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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

The Midlands at the heart of Britain’s offer to Qatar

  • Birmingham hosts the second day of the joint Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum
  • Qatar commits to investing £5 billion in the UK over the next three to five years
  • First time a Qatari delegation has visited a UK city outside London
  • The forum showcases high-profile, ‘investment-ready’ projects from across the city of Birmingham
  • Last year the Midlands exported £144.3 million to Qatar

The second day of the joint Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum was held in Birmingham (Tuesday 28th March), with the city hosting the largest ever Qatari business delegation as part of the Government’s drive to create a global Britain.

The forum was attended by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Qatar Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The event marked the first time that a Qatari delegation led by the Qatari Secretary of State, Minister Rumeiheh, has visited a UK city outside of London, with the delegation shown ‘investment-ready’ projects across Birmingham, including Curzon HS2.

Strong links between Qatar and the Midlands already exist with the Qatari Al Rayan Bank having a strong presence 

in the region and Qatar Airways flying directly from its Doha hub to Birmingham Airport.

In 2017, Alduwaliya Asset Management acquired One Eleven Edmund Street in a £22.5 million deal. Over the last year, the Midlands has exported £144.3 million to Qatar.

Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, said:

“The forum demonstrated why the Midlands is at the heart of a global Britain’s offer to the world. The investment-ready 
projects showcased have a value in the billions and will help the Midlands reach its untapped potential in growth.
These projects are central to boosting productivity and I am confident that not only do they demonstrate to investors that they get a return on their investment, but that an investment in the Midlands, which will drive growth and allow our businesses to expand, is an investment in the UK.”

The Midlands is already home to world-leading businesses and sectors, such as the automotive, advanced manufacturing and life sciences industries, and is earmarked to lead the way for the UK on next-generation technologies.

Greater Birmingham and the rest of the Midlands has attracted record levels of foreign direct investment, with 253 new foreign direct investment projects in the Midlands in 2015/16.

And the region is working hard to build on this momentum, undertaking trade missions to the US & Canada, China and India – the leading economies in the world.

Councillor John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

“I’m delighted the forum met in Birmingham, giving us the opportunity to promote current investment and trade opportunities.
I see it as a strong signal of confidence from Qatari investors in the city and the wider region. It’s vital to build links and trade with the rest of the world and seize all the opportunities available to us.
“The Forum is key to securing greater bilateral trade between Qatar and the UK and a chance to showcase the best of British industry. The collaborative, ambitious projects being delivered by Birmingham will help drive global Britain towards economic prosperity.”

Steve Hollis, Chair of GBSLEP, said:

"The conference provided a fantastic platform for us to showcase some of the many investment opportunities that this region has to offer and to highlight the benefits of doing business with local firms.
We hope that the event will not only lead to increased levels of Foreign Direct Investment and exporting, both critical to further grow the local economy, but also to raising Greater Birmingham's profile as a global city region.”

Sultan Choudhury, CEO of Al Rayan Bank, said:

“Birmingham is a growing city, with first-class modern infrastructure and excellent transport links. With nearly 50,000 people employed in financial services and related professional services, Birmingham is a major financial centre and has the talent to support the growth of Al Rayan Bank, an increasingly important conduit for Gulf investment into the UK.
Labour and occupancy costs are significantly lower in Birmingham than London, yet the capital is just over an hour away. Also with daily non-stop flights from Birmingham Airport, we are within easy reach of the Gulf.
These factors, combined with the strong support of the local authorities provide a compelling proposition for any financial services organisation.”

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