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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
Expanding SME Dotted Eyes is the latest digital innovator to enter the city with a move to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Led by Managing Director Ben Allan, the company specialises in mapping data to provide business solutions.
Dotted Eyes works for more than 1,200 organisations across the UK in the public and private sectors – including some 300 local authorities and 130 health associations. Since locating to the city the company has grown by ten members of staff to 30 people, with plans to employ a further ten in the next 18 months.
Dotted Eyes was based in Bromsgrove for 20 years, but Ben decided to look elsewhere when the company’s office lease needed to be renewed. The combination of competitive office costs, the local talent pool and comprehensive transport links meant that Birmingham was the best location for the company to realise its full potential.
“Our industry is constantly changing – three quarters of our current business didn’t even exist five years ago – so we rely on the skills of our team to drive Dotted Eyes forward. Moving to Birmingham has widened our local talent pool from about 100,000 people to nearly 2 million, because people can easily commute into Birmingham from across the region. The city’s strong train and road links also gives us better access to our clients across the UK.
“I was surprised at the low cost of accommodation in Birmingham, even compared with smaller towns like Bromsgrove. It provides an affordable base for us to approach more potential customers, develop new products and take on new staff.”
Since moving to the city, Ben also noticed a significant shift in the company’s culture.
“Being at the heart of a busy city means we can socialise and spend time together as a team more often. We also moved from a business park to offices that we could really make our own. The change to this working environment has made a huge impact on Dotted Eyes, particularly how we work together, and this has made the team much more positive and productive.”
Business Birmingham is working with Dotted Eyes to support the company’s expansion in the city. For Investment Manager Marek Dobrowolski, it is the latest example of a niche digital company moving to Birmingham for the city’s vibrant talent pool.
“The number of digital, creative and ICT investors that we are working with has doubled in the last 12 months. They want to recruit in Birmingham for highly skilled roles, such as web developers and data specialists, because they can find the right people here. Companies like Dotted Eyes are invaluable to Birmingham’s economy – as well as investing here, they are also helping to grow and diversify the skills of our local workforce.”
Dotted Eyes joins a number of other digital specialists that have recently located in Birmingham – including global fashion brand ASOS, Australian online retailer Tinyme and data consolidation firm Synapse.