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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's under 25's named 'New Beat Generation'

Birmingham’s 18-25 year olds have been coined a New Beat Generation in a media briefing launched today by Visit Birmingham.

Europe’s Young Cities: A New Beat Generation? examines the impact under 25 year olds are having on the cultural offerings of some of Europe’s youngest cities: Birmingham, Copenhagen, Lille, Rotterdam and Stockholm.

The briefing likens each city’s young population to the Beat Generation of the 1950s; labelling them a ‘New Beat Generation’ for the 21st century, challenging the status quo of the UK’s cultural offering and instigating an explosion of culture in each city.

It highlights the cultural credentials of each of the five cities; the value of the creative sector and employment; the number ofstudents qualifying in creative arts and design courses, plus details cultural festivals, events and institutions.  It also names the pioneers of the New Beat Generation, and the ones to watch in 2013.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, comments:

“Birmingham has one of the highest percentages of under 25s in Europe, representing almost 40% of the population. We pride ourselves on nurturing our young home-grown talent, through access to a variety of cultural activities, as well as encouraging them to create their own events – which they do in abundance.

“As a result of this, we are experiencing a new wave of up-and-coming talent that is making an impact locally, nationally and even internationally. Birmingham’s young population, and their contribution to our cultural offering, is something for the city to be proud of.”

The media briefing names Birmingham as ‘the home of new music’ and identifies some of its pioneers of the New Beat Generation, including indie band Peace, singer-song writer Laura Mvula, and musician Jacob Banks who are redefining the city’s music scene.

Jacob comments:

“It’s great to see young people breaking down cultural barriers and creating new forms of culture which can be easily accessed by their peers.

“We are products of our environment, and by creating vibrant, cultural communities, we can inspire others to go on and achieve great things. As one of the youngest cities in Europe, Birmingham played a significant role in influencing my music and nurturing my talent. To be named as a pioneer of this New Beat Generation is an honour and I hope to help shape, in however small a way, both Birmingham and the UK’s cultural offering.”

Ones to watch

View the list of Birmingham-based cultural innovators 

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