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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 Catalyst

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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

We’ll boost your business and help you achieve your goals.

SME Fast Track is available to small to medium enterprises operating within the ERDF Priority 3 areas of Birmingham and the Black Country. 

We’ve teamed up with two leading private partners that have decades of expertise within business development; Winning Moves and Winning Pitch – so you’re in good hands.

How does it work?

SME Fast Track consists of three simple stages, which will have an immediate impact on your business:

1. Specialist business advice

We’ll begin with a diagnostic session where a business expert will analyse your current situation and help you focus on tangible and realistic targets for the future.

2. High impact workshops

To achieve these targets, you’ll have the opportunity to learn vital skills in workshops across a number of areas, such as marketing & communications, access to new markets, sales techniques and access to finance.

3. Opportunities to attend trade shows

You’ll then get the chance to attend any relevant events to meet new customers as growing your order book is what we’re all about.

Once you’ve completed the programme, you’ll also be eligible to move forward onto one of our aligned projects, delivered through Winning Moves, which offers growing companies further business support and the possibility of match-funded grants of up to £10,000.

 

How do I get involved?

The opportunity is available to small to medium enterprises operating within the ERDF Priority 3 areas of Birmingham and the Black Country.

Click here to check if your organisation is eligible

Please note that due to ERDF regulations we are unable to offer this opportunity to organisations operating within retail or construction.

 

About our partners

SME Fast Track is funded by the European Union and is delivered by two specialist private sector companies, with a passion for growing business.

Winning Moves  

Specialising in business improvement and project management, Winning Moves operates in 20 different countries on various projects, including European funded projects, varying from training and benchmarking to best practice.

Focus: delivery of diagnostic sessions 

 

Winning Pitch

A provider of high growth coaching services, Winning Pitch has an ongoing programme of research and development that delivers personal and organisational growth.

Focus: delivery of workshops

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