In 2017 Birmingham was named the most popular location for Start-up businesses in the UK outside of London for the fifth year in a row. Being based in the city ourselves we are no strangers to the benefits that can be felt from operating within the second-city, as you may have read in our plea to Channel 4 to base themselves here. As a specialist I.T. recruitment agency, we like to keep an ear to the ground on the most exciting start-ups setting up their stalls in the second city, as well as the global firms that head-up parts of their operations in the West Midlands. Noticing a lot of building work currently being done outside our office windows we thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce you to a few of our neighbours, new and old, and champion the success stories of the companies that make Birmingham the entrepreneurial paradise we know it is.CrowdControlHQLocation: Jewellery QuarterBased in Birmingham since: Born from Crowd Technologies in 2009Why we love them:
As a client of their Social Media Management platform ourselves, we experience daily what a fantastic service they provide! In a niche market where there is an abundance of service providers, we believe that CrowdControlHQ more than hold their own against social giants Hootsuite, Buffer & Falcon. Our In-house Digital Marketer has dabbled with the aforementioned platforms, as well as Sprout Social & Tweetdeck and confirms that Crowd Control offer a user-friendly service with an amazing analytics tool that they feel surpasses that of its competitors. To make things better, they are based around the corner from our office, so we have been able to foster an excellent working relationship with superb customer service to boot!KaidoLocation: AstonBased in Birmingham since: Founded in 2016Why we love them:
Kaido are a company founded on enabling people to live their best lives. They are a data management organisation that combine actual & artificial intelligence to analyse and build reports on the health & wellbeing of their customers. Based in the heart of the Aston University city campus and around the corner from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Kaido work with the NHS to provide insights and recommendations to how patients can take care of their body more effectively. Now partnered with some of the UK’s largest professional sports clubs, we are expecting Kaido to go from strength to strength thriving in the information age where data is King.
The Mailbox is one of the most iconic buildings in the Birmingham skyline, and we think it fitting that it is also home of a company as iconic as Advanced! Experts in cloud-based solutions, Advanced expanded their operations to Birmingham in 2016 off the back of being named in the 2015 Deloitte UK Fast 50, which recognises the fastest growing tech companies across the country. With a whole host of information storage & management solutions Advanced is certainly a business to keep an eye on as we expect them to continue their expansion, bringing plenty of tech talent to the second city along the way. They are passionate about putting their people at the forefront of the business with a longstanding commitment to equality & fairness. Advanced are an ethical employer that take the time to get to know the people working with them, and build an atmosphere to maximise potential at every level of the business.Lightwave RFLocation: AstonBased in Birmingham since: Have been making life easier since 2008Why we love them:
Specialising in ‘smart home’ applications, Lightwave have been able to leverage the recent boom in smart speakers to boost their business with an excellent innovative strategy that ensures they stay one step ahead of the curve. Much like Kaido, they have housed themselves within the city campus of Aston University and a stones-throw from Birmingham City University. The product offering from Lightwave cover Lighting, Power & Heating opportunities for the home. They have partnered with Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant & the Apple HomeKit to open the potential market as far reaching as possible. Lightwave have four key principals for their products; Stylish, Simple, Smart & Savings. They ensure they provide a service that ticks all the boxes for customer satisfaction. In case you are unsure of what ‘Smart Home’ devices are, they are receivers attached to household appliances such as room lights, lamps or the heating system that allow the user to control their home by speaking to an Alexa device, Google Assistant or even an iPhone. Lightwave acted on the high potential opportunity of the smart speakers and were able to take the first-mover advantage. We are very excited for what the future holds for Lightwave as the smart home market matures in the coming years.