6 Startups in Birmingham, England to Watch

Independent Birmingham card
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Freelance Travel and Music Writer

Startup businesses are often the driving force behind a city, and, by definition, achieve success within a short space of time. When it comes to such businesses, the UK’s second city is one to watch, having been named the top place for startups outside London for the fifth year in a row. Read on to find out about the best of the best when it comes to startups in Birmingham making a name for themselves.


Buckt is the UK’s only monthly subscription box that sends you tickets for five different activities in the West Midlands. Be it trampolining, escape rooms or comedy clubs (to name but a few), Buckt will open the doors of opportunity for you, without you having to do any of the leg work. Opt for an individual box for £17, or a duo box for £25 if you and your SO or friend are keen for new and exciting experiences each month. You can also pick up your first box for 10% off, so what’s holding you back?

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Independent Birmingham

And the place to find all the best start-ups in the city? Celebrating all things indie, Independent Birmingham was set up as a means of celebrating and advocating everything from start-up businesses to long standing independent dwellings in the city.

Offering exclusive offers to their card members and hosting regular events to help promote the best of Birmingham’s self-sufficient businesses, Independent Birmingham has become a cult favourite in the city with people from across the region signing up to show their support by purchasing a card (see featured image).


Purveyors of the power of nature, Honest is a company that’s name is synonymous with its principles. Curating an array of products, including skin and body care, as well as homewares, Honest has stamped its mark on the beauty and home industry in the city. They also offer workshops including candle making and various pamper treatments in their Kings Heath store, making them a jack of all trades when it comes to care for your whole body.

Find Honest on Poplar Road in Kings Heath or in the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham city centre.

Honest Skincare in Birmingham city centre

Digbeth Dining Club

As Birmingham’s original street food event, Digbeth Dining Club has made itself a firm and favoured fixture in the city’s foodie offering. Starting off with just one event on a Saturday, welcoming guests to sample the finest in street food from vendors in the region, the weekly event is now open three nights every week, opening its doors to thousands of food lovers from far and wide.

Now with a small number of pop-up events under its belt too, including events across the West Midlands including Coventry and Longbridge, and a number of awards, Digbeth Dining Club is set to continue paving the way for street food festivals across the UK.

The Clean Kilo

On the topic of positive environmental impact, Birmingham will soon be opening the doors of its first ever zero waste supermarket, The Clean Kilo. After crowdfunding to enable to concept to come to life, The Clean Kilo’s founder, Dr Thomas Pell, will welcome customers to enjoy grocery shopping without plastic packaging or guilt.

Situated in the Custard Factory, shoppers can expect to start shopping there towards the end of May.

The Clean Kilo, Birmingham


Put simply, Whisk is a search engine and app that inspires users to turn leftover ingredients into tasty meals. By typing in a list of food that has yet to be used up, users can explore hundreds of recipes to help them make the most of their weekly shop.

Whisk also helps make shopping easier; users can pick recipes they would like to make and the app then creates a shopping list that adds the ingredients into the basket of the user’s preferred online supermarket. Mixing convenience with environmental benefits? Sounds like the perfect duo to us!

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