Startups in Birmingham

Startups in Birmingham tracked and analysed on a monthly basis within a ten mile radius of the glorious Victoria Square.



Amazingly, the number of new businesses created stayed exactly the same at 2,179 between September and October.

Located in the centre of England, Birmingham has a history of being a major centre for manufacturing and engineering. It has the second largest city economy in the UK is ranked as the third most globally influential city in the UK, being beaten to the top spot by London, and second place by Manchester.

Despite its historical prominence in the manufacturing industry, the value of manufacturing output from Birmingham declined by 21% between 1997 and 2010, and today manufacturing accounts for just 8% of employment within the city. A notable exception to this trend is Birmingham’s jewellery industry, which is responsible for 40% of the jewellery made in the UK. The service sector now dominates the economy of the area, accounting for 88% of employment, and with major conference and exhibition facilities such as the National Exhibition Centre and the International Convention Centre, Birmingham is home to 42% of the UK’s total exhibition and conference trade.

Birmingham Startups by Industry Classification

Evaluating the top 25 most popular standard industry classifications in Birmingham for recent start-ups. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other service activities n.e.c.391 391
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate126 126
Freight transport by road112 112
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands95 95
Buying and selling of own real estate73 73
Other business support service activities n.e.c.67 67
Management consultancy activities other than financial management58 58
Other human health activities50 50
Construction of domestic buildings45 45
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet45 45
Development of building projects43 43
Information technology consultancy activities34 34
Licensed restaurants34 34
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles33 33
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment32 32
Residents property management31 31
Other information technology service activities29 29
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis28 28
Other retail sale in non-specialised stores27 27
Non-specialised wholesale trade25 25
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles24 24
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes24 24
Dormant Company23 23
Event catering activities22 22
Business and domestic software development22 22

Top Birmingham Startup Sectors

It’s easier to group SIC codes to get a higher level explanation of the new business startup environment.  The change indicators are how far Birmingham statistics differ from national averages for the same period.  These figures represent the percentage of all startups, nationally or locally, that fall into each particular category (NB: so when comparing Birmingham to National, you’re looking at the proportional difference not absolute)
Top 15 Startup Sectors in Birmingham
Other Services14.56% ▲282%
Real Estate10.82% ▲9%
Food & Beverage Service8.45% ▲19%
Construction7.85% ▼-22%
Transportation6.60% ▲46%
Retail6.60% ▼-14%
Wholesalers & Agents4.15% ▲13%
Other Professional Services3.67% ▼-41%
Health & Medical Services3.37% ▲11%
Motor Trade2.93% ▲58%
Other Support Activity2.85% ▼-33%
Education2.37% ▲1%
Residential Care & Support2.15% ▲36%
Management Consulting2.15% ▼-47%
Software Publishing & Development1.52% ▼-20%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate9.90%
Food & Beverage Service7.10%
Other Professional Services6.22%
Other Support Activity4.24%
Management Consulting4.07%
Other Services3.81%
Wholesalers & Agents3.67%
Financial Services3.03%
Health & Medical Services3.03%
IT Consultancy2.55%
Software Publishing & Development1.90%
Startups Analysed By Industry

Director Profiles

Honorific Titles

Percentage frequency of different titles used by directors starting companies in the period. We can reasonably assume that the majority of “Mr” are male, and “Miss,Ms or Mrs” are female, thereby giving us a male / female ratio of .

M/F Ratio




These are the approximate age ranges for the directors who are involved with the companies started in the period, along with the average number of directorships held when they started their new business.

Over 604.82%
Under 212.02%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.21 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.27)
Sample Size


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