Stacey Barnfield

Name: Stacey Barnfield

Company: Downtown Birmingham in Business / Edwin Ellis Creative Media

Position: Chairman, Downtown Birmingham in Business. Director, Edwin Ellis Creative Media Limited

What does your organisation do: I’m sure you’re familiar with the great work of Downtown in Business in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Lancashire. My role is to help its launch in Birmingham using the extensive contacts and connections I’ve built up during a 20-year career in the West Midlands media, culminating in my most recent role as editor of the illustrious Birmingham Post. I’m also the co-director of Edwin Ellis Creative Media, a new PR, communications and publishing agency I’m in the process of launching with my wife, who is also a journalist. We’re actively seeking clients to work with so if you think we might be able to help your business grow, we’d love to hear from you.

Company website address: downtowninbusiness.com

Football team: The mighty Birmingham City.

Who would your ideal Prime Minister be: Joseph Chamberlain, the man who built modern Birmingham in the late 19th century, A fine statesman who never made the top job.

Favourite bar/restaurant: One for Brummies of a certain vintage: The Ship Ashore, sadly no longer with us.

What’s your tipple: I’m loving my real ales these days. Is that an age thing?

Which business person do you most admire: Pretty obvious but got to say Richard Branson. He’s done things his way, always with a smile.

Favourite band/artist: The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Jam, The Velvet Underground… any band beginning with ‘The’.

What is your all-time favourite tune: There She Goes by The Las.

Favourite book: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

Favourite movie: Withnail and I.

Who would play you in a film: Oh I really don’t like this question… High Fidelity-era John Cusack? Yes, John could do a decent job.

Favourite TV programme: The Young Ones.

Most visited website: BBC News. Boring, I know.

What is your preferred Social Media platform: Twitter or facebook. Slowly being sucked in by pinterest. Finally getting my head around LinkedIn.

Who is your celebrity crush: Kylie’s still got it.

Which four people would you most like to invite to a dinner party: Kylie, Ian Hislop, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne… Hang on, this is turning into a Travelling Wilburys reunion.

If you could choose one superpower what would it be: I put this question to my 7-year-old son. His answer… ‘The Force’, while putting his hands towards my neck in a throttling motion. Wish I hadn’t asked now.

Interesting fact about you: As a teenager I once pulled off a 171-slab wheelie on my BMX. No kidding, 171 paving slabs. Match that, Knievel.

What is your dream job: I achieved that by becoming a newspaper editor three years ago, but always on the lookout for a new challenge…

Downtown is… A breath of fresh air for Birmingham’s private sector. We’ll shout about the great things being achieved by entrepreneurs and brilliant business brains while challenging authority and political leadership.

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