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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

Midlands UK welcomes thousands of prospective investors at MIPIM 2017

  • Nearly 3,000 delegates visit the Midlands UK pavilion
  • Highlights include the launch of the £7 billion Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio
  • @UKMidlands Twitter account reached more than 120,000 users during the event

Nearly 3,000 international delegates visited the Midlands UK Pavilion at global real estate show MIPIM 2017 (Cannes, France, 14-17 March) to learn about opportunities to invest in the region.

Midlands UK – the delegation attending MIPIM in Cannes – had the busiest events calendar of any UK destination at MIPIM. The team hosted over 50 events, including panel debates and showcase presentations, featuring approximately 100 speakers.

Based at a pavilion for the first time, the Midlands UK delegation featured more than 40 organisations from the private sector, working in collaboration with the public sector to promote the region.

The companies ranged from property agents to developers, consultancies and architects.

Popular events included a preview of the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio on Tuesday.

A panel discussion featured Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, and Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who later described the Portfolio’s launch at MIPIM as “a huge government effort promoting the Midlands.”

The Portfolio showcased 19 of the region’s most exciting investment-ready projects, worth a combined £7 billion.

Key sites included the large-scale regenerations of thriving city centres in Wolverhampton, Derby, Birmingham and Nottingham, the National Space Centre in Leicester and the first purpose-built business district in Coventry.

Sir John Peace - Chair of the Midlands Engine, also spoke at a busy welcome reception for the Midlands UK delegation. He commented:

“With more than 50 public and private sector partners joining forces for the first time, the Midlands UK delegation has made a huge impact on the global investors attending MIPIM.
Its programme of highly successful events and productive meetings, presenting the wide range of investment opportunities available in the region, has shown the world that the Midlands is ready to welcome more businesses and investors than ever.”

Investment opportunities around the Midlands’ growing transport infrastructure was also a draw for MIPIM delegates.

An event looking at the potential of Birmingham Curzon’s HS2 station on Wednesday afternoon was full, along with a panel discussion focused on how HS2 will impact the economic performance of the East and West Midlands.

The Midlands UK Pavilion also attracted visits from a number of senior government figures. A panel discussion of the Midlands housing challenge on Wednesday included housing minister Gavin Barwell as a speaker.

Other well-attended events included an evening reception featuring British screenwriter Steven Knight, filled with delegates wearing caps from the TV show Peaky Blinders, which is set in Birmingham.

Midlands UK also had a significant impact beyond Cannes.

The @UKMidlands Twitter account doubled its followers during MIPIM, and reached more than 120,000 users throughout the event. The #MidlandsUK hashtag has been used over 100,000 times. Nearly 150 regional, national and international media articles about the Midlands UK delegation have been published to date.

The Midlands UK website has received nearly 10,000 page views since mid-February.

To view a brief film of Midlands UK at MIPIM, please visit http://midlandsukmipim.com/video-mipim-minute/.

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