Birmingham Today

Birmingham City Council is the largest European council and the second-largest local authority in the UK. It has some 120 councilors representing 40 wards. The council’s headquarters are in Birmingham’s Victoria Square. Birmingham currently has eleven parliamentary constituencies.

The City Council also funds, supports, and organizes numerous events and activities throughout the year. Birmingham’s tourism plays an important role in the local economy and with the major facilities of the International Convention Centre and the National Exhibition Centre, the Birmingham area accounts for approximately 42% of the UK conference and exhibition trade. Birmingham’s cultural and sporting venues also attract a large number of UK and foreign visitors.

Birmingham, from a business point, was once known as the “City of a Thousand Trades” however, such trades have gradually diminished with some 70 – 80% of Birmingham businesses now being mainly service orientated. Birmingham businesses covering Finance, Investment, Insurance, Commodities, Consultancies, Support Services, etc., are on the increase, so are Employment Agencies who are now mainly acting on behalf of clients with professional qualifications, plus of course the ex graduates from Birmingham’s three universities.

Such Birmingham businesses should always be fortunate to have qualified graduates knocking on their doors and should, therefore, never be short of such personnel seeking employment for the first time. Such people, not being tainted in the ways of previous employers, should be ideal for all those employers wishing to train new blood in ways beneficial to their own companies.

Birmingham’s main advantage over the likes of London is its central location, which is easily accessed by major roads and motorways, including perhaps the best-known motorway junction in the UK, Spaghetti Junction. It is also well served by the Inter-City rail network, with Birmingham’s main railway station, New Street Station being at the center of this network, and also by air via Birmingham International Airport. Birmingham’s more affordable and quality office space and just as important for drivers, it’s more than adequate parking facilities which generally are available throughout Birmingham. All these key business points put Birmingham in the front line of UK cities as the most popular area for service organizations.

For employees living in or near Birmingham, local transport in the form of buses, trams, and local trains is readily available. There is also a terminus at Snow Hill Station for the Midland Metro which links Birmingham to Wolverhampton and serves nearby towns of Bilston, Wednesbury, and West Bromwich.

Birmingham also has an extensive system of canals and is said to have more miles of canals than Italy’s Venice. Recent regeneration schemes have turned the canals into tourist attractions. Birmingham also benefits greatly from the local National Exhibition Centre and its numerous trade shows, which take place throughout the year. For Birmingham businesses wishing to use trade stands, their expenditure in displaying stands, plus the obvious transportation costs are far less than those businesses having to transport their wears from locations further afield.

For those people considering an employment move to Birmingham, there are properties to suit all pockets and employment status, either for sale or rent and within or in close proximity to Birmingham. For those looking beyond the Birmingham business and property arenas, we have considered and provided information below regarding the various leisure activities, professional sport viewing, theatres, museums, education, places of interest, parks, etc., that are available locally or in close proximity to Birmingham.