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Connected city

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Harris Lamb celebrates 25 years in business

Property consultancy Harris Lamb marked 25 years in business with an anniversary party for colleagues and clients at Bank restaurant in Birmingham.

Founded in May 1992 by Neil Harris and Andrew Lamb, the business has moved from strength to strength over the past 25 years, growing from one office and a handful of staff to more than 70 employees across four offices in Birmingham, Nottingham, Worcester and Stoke.

More than 250 guests attended the silver anniversary party.

Neil Harris said:

“We’re extremely proud to celebrate this landmark with our clients and colleagues to thank them for their support over the past 25 years. We’ve worked hard to grow Harris Lamb, and having endured two recessions and enhanced our business over that time, we really feel it’s a cause for celebration.”

Andy Lamb added:

“It was a fantastic evening, it was brilliant to have so many people who we’ve worked with over the last 25 years in one room marking the achievement. I’m delighted it was such a success and that everyone took the time to celebrate with us.”

The business was last year commended by Investors In People for its outstanding attitude toward its employees and creating a healthy life/work balance.

Harris Lamb also acquired two further businesses as part of its growth programme in 2016; Malcolm Scott Consultants of Worcester, and the Rating arm of Humberts, in Nottingham.

In January this year it launched its graduate and apprenticeship programme as part of the business’ commitment to employee development.

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