Reasons to Invest

Top 10 reasons to invest in Birmingham 

Greater Birmingham is a hotspot for investment. Below are just some of the key motives which are attracting investors to the city. 

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Strongest economy outside London

With an economy worth £28.1bn, Birmingham has a growth rate of 27.7% in the last five years and has the largest economy of any city outside London.

Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) GVA data

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One of the best regions for foreign direct investment

Birmingham has more international companies (7,685) than any other UK city outside London.

Source: DIT

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Most entrepreneurial regional city

18,590 new businesses were created in Birmingham during 2018 – more than any other city outside the capital.

Source: StartUp Britain analysis of Companies House data

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Export performance

At £33.3 billion in 2017-18, exports from the West Midlands are strong.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Trade data, 2016

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Growth in tourism

Birmingham’s visitor economy attracted a record 41.8 million visitors in 2017.

Source: ONS International Passenger Survey

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Better quality of life

Birmingham ranked as having the highest quality of life of any English city outside the capital, by global Mercer Quality of Living Report 2018.

Source: Mercer Quality of Life Index

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Best regional city for student performance

Birmingham has more schools receiving an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED inspection rating of any regional city.

Source: OFSTED

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More people moved to Birmingham from London in 2018

Birmingham was the most popular destination for people relocating out of London than anywhere else in the country.

Source: ONS, Internal Migration Stats

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Most popular location for business tourism events

Birmingham has been ranked the most popular destination outside London for association meetings, conferences and events, ahead of Manchester, Edinburgh and Leeds.

Source: British Meetings and Events Industry Survey

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UK’s youngest and fastest growing regional city

Birmingham has the highest percentage age of people under 20 of any core city at 28.6%.

Source: ONS mid year population estimates