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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

Office

Whatever your requirements, a wide range of office property is available.  

Property available for immediate occupation is abundant, fitting with the demanding pace of business today.

  • The Enterprise Zone provides opportunity for more than 700,000sqm of new office floor space and 600,000sqm of new leisure, recreation and commercial floor space within the city centre, accommodating more than 40,000 new jobs.
  • Central Birmingham has a total office stock of 18.4 million square feet
  • The diverse range of office space ranges from £8 per square foot for good quality refurbished space to £28.50 per square foot for prime Grade A space
  • Over 0.5m square feet of Grade A accommodation available for immediate occupation
  • A total of 3.6 million square feet of space available which falls in a range of buildings from Grade A to more cost effective accommodation
  • A wide choice of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ buildings
  • One of only two UK centres which have in excess of 100,000 sqft of speculative office space underway
  • Development pipeline of 5.15 million square feet of office space
  • Major projects include: Two Snow Hill (120,00sqft) and Five Brindleyplace (133,000 sqft)

 

Industrial

Location makes the West Midlands a logical choice for industrial premises with the largest industrial market in the country. Surrounded by major link roads and motorways, industry is brought closer to its suppliers and customers.

Investment is also being driven into improving transport infrastructure. Combine this with competitive prices and Birmingham becomes a clear winner.

  • There’s a wide range of industrial property in the city; ranging from £3.50 per square foot for good quality industrial units to £5.50 per square foot for prime rents
  • All of the major property agents operate in Birmingham including Mucklow, Savills and GBR Phoenix Beard
  • Birmingham is exceedingly well connected, lying at the heart of Britain’s motorway and rail network
  • The city has the largest industrial market in the country with 84.5million sq.ft and over 424,000sq.ft of space is under construction
  • There’s a pipeline of 11.3 million sq.ft
  • Over 90% of the UK market - consumer and business - within a four hour travel time
  • Prominent industrial powerhouses such as Jaguar Land Rover have already made Birmingham a pivotal part of their organisation

 

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