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Our city and region is ready for you and your business. Explore this snapshot to find out why.


Connected city

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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


Space to breathe

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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

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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

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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

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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


Multi-sector strengths

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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


Bold regeneration

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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


Business Catalyst

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Business Catalyst

A comprehensive suite of products to speed up the process of setting up your business in Birmingham.

Local labour pool analysis, bespoke recruitment & apprenticeship solutions

Property and incubator space – short-term accommodation and support for future plans

Business services including legal advice, project management and other professional services for business establishment

Profile-raising opportunities such as PR announcements, sales and marketing workshops, networking events and social media collaboration

Ranked highly in a number of polls, Birmingham is a leading European business destination. The city and surrounding region is home to 75,000 companies including almost 1,190 international firms.

Major global players across various sectors are based here – including Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Kraft, Amey, Deloitte and Cadbury 

Being centrally based in the UK and at the heart of the motorway network brings 90% of the UK within a four hour travel time. Air, road and rail provide a gateway to 400 million people across Europe.

With business costs and cost of living up to 55% below London, Birmingham is an efficient and attractive location to do business.

Unsurprisingly, foreign direct investment is high - 6,738 jobs from 58 projects in 2011. This gave Birmingham the second highest number of jobs of any city outside of London.

But it’s not just Birmingham’s business figures that are impressive. The city’s visitor economy is now worth over £5.1 billion and attracting 33.8 million visitors a year. 

We are confident that Birmingham and our region are right for your business. Our independent rankings help prove our case:

  • Most attractive region for inward investment projects outside of London, with an increase of more than 35% on 2010 figures’ (E&Y European Attractiveness Survey 2011)
  • In 2012 Birmingham was 7th in Europe in the fDi Intelligence ‘Cities and Regions of the future’ poll. It was the only English city in the top 10 of the Large European Cities category
  • In 2012, Birmingham was the highest ranking UK regional city in the Mercer Quality of Life index for the second year running

"Birmingham has a growing reputation as a place to do business on an international level. According to the E&Y’s annual European Attractiveness Survey, which ranks the appeal of locations for foreign direct investors, the Midlands was the most attractive destination for inward investment projects outside of London, with an increase of more than 35% on 2010 figures"

Sara Fowler, Senior Partner for the Midlands at Ernst & Young

Facts & Figures


Highest ranking UK regional city in the Mercer Quality of Life index 2012.


In 2012 Birmingham was 7th in Europe in the fDi Intelligence ‘Cities and Regions of the future’ poll.


The city's visitor economy is now worth over £4.9 billion.


75,000 companies including almost 1,190 international firms.

Case studies

Jaguar Land Rover is a British multinational automotive company headquartered in Whitley, Coventry. Business Birmingham and Invest Black Country supported Jaguar Land Rover with its recent expansion. View case study.

Birmingham Airport is the third largest airport outside of London, with a core catchment of ten million people and handling nine million passengers a year. View case study.

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