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Leader of Birmingham, Councillor Albert Bore says: “we should have a design competition to create a phrase to replace ‘2nd City'”.

Let’s oblige (or hit refresh for more of our ideas):

By Jon Bounds

14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed. His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it's out now. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It's Not Shit.

14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed. His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it's out now. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It's Not Shit.

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  • How about ‘Canal City’?

  • MJ

    Like London, but friendly

  • Anon

    Birmingham. The UK’s Big City.

  • Muppet

    Birmingham. Britain’s best kept secret. Please don’t come here, we don’t like it when it’s busy, bab.

  • The Funk Doctor

    Why does anybody think that made up phrases make a difference? And why the ball aching tired old idea of a competition? Forget fatuous phrases and lets just get on with being a self confident great place! I don’t believe Manchester or Liverpool or anywhere else relies on a phrase. Apart from Madchester I can’t remember a phrase associated with a city that makes me think better of it. It’s the place itself, stupid.

  • Kate Cooper

    City of trees

  • Marc Reeves

    More car parks than Venice

  • neighfan

    Not Boston. Just bostin.

  • Vulpine

    I quite like “Birmingham. 2nd to none”