The manager of Suttons and Robertsons, the high-end pawnbrokers in the city centre, gives us her thoughts on Brum and business in the city
Please introduce yourself?
Vivien Siberry-Scott, the manager of Suttons and Robertsons, high-end pawnbrokers on Corporation Street in Birmingham city centre.
What does your company do?
We offer secured loans against customers own assets and possessions. We can lend up to £1million, against prestigious cars, art work, antiques, silverware, jewellery, watches, memorabilia and collectables. We are the UK’s longest established pawnbrokers and pride ourselves on our expertise, professionalism and the quality and speed of our face to face customer service in our beautifully styled stores
Is Brum a good place to do business?
Birmingham is an amazing place to be in business. The business community in and around Birmingham has a very strong sense of loyalty, supporting and assisting each other, which has had a very positive effect on us. Retail Birmingham, our business improvement district for the city centre, helps represent business needs and support us too.
What are your biggest gripes with it?
It makes no sense to gripe or complain about the amount of disruption currently being caused by development in the city centre, no one wants to live in a city that is not looking forward. In 18 months time Birmingham city centre will look stunning with new businesses coming in to further boost the economy.
How do you feel your clients see the city?
As a city of diversity and opportunity which is performing above the national trend.
Does Birmingham offer any particular advantages as a destination for business?
Beside the fact Birmingham is situated in the middle of the country, it is home to a major professional district to the north, a vibrant and successful shopping destination to the south, one of the busiest train networks with three major stations in New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street and an international airport. Birmingham is still spending money on developing and improving the city for inhabitants and businesses alike, and it has a strong network of business improvement districts working to enhance the city centre.
What should our priorities be as a city?
Focusing on the positives and making the most of the great opportunities that come our way due to our location and current facilities.
If you had £1bn to spend on improving Brum what would you do with it?
Improve the central areas that are very bland and concrete heavy, with improved walking links for visitors between the many attractions in the city centre. Increasing the number of urban parks like the newly developed East Side Park at Millennium point, to soften the environment in the city centre.
Anything else to add…
The biggest attribute Birmingham has is its people who I have found to be overwhelmingly friendly and helpful