Let’s cruise through the Birmingham startups you need to know about – and maybe even try!
Even in 2020, Birmingham beat almost every other city in the UK for startup magic. The number of new businesses here rose by almost 27%. While the pandemic put a huge squeeze on everything, we shouldn’t forget to marvel at the brands that bucked the trend and made their mark regardless.
Let’s cruise through the Birmingham startups you need to know about – and maybe even try! Our Park Gate community has a lot of fresh faces to savour down the road. Whether you’re a resident or not, see what’s been happening under our feet . . .
How’s this for wholesome? Businessowner and Great British Menu finalist, Kay Treadwell, named his first restaurant after his daughter, who was born prematurely. Although marketed as fine dining, you can pick up a 10-course taster for just £60. And when venues reopen, 670 Grams won’t have a problem with socially-distanced dining – it’s small enough already.
Lockdown should, by all rights, put the brakes on startup plans. Not for Birmingham mum Jas Sandhu though. She, her husband and their three kids created Pedalling Pantry, taking an electric bike to local fruit and veg markets four times a week. They’re delivering across the city. Mr. Sandhu and his van fill the rest of the order schedule. Shop their site for locally farmed courgettes, tomatoes, carrots and cauliflower in a box, as well as nuts, fudge and bread.
Launching a new supermarket with sights on Tesco and Aldi might sound like a fever dream. But genius has to start somewhere, and Roots Market is sowing a strong local following with pick-n-mix-style ingredients, cutting plastic waste at every turn. Ready meals, organic groceries and cook-at-home packs round out its appeal. Not to mention rich, velveteen Birmingham wine.
Sustainability’s hard when you can’t see anyone to restitch that dress or long-sleeved top. Enter Sojo, brainchild of 23-year-old founder Josephine Phillips. Her app links you to cyclists who’ll pick up clothes and take them to a seamstress. Within five days, the new piece is in your hands! Follow their progress on Insta or download Sojo from the App Store.
Since the pandemic began, companies have been tossing a million ideas at the wall to keep teammates happy in the constant glare of their home laptops. Snackcess is bound to stick. This delivery service drops three types of snack boxes at your door. They’re chosen for health, taste and the ability to fill you up. Flexible subscriptions make them fit for a yo-yoing team on furlough. Shop around and ask for a personalised message to slip into the box flap.
Doubtless there’ll be more startup stars emerging in 2021. It’s just the kind of news we love to see!
There’s local invention elsewhere too. Our Park Gate apartments have been filling up nicely over the last year. We’re proud to give a home to young couples, professionals and ingenious minds just like the those behind everything we’ve listed above. Birmingham’s our home as well.
Call or message the team for upcoming availability. It could be the move you need to start anew, or take your talent further with a community for backup.