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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

Strength of Midlands UK MIPIM showcase backed by Cabinet ministers

The Midlands UK delegation has showcased the major development opportunities in place to capitalise on High Speed Two (HS2), to key Government ministers as part of its unprecedented programme of events at MIPIM 2017.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG - Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and Mark Garnier MP - Parliamentary under Secretary of State, joined representatives from the Greater Birmingham and surrounding Midlands regions for an afternoon of presentations and panel discussions highlighting the economic potential of HS2.

Commenting at the Midlands UK Pavilion, Mark Garnier MP, said:

“What this Pavilion has brought together with the Midlands Engine, is a really strong message that the Midlands is one unit - one region.
It is coming together to work out how it can bring the connectivity together, how it can bring the skills together, how it can bring in the investment, and how it can make a huge amount of difference to 10 million people’s lives who live in the Midlands Engine region”.

Connectivity remains a key focus for Greater Birmingham, with HS2 – which has now been granted Royal Asset – continuing to attract interest from potential investors around the world.

Events which have took place throughout MIPIM include an update on the development and future plans of HS2 with Mike Lyons, Programme Director at HS2 Ltd; a discussion about how HS2 will drive economic growth and rebuild the national economy; and a debate on how the scheme will affect employment, skills, innovation and productivity across the Midlands.

The effect HS2 will have on Birmingham city centre was also discussed by Liz Peace, Chair of the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company.

UK Central Solihull’s HS2 Interchange station will be located at The Hub – a concentration of economic assets and development opportunities including Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, Jaguar Land Rover and Arden Cross.

The Hub’s Growth and Infrastructure Plan, launched at MIPIM on Wednesday, outlined plans for £1.5 billion of infrastructure investment.

Birmingham Airport is the focus of an event looking at its recent growth and plans for the future. Its chief executive, Paul Kehoe, commented:

“We cannot underestimate the importance of connectivity to the economic performance of Greater Birmingham.
Expanding air, rail and road links to and from the region will help to boost trade links, secure more inward investment, welcome new visitors and attract those who want to live in the region long-term”.Councillor Ian Courts, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Managed Growth at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, commented:
“This Growth and Infrastructure Plan allows us to showcase the truly global opportunity that is presented by the Hub.
Growth and development ambitions around the HS2 Interchange and Arden Cross site, in addition to those of Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre and Jaguar Land Rover combine to create a compelling international investment destination for the worldwide stage.”

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