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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

#techbrum takes on Tech City with high-impact campaign

#techbrum event
Shoreditch Studios
July 2nd 2014

The first #techbrum event was a huge success. We had a great evening and were pleased to see such a good turn out from both the London and Birmingham scenes. 

Our brilliant guest speakers demonstrated the purpose and drive behind #techbrum, and above all else highlighted the exciting projects, companies and initiatives currently happening in the city.  

Special thanks goes to our fantastic caterers - Digbeth Dining Club and Purity Brewing Co - who gave a delicious insight into Birmingham's thriving food and drink scene.  

Birmingham’s tech and creative scenes are thriving, and the combination of talent, infrastructure, community and connectivity create a brilliant alternative to the capital for tech companies seeking to expand or re-locate their operations. 

These messages were voiced excellently by Pete, Tommy, Will, David, Nick and Gerald.  Additionally the Q&A session brought some important points to the surface, and some potential misconceptions about Birmingham’s tech cluster.

 
"With 40,000 graduates in tech per year, those hired in Birmingham are 2-3 job levels above those in London."
 
"There's a ready supply of talent for tech in Birmingham, with 40,000 grads, plentiful space and great quality of life."
 
"Brum has joined up organisations and a community ready to support start-ups and companies moving to the city."
 
"It's about half the cost to run a company in Birmingham than it is in London."

The TechBrum event was just one part of an extensive campaign, we are already working on bigger and better ways to promote what is an excellent community and ecosystem.

Please visit the rest of our site: http://businessbirmingham.com/tech/. If you didn't get the chance to speak with one of the team last night, or would like to discuss a project, please contact us using the link below or catch us on Twitter: @business_bham.

If you would like to check out the images from the event please visit our image library and for a visual collation of everything #techbrum, visit our Pinterest board.

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