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Reasons to Invest

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Greater Birmingham is a hotspot for investment. Discover some of the key motives which are attracting investors to the city-region.

  • Contributing over £26 billion annually, Birmingham has the largest economy of any UK city outside of the capital (Office for National Statistics)
  • The wider region is the UK’s only area to have witnessed growth in both the number of foreign investment projects and FDI employment (2017/18) (Department for International Trade)
  • Birmingham is home to more start-ups than any other UK city outside of the capital (StartUp Britain)
  • 90% of the UK population is accessible within a four-hour drive of Greater Birmingham
  • Birmingham is ranked as having the highest quality of life of any English city outside the capital (Mercer Quality of Life Index)
  • Birmingham has 230,000 people qualified to degree level or above, more than any other regional city (Office for National Statistics)
  • Birmingham is the number one city for people relocating from London and across the UK (Office for National Statistics)
  • Birmingham has the highest percentage of people under 20 of any core UK city
  • Greater Birmingham is home to the largest number of tech start-up accelerator and incubator hubs outside London
  • Two High Speed 2 (HS2) terminals in Greater Birmingham will bring London within 38 minutes of the region