Posted on September 6, 2018 by staff

Big name speakers unveiled for Birmingham tech event


A stellar line-up of new speakers have been named for an exclusive event to discuss Birmingham’s burgeoning tech sector.

BusinessCloud has joined forces with regional property company Bruntwood to organise the event which will take place on the new date of October 23 at iCentrum building at Innovation Birmingham Campus.

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham; Rob Valentine, head of Birmingham at Bruntwood; and Sallie Allen, operations director at Enploy, have all confirmed they’ll be speaking at the event.

They’ll be joined by Julian Dennard, fund principal of the senior management team at Mercia Technologies; Jess Jeetly MBE, managing director, Jeetly; Chris Meah, CEO, School of Code; David Maidment, development lead, Voxpopme; and Joel Blake OBE, founder of Cultiv8 Solutions and FeeLYX.

The event – called ‘Could Birmingham’s tech sector rival London?’  – will discuss a range of issues including how sky-high property prices and rising staff costs in London are forcing many companies to look beyond London to cities like Birmingham.

Birmingham is already home to more than 3,000 tech firms and 41,500 digital tech jobs and is attracting more tech graduates from London than anywhere else in the UK.

With 18 universities located within an hour’s drive of Birmingham and the promise of a  49-minute train journey to London once HS2 becomes a reality, there’s no doubt Birmingham is a serious player in the world of digital.

Bruntwood’s acquisition of Innovation Birmingham reinforced the strength of a sector that also includes Silicon Canal and the famous Custard Factory, which all support the region’s digital tech ecosystem.

The breakfast event on October 23rd  runs from 8am-9.30am.