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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

Aidem Digital CIC wins National Lottery support for Indian Independence project

Aidem Digital CIC, a social enterprise based at Innovation Birmingham Campus, has received £45,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Indian Independence, the impact on communities in Birmingham’.

Led by a team of journalists from DESIblitz, the multi-award winning online British Asian magazine and working with volunteers from across the city, the project focuses on capturing the first-hand experiences of those who came to Birmingham owing to India’s declaration of independence seventy years ago.

The project will begin in February and aims to finish in September 2017.

DESIblitz is Aidem Digital’s flagship project and works closely with young people, helping and nurturing them to develop digital media and online communication skills, such as online writing, video and photography.

Stories collected will create a permanent film archive that will be made freely available to current and future generations via DESIblitz and the Library of Birmingham.

The project will culminate in a special screening of selected films alongside an opportunity to meet and talk to some of the contributors involved.

Working with the DESIblitz team, oral history professionals and archivists from the Library of Birmingham, Indian Independence participants will gain a deeper insight into this key period of history, the impact on those directly affected and the wider local community, as well as learn valuable new skills to use as they develop their careers.

Indi Deol, Founder and Director of Aidem Digital CIC, said:

“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is essential we capture these stories before it is too late. This project will do just that as well as support young and old to be active citizens, and have pride in their heritage.”

The DESIblitz team are now looking for local media students to support them in the project. A variety of opportunities are available, with the volunteers and project team receiving specialist training in oral history and archiving skills.

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said:

“We’re delighted that money raised by National Lottery players can enable Aidem Digital to explore the impact of Indian Independence, a part of the UK’s heritage that has often been overlooked.
South Asian migration to the West Midlands has played a significant role in shaping the culture and heritage of the region.
This project will acknowledge and record this history, as well as providing fantastic opportunities for young people to learn new skills for the future.”

For more information on Aidem Digital, visit: http://www.aidemdigital.org.uk/

For additional information on Innovation Birmingham, please visit: www.innovationbham.com

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