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Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.

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

By working as a strategic partner and consultant with your internal project team, we can provide relevant information for your organisation and a comprehensive package of support, across all phases of your business plan.

One call to us unlocks direct access to an extensive network of skills, knowledge and assistance resulting in a coordinated, tailored response to your enquiry.

Our services are driven entirely by your needs and are independent and free of charge.


We’ll help create a convincing business case for setting up in our region.  Our planning support includes:

  • Mediating between your business and local or central government (regarding, for example skills needs, planning and environmental considerations and access to incentives and grants)
  • Providing Intelligence through up-to-date information, data and research for the specific sector in which your company is active
  • Providing familiarisation tours to help you make the most of Birmingham’s offer
  • Relocation and property advice - whether this means a move to new or existing premises, we can help. We know the real estate market in the Birmingham area. We help with the right connections and your first steps in the city.
  • Legislation and tax advice tailored to your company situation and requirements
  • Funding signposts to the right sources of business and property finance (grants, loans or equity) both government and private provision



Once you are happy that your planning phase has been successfully completed we can then help you with specific requirements during your business set-up. Our support includes:

      • Connecting you with networks, sector support agencies and media contacts
      • Refinement of your property planning – distilling down through design and build requirements. We can also supporting finding turnkey solutions
      • Staffing support through help in attracting the right staff, with the right skills. We help by bringing you into contact with the right people 
      • Relocation support for existing staff. Relocation does not only affect your company, but also your staff. We value them as equally important, and to help their transition we provide information on housing, schooling, healthcare and more



We are committed to supporting inward investors once they are based in the city. Our on-going commitment to you includes: 

  • Our long-term business service is aimed at supporting continued development of significant inward investing companies in Birmingham
  • Keeping you connected with local and national organisations in Birmingham
  • 'Team Birmingham' will help you tap into the city's opportunities and make them work for you



To start tailoring our services to you - get in touch and tell us what we can do to help.

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