Birmingham is the second biggest city in the United Kingdom. It is part of West Midlands borough. The city on the Rea River has the population of 1, 1 million people. Interestingly, around 40 % of all inhabitants are under 25. Moreover, there are six universities and almost 75 thousand students here. The city is young and vibrant. Therefore, almost a million tourists come to enjoy its vibes.
Birmingham has many reasons to be proud. Firstly, it ranks as number one regional city for quality of life. Secondly, Greater Birmingham has the best employment opportunities outside London. Thirdly, it is a leading regional city for start-ups. One of the best office options for this type of companies is executive suites. Everything is ready there to move in within days. Moreover, serviced offices often allow saving money and create networking opportunities both for new and experienced entrepreneurs.
The $121.1 billion (2014) economy of the city is based on the service sector, commerce, transport, and retail. Also, it is an important conference hub. For instance, almost 900 events and conferences are held at the International Convention Centre (ICC)and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). For more than 250 years, another big business here has been jewelry (40 % of the UK market). The Jewellery Quarter has the highest concentration of jewelry enterprises in Europe. The city is a popular destination for shopping. The Bullring is among the largest shopping centers in Europe. Interestingly, people have been shopping here since the Middle Ages -it became a popular marketplace in the 12th century.
The city has even more canals than Venice (56 km) and is greener than Paris with 8,000 acres of green areas, Sutton Park being one of the largest in Europe. However, there are more reasons to come here. For instance, to attend one of the 50 festivals, such as Birmingham International Jazz Festival. Culture is thriving here: visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Hippodrome – the busiest theatre in the UK, the Repertory Theatre, and enjoy the performance of Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Ballet.