Why Birmingham

The youngest city in Europe, Birmingham has the largest library in the UK, more trees than Paris, is the winner of the Cleanest City Award, was the birthplace of heavy metal, had the first ever Odeon cinema, originated Tennis, has the world's largest collection of pre-raphaelite art, and of 4000 inventions in the UK each year, 2800 come from Birmingham.
But, we're all about tech. For tech businesses we think the following are the most important things that make Birmingham great.

Talent

Birmingham is one of the UK’s major digital hubs, with over 6,000 tech firms employing some 38,300 people. There are thousands of students studying computer science or business in the city each year. Not only is there a lot of tech talent in Birmingham, but hiring talent as a business is also easier with less competition from the large London corporations like Google and Facebook.

Cost

Birmingham's low cost of living makes wages low and quality of life high. For example, average rent for a two-bed flat in Birmingham is £665 versus £1,516 in London. ASOS recently opened an office in Birmingham citing 50% lower costs for tech talent compared to London.

Ecosystem

Birmingham has a vibrant tech ecosystems with regular tech events. Look at our "People" or "Where" tab to explore the different startups, larger companies, office spaces, investors and more in Birmingham. ASOS CTO Peter Marsden said in a Telegraph article “Birmingham has the space, talent and vision we are looking for .. the unique culture of Birmingham’s digital cluster and it's potential to become an e-commerce hub sealed the deal for us.”

Livable

The city has brilliant food at really affordable prices - other than it's four Michelin-starred restaurants (more than any other city in England outside London) there are loads of small independent restaurants and farmers markets. It's not all about the city centre - for example, explore Harborne, Kings Heath, Moseley or The Jewellery Quarter.

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