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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

High Speed 2 Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Engagement Event

Thu 27 Apr 8.00 am - 1.00 pm

HS2 has received its Royal Assent and has set in process one of the biggest UK infrastructure projects so far this century. The HS2 line will come into the heartland of the UK’s Automotive Industry close to Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull and Castle Bromwich vehicle assembly plants as well as many automotive suppliers.

This event jointly hosted by Jaguar Land Rover and HS2 will provide an opportunity for suppliers and stakeholders to positively engage with this project setting a platform to both mitigate risks and seek business opportunities during the build phase of this project.

Agenda:

  • 8.15am Arrive at BMM for coffee and networking
  • 8.45am Welcome, Update on JLR and the Automotive Industry – Mike Mychajluk
  • 9.00am Overview of the HS2 Project & Value to UK Economy - HS2
  • 9.30am HS2 Building Phase, impacted areas, potential road & rail disruption, process to get timely information – HS2
  • 10.00am HS2 Business Opportunities and Supplier Engagement – HS2
  • 10.30am Panel Session
  • 10.45am Coffee Break and Networking
  • 11.30am Business Growth Programme – Birmingham City Council
  • 12.00am National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels – SMMT/IF
  • 12.30am Closing Presentation – JLR
  • 1.00pm Event Close

If you are interested in this event please contact Michael Mychajluk, Supply Chain & External Engagement Manager, Government Programmes
8712 2513 ( +44 (0) 777 182 2513). Places are limited.

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