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 went down from 1,988 to 1,588 ▼-20% between July and August.

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 estate91 ▼-13%105
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands81 ▼-12%92
Other service activities n.e.c.80 ▼-4%83
Freight transport by road79 ▼-29%112
Buying and selling of own real estate74 ▼-12%84
Other business support service activities n.e.c.58 ▼-3%60
Management consultancy activities other than financial management52 ▼-21%66
Other human health activities43 ▼-16%51
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet42 ▼-16%50
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis36 ▲6%34
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment35 ▼-10%39
Construction of domestic buildings33 ▼-34%50
Development of building projects31 ▼-35%48
Information technology consultancy activities29 ▼-31%42
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles26 ▼-19%32
Residents property management23 ▼-30%33
Educational support services23 ▲15%20
Other education n.e.c.22 ▼-8%24
Other food services20 ▼-9%22
Licensed restaurants19 ▼-34%29
Dormant Company19 ▼-17%23
Event catering activities18 ▼-49%35
Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets18 18
Temporary employment agency activities18 ▲64%11
Specialists medical practice activities17 17

Top Birmingham Startup Sectors

These are our groupings of SIC codes to get a higher level explanation of the startup ecosystem.  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 Estate12.36% ▲23%
Food & Beverage Service8.62% ▲41%
Construction8.42% ▼-13%
Retail8.28% ▲8%
Transportation6.63% ▲74%
Wholesalers & Agents5.18% ▲45%
Health & Medical Services4.34% ▲49%
Other Professional Services4.04% ▼-37%
Other Services3.99% ▲12%
Education3.59% ▲50%
Other Support Activity3.44% ▼-31%
Motor Trade3.24% ▲78%
Management Consulting2.59% ▼-38%
Financial Services2.19% ▼-27%
Residential Care & Support2.14% ▲37%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate10.08%
Other Professional Services6.37%
Food & Beverage Service6.13%
Other Support Activity4.97%
Management Consulting4.17%
Wholesalers & Agents3.57%
Other Services3.56%
Financial Services3.02%
Health & Medical Services2.92%
IT Consultancy2.61%
Software Publishing & Development2.02%
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 604.56%
Under 212.61%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.25 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.29)
Sample Size


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