are an open community of individuals who are proud of Birmingham as a
great place to live, work and play. The people who have
grown up here are creative and occasionally self-deprecating.
Their humility is a strength, allowing them to put the world before
Our mission is to build a better image
for Birmingham that the whole region and its diverse citizens,
communities and companies can share in.
"Brummies", as they are affectionally known, have a rich history of
fostering global change, and look forward to building a better future.
The bicycles, cars and planes made here are marvels of ingenuity, and
are featured in the annual Birmingham Made Me festival. Symphony
offers acoustically superb musical experiences. Moseley offers jazz
festivals, and the Black Country is the home
of heavy metal.
The city's architecture
includes the acclaimed new Library,
Bullring and Cube,
as well as the classical Town Hall and Council House which contains the
wide ranging Museum and Art Gallery, and offers
free admission, as does the Barber Institute for Fine Arts.
Birmingham is where all the the world comes to live. Our 1.1
million inhabitants come from 187 countries, giving each of its many
villages a different flair, including Balsall Heath with its Balti
food. Birmingham is increasingly known for fine
dining, with a growing
number of Michelin-starred restaurants.
Most of all, our region is defined by the ideas and inspirations of its
vibrant mix of individuals. Those from the Lunar Society have
repeatedly changed the world we live in, and formed Science
Capital to bring together minds interested in tackling global
more universities than any region
outside London, and headquarters for many global
businesses, Greater Birmingham is a great place to visit, grow
a company or invest.
It spans the Black Country, Coventry, Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock
Chase, Dudley, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Stratford-on-Avon,
Staffordshire, Sutton Coldfield,Tamworth, Walsall, Warwick,
Wolverhampton and Wyre Forest. Its enterprise zones and can be seen in
this flyover video.
Clearly it is impossible to capture the amazing diversity present here
in a single image. Its people, places and products form the
facets of a complex identity. Our team
felt that re-imagining our city was warranted given the increasing
bashing it received from some voices in the press. After
consulting with a few advisors, we have come up with a set of images. We're making these
freely available under a creative
commons licence, and will donate proceeds to CureLeukaemia to bring pioneering drug and transplant treatments to blood cancer patients.