The City of Birmingham
With £5 million investments, Birmingham is in the middle of a transformation from industrial city to a centre for modern business, accommodating more than 20,000 companies. The city now has the UK's largest financial and profesional sector outside of London.
Birmingham has a rich and varied cultural life and sports a wide range of attractions and cultural offers.
Birmingham offers a wide range of restaurants representing a rich variety of cultures from French, Spanish, Greek, Austrian and traditional English, to Chinese, Cajun, South American and Italian. It is especially known for the Balti Triangle, with over 50 restaurants serving its famous Kashmiri dish.
With more than 700 shops open seven days a week, there are plenty of possibilities for shopping in Birmingham's compact, pedestrainised city centre, large undercover malls and beautiful Victorian arcades.
A wide variety of bars, clubs and comedy clubs are situated around the city centre and the NEC. The Water's Edge is a popular complex of continental style bars and restaurants situated on the city's waterfront.