Birmingham Area Guide – Officio

Big Corporations

Birmingham has always been one destination where new businesses can thrive, with the city producing the highest number of new businesses outside of London. However, as much as Birmingham is ideal for new businesses looking to get up and running successfully, it is also a great destination for the larger, more well-known corporations who have set up an additional shop within the city.

Apple Birmingham

First off, one of the largest companies in the world, is Apple. Their main store in Birmingham is situated outside of Grand Central Station, also being quite close to the Bullring Shopping Centre, proving to be a good location for this particular building as it close to Birmingham’s main transport centre and also the main shopping district of the city, too. It is of good use for other businesses within the area, as well as the city’s shoppers and travelers alike, selling products such as phones, laptops & computers and digital accessories.

National Express

A different, but still large corporation who have an active hub in the Birmingham area is National Express. They operate throughout the city, as well as Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, providing coach hire for many occasions, such as school trips, weddings, parties & events, sporting trips and business events. Just a short walk from their coach station in Digbeth is some of the city’s most popular attractions, from mini golf & bowling arcade bars to The Old Crown, the city’s oldest pub and the Custard Factory, a massive brummie favourite.

Our Offices to Rent in Birmingham

Colmore Rowe

This brand-new office space available for rent in the centre of Birmingham’s bustling Business District, with Moor Street, New Street and Snow Hill all within walking distance, is something to get excited about. It offers a bright and vibrant, open plan workspace with a contemporary fit-out. Housed within a purpose-built, grade-A building, the centre is stunning inside and out – visiting guests certainly won’t forget you in a hurry! Specifically sourced, the stylish furnishings, refreshing colour schemes and ergonomic furniture ensure employees are always comfortable – the perfect set up for a productive day. Looking for more? Advanced IT and telephony, a manned reception, admin support, on-site parking, bike racks and showers will leave the team wanting absolutely nothing. Find out more here

Suffolk Street

Situated within walking distance of New Street and Moor Street train stations, this office space to let presents an exceptional co-working environment in Birmingham City Centre, designed specifically with you in mind. Situated on the 20th, 21st and 22nd floors of an iconic Suffolk Street building, the centre comprises three floors of contemporary interiors and unrivalled views of the city. Designed by the award-winning architect Orms – the workspace aims to elevate the human experience through insight, collaboration and integrity. The shared spaces include meeting rooms, phone booths and quiet rooms plus five fully equipped kitchens with free tea and coffee. With 24/7 secure access, the building’s amenities including Café, shower, changing facilities and secure cycle storage offer a better work-life balance. While a welcoming reception, super-fast broadband, printing and copying help your team be as efficient as they can. Find out more here

Brindleyplace

Located in the iconic Brindleyplace, with many bars and eateries in close proximity, this office space to rent, combining a boutique feel with a smart overall look. The centre shows off a stunning red brick exterior, a phenomenal central atrium and crisp, clean décor that brings a professional touch. The atrium’s masses of natural light also opens up many workspace options. Whether you take a suite with or without a window, it really doesn’t matter in this skilfully designed building. The facilities aren’t bad either with a reception on the ground floor as well as a dedicated team member to welcome guests to your floor. What’s more, after receiving a friendly welcome, visitors can relax in the creative lounge area – the ideal spot to host an informal meeting or regroup with the team. Find out more here

Business Parks

These are large areas of land in which many office buildings, shops or outlets are situated. They are often developed in suburban locations where land and building costs are cheaper. In recent times, business parks have been a more common place for innovators, creators or everyday shoppers to flock to everyday, whether it is for business or personal use.

Birmingham Business Park

Bringing you an out-of-town office park in Birmingham. The established area of land, located in Solihull Parkway, is home to over 116 companies, over 7000 employees and is the European and UK office for over 20 organisations. The park also offers its residents 24-hour security access and an on-site management team. It is home to many companies, the most notable being Rolls Royce, WHS Smith, Knights, Bishops, Regents, Kings and Tridents Court, plus the added transport links and amenities here and there.

The Fort

A slightly similar style business park but a completely different usage. This retail park, located north east of the city centre, is home to many of your high-street fashion and homeware shops, including Flannels, Footasylum, JD Sports, Next and whole lot more. Also residing within this park are fast-food restaurants, such as Nando’s, Burger King, Starbucks and a few more in close proximity.

Smaller Businesses

Birmingham is proven to be the best UK destination for small or startup businesses. It has been analysed based off 4 key points, which are: the amount and type of small businesses, density, property and forms of external support. For the past 5 years, Birmingham has produced the highest number of new businesses outside of London, with affordable office space, new developments and a thick talent base, meaning that this city is ideal for startup businesses. There are plenty of them that have started out within this West Midlands city, some to mention are:

Birmingham Brewing Co.

This company, established in 2016, had an aim of providing the local area with quality beer that caters for everyone, so, every single beer that they manufacture is vegan and gluten-free. The brewery is found south of Birmingham in Stirchley and are now open for click and collect orders. If it happens that you are further afield, then you are able to order on their website. They also offer company merchandise and gift sets that include some favourite Brummie beers, a pair of socks and a tin of Bier nuts.

Vincent Van Doodle

Feel like decorating the home office? Got a friend who’s a fan of pop culture? Vincent Van Doodle are a Birmingham-based independent art, poster and framing store. They stock absolutely everything, from Elvis Presley’s mugshot, to cocktail recipes and anime prints. You can choose to buy the print on its own or ad a frame to it for more detail. They have a store inside the Link Street mezzanine, between Grand Central and the Bullring. You are also able to shop online if you’re a bit further away, or don’t fancy shopping in store just yet.

Henrietta Street Gym

Staying active in these challenging times is vital for our physical and mental health, so you definitely need to take a trip to this gym to blow off some steam. It is situated in the Jewellery Quarter and offer many classes. They range from bodyweight boot camps and HIIT workouts to kettlebell classes and boxing. You can book classes online and also can pay-as-you-go, but you should really commit to a monthly membership.

History

Birmingham has seen 1400 years of growth. It started out as a Saxon village, which then progressed into a town in the early 12th century. However, it wasn’t until the 14th century when it emerged as a settlement of any significance. Now, it has come along way, flocking in many tourists year in, year out and has become a destination known for its food, business, entertainment and sporting history.

Cadbury World

Way back in 1831, a man called John Cadbury opened the first manufacturing warehouse in Birmingham, where they developed the first Cadbury chocolate. By 1905, the first Dairy Milk bar was launched and by 1921 the first iconic Cadbury logo was released to the world. These days it is known as Cadbury World, a tourist attraction that welcomed 350,000 visitors in its first year, was opened in Bourneville in 1990, and today, it is one of the UK’s favourite confectionary brands, with 21 million people consuming a Dairy Milk annually.

Typhoo Tea

Founded by John Summer in the 1990’s, Typhoo Tea was first sold in John’s Birmingham based after his sister told him about the benefits that tea can offer. Originally called Typhoo Tips, they sold pre-packaged tea, rather than the loose leaf, and were the first tea brand to do so.

Gymshark

This, right here, is one of the most recognisable and fastest growing fitness apparel brands. Started in Birmingham in 2012 by Ben Francis, who, at the time, was only 19 years old. He started this brand by making gym clothes in his parents garage whilst working part time as a pizza delivery driver, on top of also studying at university. Last year the company was valued between £300-£400 million with their 42,000 sq. ft. headquarters based in Solihull.

Education

In recent years, Birmingham has become a place that students flock to for further education, whether this is for a college qualification or university degree. With the renowned business sector, which is the UK’s second largest destination for doing business, with a thriving manufacturing and growing service and tourism sector.

Birmingham University

For more than a century, the University of Birmingham has been pursuing and sharing knowledge through outstanding teaching and world-leading research. They are the original ‘redbrick’ university, part of the prestigious Russell Group; their thriving student population enjoys a wide range of courses, and exceptional campus and research facilities. Their research provides innovative solutions to the challenges they face in the city, the region and across the globe. They encourage and empower people to turn ideas into reality and make important things happen.

Aston University

This specific campus is a public research university situated in the city centre of Birmingham. The campus is located on a green, 60-acre, self-contained site in the centre of Birmingham, within a 5-10 minutes walk of the main shopping, business and entertainment districts. They have students studying there from over 120 countries, with it being a safe and friendly campus enjoyed by a global, multicultural community. They have a mission, to be the UK’s leading university for students aspiring to succeed in business and the professions, where original research, enterprise and inspiring teaching deliver local and global impact.

Quarters

Birmingham actually compromises of many, many different areas, sectors and districts. However, there are some distinct quarters that lie within this great city.

Chinese Quarter

The compact Chinese quarter, or Chinatown, is home to busy streets and alleyways lined
with Chinese, Japanese and Korean eateries and food stores. At its edge, a granite pagoda sits on Holloway Circus. In a courtyard with 4 furnished 19th -century houses, Birmingham Back to Backs Museum tells the story of working-class life in the city from 1840 to the 1970’s

Jewellery Quarter

This particular sector – is an industry hub, home to more than 100 retailers, diamond dealers and workshops as well as the museum of the Jewellery Quarter, with a preserved 1980’s workshop. Georgian buildings line grassy St. Paul’s Square, surrounding the 18th century St. Paul’s Church. Indie stores, trendy bars and art galleries fill the resurgent area, along with modern Indian and Italian eateries.

Irish Quarter

You could say this quarter is quite lively. It is a developing, bohemian district known for street art like the curved JFK memorial. A young, hip crowd attends events and creative workshops at the Custard Factory and East side Projects, and heads to concerts at the O2 institute and grungy clubs in former warehouses. Digbeth dining club is a weekend street food market with global dishes and Victorian-era Irish pubs dot the area.

Gay Quarter

Fancy some partying? This quarter which is centred on buzzing Hurst Street, the Gay Village is a vibrant district of al fresco coffee shops, late-night pubs and raucous bars with drag shows and cabaret, and nightclubs in former factories. Nearby, the Hippodrome Theatre presents ballet and musicals, and there are stand-up comedy shows at the Glee Club.

Restaurants

Dining comes fairly easy in Birmingham, with any eatery or café being just around the corner, so definitely plenty to choose from. You will be able to find restaurants in the Mailbox and Brindleyplace, where anyone can eat alongside beautiful canals, and enjoy cuisine from all over the globe at one of the city’s many charming independents.

Grand Central Kitchen Birmingham

This small, friendly, independent restaurant offers a variety of quality food including a well-reviewed full English breakfast, baguettes & sandwiches, panini’s & ciabatta’s, wraps – hot or cold, jacket potato’s with a variety of fillings, with added burgers, pizza’s and many hot or cold drinks. Definitely giving you enough to choose from! From the obvious title, this eatery is located within the area of Grand Central Station in the centre of Birmingham, with the main attractions being within walking distance.

The Original Patty Men

Now a smaller, more diverse restaurant to be sure to visit. The Original Patty Men, with locations in Digbeth and Stirchley, they describe themselves as “Patty Pimps and Purveyors of Filth”. They are all about big and bold burgers, having made their mark at the Digbeth Dining Club food market. The guys are behind some of Birmingham’s best loved burgers and piled high patties, making dining-in a new thing.

Nightlife

Now, Birmingham has a reputation when it comes to its nightlife, with many bars, nightclubs, theatre’s and live music venue to choose from. Fancy a night at the Opera? Visit the Symphony Hall. Want to experience some Dirty Dancing? Visit the Alexandra or Hippodrome theatres, and to round it off, if you want to hear some live music? You can pay a visit to one of the city centre’s main venues, all around you.

Flight Club Birmingham

‘Social Darts’ is an immersive experience that brings you and your family, friends or colleagues together for an unexpected night of fun and joy. Here, at Flight Club in Temple Row, Birmingham, have reinvented darts for the 21st century, with an exciting range of riveting multiplayer games built to create better connections and a whole lot of fun. Whether you are an expert of darts or have never thrown one in your life, everyone will have chances to win when they step up to the throw lines.

Mama Roux’s

Here we have one of the best party bars in the whole of Birmingham? In need of a work night out that’s close to home? Somewhere fun, lively and is destined to provide a good time? Mama Roux’s is never going to disappoint, with them keeping you entertained all night long. From the live performances and world-class DJ’s to its gorgeous yard, it’ll have you dancing to disco until the early hours.

Museums

As we touched on before, Birmingham has been full of history, dating way back to the 12th century, but it has also been a pioneer of technology and science. So, why not showcase this in the best way possible? There are plenty of museums and exhibits for you to explore.

Thinktank

This award-winning science museum offers an enlightening and fun packed day out for anyone who visits. From old steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, this place has over 200 hands-on displays to do with science and technology. Within the walls of the Millennium Point building, you will find that on all 4 floors there are exhibits and collections bound to amaze and astonish you. Highlights do include MiniBrum, an miniature interactive city for under 8’s, a 4K Planetarium and Science Garden.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

This museum, located in the city centre of Birmingham, has a series of pop-up displays and live events that will bring a different feel to the way you see the city. It first opened in 1885 and has been through many changes since its opening. The 5 displays in the museums Round Room and Industrial Gallery will bring many themes together, such as culture identity, community and media, with new objects being set up on display and live events for all visitors to enjoy.

There is definitely more than meets the eye in Birmingham, so, there is only one question to ask now, has this area guide been of help to you? We hope so! If this makes you interested in office space to rent in Birmingham then get in touch with us by enquiring here or give us a ring on 020 3053 3882.