IT, Design & Creative

Greater Birmingham is quickly becoming a technology hub for the future

IT, Design & Creative


The region provides an exceptional technological infrastructure and supply of skills and talent which create a perfect ecosystem for creative agencies, games companies and global technology giants alike. 

With the presence of major players in the region and a young and diverse population, Greater Birmingham is quickly becoming a tech hub for the future.

Key Facts

  • 25% of the UK’s games workforce is based in the West Midlands
  • One of the largest tech clusters in the UK with 60,000+ employed in the sector
  • UK's #1 most entrepreneurial regional city - StartUp Britain

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Greater Birmingham’s tech cluster is thriving. Recent years have seen the city and region attract more interest from digital start-ups and established firms seeking an effective alternative to higher-cost centres.

The region has an amazing creative heart with the hubs surrounding the Digbeth Creative Quarter and the Jewellery Quarter providing a distinguished eco-system for digital creative firms, studios and agencies supporting the digital tech industries.

Key Companies

Below is a list of the Top 10 strategic companies in and around Birmingham, representing the biggest and best of the region's IT, Design & Creative thriving local industry:

Specialist Computer Holdings
Virgin Media
Fujitsu Telecommunications

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Membership Organisations

Longbridge Technology Park
The £100 million Longbridge Technology Park has quickly become a hub for progressive technologies and services and is home to more than 60 local, national and international businesses and is central to the vision of making Longbridge the Midlands’ leading centre for technology and innovation.

Digbeth Creative Quarter - The Custard Factory & Fazeley Studios
The creative hubs surrounding Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter have developed into the perfect ecosystem allowing digital creative firms, studios, and the agencies supporting those within the digital tech industries to thrive.

The Custard Factory in Birmingham is one of the largest hubs for digital, creative and technology businesses in the region. Similarly, Fazeley Studios is a workplace for the digital age with a creative setting for offices that date back over 150 years to the industrial revolution.

Innovation Campus Birmingham
Innovation Birmingham Campus is the base for Birmingham’s tech community. It is a place for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors looking to develop or fund tech start-ups with high-growth potential.


Skills & Talent 
Birmingham hosts a number of Centres of Excellence within including the film and animation industry, such as the Creative Skillset Media Academy, Visual Communication Research Group and the Digital Image Centre of Excellence and the CRNI (Collaborative Research Network in Imaging and Visualisation) both based at the University of Birmingham amongst many others.

Ranked number one University for Computer Science in 2014 by The Guardian, the University of Birmingham is a ‘leading light’ within the sector with particular strengths in the digital sub-sector of serious games, which relate to the defence and healthcare sectors.

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