We are thrilled to announce the launch of our charity’s brand-new brochure. Inside you will find information about our landmark £40 million in STEM donations and activities, and how this has benefited the West Midlands.

Be the first to read by clicking below –

Starting off with a note from our CEO, Abbie Vlahakis

‘The Millennium Point Charitable Trust prides itself on offering fantastic STEM-related initiatives, awarding more than £40 million to charities, schools, and community groups to champion science, technology, engineering, and maths projects across the West Midlands region.

Our STEM Grants scheme forms a core part of our strategy to end STEM poverty and enhance education.

In addition to this our annual Scholarship funds an undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University’.

A biplane, STEM gardens, adventures through the stars and MORE!

On average, we provide £411.3k in grants each year. To date we have provided £3.7 million in funding via grants, to over 160 groups in the region.

You can find out more information about our previous grant recipients here.

Celebrating 10 years of Scholarship success

Annually, we provide funding for a Scholarship for an undergraduate degree, in partnership with Birmingham City University. The Scholarship programme is aimed at students who are looking to start a career in the Built Environment, Computing, Digital Technology or Engineering industries.

Find out more about our previous Scholarship winners here.

Community minded, working together for the future of the West Midlands

Being an award-winning venue in the middle of Birmingham has allowed us to support the community and other charities in additional ways, including using our own building to host their events.

From STEM festivals to the STEM Roundtable, you’ll find it all in our brochure.

Support Millennium Point today!

Our mission is simple, to advance education for the public benefit. We invest more than £4.8 million each year towards furthering STEM education in the West Midlands. We’ve already funded over 100 grants projects and inspired over 3,000 people with our activities.

Learn how you can support Millennium Point on our website.

 

We have launched our new and improved venue brochure, brimming with all the information you need to make your event first class. We review our event offer on a regular basis to ensure our multi-award-winning event service remains current and competitive. Read on for what’s new below, and get in touch with our team to see why you should make your next event a Millennium Point event.

Want to have a first look? Click below to be the first to see our new brochure!

All your event needs in one place

Our new and improved venue brochure has all your event needs in one place. Learn about all 19 of our flexible event spaces, suitable for almost any event, from purpose-built meeting suites to a newly upgraded giant screen Auditorium perfect for conferences right through to esports tournaments. The brochure gives you an overview of each space, their capabilities, and special features. The brochure also includes eye catching photography, giving you a real sense of what our award-winning venue is all about.

It now includes our latest event space, Station!

Due to increased demand and customer needs, we have opened a new event space Station. With multiple rooms including a main room that is perfect for engaging with audiences and multiple boardroom that can be used as offices, speaker green rooms or quiet spaces, Station offers flexibility and can be tailored to individual needs with a choice of seven possible layouts.

Elevate your next event with Millennium Point

Once you have picked your perfect event space, why not really make it a great event?

When booking Millennium Point for 1st May to 31st August 2024, bookers can pick from multiple FREE upgrades including complimentary pastries, an additional room or a drinks reception!

Learn more about our exciting offering here.

Help support STEM in the region by booking with us

Help support STEM in the region and widen your CSR just by booking an event at Millennium Point. Commercial profits from our multi-award-winning events business and landmark public building go towards our charitable trust. The Millennium Point Charitable Trust reached a landmark £40 million in STEM support to organisations across the West Midlands over the last seven years.

Want to learn more? Let’s talk events!

If you want to find out more about our venue, please get in touch with our friendly events team by emailing events@millenniumpoint.org.uk or calling 0121 202 2200.

While Birmingham city centre is the prime choice for an unforgettable night out, Eastside is often overlooked. However, whether you’re looking to have a boozy night out or a day surrounded by creativity and fun activities, Eastside has loads to offer. It’s an excellent location for everyone’s night out, whether you’re a student, celebrating with friends or spending time with family. So here are a few reasons why your next night out should be spent in Eastside.

1. It’s close to transport links 

Eastside is located near a range of transport links, making it easy for you and your family and friends to travel in and out of Birmingham. This is perfect if you can’t find a designated driver and it allows you to get home safely after a night of drinking. Transport links include:

2. It’s close to Birmingham city centre 

Eastside is also just a short walk from Birmingham city centre, placing you close to a range of bars and restaurants. This allows you to explore different bars, restaurants and activities to make your night unforgettable. 

Being in close proximity to the city centre means you can forgo expensive taxis and Ubers when travelling to different venues, helping you save money that can be spent on things that make your night extra special. 

2. A range of student accommodation is close by

Eastside’s proximity to Birmingham City University and Aston University’s student accommodations provides the perfect setting for an exciting yet affordable night out. Pubs located within Eastside tend to have student deals like happy hour or discounts giving students the opportunity to do more with their night on the town. This also offers excellent opportunities to meet new people and make more friends.   

Birmingham City University’s Student Union is also located nearby, providing great opportunities for students to get involved in a range of activities. This could include things like:

There’s also a range of pubs situated in Eastside, including Gosta Green and Eagle & Ball. These both host excellent social events and student offers, making them a fun and affordable night out. You can expect events like:

Millennium Point is in the heart of Eastside 

Millennium Point is positioned in the heart of Eastside making it a great venue to centre your next evening out around. We host a range of exciting events throughout the year and have some excellent upcoming events, including:

Dirty Dancing bottomless brunch 

Date: 25th May 2024 

Time: 1PM

Price: £35pp (plus booking fee)

Dance the day away with our Dirty Dancing bottomless brunch. Enjoy 90 minutes of unlimited prosecco and fabulous food in our fully licensed bar. You can choose from a beef, chicken or vegan burger and add your desired toppings, salad and chips at our build-your-own-burger station. If you’re still wanting more, you can purchase further food and drinks throughout!

Loki summer wine & spirits fair

Date: 6th July 2024 

Loki has spent the last couple of months travelling the world, tasting different wines to find the most exciting and interesting ones for you to take home! 

They’ve gathered their favourite producers, trusted suppliers and newly made wines from friends around the world to share their best bottles with you! Over 30 tables will showcase delicious wines, gins, whiskies, cognacs and liquors for you to taste test. 

Over 250 beverages will be available to try including sparkling and dessert wines allowing you to experience a vast tasting selection.   

An assortment of artisan cheeses from Anderson and Hill will also be available to buy throughout the day, as well as Laghis deli who will be serving delicious pizza and sweet treats. 

If you’re looking to have your next night out in Eastside, explore our range of events.

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Summer may be just around the corner but there’s no better time to start planning your office’s Christmas party! We know this probably isn’t something you want to hear but, as experts in the field, trust us when we say it comes round quicker than you think, and that party spaces are already being snapped up!

Make Millennium Point your place to go this Christmas in our award-winning Birmingham city centre venue. Expect to receive first-class hospitality, hassle-free planning, and a high-quality service when you book with us. Confirm your Christmas party at Millennium Point by 31st July 2024 and we will upgrade your package to include a complimentary bottle of prosecco for every 5 guests booked. Terms and conditions apply

So, get your Santa hat on and read more about our early bird incentive and festive packages below.

Make Millennium Point your place to go this Christmas for your exclusive private party

Give your guests a VIP experience with our Exclusive Party Night. Guests will be treated to a drink on arrival in our stunning Atrium before sitting down to enjoy a sumptuous three-course Christmas banqueting menu.

Later, guests can party on the dancefloor with our resident DJ and take full advantage of the private fully licenced bar. Tickets cost just £49.95 + VAT.

Want something more on brand?

We want to make every Christmas party special, so if you have something more bespoke in mind for your private party, our events team are happy to help! Get in contact to discuss more.

Early bird gets the prosecco

Confirm your Christmas party at Millennium Point by 31st July 2024 and we will upgrade your package to include complimentary prosecco for every 5 guests booked. Meaning you can truly bring in the Christmas cheer with your team.

Terms and conditions can be found here.

Our Christmas Tree makes the perfect selfie backdrop

Our 39ft Christmas tree is put together by Christmas experts The Christmas Decorators. It takes a team of 5 installers and a team of 7 decorators, to prepare the branches and baubles. The Christmas tree takes around 10 hours to complete. With good reason too as there are over 21,000 lights and 1,500 baubles to set up!

We boast one of the largest indoor Christmas trees in Birmingham at 12 metres tall. It’s also accompanied by two nutcrackers giving visitors lots of opportunities to snap a festive selfie.

Make your event sparkle when booking with Millennium Point

Choose Millennium Point to book your event with our beautiful 39ft tree on display to give your event the wow factor at no additional cost. Our multi-award-winning venue has 11 versatile spaces to choose from ensuring the perfect space is offered for your event.

If you have something in mind our friendly events team are happy to help. Get in contact for any questions you may have with our team.

Millennium Point has announced an exclusive screening of acclaimed docudrama LOVE?, with live introduction from writer and actress Samantha Beckinsale, on 8 March.

Born out of lived experiences and the creative vision of Samantha, award-winning director and editor Jason Figgis, producer Simon W. Golding, and composer Scott Buckley, LOVE? is a feature-length docudrama depicting coercive control, which is one of the least recognised forms of domestic abuse.

The film has already welcomed incredible early reviews with Domestic Abuse Specialist Nicky Brindley MBE describing it as “a true masterpiece”, and Domestic Abuse Advocate Dorothy Zimmerman hailing it as a “revelation to start a revolution.” West Midlands audiences will now be able to experience it at an exclusive free screening on Millennium Point’s giant screen on Friday 8 March.

Writer and star, Samantha Beckinsale will be joining the event to introduce the film. Samantha said: “I’m over the moon that Millennium Point and all the sponsors have supported this LOVE? Project event and am very much looking forward to introducing LOVE? to West Midlands audiences. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, be perpetrated by anyone, and has common patterns across the world. By spreading this message via our film, we hope to help people recognise the signs and effect of domestic abuse and the tactics used by perpetrators of these crimes. Coercive control kills and without a fist being raised.”

Samantha will be joined by multi-award-winning family lawyer and Domestic Abuse Advocate Richard Port MBE, family barrister Rachel Bloxwich from 3PB Chambers, and representatives from Our Family Wizard, who are proud sponsors of this event. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy drinks and networking after the screening.

Rebecca Delmore, Commercial Director at Millennium Point, said: “We are honoured to be able to amplify the reach of this incredibly important and powerful film on Millennium Point’s giant screen. I hope that audience members will feel empowered to further spread the film’s important message.”

Tickets can be booked here.

In light of our recent scholarship application launch, we understand that finding the motivation to apply can be challenging. However, let these stories of these talented professionals serve as inspiration for you to embark into the world of STEM and push yourself to achieve new heights.

Annie Easley – The Human Computer

At the time, Easley was looking for a job after relocating when she discovered an article about two sisters who were “human computers” at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. Two weeks later, after the reading the article, Easley began her career that spanned across 34 years, contributing to numerous programs as a computer scientist.

Easley’s career involved analysing problems and solving complexed mathematical calculations by hand, awarding her with the title of human computer. Easley would go on to break barriers for women and people of colour, inspiring them to pursue STEM opportunities.

Gitanjali Rao – American’s Top Youngest Scientist 2017

Inspired by the Flint Michigan water crisis, Rao invented a life-changing device that can detect lead in water at the age of 11. Rao’s dedication to her work earned her a place in the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30. In recent years, Rao has been taking part in the research of cell biology at the University of Colorado, using the latest genetic engineering to find a solution to prescription opioid addiction epidemic.

Rao is an active STEM ambassador, inspiring young people by promoting STEM-based activities in schools and the community. Rao continues to affect students globally by sharing her knowledge, tools, and encouragement.

Morris Mbetsa – Africa’s First Flying Taxi

Morris, a self-taught engineer, created an innovative solution to Africa’s traffic and poor road infrastructure issues. At the age of 28, Morris manufactured Africa’s first flying taxi. This drone transports passengers for around 25 minutes, and at speeds of up to 120km an hour. The young entrepreneur uses his talents to generate easy-to-use, inexpensive technological solutions that are accessible to his community.

At the young age of 6, Morris discovered his passion for technology, as he has stated on The Kenyan network K24, “Technology is my life. I never watched football while growing up. My room was full of electronics and wires.”

Ronjon Nag – Smartphone Pioneer

Shortly after becoming a newly graduate, Nag invented breakthrough technology for smart devices such as handwriting recognition, predictive text, application of speech recognition and touch screens for mobile devices. He later went on to become the founder of R42 institute, a US and UK-based company that invents and invests in AI and Biotech.

Nag has gone to work with big names such as Apple, BlackBerry, and Motorola after becoming a technological pioneer. As well as becoming a ground-breaking entrepreneur, Nag was also a professor in Genetics at the Stanford School of Medicine, committed to providing inclusive and accessible education.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell – Beyond the Stars

Whilst studying at the University of Glasgow, Burnell discovered pulsars, the cosmic sources of peculiar radio pulses. After graduating, she frequently worked in gamma ray, X-ray, infrared and millimetre wavelength astronomy. In 2015, Burnell was awarded a Royal Medal by the Royal Society and became the first female President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

After winning a breakthrough prize, Burnell donated all the proceedings to the institute of Physics to set up scholarships for graduates and those in under-represented communities to have access to study physics.

Are you Interested in a Career in STEM?

We hope these stories have truly inspired you and encourage you to achieve greatness. If you have any questions about our Scholarship scheme, you can contact our friendly Trust team.

This year’s scholarship applications are now open for applicants to embark on a new educational journey into the world of STEM. In partnership with Birmingham City University (BCU), each year Millennium Point Trust fund an undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment facility.

Our scholarship programme has over 20 courses to choose from. Applications are now open, with a deadline of Friday 8th March 2024 at 5pm, allowing you plenty of time to complete your application.

Meet Safa Bibi, last year’s Scholarship winner

Safa Bibi from Small Health was studying Applied Science at South and City College, Birmingham and is now studying a degree in Computer Science at Birmingham City University as of September 2023. Safa’s passion for computer science and inspiration drawn from women in STEM encouraged her to apply for our scholarship program. With the support of Millennium Point Trust, Safa now studies the subject she is deeply passionate about.

Safa states, “Winning the scholarship has made me feel seen and heard by more than just my community of family and friends, so I feel like I can do more and achieve more. I hope that me winning the scholarship empowers other women and ethnic minorities to start applying for scholarships and these roles in STEM.”

Applying is easy and simple

The competition is open to you if you are 18 by, and looking to start an undergraduate degree in September 2024 and live within the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Read the application form carefully and start to answer each question. Think about why you want to study your chosen degree and what you want to do in the future. Also discuss any personal attributes and skills that could help you be the next winner of the Scholarship.

The application has two-stages, with the final stage being an assessment day in May. Finalists will be invited to participate in developmental workshops that will focus on supporting our personal development and professionalism in both interview and presentation skills.

We are here to help you every step of the way

We want everyone to have the best chance of success when applying for our scholarship scheme, so it is important to be confident when writing your application. That’s why we have created a helpful guide to aid throughout your application. Keep an eye out on our social media channels as well as our website for blogs, videos for additional resources to further assist you.

You can always contact our friendly Trust team for any other enquires you may have.

Apply today for a life-changing opportunity

Our applications are now open with the deadline on Friday 15th March 2024 at 5pm, so apply now and start your journey into the world of STEM.

Millennium Point has continued to champion staff wellbeing by completing the Thrive at Work: Workplace Wellbeing Silver Award.

The accreditation recognises the organisation’s commitment to promoting the health and mental wellbeing of its team and follows last year’s Bronze Award.

What is Thrive at Work?

Thrive at Work is the West Midlands Combined Authority’s workplace wellbeing award programme. It helps workplaces around the Midlands to focus on health and wellbeing at work. Employers that gain accreditation to Thrive at Work are recognised as being committed to excellence in this field.

Putting Employees First

Following the award, Millennium Point will continue to champion the wellbeing of its team with initiatives throughout the year and is already working towards the Thrive at Work: Workplace Wellbeing Gold Award.

Vanessa Currie, Head of People, Learning, and Development said “We are proud to have completed the Silver Level of the Thrive at Work programme and to have received this recognition for our work. This award highlights the ongoing work of both our dedicated Thrive Team, and the wider team, who continue to make Millennium Point a fantastic place to work. It is very rewarding to see team members supporting the wellbeing of their colleagues.”

Keep up to date with Millennium Point

At our multi-award-winning landmark building, there is always something going on! Keep up to date with our latest news in our blog section here


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

Remote Witness follows Steve, a socially outcast withdrawn hacker. He spends his evenings eating takeout food while at his computer spying on people. One night, his morals are tested when the woman he is snooping on is in danger.

Directed by Richard Broomfield, we caught up with him, he told us more about the day filming in Express at Millennium Point.

What was the inspiration behind the story?

‘I have always been interested in stories which explore moral dilemmas, I wanted to create a film which showed how different characters would react in these situations. Whilst also looking at the dangers of toxic masculinity, something which is becoming much more of a  prevalent issue.’

Sounds intense! Any favourite moments while filming?

‘A real highlight for me was a particular scene that was incredibly challenging scene to film. The actors did an amazing job working with such a difficult subject. We also had a fantastic cast and crew, each brought great humour and positive energy to the set’.

A fantastic team can make all the difference, but were there any challenges?

‘Remote witness was a completely self-funded project finding money to make the film was a big challenge. As with most independent projects, it can be difficult to create something without the resources of a studio or production company’.

Why did you choose Millennium Point to film in?

‘We were struggling to find an office location which would be affordable and willing to accommodate a small indie production. We contacted Film Birmingham who gave us the details for the events team at Millennium Point. The team were really helpful and accommodating when we came to view the space, we had a tight budget and they helped us keep to that. The Express room was large enough to fit in all the equipment/ crew and props needed; we managed to get some great shots’.

What advice would you give to young budding directors or film makers?

’Immerse yourself in as much content as you can, TV, film, books, and games they’re all important in understanding how stories and characters work. Get out and network as much as possible, there are lots of events and festivals where you can meet, discuss and collaborate with other creatives. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people for advice or help most filmmakers are happy to help’.

Where can people watch Remote Witness?

‘Remote Witness will be entered into the 2024-2025 film festival circuit; we are hoping to have a small premiere for the film this winter/ I am incredibly excited to see people’s reaction to the film!’.

You can keep up with Richard Broomfield’s work on his Instagram for latest updates here.

Another one of his Films ‘Conversion’ will be screening here on 20th November as part of Birmingham Film Festival.

Need a filming location? Millennium Point can help with that

We may be known as home to Birmingham Film Festival and a great destination to have a film showing. But did you know our building can also be used as the backdrop to your next film?

From zombie hoards to fighting crime, we have had a fair few cinematic moments happen in our building. Get in touch with our friendly team today to discuss options for your filming needs.

If you’re looking for a place to host an event, look no further than Millennium Point. We offer a diverse selection of spaces perfect for almost any type of gathering. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help you host an unforgettable event.

Choose the right space

One of the most important aspects of hosting a phenomenal event is to find the right space. When doing this you need to consider your necessities and nice to haves. For example your necessities could include:

Nice to haves could include:

Here at Millennium Point, our facilities can accommodate a variety of occasions, such as expeditions, parties and performances making it a versatile venue that’s ideal for creating your dream event.

Customise your guests experiences 

Adding customisations to your event, no matter how small, can make guests feel valued and excited about attending. For example, personalising invitations and table places can make attendees feel as though a lot of thought has been put into the planning of the event. 

At Millennium Point, we’re here to help you through every part of your journey ensuring all your queries are addressed to guarantee a seamless experience. 

Consider the location

Location can make or break an event. If you hold it in a place that’s difficult to get to you may see a drop in the number of guests attending. For example, if you’re hosting a social gathering for employees and clients that involves alcoholic beverages, you’ll want to consider somewhere with a variety of great transport links. This will give guests the opportunity to take alternative transport so that they can join everyone else in the celebrations.

That’s why Millennium Point is the perfect place to host your next unforgettable event! We’re in the centre of Birmingham, putting you close to bus, train and motorway links, amazing restaurants and bars and affordable hotels, helping you hold the best event possible.

Invest in quality catering

Depending on the duration of your event, you may want to consider choosing a catered option. Providing high quality food and drink can be a talking point, for a lot of attendees, helping you boost word of mouth conversations about your business and your brand reputation. While food and drink isn’t the main thing you want your guests to be discussing (unless you’re hosting an event relating to the hospitality industry), it is a great opportunity to encourage conversations.  

At Millennium Point we offer sustainable catering options that can take your event to the next level. Whether you want to keep it simple by providing teas, coffees and biscuits in your meetings or you want to step it up with a fine dining experience we’ve got you covered. 

Utilise lighting

Lighting is a great way to set the tone of your event. For example, you’ll want to use bright lighting if you’re holding a formal corporate event or meeting, as this promotes focus and enhances communication. 

But if you’re wanting to hold a more intimate and less formal event, designed to break down corporate barriers and encourage more personal relationships to be built, you’ll want to use warmer and dimmer lighting.  

Millennium Point’s event spaces  

So if you’re looking to host an exceptional event, take a look at our array of spaces:

Atrium

Atrium is a large open-planned space on the ground floor of Millennium Point that’s perfect for exhibitions and banquets. It also benefits from high speed Wi-Fi and catering options and has even been utilised as a film set for major TV programmes.

Auditorium 

The Auditorium was previously known as the very first IMAX in Birmingham. The space features a 30m² stage underneath a giant 14m x 8m screen and has everything a business needs to entertain an audience. 

The space also features:

Concourse 

Concourse is placed between the entrance of Birmingham City University and Thinktank giving you more footfall, helping you attract more people. This is great if you’re hosting an event that’s open to everyone, such as an exhibition, performance or reception.

The space also benefits from:

Connect 1-3

Our rooms Connect 1,2 and 3 allow you to create an ideal space for you with their retractable walls. Whether you want to use one large boardroom or 3 small meeting rooms, Connect gives you the opportunity to really tailor your event space.  

The room also has:

Ingress

Ingress is a small outdoor space that’s great for intimate gatherings such as product launches, exhibits, parties and food festivals.

The space also boasts:

Intercity

This has excellent presentation facilities and high-speed Wi-Fi that’s perfect for holding board meetings, training and workshops. Intercity also has:

Platform 

Platform is located on the first level of Millennium Point and is an open plan, semi-private space. The area also benefits from:

Promenade  

Promenade is an outside space great for small and intimate functions. This could include things like product launches, brand activation or even a dramatic entrance to your event!

The space provides a:

So if you’re looking to host an incredible event, get in touch with Millennium Point to see how we can help you.