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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

Birmingham Science City

Client profile: Birmingham Science City is a partnership of public, private and HE sectors. It aims to develop, use and promote science, technology to stimulate innovation to improve economic prosperity and quality of life.

Established: 2005
Sector: Science and technology
HQ: Birmingham
Business Birmingham services: Network opportunities, PR, marketing and event support

Key highlights:

  • Stimulated £55 million Science City Research Alliance collaborative project between the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick that is engaging business and levering extensive further funding
  • Supports and connects West Midlands’ innovative business community in sectors of low carbon, innovative healthcare and digital media
  • Catalyses partnership working to develop and demonstrate knowledge and technology based innovation
  • Promotes Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country as a destination for science, technology and innovation

Birmingham's strength in science, technology and innovation

Birmingham Science City (BSC) is a dynamic partnership organisation that is helping the West Midlands to excel in science,technology and innovation. By moving quickly to work with the right people, BSC has forged strong relationships between universities, public sector and industry to ensure that innovation is an integral part in the business communities in Birmingham, Black Country, Solihull and their surroundings.

Dr Pam Waddell, Director of BSC, talked to Business Birmingham about how they work with key organisations across the public, private and research sectors to “build and catalyse an effective innovation community”.

Helping business and organisations to thrive

BSC’s vision to improve prosperity and quality of life by helping, requires the development of an effective eco-system where innovative businesses and organisations can thrive.

"This is done , for example, by working with the science parks that help new businesses grow by working with finance, ensuring there are grants for collaborative activity and funding for starting up innovative businesses and enthusing young people about careers in the knowledge-based economy.

We work hard at promoting the collective strength of the science, technology and innovation activity in and around Birmingham to potential investors, to public bodies, to policy makers, to funders. And promoting it to the innovation community itself, building up a sense of collective pride.”

Solving real life health and energy problems

"BSC helps its partners to demonstrate how science and technology can be used to solve real life problems – for example relating to health and energy.

We have a very strong science base across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, and we’ve been developing a number of projects to help different aspects work together.

One example is the Science City Research Alliance between Birmingham and Warwick universities, which received initial grants of around £55 million, an amount since doubled by additional funding.

This allowed us to build really impressive platforms of research capability and infrastructure around advanced materials, translational medicine, and energy. These have engaged with more than 300 businesses already, from very small local companies through to large multi-nationals.”

Another example is the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University, which is developing technology using waste to create energy, and growing a supply chain around renewable energies.

A new project is looking at digital creative companies in the health sector, with local TV company Maverick working with Heart of England Foundation Trust and University Hospital Birmingham on interactive media to improve health services.

The city for innovation

There are 15 universities and university colleges either based in or within an hour’s drive of Birmingham. Pam said:

"The wider Birmingham area has a fabulous university research base; it has a very strong hospital base, with clinical expertise and a huge pool of innovative small businesses. But alongside that, it has a very broad and diverse population which we can draw on for clinical trials or testing the adoption of new technologies and approaches.

Birmingham has a lot of good locations for the incubation of small businesses, with excellent support through a large number of science parks specialising in a diversity of sectors.”

How Business Birmingham helped BSC

Marketing Birmingham, the parent organisation of Business Birmingham, initially helped BSC by coordinating its marketing and communications. But Pam was also impressed by how they shared BSC’s vision.

"We’ve had really excellent cooperation from the Business Birmingham team, who recognise that we can bring something to them through our networks and through our knowledge of what’s going on in the innovation community.

They have supported us hugely by maintaining our website and helping to connect us to major campaigns that they’re running. They’ve been supportive, helpful, friendly, and always open to ideas.”

Birmingham as a city of science

Pam added:

"Looking ahead, I want Birmingham to be seen as a City of Science, not Birmingham Science City to be seen as an organisation. I want science, technology and innovation to be part of the life blood of this city and the area around it.”

To find out more about Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull’s strengths within the science and technology sector contact us.

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