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Connected city


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Providing a Steer for the Driverless Supply Chain

Tue 16 May 8.14 am - 1.00 pm

Date and Time

Tue, May 16, 2017
8:15 AM – 1:00 PM BST

Mills & Reeve, in partnership with Drive Midlands, invite you to join us for our Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) event on Tuesday 16 May.

CAVs are no longer a question of "if" but rather of "when". Recent activity includes:

  • Nissan conducting on-road autonomous vehicle testing in London
  • Jaguar Land Rover planning to create a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles by 2020
  • Volvo seeking volunteers for self-driving car trial in London

Following on from our successful Driverless Revolution event in Manchester, we are once again bringing together industry leaders to discuss the benefits and barriers to losing the driver from the cars on our streets.

We will also hear about the potential opportunities for the automotive supply chain which are presented by the new technologies, and how to capitalise on them whilst avoiding the pitfalls.

Confirmed speakers and panellists include representatives from TRL,Transport for West Midlands, Horiba Mira, JLR and KPMG (authors of the report for the SMMT on ‘Connected & Autonomous Vehicles – The UK Economic Opportunity’).

We’re also delighted to confirm that Tesla will be joining us to provide attendees with exclusive access to one of their semi-autonomous vehicles.

This event is aimed at automotive businesses and non-automotive businesses involved in the CAV market and companies looking for market entry.

More info and to register

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