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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

  • More than 50 presentations, panel events and receptions taking place during three days
  • Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio to launch at MIPIM
  • Midlands UK coming together for the first time at MIPIM to showcase the region’s key strengths and investment opportunities to thousands of global investors

Midlands UK, the Midlands-wide delegation attending MIPIM 2017, has revealed the comprehensive events programme it is hosting at the global real estate show (Cannes, France, on 14th-17th March).

Major investment projects will be unveiled to an international audience, while discussion panels and presentations will cover topics including connectivity, housing and regeneration.

Over 50 events – featuring nearly 100 presenters and panellists – are taking place at the Midlands UK Pavilion (C16.B), more than any other delegation from the UK. Combined, these events are expected to attract thousands of delegates.

The launch of the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio on Tuesday 14th March will feature Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine.

Capitalising on the region’s strong record of attracting foreign investment, the event will present the international community with billions of pounds’ worth of the region’s most exciting range of development opportunities.

Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, commented:

“The scope and range of events taking place at the Midlands Pavilion demonstrates how many significant investment opportunities are available across the region. It also highlights the considerable number of partners that are working together to make MIPIM a success.
“It is critical for the economic growth of the region to truly showcase our strengths at MIPIM, which attracts delegates from across the world.

The Midlands boasts highly innovative industries such as advanced manufacturing and life sciences, plus major development schemes that are already attracting billions of pounds in investment.

"Our inaugural presence at the show will prove that the Midlands is one of the most competitive and exciting destinations in the world.”

Planning for the future needs of businesses and residents across the Midlands will also feature strongly at MIPIM.

A panel discussion about housing on Wednesday 15th March will look at how the Midlands can deliver the best quality homes for its rapidly growing population.

Other popular events will cover a wide range of topics highlighting the strength of the Midlands as a global investment destination.

Several presentations focus on the role of Enterprise Zones in boosting regeneration and unlocking new sites for redevelopment – covering areas including Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Greater Birmingham and Worcester.

Key schemes that will be laid out to investors include the Peddimore industrial site on Tuesday. Unveiled by Birmingham, the 71 hectare site is expected to create more than 250,000 sqm of new floorspace and up to 10,000 new jobs.

Several presentations will focus on connectivity, and the crucial role that expanding air, rail and road networks will play in boosting the economic impact of the Midlands.

Royal Assent was recently granted to high-speed rail network HS2, which will become a key topic of discussion, particularly during several events on Wednesday.

With the region responsible for 21% of the UK’s entire manufacturing output, on Tuesday representatives from Coventry, Warwickshire, the University of Derby, Jaguar Land Rover and MIRA Technology Park will highlight how the Midlands can boost its advanced manufacturing sector.

A further panel event on Thursday will explore how the Midlands’ automotive sector is setting the agenda for the Government’s UK-wide Industrial Strategy.

To see the full Midlands UK event schedule and for more details on the region’s presence at MIPIM 2017, please visit www.midlandsukmipim.com.

The Midlands UK delegation will tweet major announcements, event images and interviews from its new Twitter handle @UKMidlands.

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