Turning five with BrumPic, I Choose Birmingham, Independent Birmingham

By Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

#BrumHour is Turning Five

#BrumHour turns FIVE in December and is more than excited to be turning five along with BrumPic, I Choose Birmingham and Independent Birmingham and the Library of Birmingham.

I created #BrumHour in December 2013 to reach out to businesses and freelancers across Birmingham and beyond to ensure that on a Monday morning they’ve got possible business leads to connect with. Almost five years later and tweets from my BrumHour account are seen nearly a million times a month. Tweets using the #BrumHour hashtag help BrumHour trend most Sundays in Birmingham on twitter and even on some occasions #BrumHour trends across the UK.

Brummie Birthdays
Brummie Birthdays

If there’s any doubt that Birmingham has had a recent turning point in public perception there are several Brummie businesses and movements with big social media influence who are reaching their own milestones:


BrumPic – 5th Anniversary

“I can’t believe it’s been nearly five years since I launched Brumpic (October 4th 2013), where has the time gone? I’ve learnt so much more about the city that I grew up in over the last 5 years. I am constantly amazed at the changes that continue to shape our fine city, the good, the bad and the ugly. The highlight of the last five years for me though is without a doubt the people I have met and the organisations I have worked with, it’s what keeps me going.

I was so proud to have the Brumpic touch table installed at BMAG within the first year of starting Brumpic. It’s where all Brummies were taken as kids – we grew up going there and all of sudden I was working in collaboration with them. Also, to be featured in the Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post, other great Birmingham institutions, was great.

To discover the lost Nicklin collection in 2015 was very special though, the endless nights of scanning the amazing work of Phyllis Nicklin that then became a major exhibition thanks to Colmore Bid and the University of Birmingham. That will be difficult to beat.

So what’s next? We will continue to grow the Culture Card that we successfully launched last year and there are more unseen Nicklin images that we are currently working on that we hope to show next year so keep following!

David Oram – BrumPic

Visit brumpic.com for more.


Library of Birmingham – 5th Anniversary

Replacing Birmingham Central Library was no mean feat, and the Library of Birmingham can bring out lots of differing opinions from people. But there’s no denying that everyone has something to say about it. And the ever changing views demonstrating Birmingham really always is moving “Forward”

Check out this video below from 2014 by Onedayinmylife Productions.

Seeing the Shakespeare Memorial Room on the 9th floor which has itself been moved from previous libraries is astonishing to say the least. Then you discover why the collection of Shakespeare books is one of the most unique in the world. A fire in January 1879 destroyed nearly all of the previous books held by the central library. But donations from all over the world came in after an appeal.

Find out more about visiting the Library of Birmingham on this serious looking page: birmingham.gov.uk/info/50132/visiting_the_library_of_birmingham


I Choose Birmingham – 5th Anniversary

Every Thursday #BrumHour wakes to discover what I Choose Birmingham has emailed about. Usually its the hottest food and drink events in (and sometimes around) Birmingham.

“I Choose Birmingham’ turns five years old in August, which means it’s lasted about six more years than I expected.

I choose Birmingham
I choose Birmingham

The first year was pretty brutal. All about driving up our subscriber base while freelancing as a writer to pay the bills. Out of sheer bloody-mindedness and, I guess, a real belief that it would work eventually, I kept sending out our weekly email. And gradually it started to gain traction. Before I knew it subscribers were signing up in their droves and our social media followings were rocketing.

Then I realised, shit, I probably have to do this forever now. And so I am.

With help from a small team of superstars we’ve become the lifestyle bible for Brum’s young professionals. And if I ever get the chance to stop to think about it I might allow myself to be a bit proud. I’ll probably give it a another five years before that, mind.”

Tom Cullen, I Choose Birmingham

Sign up at: ichoosebirmingham.com


Independent Birmingham – 5th Anniversary

“Independent Birmingham began life as a website dedicated to unearthing Brum’s hidden gems, encouraging those living and working in our city to support local, independent businesses and celebrate Brum for the vibrant city it is – all while offering our city’s independents an essential (and free) platform to reach new audiences.

In 2014, Independent Birmingham launched the IBcard (a lifestyle product that encourages people to support local businesses and to rediscover their city – which is now owned by over 18,000 people).

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Well this is a blast from the past. Hands up, who had the very first IBcard? 🙋 We launched the IBcard back in 2014 as a means to encourage people to get out there and support Brum's marvellous indies. A few years later (and a few card designs later), the IBcard is now owned by over 18,000 and entitles you to discounts/deals at over 105 of Brum's very best indies. It's a fantastic product for celebrating and supporting local independents, and one we hope has made a real difference to the city. Not got one? Head to the Independent Birmingham website 'Our Card' page and grab your key to the city – then get out there and rediscover Brum, one hidden gem at a time. . . . . . #independentbirmingham #IBCARD #birmingham #brum #supportlocal #supportindependents #shoplocal #BelieveInBirmingham

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Since then, IB has gone on to host massive food festivals, held at iconic locations, visited by thousands of people, and is now set to celebrate its 5th birthday in August. It’s been a wonderfully fulfilling adventure so far, and with even more going on in our fair city than ever before – it’s only just beginning!”

Joe Schuppler – Independent Birmingham

Discover more: www.independent-birmingham.co.uk


Birmingham Updates – 7th Anniversary

Birmingham Updates now has over 233,000 followers on Twitter and over 293,000 likes on Facebook keeping you in the loop.

“Birmingham Updates started on 8th August 2011 to dispel rumours during the riots in the city. BU is now one of the most engaged news website in the region.

We work partners in the public sector and with commercial partners from Birmingham Museum Trust to Selfridges to deliver concise and interesting content to our audience.”

Luke Addis, Editor In Chief and Founder – Birmingham Updates

Know your city at: birminghamupdates.com


Staying Cool – 10th Anniversary

At the top of the iconic Rotunda is Staying Cool offering “boutique serviced apartments” with unique views across the city.

Last week for #BrumHour I was invited to the 20th floor for a launch with Birmingham Museums to promote the brand new Bird’s Custard range of products available from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Staying Cool is two minutes from Bullring and Birmingham New Street station meaning its just soo easy to head out on an adventure or just to sit and watch the landscape from the floor to ceiling windows.

Book yourself a night at: stayingcool.com


Bullring – 15th Anniversary

September 4th 2003, 10 years before, I became #BrumHour Dave I was bookshop Dave, I was working at Borders bookstore on the opening day of the brand new Bullring. Not Bull Ring Shopping Centre with Mark One (MK1), Wades furniture store or an underground Woolworths.

These days Bullring is home to Selfridges, Debenhams, a massive branch of Next and over 150 stores, spreading over the bridge now called Linkstreet with its quirky independent shops oh and my favourite branch of Card Factory. Bullring has seemlessly fused with Grand Central Birmingham to become Bullring and Grand Central providing central Birmingham with its first John Lewis and loads of lovely places to eat!

Plan your shopping at: bullring.co.uk


Fort Shopping Centre – 21st Anniversary

I’m soo old that I was also working at Fort Shopping Centre on its first day in what was a huge WHSmith (before it sold sweets and fags and when it sold video cassettes). One of the first Fort’s in the country, it was emulated by Manchester Fort (Where I also worked for two years) and Glasgow Fort. HMV there in March 1997 was opened by Robbie Williams and Eternal (ask your aunties).

It’s about to go under a refurb itself which will bring in new stores again.

See the website here: thefort.co.uk


The Old Crown – 650th Anniversary

Yes you read that correctly from the 1368! Which is also the name of their cafe!

“Turning 650 years old is a massive milestone for us as a venue. We’re really excited about what’s in store over the 2 weekends we have planned from the 31st August – 8th September. More details will be released imminently!

The pub has a special place in our hearts and the community, being in Digbeth means we get the chance to throw some pretty cool parties in brum’s oldest boozer which will no doubt go down in history for the next 650 years!.”

Alex Powell – The Old Crown

Check out theoldcrown.com


This isn’t a sponsored post. This list was made up from #BrumHour’s influencers with anniversaries.

#BrumHour turns five in December look out for more news about #BrumHour’s fifth Birthday soon.

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