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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 city economies in the country.

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

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

    We attracted 6,570 foreign direct investment (FDI) jobs in 2016/17 – created from 151 FDI investments.

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  • Most entrepreneurial regional city graphic

    Most entrepreneurial regional city

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

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    Export performance

    At £33.5 billion in 2016-17, exports from the West Midlands have grown by 12.9% in the last 12 months.

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  • Strongest growth in international tourism graphic

    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.

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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.

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  • Best regional city for student performance graphic

    Best regional city for student performance

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

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  • More people moved to Birmingham from London in 2015 graphic

    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.

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  • Most popular location for business tourism events graphic

    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.

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  • UK’s youngest and fastest growing regional city graphic

    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.

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News19th April 2018

Comment on ONS March retail sales data from Andy Lyon, Leader of PwC’s retail and consumer practice in the Midlands

“With snow and rain right through March including in the critical run up to Easter, it’s no surprise that shoppers […]

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Event08 May 2018 09:30 onwards

Global Supply Chain Debate 2018

08/05/2018 @ All Day - Global Supply Chains in a Post-Brexit Era Post-Brexit Supply Chain Opportunities Global Supply Chain Debate on Tuesday 8 May 2018, held in The Slate at the University of Warwick. Brexit is expected to have wide-ranging implications on the global economy. A recent survey by international law firm, Pinsent Masons, identified that whilst Brexit has been well considered at [...]

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