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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

Michael Parker named Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2017

Michael Parker took the overall title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) last night (Thursday 18th May) as guests from the city's business and professional services sector attended BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards ceremony at the ICC.

Associate Director at construction consultancy Gleeds, Michael took the title in the Property and Construction category before being crowned the overall winner at the awards, which were hosted by TV and radio presenter Colin Murray.

This year’s Inspiring Leader - someone who has shown unwavering commitment to the city - was revealed as David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham. The winner of the awards’ Aspiring Talent category, which recognises a stand-out individual aged between 16 and 24, was named as Sarah Fraser, Tax Consultant at Deloitte.

Sir John Peace, Chair of Midlands Engine and of this year’s BYPY judging panel, said:

“Michael demonstrated a clear understanding of the strategic issues facing Birmingham over the coming years, as well as a clear commitment to developing talent in the city. His charitable work impressed all of the judges, and he is an immensely engaging and credible ambassador for Birmingham’s professional community.”

For the first time, the overall winner will receive a fully-funded scholarship to study for an Executive MBA from Aston Business School.

Chair of BPS Birmingham Future, Tara Tomes, said:

“I can’t believe another year of BYPY is over – but what a celebration it was! For the past 17 years, through our high-profile event, we’ve been able to place a spotlight on young professionals who are already creating a positive impact within their firm, the business and professional services sector, our city, and their own careers.

“As with every year, the calibre of candidates was so impressive; and last night we showcased 18 passionate and talented finalists, who all deserved to be centre stage. Huge congratulations to our six category winners, including of course Michael Parker, who was crowned Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2017. His impressive career progression and dedication to the city really shone through on judging day and I am delighted that we have talent like his in our city. A big well done also to our Aspiring Talent winner and Inspiring Leader too!"

Tara Tomes added:

“BYPY highlights and celebrates the work that Birmingham Future does all year round so there won’t be much rest as we now begin the matching process for our latest Future Mentoring Academy cohort, which all BYPY finalists are invited to be part of, as well as launch our second Leadership Development Programme, which our six category winners will be invited to join. The end of June sees the second Professional Services Week, which engages the city’s BPS community with local schools.”

The new West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, said:

“BYBY is an excellent reminder of the wealth of talent, ambition and potential we have in our region. As Mayor, it’s something I am keen to harness and help to shape our future.

“That’s why I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak about the launch of my Mayor’s Mentors programme which will seek to use the experience and skills of our region’s successful professionals as a way of supporting the next generation. I hope many of those present on the evening will step forward and sign up, giving something back and maybe even inspiring a future BYPY winner.”

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