Birmingham

Investment has poured into Birmingham in recent years, including a £600million redevelopment of New Street Station and the opening of Europe’s largest library. With a lively arts scene and thriving service economy, it is a major meetings destination, and with the Commonwealth Games heading here in 2022, the city’s future looks bright, writes Emma Allen


Birmingham

WOW FACTOR
Name: International Convention Centre
Address: Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
Web: theicc.co.uk

As one of the UK’s major conference venues, the ICC boasts ten flexible conference halls, ten meeting rooms and multiple foyer spaces. The complex is bang up to date – most recently the smaller capacity Hall 6 and 7, for 120 and 140 delegates – have been upgraded with new AV and technology.

QUIRKY VENUE
Name: Bear Grylls Experience
Address: Exhibition Way, Birmingham B40 1PA
Web: beargryllsadventure.com

Adrenaline-filled team-building fun – be it diving with sharks, indoor skydiving, shooting or climbing – brought to you under the branding of TV’s favourite adventurer. Private evening hire of the facilities is available for parties and receptions of up to 2,000. Located on the NEC campus, the venue is just ten minutes’ walk from the city’s International rail station.

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Moxy Birmingham NEC
Address: Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT
Web: moxy-hotels.marriott.com

The 224-bed Moxy Birmingham NEC is the new kid on the block, opening its doors in January 2020. Decked out in a music theme, this boutique style hotel offers affordable rooms with free superfast wifi and high-quality sound systems. There are two small meeting rooms and a laid-back lounge for guests. Food and drinks are available from 24-hour vending machines.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: The Alexandra Theatre
Address: Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS
Web: atgtickets.com/venues

A sweeping refurbishment has revamped the once-drab exterior of this grand Edwardian theatre, known locally as the Alex, which is located near New Street Station. Its stunning Art Deco auditorium can seat up to 1,398, while the smart piano bar is ideal for receptions and drinks parties. The cosy Ambassador lounge can seat up to 30.

WIRED UP
Name: IET Birmingham Austin Court
Address: 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham B1 2NP
Web: austincourt.theiet.org

This historic canalside venue has 14 event spaces, including the 150-seat Kingston Lecture Theatre which has been trans-formed into a flexible live event space with enhanced AV and two HD projection walls. Other options include the airy Waterside room which can comfortably host up to 150 theatre style.

OUT OF TOWN
Name: Hampton Manor
Address: Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, B92 0EN
Web: hamptonmanor.com

Fifteen miles outside of the city centre, this historic restaurant with rooms in the pretty village of Hampton-in-Arden sits in 45 acres of grounds. Guests can dine in Peels, its Michelin star restaurant, or opt for a private event in the wood-panelled library able to seat 16 people in a boardroom set-up. Informal receptions for up to 120 can be hosted in the courtyard atrium with its own terrace.

GETTING THERE
Birmingham offers excellent connectivity by air, rail and car. Its three main train stations – Moor Street, Snow Hill and New Street – are centrally located in the city and served by the UK’s major rail operators. Links to the M6, M5, M42 and M54 are a short distance from the city centre while Birmingham Airport serves over 140 direct routes worldwide.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Contact Meet Birmingham on 0121 202 5100 or see meetbirmingham.com