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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

  • Peddimore will be an exemplary industrial development in the West Midlands, creating up to 10,000 new jobs and contributing £350 million to the local economy
  • A Visioning Document will kick-start the development of the 71ha employment site, which will deliver over 265,000 sqm of new industrial floorspace to accommodate a range of occupiers
  • Access to first class connectivity and availability of skilled local labour is set to attract global businesses

Plans for one of the country’s biggest industrial developments, creating 10,000 jobs in Birmingham, will be unveiled at MIPIM today (Tuesday 14th March).

Peddimore, in the north east of Birmingham, is expected to make a £350 million contribution to the local economy. At 71ha and with the potential to accommodate around 265,000 sqm of new industrial floorspace, the site is one of the most significant industrial opportunities in the UK.

Birmingham City Council is launching a Visioning Document for Peddimore to potential investors at global real estate show MIPIM, to create a brand new strategic employment site for the city and region.

The Visioning Document sets out the development principles that can deliver this major industrial scheme, accommodating the needs of a range of industrial occupiers.

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

“Peddimore shows our ambition to deliver an exemplary industrial scheme that will become a catalyst for major growth and investment.
This is a fantastic opportunity to bring thousands of skilled jobs to the area on the edge of our great city with enviable transport links.
We’re confident that this scheme will attract even more world-class businesses to the region, and I believe that presenting this Visioning Document at MIPIM will be the first step toward delivering a true legacy in the local area.”

Located less than 5km from Sutton Coldfield town centre, Peddimore forms part of the main industrial corridor in Birmingham, which is already home to the likes of Jaguar Land Rover.

The greenfield site’s scale, proximity to transport networks and major conurbations, and availability of skilled local labour is expected to appeal to all sectors of the occupational market.

The positioning of the site on the fringes of the much favoured ‘Golden Triangle’ of local motorways is also anticipated to attract significant interest from national and international companies.

The site is one of the best connected industrial hubs in the UK, with key roads such as the M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M42 and M69 all within 30 minutes.

New public transport routes, including ‘Sprint’ – the bus based rapid transit system – will provide links between Peddimore and Birmingham city centre, which will include the new Birmingham Curzon HS2 station.

Routes will also extend to the HS2 Interchange station in Solihull and Birmingham Airport, connecting Peddimore on a national and international scale.

Waheed Nazir, Strategic Director – Economy, Birmingham City Council, said:

“Peddimore is a unique opportunity for a developer to partner with the City Council in delivering a major industrial development at the heart of the UK.
We are already home to some of the UK’s major manufacturing and automotive companies, such as Jaguar Land Rover.
The Peddimore development will allow us to capitalise on that position and create the opportunity for major international companies to invest and grow in Birmingham.”

Overall Birmingham is experiencing unprecedented levels of investment in infrastructure, and major new development schemes are coming to fruition across the city – from the £600 million redevelopment of New Street station to the £500 million Paradise regeneration scheme in the city centre.

Alongside its vibrant food scene, burgeoning high-end retail offer and world-class cultural assets, the city’s national and international standing is going from strength to strength.

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