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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

Birmingham and the region provide broad and deep education and training opportunities. Pre-school to post-graduate the region can cater for your needs and aspirations.

 

Schooling

The West Midlands is a region with the future fixed in its sights. High academic standards show a commitment to future generations - an investment in a workforce from the grass roots. Based on A-level results alone Birmingham has two of the top fifteen schools in the country.  38 schools in the region have achieved ‘outstanding’ according to Ofsted. Birmingham is about investment in the future.

 

Universities & Colleges

Birmingham itself has five universities; Aston University, Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham and Newman University College. Aston University and University of Birmingham achieve higher than the UK average for 2:1 or 1st class degrees and Aston has the highest employability scoring of all regional UK cities – 82% get jobs within six months of graduation.

There are 15 universities within an hour of Birmingham, including the following Russell Group Universities:

 

Apprenticeships

Exceptional educational institutions alone are not enough – we need to offer our regions’ people the opportunity to specialise in skills and crafts that interest them and also provide future employment. That’s why in the West Midlands there’s a strong emphasis on apprenticeships.

  • Between 2010 and 2011 nearly 5,000 programmes were started
  • In the West Midlands region there were 30,000 schemes started between August 2011 and January 2012

 

Childcare

But, before school, university, college or apprenticeships in the region we also recognise the need for excellent pre-school and childcare provision.

Already committed to developing businesses and its workforce, the region supports residents in other areas of their lives. One of those is childcare. Young families can easily access the quality care they require. Ofsted publish regular inspection reports on registered providers.

Monitoring and maintaining standards, contributes hugely to the high quality of life people can expect living in the West Midlands.

 

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