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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 business hub

Collaboration is delivering for Birmingham Business Hub

  • Hub’s first anniversary sees business bodies put city at centre of UK growth debate

A year since their co-location at Baskerville House in Birmingham city centre, members of the Birmingham Business Hub are seeing results from early efforts to work more closely together.

The Greater Birmingham Project, a three month review into how Lord Heseltine’s recommendations for devolving economic powers to regions could be implemented; the signing of the City Deal; launch of new economic zones; development of the City Centre Enterprise Zone and new business support offerings, have all been led or supported by partners in the Hub.

The Hub brings together organisations dedicated to boosting local economic prosperity by attracting and helping businesses to grow.

It is operated by Marketing Birmingham and comprises the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (GBSLEP), departments within Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group, Finance Birmingham, Aston Reinvestment Trust (ART) and Birmingham Forward.

Christine Braddock, Board Director at the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Economic Partnership (GBSLEP), which led negotiations to secure the Greater Birmingham Project, said:

This is a crucial time for Greater Birmingham. The Government is looking to the city to help find ways to drive national as well as local growth and by working together, we are doing just that. “The GBSLEP is a strategic rather than delivery body, so being able to draw on the knowledge, expertise, support and action of colleagues in the Hub is vital to ensuring our work actually brings results. As a collaborative group we are beginning to make a real impact.

The coming year will see the GBSLEP report on the crucial Greater Birmingham Project, launch our Strategy for Growth, a roadmap developed with partners to deliver growth, and develop the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone. None of this will be possible without the support of our Hub partners.”

Neil Rami, Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham, which operates the city’s leisure and business tourism and inward investment programmes said:

Birmingham needs to attract new investment to ensure its economic future. Building an internationally competitive offer, with the business environment that supports it and then being able to take that to market is no easy task and one that needs support from public and private sector bodies across the city.

The Hub has allowed us to bring together the work and support of partners to identify what is needed to put Birmingham at the top of global business’ location lists and begin to deliver it. Progress is being made, but there is more to do.”

The Hub’s early successes have demonstrated the potential of the Hub to push forward the city’s economic agenda, stimulate growth and create employment. In 2011/12 Birmingham secured a 37% increase in inward investment projects against a decline of 2% across the UK.

Since launching in April 2011, Business Birmingham has directly supported the creation of more than 4,000 jobs from inward investment.

Mark Barrow, Strategic Director of Development & Culture at Birmingham City Council, commented:

In the current climate, economic growth has to be driven by a partnership of key agencies and businesses. Having those organisations under one roof in the Hub has proved to be a powerful means to develop new ideas, work collaboratively and act quickly to spot potential problems and opportunities.”

Other initiatives delivered through collaboration between Hub partners include joint finance packages devised by ART and Finance Birmingham to stimulate business growth.

Sue Summers, Finance Birmingham said:

Being located in the Hub has helped us support more businesses by aligning access to finance with other services offered by our Hub partners. In recent months we have worked with Business Birmingham to enable companies such as Pure Mobile, Auctus Management Group and OwnedIt to set up and expand in the city, directly helping to create new local jobs.”

Steve Walker, Chief Executive of ART added:

By locating in the Hub we have been able to put the support and facilities we offer in front of more businesses than ever before. “Our co-location has also helped us work with partners to address gaps in the local business support offer. By increasing the maximum loan size available from ART from £50,000 to £100,000, which is the minimum loan size for Finance Birmingham, we have filled a gap in the market.”

Organisations in the Hub will work even more closely in 2013 to push through initiatives that will boost Birmingham’s potential as a city that attracts and supports business growth, helping to create much needed employment opportunities.

Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group, added:

A real example of the Hub in action was the ‘Team Birmingham’ visit to Downing Street last year which put Birmingham in the spotlight as a city with the ideas and credentials to be responsible, with government’s support, for its own economic fortunes. Working together is the key to making real changes. The Hub is a positive step in making our collaborative efforts more streamlined and ultimately, more effective.”

Immediate priorities include work to support the Greater Birmingham project, work to develop and promote the city’s sector specific offer to investors and helping local companies to access funding for growth.

Partners will also look to review and refresh the Hub’s offer to ensure it is relevant to the needs of the city, and is supported and representative of the city’s business community.

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