The great industrial revolution and advances in science, technology and economic organisation positioned Birmingham as the second city of the UK. Whilst these days there are differing opinions as to whether Manchester has a claim on that title, there is no doubting Birmingham’s importance in the world of Business and commerce. Birmingham is a hub of activity and its metropolitan area is the UK’s second most populous, outside of London. Some of The UK’s biggest companies have their headquarters here, such as Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury Trebor Bassett. Birmingham’s positioning in the centre of the country means that it is easily accessible and is supported by fantastic transport links. The city is served by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 motorways and the National Express headquarters are located nearby Digbeth. Birmingham Airport is situated 6 miles outside of the city and the main railway station, Birmingham New Street is the busiest terminus outside of London.Why Birmingham as a Conference Venue?The excellent transport links already mentioned make navigation an easy process and access to the city is never a problem. There are some 27,000 beds of hotel accommodation on offer so an overnight stay for your delegates is never an issue.There are over 31,000 companies in Birmingham so it could be a necessity for your business or organisation to engage with potential clients within the city.You could plum for a conference at a sporting venue – you would no doubt take advantage of the world famous Edgbaston cricket ground or visit Aston Villa, Birmingham City or West Bromwich Albion. Birmingham’s conference and events sector contributes approximately £2.3 billion per annum and supports 36,000 jobs, so there are a myriad of venues looking to support your conference.An estimated £13.2 billion will be invested in Birmingham’s public and commercial infrastructure in the next 10 years, making it an even better destination.Which Birmingham conference venue should I choose? Much depends on your budget and numbers involved for when selecting a conference venue. If you are looking for a large capacity venue with purpose built facilities then look no further than The International Convention Centre
with a capacity of 3,000. If overnight accommodation is required for your delegates then a venue such as than Hilton Birmingham Metropole
will be able to combine both hotel rooms and conference facilities. You may be looking for something a little out of the ordinary so why not pick a scenic conference venue such as than Birmingham Botanical Gardens
? If your conference is on the smaller side then the city offers a great number of dedicated Conference Rooms and a prime example of this is than Groundwork Lockside Meeting Rooms
, ideally situated in the city centre itself.Whatever your final decision, you will not be disappointed by the options on offer – and after the conference has finished the are over 1,000 shops to visit, plus a myriad of bars restaurants and nightclubs around the Broad Street area and the canal sides.
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