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
The Business Birmingham Investment app is now available for download on the App store for Apple Ipad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Business Birmingham app can be accessed via the Apple App Store or via this link.
The Business Birmingham App is also available on iPhone via the Apple App store or via this link.
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