down to about 45 minutes, and will see Curzon Street Station open. Exciting times indeed!
It really is a fantastic time for Birmingham and the surrounding areas, we are well and truly doing justice to the tag of being the Second City.