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Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.


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


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


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


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

As with our place to do business rankings our quality of life scores back up our claims to Birmingham being the right place for you as well as your business.

In the fDi ‘Cities and Regions of the Future’ poll 2012, Birmingham was Ranked 7th in Europe and the only English city in the Top 10 in the Large European Cities Category.

During downtime our city and region offers a wealth of ways to spend your leisure and entertainment time. 

Consider the following:

  • More continental Europeans visit Birmingham than any other English city second only to London
  • We will soon have the largest public library in Europe (pictured right) after £188m of investment. Digital connectivity is central to the planning of the space
  • Birmingham is a city of multi-cultural festivals; Chinese, Sikh, Hindu and Islamic festivals as well jazz, dance, and the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the UK
  • Our city has staged more European and World Championships than any other UK city. We have some of the oldest professional football teams and have an athletics club that has been represented at every summer Olympics bar one since 1908 
  • And, if you just want peace and quiet we have over 8,000 acres of parks and open space, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK

Quality of life: what the local business community say

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Suzie Branch - MD, BranchMartinSpicer

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Gareth Morgan - Senior Surveyor, Jones Lang LaSalle

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Hilary Allen - Director, AECOM

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James Richards - Solicitor, Gateley LLP

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Nicola Fleet-Milne - MD, FleetMilne Residential

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Ian Burrows - Chartered Wealth Manager, Brewin Dolphin

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