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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

Comux

Birmingham chosen as the national hub for local TV revolution

The local TV revolution is set to bring almost 50 new locally-based TV stations to our screens over the next few years – and Birmingham was chosen as the hub that will make it all happen.

Ofcom, the communications regulator, awarded the licence to operate the UK’s new local TV infrastructure to Comux, a not-for-profit SME, in 2013.

To deliver the services, Comux needed to build a brand new purpose-built network operations centre (NOC) to provide broadcast back-office and technical services to the local TV operators. It chose the Innovation Birmingham Campus – a site populated by the local tech and start-up community – as the location for the new facility.

Clare Bramley, the co-founder of Comux, explained:

“Basing the Comux operation at the Innovation Birmingham Campus makes absolute business sense. For one, it is an urban location in the centre of the country with very good accessibility, but crucially it is one of the only places that is capable of providing the infrastructure we need to power a UK wide network of local TV stations.” 

Business Birmingham – Greater Birmingham’s inward investment programme, which is backed by the European Regional Development Fund – has also supported Comux by raising its profile with local stakeholders and the media as it settled in the city.  

Comux occupies three suites at the campus. One suite is dedicated to broadcast operations, one houses the servers required to power the local TV stations themselves, with the third suite being occupied by the operations team. Around 20 people are employed at the centre.

From the award of the contract by Ofcom, to the launch of the NOC in Birmingham, the whole process took just 18 weeks. In the final five weeks, over 18km of video cable and more than 6,000 metres of network cable were installed, capable of sending 385,000 data packets per second out of Birmingham.

Bramley also cited the premises themselves as a key attraction, offering flexible, high quality space at a competitive rate. While Birmingham’s rapidly growing and dynamic media cluster provided a wide pool of suitably qualified recruits.

She said:

“The space here at the Innovation Birmingham Campus is very flexible. It gives us the scope to expand or reconfigure our operations very quickly and very easily, as we have done already. To drive that growth we’ve obviously needed the right people. And Birmingham’s long tradition as a centre of TV production means those skills are here. So it’s been great for us from a recruitment point of view as well.”

There are now 30 local channels across the UK that have won Ofcom licences, with six of them already on air. Another dozen local TV licences could follow in a subsequent phase.

 

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