Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A £600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway
Drive Midlands will provide a central hub for businesses; coordinating local support services for the automotive sector and collaborating more closely with higher and further education to support skills development.
The aim will be to support the development of SMEs to safeguard the future of the automotive industry. To accelerate success, partners are being brought on board with sector expertise that support the West Midlands automotive industry.
Supporting Inward Investment
Developing a robust supply chain
Improving partnership working
Developing a sustainable operation
Our vision is to support a world class supply chain that leads on cost, productivity, technology, innovation, engineering expertise and customer satisfaction.
Drive Midlands will provide a central hub for businesses; coordinating local support services for the automotive sector and collaborating more closely with higher and further education to support skills development. The aim will be to support the development of SMEs to safeguard the future of the automotive industry. To accelerate success, partners are being brought on board with sector expertise that support the West Midlands automotive industry.
By working with industry and government, Drive Midlands aims to help develop a robust local supply chain, increase local sourcing levels at Tiers 1 and 2 and improve coordinated working across the entire Midlands area.
Drive Midlands is a sector specific support programme developed with input from industry and led by Marketing Birmingham and UK Trade & Investment’s Automotive Investment Organisation and regional LEP partners including: Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Leicestershire, The Marches, South East Midlands, Northamptonshire, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
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