Birmingham and Team Building
Whilst during the medieval period Birmingham was a market
town it grew to international prominence in the 18th century as the hub of the
Midlands Enlightenment and subsequent Industrial Revolution, which saw Birmingham develop at the leading edge of worldwide developments in science, technology and
economic organisation leading to the production of a range of innovations that
laid the groundwork of modern industrial society.
By 1791 Birmingham's distinctive economic profile, with many varied
and specialised highly-skilled trades being practised in small workshops,
encouraged high levels of creativity and innovation and supplied a resilient
and diverse economic base for Birmingham’s industrial prosperity that was to
last into the final quarter of the 20th century.
The consequence is that Birmingham has been the location for
some of the most important inventions and scientific breakthroughs including
gas lighting, custard powder, radiography, Brylcreem, the magnetron, first
cotton Roller Spinning machine and more recently the first hole-in-the-heart
operation in the UK, at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Peter de Birmingham, holder of the manor of Birmingham, in
1166 was granted a royal charter to organise a market in his castle, later
known as the Bull Ring, changing Birmingham from a village to a market town.
A large canal system
had been built by the 1820's enabling Birmingham to gain more access to natural
resources to fuel to industries and railways arrived in 1837.
In 1889, Queen Victoria gave Birmingham its city status and the
city established the University of Birmingham in 1900.
Birmingham has recently been transformed – the Big City Plan
was the name of the redevelopment - with new squares like Centenary Square and Millennium
Place. Old streets, buildings and canals have been restored, the Bull Ring has
been redeveloped and Birmingham's notorious pedestrian subways removed. The
consequence is that in 2004 Birmingham was ranked as the third best place to
shop in the UK, described as a "world-class shopping centre".
Birmingham has fantastic open spaces and green areas
including Handsworth Park, Project Kingfisher, Small Heath Park and
Woodgate Valley County Park. These open spaces make Birmingham the perfect location
for team building, corporate entertainment or any form of corporate event.
It was in Birmingham
that two of Britain's biggest banks were established - Midland Bank (now HSBC
Bank) in 1836 and in 1765 Lloyds Bank; in addition the world's first building
society, Ketley's Building Society was established in 1775.
As a centre of culture Birmingham has the Mostly Jazz
Festival, the annual International Jazz Festival and Harmonic Festival. The
CBSO - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – has its home in Symphony
Hall. The O2 Academy, HMV Institute, The National Indoor Arena, the
Adrian Boult Hall and The CBSO Centre are other Birmingham music venues of
For the theatre in Birmingham, the Repertory Theatre was
founded in 1913; other theatre companies include Banner Theatre, the
Birmingham Stage Company, the Maverick Theatre Company and Stan's Cafe. The
Alexandra Theatre and the Birmingham Hippodrome host large-scale touring
productions. Professional drama is performed on stages such as the Old Rep, the
Crescent Theatre, the Custard Factory, the Old Joint Stock Theatre, the Blue
Orange Theatre, The Drum and the Mac.
The Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of the UK's three major
ballet companies and Birmingham's Elmhurst School for Dance is the oldest vocational
dance school in the country.
Prize-winning novelists Clare Morrall, Austin Clarke and
Catherine O'Flynn came from Birmingham’s main publisher Tindal Street Press.
The Birmingham School
of Art and The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists made Birmingham to be an
integral hub of Victorian art, particularly within the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts
and Crafts movements.
Birmingham has supported strong local traditions of product
and graphic design in its role as a printing and manufacturing centre. The Acme
Thunderer whistle – the most widely used sports whistle in the world, Ruskin
Pottery, the Art Deco branding of the Odeon Cinemas, the Mini and the
Baskerville font are all iconic works by Birmingham designers.
Museums in Birmingham include Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, and
the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Soho House, and Sarehole Mill. Cadbury
World reveals the intricacies of chocolate assembly and the background of the
company and the chocolate. The Ikon Gallery hosts modern art on show.
Birmingham's main science museum is Thinktank , with the world's oldest
operational steam engine, a collection including the Smethwick Engine, a
planetarium and an IMAX cinema.
With its history, architecture and heritage Birmingham is
a fascinating venue for the business visitor and Birmingham offers a wide
range of possibilities for corporate events ranging from corporate hospitality with
its wide offering of corporate entertainment possibilities to team building.
Other festivals include Birmingham Comedy Festival, Moseley
Folk Festival, Off the Cuff Festival and the Birmingham International Jazz
Festival. The biennial International Dance Festival Birmingham was organised by
Dance Xchange and includes outdoor and indoor venues.
Birmingham hosts the
Frankfurt Christmas Market and this has developed into the UK's largest outdoor
Christmas market and is the largest German market outside of Austria and Germany
and attracts 3.1 million people each year to Birmingham.
The most notorious motorway junction in the UK is in
Birmingham: Spaghetti Junction – a truly marvellous place to get lost. Birmingham is therefore perfectly located and readily
accessible for meetings and team building events.
prosaically and reflecting its industrial heritage Birmingham is known for
having more miles of canal than Venice. Equally strange is the Birmingham accent - considered hard on the ear to strangers but like a heavenly sound to Birmingham folk.
The Football League - the world's first league football
competition - was organised by Birmingham resident and Aston Villa director
William McGregor. The oldest operational cinema in the UK is Birmingham's Electric
Cinema on Station Street.
The only English city outside London to be awarded three
Michelin starred restaurants is Birmingham with Turners in Harbourne, Simpson's
in Edgbaston and Purnell's.
Birmingham’s ‘The Mailbox’ is the location for the national
headquarters of BBC English Regions, BBC West Midlands and the BBC Birmingham
network production centre, which were previously located at the Pebble Mill
Studios in Edgbaston.
Birmingham’s residents are known as 'Brummies', a term
derived from the city's nickname of 'Brum' which has its origins in the city's
dialect name, Brummagem, which may in turn have been derived from one of the
city's earlier names, 'Bromwicham'.
With plentiful accommodation available in Birmingham it
is the ideal place to hold a wide range of corporate events from team building
to corporate hospitality plus there are a wide range of corporate entertainment
possibilities for your meeting or conference.