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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

UK government unveils over £7 billion of Midlands Engine opportunities for international investors

  • New portfolio of investment-ready projects launched at UK government’s first MIPIM pavilion
  • Investment portfolio shows government commitment to Midlands Engine and builds on Midlands Engine Strategy and Midlands Engine Trade Summit

Launched at MIPIM, the largest international property tradeshow attended by over 5,000 investors from over 90 countries, the portfolio contains major infrastructure, regeneration and business development projects.

The exciting investment-ready opportunities includes the large-scale regenerations of thriving city centres in Birmingham, Derby and Nottingham, the National Space Centre in Leicester and the first purpose-built business district in Coventry.

International Trade Minister, Mark Garnier, said:

“MIPIM is the world’s leading real estate conference and exhibition and, through the first UK government pavilion, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to engage with this important sector.
“The Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio will enable us to harness the strong potential and accelerate the growth of the region by showcasing some of the most exciting investment projects across the Midlands.
It will also enable us to build on the region’s strong record of attracting foreign investment.”

commercial secretary to the treasury, baroness neville-rolfe, said:

“This is a significant moment in our work to make the Midlands a powerful engine for growth for the whole country.

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

“The Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio demonstrates our ambition. We have some truly incredible projects available this year; whether it is investments that have been borne as a result of HS2 or smaller projects that will deliver real change, economic growth and jobs for of our cities.
Investors will not only be investing in projects that will deliver significant return on investment, but will be driving growth in our region and acting as a catalyst to create the environments where our businesses can thrive.
“The work we are doing in the region is a clear sign to the international investor community that the UK is open for business and that the Midlands is at the heart of this offer.”

Trade events like MIPIM are a huge opportunity for the government and UK businesses to engage with the global real estate investment and development sector to continue attracting inward investment and promote UK skills and expertise.

Sessions will be on HS2 Places, modular housing and garden cities amongst others, and nine regions will pitch investment-ready or pipeline schemes to an investor audience.

the projects included in the portfolio are:

1. Birmingham Curzon – over £500million
2. Birmingham Smithfield – over £500million
3. Drakelow Park, Derbyshire - £360million
4. Friargate, Coventry - £700million
5. Grantham Southern Quadrant, Lincolnshire – over £200million
6. Heart of the City, Derby - £165million
7. Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, Leicestershire - £625million
8. Nottingham City Centre – over £1billion
9. Peppermint Park, Holbeach, Lincolnshire – over £150million
10. Redditch Eastern Gateway, Worcestershire – over £100million
11. South Kestevon Regional Offer, Lincolnshire – over £100million
12. Springfield Campus, Wolverhampton – over £125million
13. Stoke-on-Trent City Centre – over £310million
14. The Boots Enterprise Zone, Nottingham – over £100million
15. The National Space Park – over £75million
16. Tudor Cross, Bolsover, Derbyshire - £175million
17. UK Central Hub and HS2 Interchange, Solihull – over £2billion
18. Wolverhampton Canalside and City Interchange – over £155million
19. Worcester Growth corridor – up to £300million

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