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
Marketing Birmingham and The NEC would like to invite you to a briefing where you will see ‘a world first’, a new multi-million pound attraction called Dinosaurs in the Wild, which will be taking residence at the NEC from June 24 to August 24 2017.
The attraction’s event organisers have chosen Birmingham to launch their unique, immersive live adventure combining theatre, theme park fun and the very latest scientific research, and will be the first time an event of this kind has been hosted in the UK. This will be a key event for the city during the summer period and we’d like to provide you with all of the information that you need to maximise opportunities for your organisation around this exciting attraction.
Created by award-winning producers behind “Walking with Dinosaurs” – one of the most successful dinosaur productions of all time – the spectacular adventure is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city to experience the 70-minute adventure which will transport families back over 60 million years to witness dinosaurs as they have never been seen before.
We would like to invite you to join us on 4th April as guest speaker, Tim Haines – the Creative Director of Dinosaurs in the Wild – will take you step-by-step through the adventure and you can find out how to get a bite of the action.