This month we chat with Anthony Tattum, from marketing and events company Big Cat
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I am Anthony Tattum, managing director at Big Cat, a full service marketing and events company with offices in St Paul’s Square.
HOW’S THE COMMUTE?
The commute is okay if I leave early enough in the morning, pre-8.15am, otherwise it can be a 40 minute slog. The stickiest bits being the roundabout Russell Road and Salsbury Road; and the junction to get onto the Bristol Road
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK?
Big Cat was established over 12 years ago, so we are pretty well-known in the region and city. There are a lot of great businesses and we are lucky enough to work with some of the best. Being in the heart of the UK, we also get a good share of work in the capital, since we can offer an equivalent service for a more competitive price.
Saint Caffe in St Paul’s Square, or Urban Coffee Company on Church Street in the City Centre. Both are independent, friendly and serve superb coffee.
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?
I normally eat lunch at my desk, so I patronise the sandwich shops on the square. For client lunches I would go to Hotel du Vin, All Bar One or Metro.
We are very lucky to have St Paul’s Church on our doorstep, and there is no better place in the City take a breath of fresh air and go for a walk.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
The Jewellery Quarter, including St Paul’s square, is amelting pot of creative agencies, independentmaker/retailers, interesting architecture, galleries, bars and pubs, restaurants and open spaces. The vibe is friendly and bohemian, with a criticalmass of people and businesses tomake it feel like there is always something happening. The City Centre is on our doorstep, but far enough away to give the quarter a distinctive feel. The new entrance to SnowHill station on Livery Street has made the district evenmore accessible and easy to get to for Big Cat staffmembers.
AFTER WORK PINT?
Now we’re talking. Big Cat is a fervent supporter of our local watering holes. The Square regulars are the Actress & Bishop, Stirlings and The Rectory. The popular boozers in the Quarter are the Rose Villa Tavern, The Red Lion and The Lord Clifden. In the City, we like Hotel du Vin, Bodega on Bennetts Hill and The Victoria.
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
Birmingham city centre is a great place to work and socialise. My request to the mayor would be to re-open Kings Heath train station.