The Custard Factory is the most powerful collection of creative and digital businesses, independent retailers and event venues outside London. Along with its sister project, Fazeley Studios, it forms the heart of Birmingham’s creative and digital district. Just over five minutes walk from the Bullring, it is home to over 500 businesses and hosts a regular calendar of fairs, festivals and gigs, as well as corporate and private events and weddings.
The Custard Factory is set in 15 acres of beautifully renovated riverside factories, built more than 100 years ago by Alfred Bird to manufacture and market his famous invention, eggless Custard. At one time he had a thousand people making the stuff and was exporting it across the globe. However, following the rationing and production limits imposed by World War Two, the company was taken over and in 1964 production relocated to Banbury and the factories fell derelict.
We took The Custard Factory over in 1988. We began to restore the buildings and opened it up to the best of Birmingham’s young creative talent. The first phase, Scott House, launched in 1993 and was so popular that it was full before the brochures had finished printing.
Today we have developed over three quarters of a million square feet and not just on the core Custard Factory site. The Custard Factory has expanded to become a whole creative quarter, including our sister project Fazeley Studios, the TV Studios of Maverick TV (How to Look Good Naked, Embarrassing Bodies) and North One TV (The Gadget Show) and the creative workspace and incubation at Boxxed. Tenants of the Custard Factory itself range from innovative start ups to household brands such as ASOS and the Prince’s Trust.
The Custard Factory is the most powerful collection of creative and digital businesses, independent shops and event venues outside London. Just over five minutes walk from the Bullring, it is the heart of the city’s creative quarter, home to over 500 businesses and host to fairs, festivals and gigs, along with corporate events and weddings.
Get ready Birmingham, a brand new eatery is opening here in Digbeth – with a promise to make healthy eating easy! Exciting new company Kanteen are launching a flagship store at the Custard Factory, promising a menu jam-packed with nutritious, tasty and ethical dishes. Working around the ethos that a healthy lifestyle is 25% fitness […]
We are getting really excited about our fantastic Craft Market Event coming on Saturday 23rd September. With FREE circus skills workshops, delicious street food options alongside the much-awaited return of the Bert & Gert’s Craft Market, it promises to be a wonderful day out for the whole family. Local craft market curators Bert & Gert’s […]
Colourful homewares company and Custard Factory resident, Red Candy, gives us some top tips on transforming your office to reflect your company’s personality. Plus, they are also offering an exclusive 20% discount code to all readers, and are giving away a £50 voucher to one lucky winner! Having a strong culture and ethos is essential […]
For the second week in a row, the Custard Factory hosted a huge event this past weekend! There were glasses raised all round as the Gin Festival Birmingham took place over three fun-filled days. With over 100 different gins to try at the popular festival, back in Birmingham for its fourth year but first at […]
Look back through history and the years are littered with iconic and enduring duels: David vs Goliath, The Beatles vs The Stones, Tom vs Jerry. And in the world of technology and business, there are few more polarising battles than those between proponents of PCs and those of Macs. We all have an opinion – […]
Right now, Digbeth is amid a thrilling transformation into one of the most innovative tech hubs in the country. Powered by the Custard Factory’s continuing efforts to open up Birmingham to the UK’s tech industry, Digbeth has seen a significant spike in the number of small and medium companies specialising in the digital arts and […]