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Transforming the City

What is City Talks?

The City Talks public lecture series features a programme of speakers who will share their views and insights on a range of topics. The talks are free of charge, and open to the public.


What Birmingham means to me

Thursday 11 June 2015, 6.30pm – 8pm, Giant Screen Cinema, Millennium Point*

Celebrity chef and restauranteur Glynn Purnell joined a panel of well-known male figures from Birmingham to discuss what they love about the city, where it could do better and how it is perceived by others.

Glynn raised concerns that independent retailers are being forced out of the city in place of fast-food outlets and restaurant chains.

““The Great Western Arcade was full of independent retailers and shops with queues out of the doors a few years ago.

“Yearly tier increases on rental rates has left some of those small business owners with no choice but to walk away. Everyone loves Nando’s but whacking them and other fast-food outlets all over the city makes Birmingham a less interesting place.

“Birmingham needs independence to bring people here, there needs to be more incentives for people to open small businesses in the city.”

Also joining Glynn on the panel were ITV Central presenter Bob Warman and four-time world kickboxing champion Kash ‘The Flash’ Gill. The talk was chaired by Award-Winning Journalist and Television Presenter, Marverine Cole.