Startups in Birmingham

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



Total new company registrations climbed from 1,487 to 1,983 between December and January.

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

Tracking the top 25 most popular types of business in Birmingham for recent startup births. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate107 ▲13%95
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands96 ▲63%59
Other business support service activities n.e.c.86 ▲54%56
Freight transport by road85 ▲18%72
Buying and selling of own real estate70 ▼-5%74
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet70 ▲106%34
Other service activities n.e.c.69 ▲1%68
Management consultancy activities other than financial management58 ▲26%46
Construction of domestic buildings53 ▲179%19
Other human health activities50 ▲39%36
Event catering activities48 ▲220%15
Development of building projects44 ▲57%28
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes35 ▲21%29
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment32 ▲33%24
Licensed restaurants31 ▲19%26
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis31 ▼-26%42
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles30 ▲50%20
Other building completion and finishing30 ▲100%15
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles27 ▲35%20
Combined office administrative service activities23 ▲53%15
Renting and operating of Housing Association real estate22 ▼-8%24
Other education n.e.c.21 ▲40%15
Other retail sale in non-specialised stores21 ▼-19%26
Residents property management21 ▲17%18
Residential care activities for learning difficulties, mental health and substance abuse21 ▲91%11

Top Birmingham Startup Sectors

We have grouped 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
Real Estate10.91% ▲1%
Food & Beverage Service10.51% ▲42%
Construction9.94% ▼-7%
Retail9.26% ▲14%
Transportation5.13% ▲28%
Other Professional Services5.05% ▼-16%
Other Support Activity4.53% ▲44%
Wholesalers & Agents4.37% ▲6%
Health & Medical Services3.80% ▲48%
Other Services2.99% ▼-6%
Residential Care & Support2.95% ▲70%
Motor Trade2.79% ▲42%
Education2.75% ▲23%
Financial Services2.51% ▼-22%
Management Consulting2.34% ▼-41%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate10.84%
Food & Beverage Service7.40%
Other Professional Services6.01%
Wholesalers & Agents4.14%
Management Consulting3.97%
Financial Services3.20%
Other Services3.18%
Other Support Activity3.15%
Health & Medical Services2.57%
IT Consultancy2.09%
Motor Trade1.96%
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


Rev Sister0.10%
Suzanne Bisani0.05%


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 605.85%
Under 211.85%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.22 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.26)
Sample Size


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