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Birmingham is our home City

Have being born and raised in Birmingham the two founding directors of KIJO have Birmingham firmly entrenched in their brand. Growing up in the UK’s 2nd largest City certainly has an effect on the character of almost every single person attributing it as their home town.

“Birmingham is entrenched in the KIJO brand, our home City, our office base and the place where it all began”

Kirk Thompson – Co-Founder

The last 200 years have seen Birmingham rise from a market town into the fastest-growing city of the 19th century, spurred on by a combination of civic investment, scientific achievement, commercial innovation and by a steady influx of migrant workers into its suburbs. By the 20th century Birmingham had become the metropolitan hub of the United Kingdom’s manufacturing and automotive industries, having earned itself a reputation first as a city of canals and then of cars.

By the beginning of the 21st century, Birmingham lay at the heart of a major post-industrial metropolis surrounded by significant educational, manufacturing, shopping, sporting & conferencing facilities. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Birmingham

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Birmingham in 1732, on the verge of the Industrial Revolution

In more recent years Birmingham has seen a significant regeneration of the City Centre commencing with the re-development of the Bull Ring shopping Centre (Opened September 2003).

The Bull Ring is a major commercial area of Birmingham. It has been an important feature of the city since the Middle Ages, when its market was first held. Two shopping centres have been built in the area; in the 1960s, and then in 2003. The current shopping centre was the busiest in the United Kingdom in 2004 with 36.5 million visitors. It houses one of only four Selfridges department stores, the fourth largest Debenhams and Forever 21. Consequently, the centre has been a huge success, attracting customers from all over the world.

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Bullring Shopping Centre by Night

This 2003 development was a major event in the history of the City and will be remembered by all in these years for changing the face of Birmingham forever. With the help of other developments Birmingham had changed from an old market town to a forward thinking architecturally cool City.

The development of Enterprise Zones across Birmingham in recent years has further developed the City’s reputation as a hub for creative minds and therefore creative companies. The Jewellery Quarter of the City has become a hotbed for creative and design agencies. This is where KIJO has chosen to base its office with a view of St Paul’s Square out the office window.

Understanding our City has also helped us to develop a very successful digital marketing arm of the company that specialises in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) , PPC Campaign Management and Content Marketing Campaigns.

As a business KIJO is really proud of its home City and how it has grown, changed and advanced in the 21st Century. We are a major promoter of the city of Birmingham and our aim is to be seen as another shining example of a successful creative company thriving in the 2nd City.

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