Could Birmingham's tech sector rival London?
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at iCentrum Building Innovation Birmingham Campus, . Birmingham West Midlands B7 4BB
This event takes place between 8.00 - 9.30am (registration 7.30am).
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.
With 18 universities located within an hour’s drive of Birmingham, providing ready access to highly-skilled graduates, it's easy to see why.
Meanwhile, the promise of a 49-minute train journey from Birmingham to London once HS2 becomes a reality will only cement its growing reputation even further as an affordable, multi-cultural city with great education and job opportunities and an exceptional quality of life.
BusinessCloud has joined forces with regional property company Bruntwood to look at how Birmingham has added to its status as the powerhouse of the UK’s automotive and manufacturing industries to become a serious player in the world of digital.
Bruntwood's acquisition of Innovation Birmingham reinforced the strength of a sector that also includes Silicon Canal and the famous Custard Factory, which all support the region's digital tech ecosystem.
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 23rd.
Rob Valentine, head of Birmingham, Bruntwood
Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO, Innovation Birmingham
Sallie Allen, operations director, Enploy
Jess Jeetly MBE, managing director, Jeetly
Chris Meah, CEO, School of Code and CEO of Cogcept
Julian Dennard, Fund Principal, Mercia
David Maidment, development lead, Voxpopme
Joel Blake OBE, founder of Cultiv8 Solutions and FeeLYX
Richard Westman, founder, Kaido
Molly Thompson, community engagement officer, Silicon Canal
7.30 - 8.00am Registration / refreshments
8.00 – 8.05am Welcome and introduction, Chris Maguire, editor, BusinessCloud
Panel 1 : 8.05am-8.40am: Expert view
Rob Valentine, head of Birmingham, Bruntwood - @Bruntwood_UK
Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO, Innovation Birmingham - @innobham
Sallie Allen, operations director, Enploy - @sallieannallen / @EnployTalent
Chris Meah, CEO, School of Code and CEO of Cogcept - @theSchoolOfCode
Julian Dennard, fund principal, Mercia - @Mercia_Fund
8.40am-8.45am: Panel change. Q&A in the audience
Panel 2: 8.45am – 9.20am: Business view
David Maidment, development lead, Voxpopme - @voxpopme
Jess Jeetly MBE, managing director, Jeetly @jeetlypetite
Joel Blake OBE, founder of Cultiv8 Solutions and FeeLYX - @MrJoelBlake
Richard Westman, founder, Kaido - @kaido_group
Molly Thompson, community engagement officer, Silicon Canal - @mollythomo @silicon_canal
9.20am - 9.25am: Closing remarks from Chris Maguire followed by networking till 10.00am
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