Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A £600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway
We collect data from you by you providing it to us:
i). when you order brochures or other materials from the Website;
ii). when you register on the Website that you are happy for us to send information to you in the future;
iii). when you register your details on the Website;
iv). when you correspond with us by letter, fax, telephone or e-mail;
v). when you enter competitions or polls;
vi). when you use our Interactive Services
Please note that if you communicate with us electronically, including by e-mail, telephone or fax, this communication may be monitored and/or recorded to protect the interests of our business and our stakeholders and for quality control purposes.
We also collect data from you:
vii). via data capture devices using cookies and studying which pages you have visited most frequently
The data we collect may be personal data and may include your name, e-mail address, telephone number and country of residence, (Personal Information).
You can find out what a cookie is and how to manage cookies fromwww.allaboutcookies.org/cookies. The pages on that website are produced by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), an industry body.
We do, however, record certain information regarding use of the Website on our own internal systems. This information is, however, used solely to enable us to administer the Website, to rectify errors and to hold details of a user who has added to or amended information in a particular archive. By disclosing Personal Information to us you consent to the collection, storage and processing of information in the manner described in this Policy.
The information is collected by us, West Midlands Growth Company Limited (a company limited by guarantee with company registration number 1631329), whose registered office is at Baskerville House, 2 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2ND.
Our intention is to collect and use Personal Information as is reasonably necessary in order to enable you to make the most of the activities available on our Website including to provide you with the services, to contact you in the event of an emergency and to contact you if we experience problems in processing a payment, and for the purposes of maintaining customer/service quality standards, detection of and/or prevention of crime and to ensure that our employees comply with legal obligations and our policies and procedures (including our customer relations practices).
If we use external providers to manage our computer system (or any of it) or host our Website, your information may be processed by those providers to the extent strictly necessary for them to provide their services and not for their own purposes.
From time to time, if you have provided us with your e-mail address and at that time you did not refuse to receive information from us, we may also send a newsletter, information about events, competitions and other services to your e-mail address. This would include information on new features and services in relation to the Website.
We may disclose your Personal Information to others only in the following circumstances and/or purposes:
If you would like further details of who we share your Personal Information with and for what purposes, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or by writing to West Midlands Growth Company, Ground Floor, Baskerville House, 2 Centenerary Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2ND.
We keep your Personal Information until you tell us to destroy it. If you decide that you no longer wish to receive newsletters, promotional and marketing emails, please send an email to [email protected] stating this fact.
As required by the Data Protection Act 1998, we follow strict security physical and logical/technical procedures in the storage and disclosure of information that you have given to us, in order to prevent, as far as possible, any unauthorised access. However, no data transmission over the internet, and no data stored on equipment that is connected to the internet (such as our Website servers) can be entirely secure, so we are unable to provide any guarantee that information stored by us will not be subject to unauthorised access. The use of our Website is at your own risk.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at [email protected] have the right to ask us to provide you with details of the Personal Information which we are processing about you. To protect our customers' Personal Information, we follow strict storage and disclosure procedures, which means that we will require proof of identity from you prior to disclosing such information. We may charge a small administration fee of £10 in relation to any requests for access to personal information. Please direct any such request to our Business Support Team by post at Baskerville House, 2 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2ND.
Our Website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
You may not make links from any other website to our Website (or any other information held on our computers which are linked to the internet) without our written permission.
If you shorten our site URLs, for example on Twitter or Facebook, we may use services such as goo.gl, bit.ly, tinyurl.com and ow.ly to do so, and our site works with these to rebrand our URLs as a http://businessbirmingham.com.com/xxxxx link. Also our website sometimes offers features that allow users to share links with social networks and our site may shorten that URL using one of these services.
These services provide us with anonymised, aggregated statistics relating to the use of our shortened URL, for example by telling us how many times it has been clicked on. We do not have access to the IP address of your computer collected by these services or any other identifiable information about you. Nor do they have any access to data collected on our website.
For more information on these services please see below:
Ow.ly url shortener, ow.ly
Please help us to keep your Personal Information current and accurate by using the facilities available on the Website to check if your Personal Information is or becomes inaccurate and/or out-of-date and amend your Personal Information.
Alternatively, you may decide that you would like to begin to receive newsletters, promotional and marketing emails.
Please note, however, that we cannot backdate any changes that you make. This means that you could continue to receive information from a particular third party where we have already provided your details to that third party. You will therefore have to contact each such third party if you no longer wish to receive newsletters, promotional and marketing emails directly from them.
If you have any questions about this document or our procedures, please contact us at [email protected] , or by post at West Midlands Growth Company, of Baskerville House, 2 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2ND.