Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A £600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway
Key development opportunities within Solihull Town Centre have been showcased at international property conference MIPIM, within the Midlands UK Pavilion.
Already a magnet for investment and innovation, the new masterplan outlines the potential for up to 1,400 new homes, over 70,000 sq m of new office space and 11,000 sq m of commercial and leisure space in the town centre.
The ambitious plans outline how Solihull Council will lead on driving development and delivering infrastructure to build upon the town’s strong level of inward investment and low retail vacancy rates.
This is supported by a strong workforce and exceptional connectivity, attracting leading international companies including BNP Paribas, RWE nPower and Tesla.
Future plans include the potential to build upon growing support to relocate the train station, developing a new transport interchange at a ‘Southern Gateway’. Further opportunities at this location include 1,900 sq m of leisure and commercial space and the intensification of the adjacent business and commercial quarter, which could see a further 21,000 sq m of new office development.
This is in addition to another site termed the ‘Homer Road Triangle’, a prominent gateway to the town’s commercial centre with exceptional road and rail connectivity and the potential to develop over 18,500sq m of headquarter office space.
Councillor Ian Courts, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Managed Growth, said:
“Solihull is a thriving, bustling town centre which makes it a great destination for shopping, entertainment and business.
“However, for the town centre to continue to prosper we must not only exploit its strengths but also make the most of future development opportunities.
“We have a number of exciting prospects and transformational infrastructure schemes within our masterplan, including a potential new location for Solihull train station, strengthening of our business and commercial quarters, and the development of new high quality homes, built to a high quality and sustainable urban design.
“Solihull town centre is in a fantastic location, with access to the rest of the UK and beyond just minutes away.
Our masterplan will ensure we capitalise on this, and maintain our place at the heart of the UK’s economy.”Next » « Previous