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Connected city

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Connected city

We have regional, national, European and global connections. To keep us ahead £1.3 billion will be invested in our networks by 2015.

Easy access to 400 million people across Europe

90% of UK consumers are within four hours travel time

High Speed 2 rail  – London in less than 45 minutes 

50 airlines serving more than 140 routes worldwide


Multi-sector strengths

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Multi-sector strengths

Our talented people use their skills and expertise across a range of key sectors.

60% of the UK’s automotive R&D from the region

More BPFS companies than Zurich, Manchester and Edinburgh

23,700 people in architecture and engineering

500 medical technology companies, more than any other UK region


Space to breathe

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Space to breathe

Birmingham was voted best UK city outside of London for quality of life (Mercer Quality of Living 2012).


With more than 600 parks and open spaces and Sutton Park as one of the largest urban parks in Europe there is always space to breathe

Slow down. Explore more miles of canal than Venice

Secure future - 10 Local Nature Reserves and 156 designated nature conservation sites


World class city of culture

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World class city of culture

Indoors, outdoors, participate, watch or find space and quiet to get away from it all. You will always be able to relax and unwind.

Birmingham was ranked among the New York Times’ top 20 international destinations to visit.

Explore cuisine from more than 27 countries and dine in more Michelin star restaurants than any other English city outside London

More than 500,000 works of art in one square mile


High quality workforce

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High quality workforce

Our large talent pool is highly ranked now. It will stay that way.

4.3 million people of working age within an hour of the city

Over 300,000 students and 100,000 graduates within an hour’s drive of the city

A digital hub - for example 21% of the UK's games industry workforce is here

Nearly 1 million people speak a second language


Growth engine

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Growth engine

Our £94 billion regional economy will grow 20% by 2020

Innovative economic zones generating £1.5bn and 50,000 new jobs

Home to 75,000 companies, 1,190 of which are international

Our population will grow to 1.17million by 2018 (ONS)

Birmingham New Street helps move nearly 25million passengers annually

Europe's youngest city, with under 25's nearly 40% of our population


Bold regeneration

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Bold regeneration

We are investing £18 billion by 2026 in a bold 21st Century regeneration plan.

£1.3 billion will be invested in road, rail and air networks by 2015

£25 million is going in to the Digital Media Academy and £188 million on the new Library of Birmingham

£600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway


Business Catalyst

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Business Catalyst

A comprehensive suite of products to speed up the process of setting up your business in Birmingham.

Local labour pool analysis, bespoke recruitment & apprenticeship solutions

Property and incubator space – short-term accommodation and support for future plans

Business services including legal advice, project management and other professional services for business establishment

Profile-raising opportunities such as PR announcements, sales and marketing workshops, networking events and social media collaboration

A successful infrastructure for a modern city and region needs to deliver physical as well as technological connectivity. 

Our ambitions are measured and balanced against sustainability and environmental impact. Birmingham champions the use of innovative products and practices to lower the city’s carbon footprint at a reasonable cost.

The city is already ahead of its CO2 reduction targets, with a strategy successfully underway to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% come 2026.

Key developments for a future facing city

Innovation is the key to the Birmingham psyche. 

First-class property developments, enterprising business propositions and an extensive connectivity agenda are being delivered sustainably and environmentally.

  • Work has started on the ambitious Big City Plan and £18bn will be invested by 2026.
  • World-class property developments include the iconic £600 million New Street Station Gateway under construction – to be completed in 2015 and the landmark Library of Birmingham – which opened in September 2013.
  • The Metro network is having £130m invested in it
  • The city bus interchange is benefitting from £13m investment
  • Superfast broadband in the city has seen £10m invested
  • With connectivity high on the city’s agenda, work is in place for the £200 million expansion of Birmingham Airport as well as the approved £17 billion High Speed rail link in Birmingham’s Eastside, an area undergoing its own multi-billion pound regeneration.

Connecting people, places, businesses and markets is key to our regions’ future. Dig deeper in to our transport and technology infrastructure:

Transport

Situated at the heart of the UK’s motorway and rail network, half the UK’s population lies within two hours and 90% within a four-hour travel time of the region. 

  • £1.3 billion will be invested in road, rail and air networks by 2015 making our hub even more efficient
  • Connected to over 400 million people across Europe, further planned transport infrastructure projects for high-speed rail, road and aviation will ensure the city’s connections remain world-class

Road

  • The motorways - M6, M42, M54 and M5 - service the city from all directions connecting you to all major UK cities effectively
  • There are over 23,500 well signed parking spaces in the city centre alone

Rail

  • Birmingham’s three mainline stations provide more direct rail connections than any city in Europe. Birmingham International station serves the airport and the National Exhibition Centre – and over 100 towns and cities
  • There are 114 services to London daily, with a journey time of just over 70 minutes. When High Speed 2 rail network comes on tap the journey to London will be less than 45 minutes
  • There are also high speed services to Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow 
  • Over 1,250 trains use Birmingham New Street each day, moving nearly 25 million passengers annually
  • A £600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway. Annual passenger capacity is set to increase to 52 million a year on completion 
  • Birmingham is also served by a light rail system which will see a £129 million extension through the city centre by 2015. Already over 96,000 people use the Metro every week

Air

  • Birmingham Airport already serves 9 million passengers a year – this will triple by 2030
  • 50 airlines serving more than 140 routes worldwide, including daily departures to New York Newark Airport plus twice daily services to Dubai
  • Manchester and Heathrow Airports are within a two hour drive, opening up easy access to additional destinations
  • Birmingham is the only UK airport with planning consent for a runway extension which, when completed in 2014 after a £200 million programme, will place Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore in direct access

Watch the video below for more on how it will benefit Birmingham and the region:

Technology

  • Always forward thinking Birmingham was BT’s first Wireless City with wi-fi cover for the city centre. Ever since the city has been building a best of class digital infrastructure
  • The ‘Science Park Without Walls’ collaboration between Cisco and Birmingham Science Park connects start-ups and businesses with innovators, academics and investors globally. The relationship has also led to Cisco welcoming the Park onto its Global Exchange for Growth programme
  • Within one of the boldest 21st Century regeneration plans sit the £25 million Digital Media Academy and the £188 million New Library of Birmingham, the hub of the region’s knowledge economy. Underpinning the whole regeneration plan will be a first class digital infrastructure

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