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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

Freeths announce another successful year

Top 60 UK law firm Freeths LLP has announced another consecutive year of growth, with turnover for the current year increasing to £72 million.

Freeths’ management board recognise these figures are only achievable by all members of staff putting in a great deal of hard work and commitment over the past 12 months and as a result, all staff will be rewarded with a bonus payment in May.

The Birmingham office of Freeths is now their third largest by turnover and has had a number of recent senior staff hires including Louise Wilson as a dispute resolution partner, Jason Richards as a commercial partner and John Craig as senior Immigration manager. With 11 offices across the UK, Freeths has a presence in the majority of the main cities and has seen staff numbers increase from 683 in 2015 to a current total of 784. The firm has a client base ranging from local businesses and public sector organisations to national and international household names.

Richard Beverley, Managing Partner of the Birmingham office, commented:

“Our continued growth, locally and nationally, notwithstanding the challenges in the economy, is testament to the hard work of our staff.
"It has been a busy year of growth across the firm and we work hard as a team to deliver the results our clients want, whilst being in the fortunate position to also be able to invest time and resource to the local community and charity initiatives.”

Notable highlights include the firm being named ‘Corporate Law Firm of the Year’ at 2016’s Dealmakers awards.

Freeths, which promotes ‘Doing the Right Thing’ as one of its core values, also recently achieved its highest ranking in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for, at number 50. It was also accredited as a best company 2017, receiving a 2 star rating. The firm has been recognised widely for its diversity over the past few years, winning ‘Firm of the Year’ at the UK Diversity Legal Awards and receiving a highly commended Award for ‘Inclusive Recruitment’ at the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) Awards. Stonewall also recognises the firm as a Diversity Champion

Richard commented further:

“Our priority remains to maintain and develop a high quality dynamic working environment in which all our people can develop and thrive for the mutual benefit of our staff and clients”.

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