A business city that has a culture of innovation...
- Birmingham, located in the centre of England, is a well-equipped city, full of surprises but still means business. There’s a positive attitude throughout Birmingham, it’s people are doers, keen to help event organisers create experiences that deliver results. This major events and conference destination, home to the NEC international exhibition centre, offers a vast myriad of superb facilities suitable for events of all kinds.
- Compared to other European cities, many of which can claim a long history, Birmingham is a youngster. Before it became the heart of the industrial revolution, it was a medium-sized medieval market town. Industrialisation was born on its doorstep and Birmingham expanded dramatically. Other industrialised English cities specialised in coal for fuel or raw materials for products, and it was Birmingham that made those products and created value. The goods made in Birmingham were distributed across the country by canal and the city still has more miles of canals than Venice.
- Birmingham’s industrial legacy provided the city with a culture for innovation. The city has emerged as a cosmopolitan cultural centre, with a modern, high-tech hub offering superb transport links and excellent conference and meeting venues.
Birmingham is expanding rapidly, major international businesses, such as HSBC, have moved their headquarters there and a new high-speed train service (HS2), will soon reduce journey times from London to Birmingham and Birmingham Airport, further increasing the city’s importance as a centrally located international business hub.
The city’s foremost venues are the city-centre International Convention Centre (ICC) and the UK’s largest venue, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). ICC has 34 event rooms of various sizes and accommodates up to 3,000 theatre style. The NEC, which is located on the doorstep of Birmingham International Airport, offers 20 halls and 34 conference suites in 186,000sqm of covered space.
With their central location, Birmingham and the NEC are within three-hours’ drive time of 75% of the UK’s population. Birmingham International Airport provides direct flights between many UK and European cities and some in North America.
Michelin star restaurants and stylish fine dining eateries, world cuisine and street food are all on offer in Birmingham. The city boasts the Balti Triangle - world-famous for its great curries – and has a good supply of locally sourced produce. A wide choice of leading-brand business hotels with good meeting and event facilities and a high standard and choice of bedrooms are available.
Birmingham is a cultural city, home to Europe’s largest library, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and .s Some of the finest German-style Christmas markets held outside of Germany, with large festive extravaganzas with German beer, choirs, carol singing, in the lead up to Christmas.
For expert help in organising your event in Birmingham, contact Meet Birmingham