Britain Leaves The EU, You Can Stay!

Britain is out of the EU, but that doesn’t mean that anyone needs to panic and start cancelling plans to expand their business within Britain or in Europe. In fact you can just make it more cost effective!

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The Brexit Phone Number Solution

No-one is really certain what plans are going to take place with travel access to certain countries, how trades are going to change or even if costs are going to increase in Britain or Europe.

Well, we offer you the ability to still market in countries without having to worry about what changes might happen in the future due to the Brexit. Our simple solution gives you control over a European, International or UK phone number.

  • We supply you with a phone number within the country of your choice (a toll free or a local in-country number)
  • We then forward this number to a phone number you already own! Whether it be your mobile phone or a land line, it can be a UK number or an International number; you decide!
  • Your business continues to take calls from the locations you have setup your phone number.

Popular Phone Number Locations

Ireland – This is a great location with UK businesses. Dublin is a big favourite with our customers and definitely a place of interest whether you choose an Ireland Toll Free or Dublin Local Number.

France – Close to the UK and an epicentre for UK business to expand to due to its close proximity to Britain and our first entry point into Europe! You’ll want to check out the France Toll Free Numbers.

Italy – Is it the love of Pizza and football that keeps the customers interested in getting a phone number here? Who knows, but there are a lot of requests, so you might want to look into Italy.

Germany – A popular location as it’s simply a big country in size and reputation. Having phone numbers in Germany can be tough, but we can help you out.

 

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What Are 0800 Numbers?

The 0800 number has changed over the years and sometimes it’s confusing to understand the differences across a host of changes and different numbers, so here are highlights to what an 0800 number is for the caller and the owner.

Calling 0800 Numbers

An 0800 number is a non-geographic phone number that promotes “free to call” from mobile and landline phones for callers in the UK.

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Times have changed for 0800

Previously, calling UK 0800 numbers was only free from landline phones. Mobile phone callers used to get charged for the call by their provider, effectively making 0800 a ‘partially’ free number; you couldn’t really class that as a ‘freephone’ number, could you?

However, that has changed and you can call an 0800 number for free from a mobile and landline, making it a truly free phone number to call. Ofcom relaunched this number in July 2015 as part of it’s “UK Calling Initiative”, making all call rates clearer for the consumer.

But how have they made this change become free for the caller? What’s happened to the call cost?

Owning an 0800 Number

When it comes to mobile phone callers, the owner of the 0800 number is now the ‘paying party’ of the original 0800 mobile ‘fee’, instead of the caller.. This is known as a surcharge and it’s there to make the call truly free for the 0800 caller.

As an owner or potential owner of an 0800 number the surcharge might seem like a sore point and while, for some, the monthly bill might have increased, it’s also makes 0800 a better tool for businesses.

Previously, businesses would sometimes look at having separate numbers for landline and mobile callers, where they could accommodate the different callers, due to the rates the callers could be charged. So you might have look at an 0800 number for landline users and an 0333 number for mobile users, to keep the rates cheaper. But then people aren’t as familiar with 0333 numbers as they are 0800, so that causes it’s own issues.

Actually having the previous 0800 mobile charge swallowed by the owning business in the form of a surcharge allows for a straight forward number promotion for the business owner and less confusion for their callers.

More Information

We specialise in phone numbers and there is more information on 0800 numbers. We also sell a host of these numbers for businesses interested in a non-geographic phone number solution.

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0800 Numbers Are Free To Call From Mobiles

Yes, it is finally happening! 0800 numbers are being made free to call from mobile phones. I’ll write it again and bold it up, for the readers that don’t quite believe me.. 0800 numbers are free to call from mobile phones (from July 1st, 2015).

That’s right, Ofcom are changing the rules for everyone when it comes to dialing 0800 numbers from a mobile phone, but how does it affect you?

I’m Calling an 0800 Number From a Mobile Phone

It’s free to call. You are no longer going to be charged for dialing an 0800 phone number. Just like landlines, you get to call for free and a charge goes to the owner of the 0800 number instead.

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I Own an 0800 Number

If you own an 0800 number you will have a surcharge of 5p per minute for every call you receive from a mobile phone.

Remember, this is from mobile phone callers only! Nothing is changing if the caller dials you from a landline.

Why is This Change Occuring?

Calling numbers can be confusing for customers, especially with the amount of different numbers out there. When callers were being charged for calling 0800 numbers from mobiles it was normally a surprise to the mobile phone user, as you would expect this call to be free also.

So the change is bringing 0800 number calls in line with landline calling and being free to call from practically any device.

For owners of 0800 numbers, the changes make having an 0800 number easier to advertise and it has the potential to get even more calls as the consumer no longer has to worry about what they are dialing when it comes to 080.

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Where Have All The Numbers Gone?

Some things, you just don’t see that often these days. Mullets, working phone boxes, an English Cricket team with a spine, babies called Gary (I’m not even making that up)…all endangered species, going the way of the dinosaurs.

But there’s something else you probably hadn’t even thought of that’s becoming rarer and rarer, and that’s a readily available supply of 0207 and 0208 numbers for the London area. Because they’ve nearly run out. Why is this happening? Shear weight of numbers; the population of Greater London will reach an all-time high this year, exceeding the pre-Second World War peak of just over 8.615m.

Ofcom began introducing 0203 numbers to meet demand in June 2005, but since then, 0207 and 0208 numbers have remained firm favourites, particularly among businesses who recognise that these are readily associated with the Greater London area; more so than they might all numbers beginning with 020. This is a bit odd, because there’s actually just one dialling code for Greater London, and that’s 020.

It is technically incorrect to place the pause after the seven or eight, because if a London number is dialled on a landline from within London, it will not be connected because it is missing the first digit (of eight digits).

Now it’s been a while since 020 numbers replaced 0171 and 0181 numbers – 22nd April 2000 – so it’s fair to say that most have gotten the hang of this by now. But to avoid any confusion, always remember to write your London number – for example – 020 7760 7600, rather than 0207 760 7600 on all your marketing collateral, email signatures etc.

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Inevitably, when 0207 and 0208 numbers have completely run dry and people are forced to take up 0203 numbers, OFCOM will probably release new 020 number ranges, and 0203 numbers will become more desirable. But for now, because of the ingrained association 0207 and 0208 numbers have in our minds that these are the only numbers worth having if you are a London business (or want it to look like you are a London business), you will need to move quickly.

The good news is, we’ve got some. Not a lot, but there aren’t many places still stocking them so you’ll want to get in quick as once they’re gone, they’re gone.

So to get your virtual London number sorted, head over to the 0207 and 0208 numbers respectively pages on our website, where we can get you set up in a jiffy.

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City Spotlight: Barcelona

Barcelona is one of Spain’s cultural and economic gems, and it’s helping to slowly but surely revive the Spanish economy, which has been through a rather turbulent period. Madrid, in the centre of the country, might be Spain’s capital and where its financial centre lies, while the south of Spain is where the tourists have historically flocked to. However, Barcelona can certainly give both of these regions a run for its money. If you don’t already, here’s what you need to know about business in Barca…

  • The economy is on the up in the Catalonian region, with the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce claiming in February that the region’s GDP would grow by 2.5% in 2015, this follows a 1.3% growth in 2014. The region in 2014 had a better performance than that of Spain as a whole.
  • The car manufacturing industry is a major contributor to the economy of the wider Barcelona area. Spain’s own SEAT is headquartered here, which in 2014 oversaw the production of 442,677 cars. The demand for models such as the León helped to push production up by 13.5%, its highest level for 12 years. This demand for production also helped to create 800 temporary positions, 350 of which turned to permanent roles.[i] Nissan also has a manufacturing plant in the area, and announced in 2013 that it would aim to produce 80,000 new cars per year helping to create 1,000 direct jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs.[ii]
  • Barcelona is increasingly growing as a fashion and style capital. Its amazing architecture has always been indicative of its trend setting ability and this is increasingly more so translating into the fashion world. In 2014, it was named fifth in The Global Language Monitor’s rankings of global fashion capitals and the top for swimwear. The company also estimates that the fashion industry employs 100,000 people in the Barcelona region, generating revenues of €13 billion per year.

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  • The Fira de Barcelona is one the world’s leading conference venues and plays host to over 70 trade shows. These shows combined have helped to attract over 2.5 million visitors, but more importantly they’ve helped to contribute more than €2.5 billion to Barcelona’s economy. Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the International Motor Show to name but a few take place in its spacious halls.[iii] MWC 2015 alone is estimated to have created an economic impact of €436 million.[iv]
  • Businesses based or headquartered in Barcelona include Chupa Chups, S.A. Damm, the parent company of Estrella Damm beer, low-cost airline Vueling, SEAT and fashion brands Mango, Massimo Dutti and Desigual.
  • The city attracts nearly eight million tourists a year making Barcelona one of the most popular destinations in Europe.[v] Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia and Museu Picasso are a few of the city’s delightful attractions.
  • Fútbol goes hand in hand with the city and is one of its key attractions, playing host to perhaps the most star studded and famous team in the world; FC Barcelona. Forbes estimates that it has revenue of $627 million placing it second globally only to its great rival Real Madrid.  Its stadium, Camp Nou, is the largest in Europe with a capacity of 100,000 and the Camp Nou Experience (which includes a tour of the stadium, museum and multimedia space) is the third most visited attraction in Spain.[vi]

Did you know?

  • Legends abound regarding the founding of the city. One states it was founded 400 years before Rome by Hercules, the other says it was founded by Hamilcar Barca in the 3rd century. Which one to believe?[vii]
  • Barcelona is the only city to receive a Royal Gold Medal for architecture. The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded this on behalf of Queen Elizabeth in 1999 for the influence the city’s architecture has had around the world.
  • The city’s Montjuic Park is the largest in Spain.[viii]
  • The city has 12 abandoned metro stations, many of which are believed to be haunted.[ix]
  • Now here’s a crazy fact for you, Barcelona didn’t have any beaches until 1992! The city’s coast used to be dominated by industries but when it came to host the Olympic Games in 1992, it was decided to make the coastline a place of leisure for tourists and residents.

If your business isn’t based in Barcelona, but you’d like a virtual presence there today by acquiring a local 93 number, then let us know – we’re here to help.

[i] Catalan News Agency, http://www.catalannewsagency.com/business/item/seat-increases-sales-by-10-and-production-at-its-greater-barcelona-plant-grows-by-13-in-2014
[ii] Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/04/us-nissan-spain-idUSBRE9130RR20130204
[iii] Fira Barcelona, http://www.firabarcelona.com/en/who-we-are
[iv] Catalan News Agency, http://www.catalannewsagency.com/business/item/barcelona-s-mobile-world-congress-to-generate-436-million-for-the-local-economy
[v] Catalan News Agency, http://www.catalannewsagency.com/life-style/item/barcelona-is-the-fourth-european-city-with-the-most-tourists-after-london-paris-and-rome
[vi] FC Barcelona, http://www.fcbarcelona.com/club/detail/article/barca-museum-ends-2011-with-record-visitors-and-turnover
[vii] Nile Guide, https://www.nileguide.com/destination/barcelona/overview/local-info
[viii] Iberica Travel, http://iberica-travel.com/en/barcelona
[ix] Apartime, http://www.apartime.com/blog/culture-tourism/10-interesting-facts-about-barcelona

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City Spotlight: Dublin

Dublin is the Emerald Isle’s economic, political and cultural heartbeat. Music, culture, history and nature at its finest, form a multifaceted backdrop to its many business advantages. Dublin and Ireland in general, have been through a rough few years economically but now things are starting to look up once again. Here’s everything you need to know about Dublin…

  • Many countries in the EU have been hard hit by the recession since the collapse in 2007 and Ireland is no exception. However, the Irish government recently announced that its 7.7 per cent annual growth rate makes it the fastest growing economy in the European Union. The Nevin Economic Research Institute recently announced too that the economic recovery of Ireland was exclusively concentrated in the capital.
  • Name an internet or tech giant and the likelihood is that they’ll have an office or European headquarters in Dublin. It’s home to 10 of the top 10 global ICT companies and 9 of the top 10 global software companies.[i] The Silicon Docks area of the city (a name play on Silicon Valley) plays home to many of these giants and keeps an estimated 7000 people in employment. [ii]Companies located in Silicon Docks or other areas of the city include Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Microsoft, Dell, Airbnb and j2 Global to name just a few.
  • 840,000 people are employed in the Dublin region according to the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Businesses including household names such as Jury’s Inn, Paddy Power, Primark, Ryanair and Aer Lingus were either founded or are headquartered here.
  • Several leading global companies have just announced the creation of new jobs in the Dublin area. LogMeIn will create 90 jobs over the next three years, Airbnb 200 new positions in the coming months, Lexis Nexis 70 new jobs, American Biopharmaceutical 40 new jobs, and the construction of a new campus in the city by Microsoft will create 150 new roles.

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  • The International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) was created to promote Ireland as a leading place for international financial service companies, and has banks such as Citibank trading within it. It states that it provides total direct employment of 32,700 and contributes to 7.4 per cent of the country’s GDP.
  • Like any major European city, tourism is vital for Dublin’s economy. The Temple Bar area, Dublin Zoo and other attractions such as The James Joyce Centre keep the visitors coming. In 2013 the city attracted 3.9 million international visitors, generating €1.4 billion in revenue. The boom continued in 2014: occupancy rates for hotel rooms in the city reached nearly 80 per cent, the highest level since before the recession.[iii] Fáilte Ireland, the country’s National Tourism Development Authority, has stated that more hotels will be needed to cope with the sustained increase in Ireland’s popularity among global travellers.
  • And we couldn’t have a blog on Dublin without mentioning the one thing that goes hand in hand with the city, Ireland and anything Irish for that matter; Guinness. 10 million pints of Guinness are manufactured every day at St James’s Gate Brewery and 1.8 billion pints are sold globally every year. The Guinness Storehouse is the city’s most visited tourist attraction and helps to keep 150 people in employment. [iv]

Did you know?

  • The name Dublin originates from the old Gaelic words ‘Dubh’ and ‘Lin’ which translate into ‘black pool’. The ‘black pool’ refers to the where the River Poddle enters the River Liffey, the river that flows through the city.
  • The city has many famous sons and daughters including George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Bono, Bob Geldof, Sinead O’Connor,  Jonathan Rhys Meyers, just to name a few.
  • The Brazen Head on Dublin’s Bridge Street Lower is said to be Ireland’s oldest pub and has been on the same site since 1198.
  • Handel’s legendary Messiah received its world premiere in the city on 13 April 1742.
  • Leo the Lion, the lion in the opening of MGM films was born and reared in Dublin Zoo, rooooaaaaooowwwwww!

If your business isn’t based in Dublin, but you’d like a virtual presence there today by acquiring a local 01 number, then let us know – we’re here to help.

[i] Dublin Chamber of Commerce, http://www.dubchamber.ie/policy/economic-profile-of-dublin
[ii] Finfacts, http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1028633.shtml
[iii] Dublin Chamber of Commerce, http://www.dubchamber.ie/policy/economic-profile-of-dublin
[iv] Guinness Storehouse, http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/PressRelease.aspx?prid=61

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City Spotlight: Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and commercial centre. It may only have a population of around 600,000, but when it comes to business it certainly packs a punch. Here’s some more info…

  • According to Start Up Britain, Glasgow saw 8,173 new businesses created in 2014. That’s more than Edinburgh, Bristol, Liverpool, Cardiff, Leeds and Newcastle.
  • Once upon a time, Glasgow was the world’s pre-eminent centre for shipbuilding. Although that time has long past, BAE Systems is having a big say in ensuring the city’s manufacturing legacy lives on. It’s recently secured an £859 million contract with the British Government to develop new warships for the Royal Navy. The new ships will be built at BAE’s Glasgow shipyards, creating 600 jobs in the area.
  • Glasgow has a thriving financial services sector, which has given Edinburgh’s a real run for its money in recent years. The International Financial Services District based in the city is a project that was created to attract national and international financial services providers to the city centre area. It’s estimated to have created over 15,500 new jobs since 2001, attracting international investment banks such as J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley. [1]

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  • Official research from Glasgow City Council found that 2014’s Commonwealth Games generated £282million worth of tourism for the city. The spectacle attracted 690,000 people with hotel occupancy reaching 95% during the event. Even better from the taxpayers’ point of view, the cost of the games in total came in at £37m under budget. It was anticipated by The Accounts Commission that £461.7m would be spent, but the final bill came in at £424.5m instead.
  • Glasgow doesn’t need to host a Commonwealth Games every year though to keep the tourists flocking through its gates. Open Glasgow states that the city receives 2.2million visitors a year, which generates £578 million for the economy. The MTV Europe Awards is just one example of a recent event that helped to bring the visitors in. Other attractions include St Andrew’s Cathedral, the Glasgow Science Centre and of course, Scottish football giants Celtic F.C.
  • Transport links to the city are thriving. Glasgow Airport just recorded its busiest February in eight years with more than 510,000 passengers travelling through its doors. The airport will see Virgin Atlantic launch a direct route to Las Vegas later in the year and Lufthansa will launch a direct route to Munich, and that’s just to name a few new routes!
  • Businesses based or founded in Glasgow include the world famous Lipton tea, Optical Express and Scottish Power.

Did you know?

Glasgow’s subway was the world’s third underground railway after London and Budapest. [2]

The first ever official football match between England and Scotland took place in 1872 in the Patrick area of the city.

Some famous Glaswegian’s born in the city and its surrounding areas include entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, chef Gordon Ramsay and controversial comedian Frankie Boyle.

There are over 20 towns in the United States named Glasgow.[3]

The word ‘Glaswegian’, used to describe the city’s inhabitants, is first thought to have been brought into use by Sir Walter Scott in 1817.[4]

If your business isn’t based in Glasgow, but you’d like a virtual presence there today by acquiring a local 0141 number, then let us know – we’re here to help.

[1] IFSDG Glasgow, http://www.ifsdglasgow.co.uk/why-ifsd/facts–figures
[2] Transport Trust, http://www.transporttrust.com/10044.html
[3] Primary Facts, http://primaryfacts.com/3610/glasgow-facts-and-information/
[4] Daily Express, http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/453530/Top-10-facts-about-Glasgow

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City Spotlight: Cardiff

As the Welsh capital, Cardiff is a well-established hub for UK business. In fact, business runs in the city’s veins as the world’s first £1million pound deal was sealed here in 1907 in Cardiff’s Coal Exchange. Now I bet you didn’t know that! The coal and steel industries that helped to make this city so great may not exist today in the way they once did, but they truly helped to transform Cardiff into the place it is now. Here’s a few more things you might not know about business in Cardiff.

  • 6,327 new businesses were started in the city in 2015 according to Start Up Britain; that’s one new business for every 55 of Cardiff’s estimated 350,000 population.
  • Science has a strong presence in the city, fostered by Cardiff University, which in November 2013 opened a £30m science centre. The city’s Life Sciences Hub also helps to keep this sector thriving, acting as a centre point for the industry. It’s recently signed up global healthcare companies MSD and B&V Life Sciences as members.

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  • Businesses based or founded in Cardiff include insurance giant Admiral, retailer Peacocks and directory enquiries provider 118 118. British Airways also has a large maintenance base at the city’s airport in order to carry out heavy duty repairs on long haul aircraft.
  • Transport links to the city are booming. Flybe recently announced 10 new routes from Cardiff airport to European business hubs such as Geneva, while the airport is currently in discussion with Emirates about a Middle East route. The airport also desires to land a direct route into the US.
  • Network Rail also has plans to redevelop Cardiff central station to meet the forecasted rail travel increase to the Welsh capital from 13 million journeys per year to 33 million by 2043. This will only serve to make the capital more connected to other areas of the UK.
  • The move by Flybe has created 50 new jobs at the airport and future routes will only add to this. Further good news for employment in the region is that BT recently announced plans to create 1,000 apprenticeship and graduate jobs in Cardiff, Swansea and North Wales. Admiral also announced in January 2015 that it will create 150 new jobs in the city.
  • The opening of the city’s Millennium Stadium in June 1999 ensured Cardiff would become a key draw for major sporting and entertainment events. It’s the home to the Welsh Rugby Union team and throughout the year it hosts numerous rugby, football and motorsport spectacles. It even hosted the FA Cup while Wembley underwent redevelopment between 2001 and 2006. Concerts have been played at the venue by worldwide acts such as Bon Jovi, U2, Paul McCartney, Rihanna and in June 2015, One Direction will play here. An independent report carried out by Econactive for the Welsh Rugby Union in late 2013 found the stadium generates £130m a year for Cardiff and helps to keep more than 2,500 people in employment.
  • Being the Welsh capital it’s no surprise that media presence is strong, with BBC Wales and ITV Cymru Wales headquartered here. And of course, who could forget that one of Britain’s most famous and most exported programmes – Doctor Who – is also filmed in the city! Apparently, it’s one of BBC Worldwide’s top five most watched programmes globally. Powerful beings those Daleks.

Did you know?

  • The name Cardiff is the Anglicised version of the Welsh name Caerdyf, which originates from Roman Times and refers to the river and castle of the city.
  • Some famous people from here include Dame Shirley Bassey, Griff Rhys Jones, Gareth Bale and Ryan Giggs.
  • It officially became the capital city of Wales on 20th December 1955, proclaimed by the then Home Secretary Gwilym Lloyd George.
  • Cardiff was the site of Britain’s first ever news film in 1896, which captured the Prince and Princess of Wales opening an extension to the Central Library. [1]
  • Llandaff Cathedral dates back to 1107 and it stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in the UK according to Visit Cardiff.

If your business isn’t based in Cardiff, but you’d like a virtual presence there today by acquiring a local 029 number, then let us know – we’re here to help.

[1] Visit Cardiff, http://www.visitcardiff.com/discover/cardiff-did-you-know/

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City Spotlight: Liverpool

Ask the average person around the world what they associate with Liverpool and the chances are you’ll hear “The Beatles” or “football”. Of course the city’s most famous sons – John, Paul, George, Ringo, Stevie G, Wayne and Carra – have played a major part in raising its global profile, but there’s a lot more to the place than just its music and the footy.

A thriving port town, at the height of Britain’s empirical days, Liverpool was generally regarded as the ‘second city of the British Empire’. The Empire is of course long gone; but Liverpool remains second only to London in several key areas and remains an important centre for British business. Here’s what you need to know about business in Liverpool…

    • The government is one of the city’s major employers, with several public administration offices based here including the Immigration Advice Service, HM Passport Office, HM Revenue and Customs and the Criminal Records Bureau.
    • As it is immersed deep in history and culture, it’s no surprise that tourism and leisure is a major source of income for the city. In 2013 it was the fifth most popular destination in the UK for international visitors and fifth most popular for domestic visitors according to Visit Liverpool. The Grand National, Liverpool Tate, Cathedrals, The Beatles Story, football and The Albert Dock are just a few things that keep the visitors coming.

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  • A recent economy booster to the city…giant puppets. Yes, giant puppets. The commemoration of World War One saw these paraded around the city, attracting one million visitors and boosting the local economy by roughly £46 million reports the BBC.
  • Film and TV is a thriving industry here. According to the Liverpool Echo, it’s second only to London in the UK for this. It’s home to Lime Pictures, the UK’s largest independent television production company which produces British TV success stories such as Hollyoaks, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex. Famous films shot in the city include The 51st State, The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes and The Dark Knight. Not bad eh?
  • Launched by David Cameron, 2014’s International Festival of Business (IFB) saw well over 400 events take place in the city over six weeks with around 75,000 visitors from 88 different countries according to Liverpool Vision. UK Trade and Investment, which partnered with the IFB, stated it was to be the largest concentration of business events globally in 2014.
  • Liverpool Vision states that the city is the most productive outside of London with a GVA (Gross Value Added) of £9.15bn. There are 500,000 businesses within 1.5 hours of the city centre and 2014 saw 6,032 new start-up businesses established here according to Start Up Britain.
  • British businesses based and founded in Liverpool include Lambrini, Shop Direct, Jacob’s and Princes.
  • Who in Britain can forget that Liverpool was named the European Capital of Culture in 2008? This title helped to regenerate certain areas of the city and brought a lot of investment and job creation with it. Liverpool One, the city’s retail complex, was built around this time costing £500 million according to Grosvenor.

Did you know?

  • The term ‘Scousers’, the widely accepted nickname for inhabitants of Merseyside, is believed to have been derived from the name of a meat stew called Scouse. Scouse is still a popular local dish, available across the city in many cafes and restaurants.
  • The city is home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community, with the first Chinese people arriving in the mid-1830s.
  • Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral is the largest in the UK and fifth largest in the world. [1]
  • The world’s first public train journey took place from Liverpool to Manchester on the 15th September 1830.
  • Outside of London, it has the most Grade II listed buildings (those considered to have historical, architectural and cultural significance) in the UK. There are over 2,500 of them.

If your business isn’t based in Liverpool, but you’d like a virtual presence there today by acquiring a local 0151 number, then let us know – we’re here to help.

 

[1] Liverpool Cathedral, http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/about/cathedral.aspx

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City Spotlight: Birmingham

As a proud Brummie (that’s a resident of Birmingham to our international visitors) and with it being the home to City Numbers HQ, I thought it was only right to kick-off our series of UK city spotlights with Birmingham.

    • The UK’s second biggest city in terms of population, it’s also a thriving business hub, vital to the British economy, and in the next few years is only set to become even more important. So with that in mind, here are a few points you need to know about business in Birmingham…
    • Outside of London, Birmingham had the biggest number of start-up businesses in the UK in 2014 with 18,337 being established in the city according to Start Up Britain.
    • The technology explosion of the last few years has seen the sector expand in most major cities and Birmingham is no exception. It’s estimated by Visit Birmingham that the Greater Birmingham area now employs nearly 40,000 people in 6,000 technology focused businesses.
    • One of Birmingham’s biggest industries is its bling! The Jewellery Quarter produces 40% of the UK’s jewellery and is one of the largest jewellery producing areas on the European continent. It’s been this way for hundreds of year now. [1]
    • Some of Britain’s most famous brands and businesses either originated or have their headquarters here, including Cadbury, Lloyds bank, Jaguar Land Rover and Odeon cinemas.

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  • Virgin Media recently announced it will create 6,000 jobs as part of its investment in its broadband infrastructure. Nearly a quarter of these jobs will be based here (1400).
  • As its increasing importance as a bustling cultural and economic hub is recognised, the number of transport links that are being implemented to better connect Birmingham to both the North and South of the country increases. Despite the very mixed public reaction to HS2 (high-speed rail link), if it goes ahead as planned in 2017, it will mean people can travel between London and Birmingham in a record 49 minutes; a journey that currently takes on average around an hour and a half. HS2 Ltd’s headquarters are also based in the city.
  • Routes to and from the city’s major airport, Birmingham Airport, are set to increase throughout 2015. Having recently announced that January was its busiest January in history (nearly 600,000 passengers passing through), American Airlines will now fly direct daily between New York’s JFK and Birmingham. Emirates is also starting a third daily flight to Dubai. These routes to major global destinations complement existing ones to European business hubs such as Frankfurt, Zurich and Paris.
  • It was recently named one of the most sustainable cities in the world according to The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index, ahead of places such as Tokyo. The index, which measures the social, environmental and economic aspects of cities, put Birmingham at 18, slightly behind Manchester (14) and London (2). 18 must be Birmingham’s lucky number as this was also its position in a 2014 list of business travel destinations compiled by Egencia.
  • The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is one of Britain’s busiest business conference centres, hosting more than 200,000 conferences every year.[2]

Did you know?

  • Some famous musical acts from the region include Black Sabbath, Duran Duran and UB40.
  • The city’s canal network has 56 kilometres of waterways; more than Venice. [3]
  • It’s the youngest city in Europe with 40% of the population under 25. [4]
  • British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1937 – 1940) was born in Birmingham and it was where legendary author J.R.R. Tolkein spent most of his early years. Certain areas are said to have inspired his books.
  • There are over 30 other Birmingham’s around the world in places such as America, Australia and Ireland. But there’s only one original!

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[1] Birmingham City Council, http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/jq
[2] Birmingham Post, http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/business/business-news/birmingham-business-facts-20-things-8430017
[3] Visit Birmingham, http://visitbirmingham.com/media-centre/facts-and-stats/
[4] Birmingham Toolkit, http://birminghamtoolkit.com/birmingham-facts/youthfulness

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