What is the UK's second city called?
No, it's not Manchester. It's Birmingham.
The city, located in the West Midlands, still carries a trace of its reputation from years ago. Famous for its car manufacturing, it was an industrial hub, a sort of British version of Detroit. What does this have to do with renting serviced offices ? Everything. Because while the UK's second city is normally ranked behind Manchester in the public eye, there's a reason it's second only to London: the size of its economy.
Birmingham has undergone a dramatic renovation over the years, a transformation that has erected The Bullring, a retail and financial hub for the middle of the UK with glassy skyscrapers and metal sculptures – a far cry from the concrete architecture of old.
With that refurb has come a new wave of business. The city has seen above average economic growth in the 21 st Century, making companies keen to relocate to one of the UK's biggest shopping malls rent out office space in Birmingham as well as floor space, while major banks, large media organisations and other vital corporations are still located in the city.
Two of Britain's biggest banks were founded there, not to mention the world's first building society. That status has endured, with Birmingham ranked the third best place in the UK to locate a business in 2010 – and the 18 th best in Europe.
The city has a cultural side as well, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Rep Theatre providing employees and residents with a variety of entertainment to rival the lively nightlife of its bars and restaurants. It functions as a transport hub as well, with the New Street station undergoing a major renovation in 2012.
Combined with a dynamic student population – the city is home to three universities – who provide a future workforce for companies, Birmingham may be thought of as third-rate, but the UK's second city deserves it ranking in the UK financial stakes.