Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A £600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway
According to fDi Intelligence Birmingham already has one of the highest quality workforces in Europe.
Excellent educational institutions further deepen this pool of workers every year with new, fresh talent. With Apprenticeship programmes (nationally recognised at work skills development schemes) also running you can access a broad range of skills and talent easily.
The Labour Availability and Quality indicator (from fDi Intelligence) shows that Birmingham is one of the highest performing cities in Europe:
What’s different about the talent the Birmingham city region produces is its quality and quantity. Birmingham and the region delivers both. The city has almost twice as many graduates within an hour’s drive as Glasgow and Edinburgh combined. The graduates from two of the region’s universities achieve higher results than the overall UK average. Talent here is both abundant and high calibre. With this kind of resource readily available, businesses are spoilt for choice.
Birmingham has a demographic mix unlike any other. We’re one of the most ethnically diverse region and Birmingham is the most youthful major city in Europe.
Business in any language comes as second nature in the West Midlands. Talented linguists enable companies in the region to do business beyond the UK. Birmingham and our region is open for business with the world.
A thriving international city, Birmingham’s perfectly placed for business - a hub at the heart of the UK’s road and rail network.
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