News & Insights

A touch of New York style for Birmingham’s growing Midland Metro tram network

The world’s leading public transport networks have for generations set the benchmark in typographic design and branding, helping to shape the identity of the cities they represent. The most famous example is the iconic look of the London Underground, shaped by creative masterminds Frank Pick and Harry Beck; the man responsible for the most recognisable […]

Solihull BID Excellence Awards shine a light on stars of the town centre

By Stacey Barnfield Being a Solihull College alumnus it was a genuine privilege to be invited to sit on the judging panel for the annual Solihull BID Excellence Awards. The awards are a celebration of all the great skills, trainees, customer services and innovation and creativity in Solihull town centre and aim to shine a […]

Forget raging bull, meet racing bull as Birmingham International Marathon tee-shirt revealed

It’s this season’s must-have fashion accessory… the finishers’ tee-shirt for the first-ever Birmingham International Marathon. What makes this tee-shirt extra special, however, is that it was designed by a student from Birmingham Metropolitan College at the ‘We Are FEED’ Millennium Point design studios. The tee will be handed out to the finishers at the city’s […]

Date revealed for Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k 2018

It’s official… The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k will return to the city for the fourth time on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The news will be music to the ears of thousands of runners and walkers of all abilities after a record-breaking 8,000 people signed up to take part in this year’s 10k, which was televised […]

Vélo Birmingham cycle sportive looking for an army of volunteers

Organisers of the Vélo Birmingham 100-mile cycle sportive are looking for an army of volunteers to help participants and spectators throughout the weekend of the sell-out event. Vélo Birmingham volunteers will welcome and register the 15,000 cyclists, hand out goody bags, finishers’ medals, 22,500 litres of water and 15,000 bananas! Anyone taking part as a […]

Birmingham Flavour Fortnight: Two weeks of city centre dining deals

The first city centre-wide celebration of Birmingham’s booming dining scene will take place in September. Flavour Fortnight recognises the city centre’s fantastic and diverse food and drink; home to Michelin-starred chefs and award-winning independents. For two weeks, starting 1st September until 17th September, diners can take advantage of Flavour Fortnight special menus, exclusive discounts and […]

Birmingham Weekender needs YOU to be a part of city’s biggest arts festival

Birmingham Weekender, the city’s biggest arts festival, which takes place between September 22– 24, is calling for people get involved either through becoming part of the programme or by joining the team of volunteers. The three-day festival, which is being supported by Retail BID, will feature performances and events from the city’s major arts organisations, […]

Brumpic to launch Culture Card offering discounted days out

Our good friends at Brumpic are launching the region’s first Culture Card this summer, which will give card-holders discounted access to some of the UK’s top visitor attractions. The scheme offers exclusive offers and reduced-price access to the best arts, culture and heritage in the West Midlands and beyond. For £12.95 a year, card holders are […]

Colmore Business District out in force for National Clean Air Day

Colmore Business District workers were keen to show their support for the first National Clean Air Day by taking part in various initiatives aimed at tackling Birmingham’s critical levels of air pollution. Among them was leading property consultancy CBRE, which revealed one of the new ‘city bikes’ staff will be using to travel to meetings. […]

Eyecare charity receives £1,000 grant to help Birmingham’s homeless

A charity that provides eye tests and glasses to homeless people in Birmingham can support an extra 25 vulnerable people after receiving a grant for £1,000. Homeless people suffer a higher level of eye problems than the general population yet many don’t get the eye care they need. Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP), is […]

Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum taking on Tate for Museum of the Year title

A tiny Birmingham museum is taking on the Tate Modern in London for the £100,000 Museum of the Year prize. The Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham is one of five contenders for the title of Art Fund Museum of the Year. Containing the region’s finest collection of fossils, volcanic rocks, dinosaur […]