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Signpost: Could Birmingham’s tech sector rival London?
October 23, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
*Please note this event is not organised by BPS Birmingham and is being hosted by a third party
It might sound fanciful but could tech companies choose to base themselves in Birmingham instead of London?
Sky-high property prices and rising staff costs in the capital are forcing many companies to look beyond London and the case to come to Birmingham is gathering pace.
Home to more than 3,000 tech firms, Birmingham is quickly becoming an attractive prospect for tech graduates, attracting more people from London than anywhere else in the UK.
BusinessCloud has joined forces with regional property company Bruntwood to explore Birmingham’s future as a major player in the world of digital.
With Bruntwood’s recent acquisition of Innovation Birmingham reinforcing the strength of a sector that also includes Silicon Canal and the famous Custard Factory, the city’s digital tech sector is buzzing – boasting more than 41,500 digital tech jobs and a GVA of £1.7 billion, according to Tech Nation’s most recent figures.
Birmingham is already home to a number of notable start-ups, including Kaido, LightwaveRF and Air.com, but:
Does it need a halo brand to take it to the next level?
What role does West Midlands Mayor Andy Street have to play?
What difference will the Commonwealth Games in 2022 make to the wider tech sector?
These are some of the questions which will be discussed at BusinessCloud’s breakfast event on October 23: Could Birmingham’s tech sector rival London?
Rob Valentine, Head of Birmingham, Bruntwood Business
Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO, Innovation Birmingham
Sallie Allen, operations director, Enploy
Jess Jeetly MBE, managing director, Jeetly
Chris Meah, CEO, School of Code
David Maidment, development lead, Voxpopme
Joel Blake OBE, founder of Cultiv8 Solutions and FeeLYX
Julian Dennard, fund principal, Mercia
Richard Westman, founder, Kaido
More speakers to follow.