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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

BritishAmerican business road show series to highlight importance of US Trade & Investment for Birmingham

A panel of expert speakers from business and government will meet at Mills & Reeve on Wednesday 4th June to highlight the local implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations currently underway.

A successful free trade agreement between the US and the EU would break down trade barriers, saving exporters millions of pounds, generate new jobs, and create a massive new marketplace representing 47% of the world’s output. A successful deal is projected to add £10 billion to the UK economy every year. This will also mean consumers and businesses in Birmingham stand to gain from lower prices and increased choice.

Speakers at the event will include Jeffries Briginshaw, Managing Director, BritishAmerican Business;  Edward Barker, Head, Transatlantic & International Unit, Department of Business, Innovation & Skills; Richard Currie, Director Public Affairs, UPS; Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager, Delcam; Jim Neel, 2nd Secretary, US Economic Section, US Embassy; and Jonathan Webber, Director of International Trade and Development, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

Steve Allen, Partner at Mills & Reeve LLP in Birmingham and Vice President of the BritishAmerican Business Council (BABC), has said:

“The importance of TTIP cannot be underestimated. It would be of huge benefit to member companies of the BABC both here and in the US as well as boosting GDP in the US, UK and other EU countries and adding billions to the already massive trade and investment relationship between Europe and the United States”.

Jeffries Briginshaw, Managing Director of BritishAmerican Business in London, has said:

“Through our road show process we have been able to test some of the high level policy rhetoric surrounding TTIP and find out what’s really happening at the grass roots – what will TTIP do to improve the SME experience of exporting to the US for example? We are shining a torch on local, specific and tangible benefits that an agreement could have for everyday business - benefits often overlooked by other civil society stakeholders when opposing the negotiations.”

To attend this event, please contact Amanda Zambon, Communications Manager, BritishAmerican Business.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)20 7290 9879

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