Rich Bitch Studios commits to Birmingham

Rich Bitch Studios commits to Birmingham

An iconic Midlands music studio which has held sessions for the likes of Black Sabbath, ELO and Robert Plant has moved to a new home in Birmingham.

Birmingham’s Rich Bitch Studios has moved to a new home in Kings Norton Business Centre after signing a 10 year lease.

The company was previously based in Selly Oak for 30 years but, hit by rising business rates and the cost of maintaining and running the 20,000 sq ft of space there, recently sold up with the buildings being demolished and redeveloped for student housing.

A site at Heeley Road in Selly Oak was considered before owner Rob Bruce settled on Kings Norton Business Centre.

He said: “We needed to downsize. Our business did not justify such a large building.

“Now we have an excellent new venue. It is a convenient spot, easy to get to and with good road connections. Plus there is a lot of music industry in and around the wider area.

“It has taken longer than we thought, eight to nine months, and it will take a few weeks yet to get it all sorted from here, but then we will be making music again.”

Under a company reorganisation, the business will now be known as RB Studios.

And Bruce, in his late 60s, is planning to step back a little. “I’ll be at the helm but I am going to let the others take over more of the responsibility.

“I was always very hands-on but I am not getting any younger and I am certainly not doing 12-15 hour days anymore!”

There will be a soft opening of the studios to make sure everything is right, to be followed by an official launch.

“There is nothing definite yet, but we plan on a bit of a party and maybe I can persuade a few names along,” he said.

The company was advised by property agents SDL Bigwood.