Reasons to Invest

The top 10 reasons to invest in Birmingham

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Strongest economy outside London

With an economy worth £24.8bn, Birmingham has a growth rate of 19.2% in the last five years and is one of the largest growing city economies in the UK.

Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) GVA data

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One of the best regions for jobs created from foreign direct investment

We attracted 2,580 foreign direct investment (FDI) jobs in 2016/17 – created from 74 FDI investments.

Source: DIT

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Most entrepreneurial regional city

17,473 new businesses were in Birmingham during 2016 – more than any other city outside the capital.

Source: StartUp Britain analysis of Companies House data

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Leading export performance

At £28 billion in 2016, exports from the West Midlands have grown by 12.3% in the last 12 months – the highest of any UK region.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Trade data, 2016

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Strongest growth in international tourism

The 1.1 million overseas visits to Birmingham in 2015 was 17% up on 2014 and the largest increase of any UK city outside London.

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 2017.

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 2015

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

In 2016, Birmingham was ranked most popular location for business tourism events outside London, 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 is the youngest major city in Europe – between 2006 and 2016, Birmingham’s population increased by over 100,000, well ahead of our nearest rival.

Source: ONS mid year population estimates