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    Strongest economy outside London

    With an economy worth £24.8bn, Birmingham has a growth rate of 19.2% in the last five years and is one of the largest city economies in the country.

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    One of the best regions for jobs created from foreign direct investment

    We attracted 6,570 foreign direct investment (FDI) jobs in 2016/17 – created from 151 FDI investments.

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    Most entrepreneurial regional city

    17,473 new businesses were in Birmingham during 2016 – more than any other city outside the capital.

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    Export performance

    At £33.5 billion in 2016-17, exports from the West Midlands have grown by 12.9% in the last 12 months.

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    Strongest growth in international tourism

    The 1.1 million overseas visits to Birmingham in 2015 was 17% up on 2014 and the largest increase of any UK city outside London.

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    Better quality of life

    Birmingham ranked as having the highest quality of life of any English city outside the capital, by global Mercer Quality of Living Report 2017.

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  • Best regional city for student performance graphic

    Best regional city for student performance

    Birmingham has more schools receiving an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED inspection rating of any regional city.

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  • More people moved to Birmingham from London in 2015 graphic

    More people moved to Birmingham from London in 2015

    Birmingham was the most popular destination for people relocating out of London than anywhere else in the country.

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  • Most popular location for business tourism events graphic

    Most popular location for business tourism events

    In 2016, Birmingham was ranked most popular location for business tourism events outside London, ahead of Manchester, Edinburgh and Leeds.

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  • UK’s youngest and fastest growing regional city graphic

    UK’s youngest and fastest growing regional city

    Birmingham is the youngest major city in Europe – between 2006 and 2016, Birmingham’s population increased by over 100,000, well ahead of our nearest rival.

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News15th June 2018

Chinese research leaders visit Birmingham to meet potential partners

Senior leaders from Jiangsu Industry Technology Research Institute (JITRI) visited the University of Birmingham to meet potential academic partners for […]

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EventTues 19 Jun TBC

Getting the skills my business needs to grow: A Higher Level Skills Match Workshop

19/06/2018 @ All Day - This Higher Level Skills Match Workshop is for SME’s seeking to develop a further understanding of business growth, the issues faced during growth and how to ensure you’re better equipped to make good business decisions. This workshop has been developed in collaboration with Birmingham City University, Aston University and Newman University and is part funded [...]

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