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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

Birmingham named 'Start-up Hotspot'

Birmingham is the UK's most entrepreneurial region and a start-up 'hotspot' according to new figures from Start Up Britain.

Start up Britain drew on last year’s Companies House data to assess where new companies were started across the UK. 

Birmingham led the table outside of London with 16,281 companies registered. This compared to Manchester who in second place, saw 4,515 fewer businesses being traded with 11,765 start ups and Glasgow who saw 8,085 new companies launch in the city.

The latest Cities Outlook report from Centre for Cities released today, appears to back these findings by showing a marked increase in private sector job creation in Birmingham since 2010. Birmingham ranks third behind the capitals - London and Edinburgh – with 15,400 jobs created over the period. 

Neil Rami, Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham, which operates Business Birmingham, the inward investment agency for the area, comments on the findings:

“Birmingham’s start up success is not accidental. It is our innovative talent, ‘can do’ mentality, tailored support schemes and the fervent backing of our local business community, which combined with our proximity to the capital and affordability, makes Birmingham a start up hotspot. 
“There is a real buzz about the city and the businesses that are calling it home at the moment. Some of our digital and tech companies are fast becoming ones to watch in the sector and new investors are being drawn in to find out more. Foreign investment to the area rose by more than 50% last year - that is no coincidence. Today’s start ups are not only tomorrow’s big businesses, they are attractors for investment.
“It’s an exciting time to be in business in Birmingham.”

Lucan Gray, Owner of The Custard Factory and Fazeley Studios, which houses a growing cluster of the city’s creative and digital businesses, said:

“We have seen a huge uplift in start up activity in recent months, evident in enquiries across both the Custard Factory and Fazeley Studios. Birmingham offers start ups a strong talent pool and peer network, support schemes, flexible working spaces, affordability and easy access to the capital. It all adds up and we are confident that this is a growing trend that will make Birmingham one of the most exciting and creative cities to be in business in.”

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, comments on the findings from Start Up Britain that Birmingham is the most entrepreneurial region outside of the capital:

“Eighteen months ago we set out to make Birmingham the UK’s enterprise capital. Today’s findings demonstrate that we are well on the way, with Birmingham leading the way by some margin as the UK’s regional start up hotspot. According to Start Up Britain, Birmingham is home to more new businesses than any location outside of the capital. New businesses bring employment and we are seeing that with more jobs being created by the private sector in Birmingham over the last three years than any other English city outside the capital.”

For further information on the start ups research

The full Cities Outlook 2014 can be downloaded  

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