Each month we talk to a new character in town to discuss living and working in Birmingham. This month it’s Bryan Manley-Green from Alchemy Translations
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Well, on paper, I run a translations company and represent a currency transfer service (I love that, as it can save my clients the cost of their translations!) and I’m very involved with the Gastro Card, the Midlands’ leading restaurant discount card. But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg – there isn’t enough room to list everything I get involved with!
HOW DO YOU GET INTO TOWN?
The number 9 bus takes me swiftly down the Hagley Road and into the city in about 10 minutes. I’m always out and about as an avid supporter of Birmingham’s’ thriving network scene, so it means I don’t have to worry about parking… and I can enjoy the odd glass of wine.
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK IN?
Birmingham is the most wonderfully friendly place for businesses. People go out of their way to help and nurture each other
One of the benefits of being a founder member of Business Scene meant that I got a Regus gold card – giving access to its business lounges and an endless supply of excellent tea and coffee!
My colleagues at the Gastro Card will kill me as two of my favourite places aren’t on the list (yet!) but the bento boxes at Woktastic and Miss Korea are fabulous. For a brilliant Chinese lunch, then it has to be Chung Ying Central.
I’m not really one for exercise, I get my inspiration talking to my husband, Kevin, for over 25 years, he’s always kept me grounded and helps get my rather-too-fanciful ideas into a sensible format.
FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
That has to be the Library. It’s simply stunning. But there again, BMAG in Centenary Square is amazing too. We’re so thrilled to be featured there as part of the Birmingham, Its People, Its History recalling our memories from when the city hosted Eurovision.
Any good networking event, but it’ll be for a glass of red wine, not a pint! If I really want to hide away for a quiet meeting then it has to be Bacchus, just below the Burlington where we had our civil partnership – or wedding, as we prefer to call it.
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
I’m very vocal about my support for local TV, so much so I’m one of the founder shareholders of Birmingham’s own local TV station, which will air later this year. I think it will make a huge difference to the city.