Think again. If you are looking for a career in hospitality, Birmingham is the place to be. Here’s why you should consider relocating to the UK’s second city…

* Michelin stars… we’ve got FIVE starred restaurants here (more than any other city outside London), but the list of accoladed hospitality businesses is huge…

* Digbeth. Home to an array of cool independent restaurants, bars, shops and our AMAZING street-food scene

* Birmingham is seeing more and more fantastic indy restaurants and bars opening up in the suburbs so you don’t need to venture into the city centre on a night out if you live in the outskirts

* We have over 50 annual festivals including Independent Birmingham (FOOD + DRINK, ahoy), International Dance, Jazz, Coffee, and Film

* Birmingham is one of the UK’s most affordable cities. A lifestyle in London costing £4,800 would be £3,100 here

* Between train, bus and our expanding tram network commuting around the city has never been easier

* Birmingham is the youngest major city in Europe with more than 40% of the population under 25

* We’re the home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and there are four city centre theatres, so there’s plenty of culture

* Need more culture? Birmingham is home to the most important pre-Raphaelite collection in the world

* We have more miles of walkable canals than Venice

* We have two massive indoor arenas!

* We are the UK’s third most popular retail destination

* We’re host to the Commonwealth Games 2022

* Brum was placed in the top 20 places to visit in the world by the New York Times

*Elements of this post were extracted from the recent article ‘Why Goldmans Sachs technologists should move to Birmingham’ in @efinancialcareers

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