Each month we talk to a new character in town to discuss living and working in the city. This month it’s Richard Venner from wealth management company Charles Stanley.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I’m Richard Venner, the director of financial planning at Charles Stanley PLC.
HOW DO YOU GET INTO TOWN?
Our offices are in the heart of the Calthorpe Estate on Calthorpe Road, it’s an ideal location for both the city centre and our staff. I live out in the country in a small hamlet called Milson. Its situated between Cleobury Mortimer and Tenbury Wells and I drive into work.
HOW’S THE COMMUTE?
I am an early riser and generally get to the office for about 6.30am, and leave at around 7.00pm. The commute is a great way for me to catch up on any phone calls and to unwind before I get back home. I travel in and out through Ombersley and the countryside is quite stunning.
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK IN?
Birmingham is a great place to work. It has so much to offer, great communication links, very strong professional services and manufacturing base, good financial services and plenty of culture. I have strong links to the city, my family were farmers from Hall Green and I can date them back to the early 19th century when the first census was done.
I use the Marriott a lot for offsite meetings; the staff and service are great. It’s only a small walk from my office. If I want a coffee or am meeting someone in the centre I generally use Café Nero or Starbucks.
I tend to go to Simpsons in Edgbaston for more formal dining, but also use the White Swan in Harborne and the Marriott.
A power walk, steady on. I was built for comfort not speed.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
My favourite part of the city is Victoria Square and the surrounding area. The Council House and The Town Hall are magnificent buildings, Colmore Row is a bustling place and with the new development in Snow Hill the district is growing.
I sometimes drop into the Marriott with colleagues and have a pint. If I am staying in Birmingham for the night I would drink nice claret. We are patrons of the CBSO and I often attend concerts in the Symphony Hall, they are two great exponents of Birmingham.
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
Birmingham has taken great strides in providing an infrastructure for the world to visit, I would certainly advocate the return of the Motor Show to the NEC, political conferences at the ICC and genuine bids for us to stage major world events. Birmingham needs to become known as a major international city to do business with.