If you are looking for a job or working in Birmingham you can’t fail to notice that the city has a particularly youthful outlook. And it’s not just the growing numbers of students flocking to study at one of the 15 universities within an hour’s drive of the city. Forty per cent of the residents of Birmingham is aged under 25, making the city the youngest in terms of population. That means there’s a growing pool of talent in Birmingham and companies are catching on to this.
More and more of them are choosing to base their headquarters in the Midlands city, citing its position in the centre of England, its improving transport links and its workforce as main reasons for this. The latest big name to move northwards is HSBC which is transferring 1,000 from London. It follows Deutsche Bank’s recent expansion and the decision by HS2 Ltd to site its construction HQ here. So there are excellent and increasing work opportunities but what else does working in Birmingham have to offer?
A report compiled by the city’s marketing team Visit Birmingham called Europe’s Youngest Cities: A New Beat Generation, which looked at how young people there were leading the way in new underground arts, music and culture. They were the ‘new breed of beatniks’, claimed the report. As well as being the driving force behind music movements such as Bhangra and dub with new singers and artists coming to the fore, cosmopolitan Birmingham can also boast the National Exhibition Centre, The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
For everyone living and working in Birmingham they should know it is the third most popular place to shop in the UK, with yearly expenditure at £1.6 billion. The famous Bullring shopping centre is the busiest in Europe, attracting more than 36 million visitors a year and you can also enjoy historic markets and perhaps a stroll round the famous Jewellery Quarter.
As well as three major football teams – Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion – there’s the cricket, both county and international, at Edgbaston, home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, speedway at the Perry Bar Greyhound Stadium, basketball and badminton, with the National Indoor Arena hosting the World Indoor Badminton Championships, not forgetting golf at The Belfry, host of the Ryder Cup.
As well as a scattering of Michelin-starred restaurants, Birmingham is famous for its Chinese Quarter and the Balti Triangle.
The Birmingham Science Park in Aston is a council-backed hub for science and technology. And fans of Harry Potter will be delighted to learn that the University of Birmingham is well on its way to producing ‘invisibility cloak’ devices that can hide three-dimensional objects from view.
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