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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

Liquidity Exchange announces international partnership with Atradius Collections

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based start-up, Liquidity Exchange, has announced a partnership with international debt collection firm, Atradius Collections.

Founded in 2016, Liquidity Exchange provides cost effective access to finance for small and medium sized enterprises. The web-based platform is the first business of its kind to offer both access to finance and a platform for its clients to trade with other companies.

Atradius Collections is one of the world’s leading B2B debt collection firms with offices in 25 countries, providing invoice collection and verification services in 96% of countries, worldwide.

This partnership will enable companies that trade through Liquidity Exchange to also benefit from the experience of Atradius collections, either through First Party or Third Party collections.

Tope Odugbesan, CEO of Liquidity Exchange, said:

“This partnership will be a fantastic opportunity for our clients to take advantage of the tremendous experience of Atradius Collections and deal with trade counterparts with more confidence.
“We are currently holding discussions with several notable financial lenders and insurance companies and look forward to speaking with other potential clients in the very near future as the company continues to go from strength-to-strength.”

Michael Fradgley, Channel Manager at Atradius Collections, said:

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Liquidity Exchange and are pleased to support their clients with their collection efforts globally.”

Launched in November 2016, the Liquidity Exchange website is now available for companies to create their free business account. Their beta trial will launch in the UK next month, followed by a public launch in June 2017.

Liquidity Exchange is one of 136 tech start-ups to have been incubated by the Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) programme since November 2009.

With over £13.3 million raised in initial investment rounds, the programme has contributed to creation of over 400 new jobs.

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