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  • Strongest economy outside London graphic

    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.

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  • More jobs created from foreign direct investment than any other region graphic

    More jobs created from foreign direct investment than any other region

    We attracted 4,526 foreign direct investment (FDI) jobs in 2015/16 – created from 72 FDI investments.

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  • Most entrepreneurial regional city graphic

    Most entrepreneurial regional city

    14,152 new businesses were in Birmingham during 2015 – more than any other city outside the capital.

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  • Leading export performance graphic

    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.

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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 graphic

    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 2005 and 2015, Birmingham’s population increased by nearly 100,000, well ahead of our nearest rival.

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NewsJune 23, 2017

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street names his team

Mayor Andy Street today (Friday June 23) revealed the team to deliver his own priorities and those of the West […]

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Event20/07/17

Thoughts and Reflections on Magnesium use [Symposium]

20 Jul 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 5:15 pm - DESCRIPTION At 1.8g/cm³, magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials and is 100% recyclable. This exciting symposium will be looking at the importance of magnesium within the manufacturing sector – showcasing it as an alternative material, especially for car manufacturers and the aerospace industry in terms of light weighting, fuel efficiency and the circular [...]

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