Welcome to Birmingham. Once known as the ‘city of a thousand trades,’ Birmingham saw Joseph Priestley discover oxygen and provided home to great engineers who helped create the industrial revolution such as James Watt. Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin was born here.
Not only was the singer of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ born in the city, so were great brands such as Birds Custard, Cadbury Chocolate, Bournville Drinking Chocolate, HP Sauce and Typhoo Tea. There was a time when three-quarters of all pens in the world had nibs made in Birmingham.
Today Bourneville chocolate is made in Birmingham, the city is a vital centre for the manufacturing of Jaguar cars and 2,050 people work at Specialist Computer Centres.
Birmingham University is ranked as the 107th best University in the world. It is ranked best in the UK for American Studies, second-best for creative writing, third for social work, fourth for social policy and fifth for physiotherapy, physicists and astronomy, archaeology and hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism.
The city’s entrepreneurial scene is bursting with creativity and endeavour. Tech Nation estimates that in 2017 the city’s digital tech businesses had a combined turnover of £2.2billion, there were over 17,000 jobs in digital tech.
One of Birmingham’s more curious claims to fame is that it boasts more canals than Venice. It may not house the Doge’s Palace, but it is home to the so-called ‘silicon canal’ a tech hub that with one mission, to ‘create a world-class tech ecosystem.’