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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

From Mobs to MIPIM

  • Creator of Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight joins the Midlands team to showcase £14billion worth of investment opportunities at global property exhibition.
  • Steven Knight cites Birmingham as the inspiration for his success, and a global hub for creative talent.

Creator of Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight joins the Midlands Engine team at MIPIM as the region takes more delegates than ever before to the world’s largest real estate show.

The man behind the hit television crime drama based on the Peaky Blinders gang, operating in Birmingham, is part of the team showcasing £14 billion worth of investment opportunities in the Midlands.

Knight who grew up in Birmingham, has joined 50 private and public sector partners representing the Midlands, including the Department for International Trade, transport hubs Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport, automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities group.

The region has taken more delegates than ever before to MIPIM – signifying growing confidence in infrastructure projects.

Over 50 events – featuring nearly 100 presenters and panellists – are taking place at the Midlands UK Pavilion, more than any other delegation from the UK. Combined, these events are expected to attract thousands of delegates.

Last year, the director indicated that he is working on opening two film studios in Birmingham.

Steven Knight said:

“It’s an incredibly exciting time in the Midlands, and I’m glad to be part of this excellent team displaying the potential of the region. My parents grew up in Small Heath in the 1920s, which is the real inspiration behind Peaky Blinders and I’m proud to say that we’ve come a long way in the past few years and are growing faster than any other region.
“MIPIM is a great opportunity to demonstrate the depth of potential we have in the Midlands and I’m honoured to be here today telling industry leaders about the fantastic opportunities available in the region.”

Nick Payne, Managing Director at Nikal said:

“It’s a great privilege to be working alongside Steven under our newly formed joint venture, Mercian International.
“He brings creativity, foresight and boundless enthusiasm for Birmingham and the Midlands and I am looking forward very much to delivering his plans and vision for a global film and TV studio in the region.”

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