Unravelling the rich history of Millennium Point

Published 05/01/2024
4 minutes

Where we started 

Opening on the 29th of September 2001 and officially being opened by Her Majesty on July 2nd 2002, the Millennium Point project was originally developed in partnership with a number of public and private sector institutions. 

Millennium Point was spearheaded by Birmingham City Council, Birmingham City University (formerly known as the University of Central England) and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.  

What we’ve achieved 

We’ve achieved a lot in a short period of time. For starters, we’re home to some of the city’s leading institutions, like Birmingham City University, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Think Tank and Marketing Birmingham that have either been based in or continue to operate in our facilities. 

We’re also the lead funder for the Science Park based in ThinkTank and have funded various other projects in the West Midlands area, such as the Ark Trindal Primary School’s science area.

At the end of the day, we here at Millennium Point aim to give back to our community by providing opportunities in STEM, helping to host fantastic events and acting as an excellent landlord for thriving businesses in the Midlands.

Millennium Point’s Charitable Trust 

Our award-winning charitable trust invests over £4.8 million a year towards furthering STEM education in the West Midlands. 

Our mission

At Millennium point we aim to advance education for public benefit. We look at the industrial and technological processes that have shaped the modern world and that will shape the future. 

Our flagship initiatives 

  • Grants funding – We provide schools, not-for-profits and charities up to £20,000 to fund their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) projects.
  • Scholarship programme – Every year we fully fund an undergraduate degree relating to STEM. 
  • STEM Roundtable – This brings together leaders from STEM industries, primary and secondary education, higher education and not-for-profits within STEM sectors to discuss difficulties those in Birmingham and the West Midlands are facing relating to STEM.  

Our vision

Ultimately we want to be recognised as a leader in the promotion of STEM education and careers. We aim to do this  by meeting these goals:

  • Addressing the STEM skills gap through education and reeducation of STEM skills. 
  • Encouraging traditionally marginalised groups, such as BAME, LGBTQ+, girls and women, to undertake a career in STEM.
  • Supporting the growth of STEM skills and careers within education.
  • Supporting the growth of activities and events that promote STEM skills and careers.
  • Raising the profile of STEM skills and careers.

To discover more about the work our Charitable Trust does, visit our charity page here.

Exceptional events spaces 

Millennium Point is Eastsides largest events hub, where we have a variety of spaces, including our giant screen auditorium, perfect for any event. 

Our spaces benefit from:

  • Being fully flexible – We have spaces suitable for almost any event, such as purpose built meeting suites.
  • Amazing services and add-ons – We can include bespoke catering and hybrid and virtual packages to make your event as successful as possible. 
  • We’re right in the heart of Birmingham – We have on-site parking and are a short walk from bus and train transport links, making it easy for guests to attend.

Why choose to host your event at Millennium Point?

Hosting your event with us increases your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), while giving back to the West Midlands. 

All commercial profits from our events business and landmark public building go to our award-winning Charitable Trust. The Trust has invested over £25 million back into the West Midlands across the last six years to help support the growth of STEM education. 

When you hold your event at Millennium Point your money makes change happen! For example your money could go toward some of our projects like:

  • Our fully funded STEM Degree – Every year we provide one person with a fully funded undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University when they study a course relating to Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
  • STEM grants and funding – Every year not-for-profit, educational institutes and charities can apply for up to £20,000 to fund their STEM related projects, events and initiatives in the West Midlands.    
  • STEM Roundtable – This is where local industry leaders and educators come together to address the challenges facing STEM in Birmingham and its surrounding West Midlands areas.  

To discover which space could be best for your event, try out our Events Space Matcherator and one of our team will be in touch. 

Perfect properties 

Here at Millennium Point we have a range of properties that could make a perfect home for your business. 

So what makes us different from other properties?

  • We’re a vibrant hub of activity all year round, where we hold public events and exhibitions in public areas.
  • We implement sustainable practices.
  • We have in-house meeting and events spaces, such as our giant screen auditorium.
  • Our office spaces are spacious and flexible and benefit from an onsite cafe, parking and cleaning.
  • 24 hour security.
  • We overlook Eastside Park.
  • Our commercial activity funds the Millennium Point Charitable Trust.

To discover more about the properties we have to offer, get in touch with us today.

While we’re only 22 years old, our rich history has set us up for a lifetime of providing support to Birmingham and the West Midlands, helping them thrive and build a brighter future for those wanting to pursue a career in STEM. 

While we have already achieved some amazing things, we’re not going to stop here. Whether you’re looking to host an event or find a new home for your business, just know that your money is helping us provide a better future for our younger generations.   

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