When BusinessCloud looked at potential locations for its next tech business breakfast event, Birmingham was at the top of the list. Editor Chris Maguire explains why they chose Birmingham.
BusinessCloud is a burgeoning magazine, website and events business that aims to demystify tech. We’ve hosted around 120 events since we launched in March 2016 and now we’re taking to the road to spread the message – starting with Birmingham.
We’ve chosen the name of the event – ‘Could Birmingham’s tech sector rival London?’ – deliberately because the Midlands now presents a viable alternative to the overheated London tech scene.
On our past visits to the city we have been mightily impressed by the range of businesses on show, from the 3D-printed sweets of Katjes Magic Candy Factory to legendary video game studio Codemasters and Nick Holzherr’s Air, which is transforming HR.
The city is clearly gathering pace in the race to become one of the UK’s leading tech ecosystems. On the one hand, sky-high property prices and rising staff costs are pricing many start-ups out of London and forcing entrepreneurs to look beyond the South East: Birmingham is now home to more than 3,000 tech firms and attracting more people from the capital than anywhere else in the UK.
On the other, the annual wave of graduate talent emerging from universities based both in the city and surrounding area is now opting to stay in the region.
A variety of hubs are supporting start-up growth, from Digbeth’s bohemian Custard Factory to the stunning Innovation Birmingham campus, which will play host to our breakfast event sponsored by property company Bruntwood on Tuesday 23rd October.
A range of top-quality speakers including entrepreneur, thought leader and public speaker Joel Blake OBE, Kaido founder Richard Westman, Jeetly MD Jess Jeetly MBE, Silicon Canal’s community engagement officer Molly Thompson, Innovation Birmingham’s head of business development Cliff Dennett and others will come together to discuss some of the key questions facing Birmingham.
What will HS2 and the 2022 Commonwealth Games mean for the city? Does it need a halo brand to take it to the next level? And what does West Midlands Mayor Andy Street need to do to support the digital tech scene?
The event is free to attend so if you want to attend or shape the discussion don’t hesitate to register your interest.
Chris Maguire is the editor and co-owner of BusinessCloud.