Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A £600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway
Skills landscape set to shift dramatically over the next decade.
Manufacturing business were upbeat about the potential business transformation that technology is bringing at a recent Made in the Midlands Roundtable event on Manufacturing for the future, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) hosted by engineering and manufacturing recruitment specialist Jonathan Lee Recruitment, at Ricoh UK’s Telford facility.
Up for debate were topics including the impact of robotics and automation on competitiveness; evolving and engaging the workforce to embrace the potential of industry 4.0; planning for skills – how manufacturing could change over the next 10 years; and how we can make sure the UK leads the field in ‘on demand’ manufacturing.
Attendees highlighted the positive impact that technology, especially robotics, automation and data could have on business performance, by dramatically reducing manufacturing costs, increasing efficiency and creating fresh opportunities to innovate and grow.
They also agreed that the workforce had a vital role to play in the successful roll out and implementation of transformational business practices. Skills development, knowledge transfer, innovation, expansion and job creation were all opportunities that technology could help deliver to the region’s manufacturing businesses.
David Woakes, Group Business Development Manager, at Jonathan Lee Recruitment commented:
“The Midlands has always been a hub for manufacturing innovation and excellence. Many savvy, Midlands-based SME businesses are embracing the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution which will see the manufacturing industry revolutionised once again by breakthrough emerging technologies such as automation and robotics, the internet of things, 3D printers, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology.
“Organisations that adapt their business models and implement the shift towards digital and disruptive technologies will find themselves more competitive on the global stage, vastly more productive and with the capability to mass-customise products.”
Jonathan Lee Recruitment will demonstrate its commitment to the future of manufacturing and 4IR on stand 42 at the Made in the Midlands Exhibition, taking place on the 25th May 2017 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The recruiters will be offering their advice, supporting innovative businesses find the specialist skills to make the most out of the rapid advances in technology that are driving this new industrial age.Next » « Previous