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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

City of Wolverhampton showcased to potential investors at MIPIM 2017

A host of City of Wolverhampton investment and development opportunities will be on show at MIPIM this week.

The city’s economic growth is being underpinned by an ambitious £132 million Interchange scheme – providing transport links any major city would be proud of.

A modern bus station will soon be supported by a new state-of-the-art railway station, with works expected to be completed in early 2019.

It will benefit from an enhanced Birmingham New Street-style ticket office, larger passenger concourse, ample ticket barriers to ease flow onto and off platforms, and much improved retail and café facilities.

Works starting this summer to extend the Metro to the doorstep of the railway station, will result in a fully-integrated transport hub at the heart of the city.

This outstanding regional and national connectivity, developed against the backdrop of HS2, has already attracted major employers like Tarmac, Countryside, Ovivo and Greene King to base themselves in newly-developed Grade A office and retail space at the city council’s award-winning i10 building.

That success has prompted further plans to build i9 – a potential regional headquarters for a global company - and put in place a masterplan to enhance the growing commercial quarter in and around the Interchange, which will generate a total of 2,250 job opportunities and make it a major regional office location.

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Roger Lawrence, said:

“Competitive rents for high quality offices and HS2 connectivity will help us attract more major employers.
It will forge our position as being a key player within the wider West Midlands metropolitan area – part of the largest and most significant economic block outside London and the south east. It’s a game-changer.
“There is £3.7 billion of investment currently on site or in the pipeline across the City of Wolverhampton.
“As part of this regeneration it is crucial visitors to our city get the best first impression possible and their travel experience is enhanced - the new state-of-the-art railway station will deliver that.”

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