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Birmingham in the UK

Our quality of life scores back up our claims to Birmingham being the right place for you as well as your business

  • Birmingham secured 72 fDi projects in 2015/16 – the highest of all the LEP areas
  • More continental Europeans visit Birmingham than any other English city second only to London
  • We have the largest public library in Europe  after £188m of investment. Digital connectivity is central to the planning of the space
  • Birmingham is a city of multi-cultural festivals; Chinese, Sikh, Hindu and Islamic festivals as well jazz, dance, and the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the UK
  • Our city has staged more European and World Championships than any other UK city. We have some of the oldest professional football teams and have an athletics club that has been represented at every summer Olympics bar one since 1908
  • And, if you just want peace and quiet we have over 8,000 acres of parks and open space, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK

World class culture

From Michelin starred restaurants to street food at a free arts festival; a kick-about in a local park to high stakes Premiership football; one of the largest urban parks in Europe to the Arts & Crafts perfection of a quiet retreat; one of the finest collections of ancient coins to the world’s largest collection of album covers.

Indoors, outdoors, participate, watch or find space and quiet to get away from it all. You will always be able to relax and unwind.

Education for all

Birmingham and the region provide broad and deep education and training opportunities. Pre-school to post-graduate the region can cater for your needs and aspirations.

Schooling

The West Midlands is a region with the future fixed in its sights. High academic standards show a commitment to future generations – an investment in a workforce from the grass roots. Based on A-level results alone Birmingham has two of the top fifteen schools in the country.  Birmingham also has more schools receiving an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED inspection rating of any regional city.  Birmingham is about investment in the future.

 Universities & Colleges

Birmingham itself has five universities; Aston University, Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham and Newman University College. Aston University and University of Birmingham achieve higher than the UK average for 2:1 or 1st class degrees and Aston has the highest employability scoring of all regional UK cities – 82% get jobs within six months of graduation.

There are 15 universities within an hour of Birmingham, including the following Russell Group Universities:

Apprenticeships

Exceptional educational institutions alone are not enough – we need to offer our regions’ people the opportunity to specialise in skills and crafts that interest them and also provide future employment. That’s why in the West Midlands there’s a strong emphasis on apprenticeships.

  • Between 2010 and 2011 nearly 5,000 programmes were started
  • In the West Midlands region there were 30,000 schemes started between August 2011 and January 2012

 Childcare

But, before school, university, college or apprenticeships in the region we also recognise the need for excellent pre-school and childcare provision.

Already committed to developing businesses and its workforce, the region supports residents in other areas of their lives. One of those is childcare. Young families can easily access the quality care they require. Ofsted publish regular inspection reports on registered providers.

Monitoring and maintaining standards, contributes hugely to the high quality of life people can expect living in the West Midlands.

Setting up home

Living in the highest ranking English regional city according to the Mercer Quality of Life Report (2017), being in or on the doorstep of a top 20 international destination to visit (New York Times) and always having space to relax and breathe (600 parks and one of the largest urban parks in Europe) – all combine to make setting up home in our region make complete sense.

As well as the above, consider the following:

  • High standards and low prices make Birmingham’s housing great value
  • The Land Registry states that house prices in Birmingham are 36% less than the national average
  • An average house price here is £151,499 compared to £238,638 for the average UK home
  • Birmingham’s affordable but there’s also a great selection of property too. You can choose from contemporary city apartments, traditional family homes and rural retreats. You can commute from the countryside or be in the heart of a world class culture destination city

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