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

Connected city


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Boost your business performance with access to skills, knowledge and networks

Do you have an ambition to grow or improve your company?

Business Birmingham is running an exciting programme aimed at organisations in Birmingham and the Black Country that want to buck the trend and grow.

How does it work?

Our approach includes the following steps:

1. Specialist business advice

The programme starts with a diagnostic session with a member of our business support team. This analyses your current situation and creates a picture of where you want to be, to help you focus on your targets.

2. High impact business consultancy

A wide choice of specialist business consultants will help you create the roadmap to reach your targets, as well as providing any staff training relevant for your company.

Examples of assistance on offer includes ICT & personnel management, marketing and sales training, customer service training, finance advice & management bid writing, business planning and social media strategies.

3. Opportunities to attend trade shows and exhibitions

These events will help you meet new customers and grow your order book, resulting in increased sales and business growth.

The right service for your business

SME fast Track is a tailored package designed to have an immediate impact on driving forward your business, expanding your customer base and increasing your profit.

Participation in the programme is a free-of-charge opportunity, which will support you in achieving:

  • Confidence and knowledge 
  • Increased sales 
  • New customers and markets
  • Improved focus and clarity of thinking 
  • International expansion
  • New products and service ideas
  • New and improved ways of approaching business development 
  • Company growth

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