Birmingham's creative quarter

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Birmingham Is Best For Start-Ups

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on January 12, 2015

New figures released by StartUp Britain reveal that Birmingham remains the most entrepreneurial city in the UK outside London. 18337 new businesses were registered in Birmingham last year, an increase of over 2000 from 2013. Birmingham also had 5000 more start-ups than Manchester, which took second place with 13054 companies registered in 2014. The city […]

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Rough Guide Names Birmingham In Top Ten Cities

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on December 16, 2014

We’ve always known that Birmingham is the place to be, but the rest of the world is catching up with that opinion. Travel guidebook series Rough Guide has named Birmingham as part of its list of the top ten cities for 2015. The city is the only UK destination on the list, with other spots […]

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Shop Birmingham

Sara Preisler – The Jewellery Face of Shop Birmingham this Christmas

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on December 03, 2014

Shortly celebrating 21 years as one of Birmingham’s leading jewellery designers, Sara Preisler’s exclusive handmade collections have been chosen to represent the best of Birmingham’s fashion and retailing in jewellery this Christmas. In an exclusive partnership with 2014’s stylist of the year Sy-Anne Taylor, and ‘Retail Birmingham’, a series of Sara’s Catwalk pieces selected for […]

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Picture by Sam Bagnall

Christmas Gift Guide

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on December 02, 2014

Christmas is almost upon us! There are only four Saturdays left before Christmas, so it’s time to start your Christmas shopping. Instead of fighting the crowds on the high-street, support Birmingham’s independent retailers and buy something unique; not yet another pair of socks or boring scarf! Here at The Custard Factory, we’ve got 30 independent […]

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Digmas Is Coming

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on November 28, 2014

Saturday 20th December 12 noon – 8pm Digmas is Birmingham’s Alternative Christmas Fair and family day out. Digmas features a packed festive programme with Santa’s Grotto and real reindeer; a carousel; children’s face-painting and crafts; sizzling street food by the award winning Digbeth Dining Club and a pop up ‘get merry’ bar by Alfie Birds, […]

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The Grave Gatsby – Pictures Are In!

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on November 19, 2014

Over 500 of Birmingham’s creative digital and media community headed to our sister site, Fazeley Studios for our annual Halloween celebrations last Friday. For this year’s theme, The Grave Gatsby, we transformed Fazeley Studios into a haunting 1920s mansion with zombie Charleston and burlesque dancers; a gangster fire artist; vintage vocal trio, The Glamophones and […]

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Say Hello To Wink Photography Studio

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on October 30, 2014

New to The Custard Factory is photography studio, Wink. Wink began in Stratford in 2007, after owner David decided to give up a jet set lifestyle as a Production Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company. With a young family, he wanted to spend more time at home and decided to start a business using his […]

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Flamingo Vintage

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on September 26, 2014

Walk down Gibb Street and you can’t miss our newest retail addition, Flamingo Vintage. It’s a vibrant, colourful, a cool boutique offering friendly service and really good quality vintage clothing and accessories. Flamingo Vintage predominately focuses on clothing from the 50′s through to the 80′s but you can always find some surprises too as it provides […]

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Vintage Hideaway

Vintage Hideaway Raises Money For Prostate Cancer UK

Posted by Georgina Elsmere on September 25, 2014

In July, Vintage Hideaway raised £400 for Prostate Cancer UK with a pop-up vintage sale. After owner Ash lost his brother-in-law to Prostate Cancer, he and his wife Dee decided they wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for the charity. “Our son told me he was ‘too young’ to worry about […]

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City of Colours

Posted by Eddy Fogg on September 09, 2014

What else can I say but what an incredible weekend! I guess I should start with a huge thank you to Becci and Carl (Street Art Birmingham) and their dedicated team, to all the Custard Factory staff, contractors and tenants, all the artists and musicians and finally to all the people who flooded our streets […]

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