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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

UKLPG highlights future pathway for LPG at Birmingham conference

The future role of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will be high on the agenda at the UKLPG Annual Conference in Birmingham next week (25th May).

The low-carbon energy is increasing in popularity to fuel thousands of homes and business off-the gas grid and the conference will see the unveiling of UKLPG’s pathways document Gas for Off-Grid Britain highlighting the role of the widely available fuel as part of the UK’s diverse future energy mix.

More than 120 representatives of the LPG industry and its suppliers and stakeholders will be in the city for the conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The agenda also features Phil Proctor, from the Birmingham-based Energy Systems Catapult talking about The UK Energy Transition and keynote speaker Selvin Brown MBE, talking about the Health and Safety Executive’s campaign Helping Great Britain work well.

Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of the LPG industry trade association UKLPG, which is hosting the conference said:

“LPG is the lowest carbon conventional fuel available now that can provide an immediate, expedient and cost effective solution to the heat and energy needs of off gas grid Britain and the annual conference is the perfect opportunity to launch our pathways document and debate the industry’s exciting vision for the future.

“LPG gives everyone in rural areas that are off the gas grid the opportunity to benefit from the energy efficiency benefits of the latest gas-powered systems and technologies whether they are a homeowner or a business. The conference is a chance for everyone in the industry to get updates on the latest technology applications and discuss the exciting role that LPG can play in meeting the UK’s future heat and energy needs.

“It is important that whoever is elected to Government recognises that LPG remains the lowest carbon, most efficient and effective conventional fuel for off-grid customers and that is the message that we will be taking out in 2017. Electricity alone cannot meet the heat needs of the rural community and as an industry we are pioneering new technologies and looking at bio-propane as part of a portfolio of long-term low carbon LPG solutions that will support communities off the gas grid for many years to come.”

Gas for Off-Grid Britain, UKLPG’s pathways document sets out the role that LPG plays in garden and home appliances for hot water, cooking and refrigeration, its role in driving low carbon transport, and its increasing use in businesses as diverse as hotels and spas, dairies, food and drink manufacturers and industrial processing.

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