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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

YONEX All England selected by BWF to spearhead badminton’s new world tour

Badminton England has expressed pride and delight today after the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships was selected by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) as one of only three top tier tournaments on its new world tour, starting from 2018.

With world class history and heritage dating back to 1898, the YONEX All England is already held in the highest esteem - as the oldest and one of the most prestigious badminton events in the world - by the world’s best players and fans.

It has been one of only five Premier events on the current World Superseries circuit but will see its position in the global badminton calendar escalated to even greater heights from next year after a successful bid by Badminton England.

Today’s announcement, made in Kuala Lumpur, sees the YONEX All England join world class tournaments in China and Indonesia at the very top of a brand new tournament structure that features six new tiers and an estimated 37 events annually up to 2021.

The news comes just two weeks after the 107th edition of the YONEX All England saw record crowds sell out the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham – home of the Championships for the past 23 years.

The Championships also drew a worldwide television audience of over 168 million, including BBC broadcast in the UK for the first time in over 10 years.

Adrian Christy, CEO of event organisers Badminton England, said:

“We are all thrilled that the YONEX All England will play such a leading role in the exciting journey for our sport that the BWF has announced on Sunday.
“I am so proud of the staff, the volunteers, court officials and incredible fans who make the YONEX All England such a special event.

I would also like to thank the many partners, particularly long standing title sponsors Yonex, without whom the hosting of these amazing Championships to the highest standard that we achieve year on year could not happen.

“The new world tour is going to be so exciting for the world of badminton and is a clear statement of the intent to further grow our great sport across the globe.
It is an absolute privilege that Badminton England and the YONEX All England will be among those at the forefront.
“The jewel in Badminton England’s crown is now a jewel in the BWF’s new world tour and the UK can be proud that the YONEX All England will sit among the great sporting events in this country.”

The unveiling of a new tournament structure, with million-dollar prize money in its top four events – including the YONEX All England – has been called an ‘exciting wind of change’ by the Badminton World Federation.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said:

“Our tournaments have grown in stature and appeal significantly in recent years and, with each cycle, we evaluate progress and assess how we can improve our events.”
“We have determined the time is right for badminton to soar even higher and our key goals are to showcase our sport at a high level of presentation and competitiveness, to increase television coverage for the sport and to increase the star quality and popularity of the top players globally through increased television coverage.”

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