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FACTS ABOUT BIRMINGHAM

  • Birmingham has been voted the most popular destination outside London for meetings, conferences and events for six successive years by the annual British Meetings & Events Industry Survey (BMEIS)
  • Birmingham has 33,000 businesses, the largest concentration outside London
  • Over 36,000 people watch inspirational and varied musical performances by the world famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) every year. That’s more than any other UK orchestra.
  • The first of the famous Odeon chain of cinemas first opened in Perry Barr, Birmingham in 1930
  • The Bullring shopping centre draws in more than 40 million customers a year
  • The new Library of Birmingham opened back in 2013, and leapt straight to the top of any visitor’s must-see list.
  • There are 3 universities and over 450 schools in the City.
  • Built as part of The ICC in 1991, Symphony Hall is the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • Clean Sweep! .... Council street cleaners regularly sweep 1,300 miles of road and empty 4,000 litter bins - helping to make Birmingham officially the UK's cleanest large city.
  • Birmingham was the first place in the UK to have a hydrogen fill up point for cars. It was at one point the only hydrogen fill up point in the UK.
  • Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with under 25’s accounting for nearly 40% of its population.
  • Birmingham's international Partner Cities include Chicago (USA), Frankfurt (Germany), Johannesburg (South Africa), Leipzig (Germany), Lyon (France) and Milan (Italy)
  • Thanks to its innovative 18th century Industrialists building a canal network to aid trading networks, the city has more miles of canals than Venice with 56 kilometres of waterways.
  • There are 10,000 manufacturing SMEs in the West Midlands
  • With over 8,000 acres of parks and open space, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK.
  • Within Birmingham lies the "village" of Bournville, which was built by the Cadbury family for the chocolate factory's workers.
  • Greater Birmingham has the largest regional financial and professional services hub in the UK, employing nearly 220,000 people in over 21,000 companies, and bringing £15 billion into the region
  • More than 34,000 people are employed in Birmingham’s digital media sector

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