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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
Birmingham provides the right angle for The Blue Cube
A fast-growing digital design agency has joined the dynamic bustle of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter – and says business has never been better.
The Blue Cube – founded by managing director Phill Burrows in 2004 – has built websites and digital projects for companies like Debenhams, National Express, Lloyds Bank, Meccano, Guardian Media Group and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It had been based in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, since the business was. But after ten years of growth, Burrows felt the SME needed a new base from which to chart its next exciting phase of development.
“We spoke to Business Birmingham, which have been really helpful by suggesting potential locations and putting us in touch with people. When we came to the Jewellery Quarter, it jumped out as an ideal location for a business like ours. There’s a lively community of media, technology and design companies here, with a real buzz about the place.”
The Blue Cube’s client base is spread across the UK. Burrows frequently heads to London and the team regularly travels for client visits and pitches. It was also key for staff – and future new recruits – to be able to access the office easily. So transport links were an important factor in the search.
Accessibility was one of the Jewellery Quarter’s strong points for The Blue Cube. The area is just a few minutes’ walk from central Birmingham and Birmingham New Street train station, which has regular trains to London in as little as 73 minutes. It is also in easy striking distance of the M5, giving access to the motorway network north and south.
Another important consideration, given the agency’s growth plans, was the available talent pool. Burrows is aiming to double the size of the business over the next three years, but he says it is only achievable with the right talent to support that growth.
“There’s a lot of experienced digital talent in the area, as well as a good stream of newly qualified designers and developers coming out of the local colleges and universities. We’re looking to build our links locally, so we can tap into this talent pool as we continue to grow.”
Since moving into its new studio on Frederick Street, the agency has already expanded to eight members of staff. Burrows says that being in Birmingham has opened the door to a quality of work, clients and staff that would have been much harder to tap into previously.
“This move has definitely put us on the radar more and strengthened our credibility. We’re halfway through a major project at the moment that we would have been very unlikely to win from our old base. And the pipeline is looking very strong, too. Birmingham is definitely the right place for us to be.”