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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 Birmingham - Investment App

The Business Birmingham Investment app is now available for download on the App store for Apple Ipad.

What does it do?

The purpose of the app is to provide our Business Development teams, potential investors and agents acting on behalf of Marketing Birmingham with a set of interactive brochure resources.

The idea being they will help them sell Greater Birmingham as a key destination to locate and invest.

The key benefit of this tool is that it enables at range to hand businesses globally a dashboard overview of the Technology, BPFS, Life Sciences, Advanced Engineering and Food and Drink sectors in the city.


Strategic fit

Originally designed to align with businesses objectives connected with the previous round of ERDF funding, the app has now been refreshed with up to date case studies, thought leaders and statistical information on key sectors.

This was to coincide with the apps launch in the app store, changing it from an internal tool into something that can be downloaded, accessed and used in any location across the globe.


Functionality

The app utilises real-time data sets to build statistical info-graphics that create a live picture of the strengths of each sector.

This data is reinforced through more narrative content in order to paint a full picture of the region’s strengths, key locations, case study companies, thought leaders, news and events.

The live data ensures that the application has information that is self-refreshing and up to date.


Overview section

Snapshot of the strengths of the specific sector that has been selected within the application aggregating Live Data and Content. Illustrate the Curator’s usage of data driven infographics and narrative content.

Sub Sector Overview
In the overview section of the app the user can click on each sub sector to reveal more detail. This provides a deeper understanding of the companies, thought leaders, talent and research within each discipline and is a precursor to more detailed information within other sections of the app.

Company section
In the company section of the app. a series of companies are selected by the client to be highlighted. Short narrative is created to emphasise why they are key to the region; history, people, collaborative nature. In many cases this company description is different to their profile on LinkedIn or their companies website.

Research section
Derived from a mixture of University research league tables and content aggregated on research clusters from University websites and online video. The purpose of this section is to place the city within its wider regional context for talent and research activity.

Skills and Talent section
Derived from a mixture of numbers of Graduates, Employees and skilled workforce. Additional elements include networks for accessing talent, key recruitment agencies and salaries in the region.

News Section
Using a mixture of local and national news feeds to show the key messages and events in the region. Additionally this is a section of the application that can include news on where the city bodies are investing and the ambitions of the region. LinkedIn is used to draw profiles and skills from pre-selected thought leaders.

Hotspots Map
Identifying companies by sub sector type on a city wide map. Importantly key companies are chosen and highlighted to reinforce the strength of the eco-system in the city. Places of interest are pre-mapped and enable the user to quickly navigate between areas. One of the most appropriate areas to incorporate 3D visualisations

When and how is it available?

The Business Birmingham app can be accessed via the Apple App Store or via this link.

 Mobile App
The Business Birmingham App is also available on iPhone via the Apple App store or via this link.

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