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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

Strong themes connect our proud industrial history with our broad sector strengths – and they are enterprise and innovation. From the industrial revolution to modern day cutting edge Life Sciences research our region has played a fundamental role in building growth and value.

Central to our regional strategy we are developing clusters of high-growth sectors:

Environmental Technologies

Birmingham is seeking to become one of the world’s leading green cities.

Already a leader in renewable energy - from low carbon fuels to waste management and bio-energy to solar photovoltaic - the city is paving the way as a sustainable, future-proof city. An integrated city transport system is taking shape and our universities produce world-class research, including bio-energy, hydrogen materials and future power systems.

Arup

Arup is the world leading independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services.

Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris and also the Birmingham M6 Toll Road.

Arup’s campus in Solihull established in 2001 is home to 500 employees. Their campus is the result of Arup’s commitment to, and investment in, the West Midlands region since 1968.

On site Arup have brought together a wide range of disciplines, encouraging employees to look beyond their own specialism to achieve their clients’ objectives. This unconventional approach to design originates, in part, from their own structure – the firm is owned in trust on behalf of its staff. The result is an independence of spirit that is reflected in their work, in their dedicated pursuit of technical excellence, and the lasting value they create for their clients. With over 50 nationalities the office is able to address the present and future challenges of clients from the markets of social infrastructure, industry and resources, property and transport.

Veolia

Veolia Environmental Services Birmingham Limited is a project company, set up in 1993 to manage the domestic waste arising from the city of Birmingham.

The company has a 25-year integrated waste management contract with Birmingham City Council, to operate as its strategic partner to deal with waste arisings, maximise recycling and produce Energy Recovery. In 1996 Veolia ES Birmingham built a stateof- the-art Energy Recovery Facility in Tyseley, East Birmingham, taking 350,000 tonnes of rubbish each year and converting it into electricity. This energy production is enough to power 41,000 local homes.

Veolia chose Birmingham as a key location because of its Universities commitment to world-class research in areas such as bio-energy and future power systems. Tyseley itself has been designated an Environmental Enterprise District, promoting innovative environmental approaches, and the company’s facility here fosters new technologies and academic partnerships. Veolia also assists Birmingham City Council in continuing to be one of the top-performing local authorities in terms of landfill avoidance and is targeting 40% recycling by 2026.

Advanced engineering

The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, industry and engineering generates over £12 billion for our region’s economy. Already strong in the Automotive and Aerospace sectors we are rapidly building a profile in the Low Carbon and renewables sector. 

Major players already here include:

  • Global research: Ricardo, Motor Industry Research Association and Arup
  • Automotive: JCB, Aston Martin, Toyota, Honda, MG Motor UK/SAIC Motor UK and Jaguar Land Rover
  • Aerospace: GKN, Goodrich and Thyssen Krupp Aerospace
  • Low Carbon / renewables: Severn Trent Plc, Enpure Holdings Ltd, Weir Waste Services, Smurfit Kappa Group PLC and Veolia

Some key pointers:

  • Nearly 280,000 people employed in manufacturing in the region
  • Over a quarter of the UK's skilled Advanced Engineering workforce is here
  • The £60m High Temperature Research Centre through Rolls Royce and The University of Birmingham will result in greener, more efficient Aerospace engines
  • 15 Universities within a one hour drive produce strong cohorts focused on Automotive and Manufacturing
  • Our regional skills are renowned globally and called upon for electromechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic and electrical components

AUTOMOTIVE

Already a powerful employer, it’s predicted that the sector will create an additional 4,700 jobs by 2016. With a young, diverse workforce and university courses steered towards mechanical engineering, this region’s a one-stop shop for automotive solutions. 

  • We are the heart of the UK’s largest export sector
  • The region generates approx. 60% of the UK’s automotive R&D
  • Our automotive cluster employs approx. 115,000 in 1,400 businesses including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Goodyear Dunlop and Certec
  • Birmingham is home to the largest industrial market in the country with 84.5millionsq.ft and a pipeline of 11.3 millionsq.ft
  • Easy access to all aspects of the auto supply chain including tier 1,2,3 from drive shafts, metal pressings to electronics and automotive plastics

 

JAGUAR LAND ROVER

Jaguar Land Rover is the largest manufacturer of premium vehicles in the UK and employs over 25,000 people in the UK and 1,000 more globally.

It supports 190,000 people through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy. Jaguar Land Rover sells vehicles in almost 180 markets globally with 80% of production exported from the UK. The company has embarked on its most ambitious product creation programme ever, supported by £2.75 billion investment in product and facilities.

Jaguar Land Rover supports two advanced manufacturing plants in BirminghamSolihull and Castle Bromwich. The company is investing £1.5 billion in all-new technically-advanced aluminium vehicle architecture in future models. This will create 1,700 new jobs at Solihull. Castle Bromwich boasts some of the most advanced aluminium body construction facilities in the world. Jaguar Land Rover has made a significant investment in the plant to prepare for the launch of the all-new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe range in spring 2014.

 

SHANGHAI AUTOMOTIVE

SAIC Motor Corporation Limited is a Chinese owned automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Shanghai, with multinational operations. One of the ‘Big Four’ Chinese automakers, the company is currently rated 103rd in the Fortune 500 and, in 2013 had the largest production volume of any Chinese automaker producing more than 5.1 million units, the first Chinese automotive manufacturer to exceed five million units in a year.

Following the acquisition of the world-famous MG marque by SAIC in 2008, the UK division, SMTC UK relocated to Longbridge, Birmingham, after a multi-million pound investment in facilities and infrastructure at the site. A £5m newly expanded Design Centre was created and the studio, the fifth largest in Britain, carries out advanced design work for new models, including the new MG3.

The designers work closely with the 300 professional engineers at SAIC UK Technical Centre. More than 400 people are employed at the MG Birmingham site where the new MG3 is currently in production, along with its larger stable mate, the MG6. Modern MGs are designed, engineered and undergo final assembly at MG’s historic home in Longbridge, Birmingham.  

Aerospace

There are around 300 specialist companies based in the Midlands contributing to global aerospace and providing over 40,000 jobs.  It’s this kind of business environment which has fostered the highest levels of innovation here in our region.

  • The UK has the 2nd largest Aerospace output in the world
  • Our region is home to almost a quarter of the UK Aerospace industry
  • A cluster of specialist technology suppliers processes advanced aerospace metals and composite parts and materials
  • Investments from GKN and Goodrich support other suppliers such as Thyssen Krupp Aerospace, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Timken Aerospace and Aero Engine Controls
  • Aston University’s Photonics Research team provides access to world-class consultancy in the aerospace sector

Low Carbon

Birmingham aspires to be a city at the forefront of renewable technologies. Already forging ahead of targets to reduce CO2 output by 60% by 2026, Birmingham’s well on track. Five of the key universities looking into emerging technologies for reducing carbon output are here in the West Midlands. 

  • The work done across the region has already attracted over £40 million of government funding for further research and development
  • We are home to leading companies including: Severn Trent Plc, Enpure Holdings Ltd, Veolia, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, Ecorys Holding B.V., Weir Waste Services Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata
  • Higher Education institutions with world-class departments and facilities include:

-         Aston University Bioenergy Research Group - One of the largest university-based research groups in thermal biomass conversion in the world, and home to the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI).

-        The University of Birmingham's Institute for Energy Policy and Research has significant capabilities in future power systems, hydrogen materials and supply chain research applied to clean hydrogen

-         Birmingham City UniversityThe University’s Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment (TEE) is a national centre of excellence for learning, innovation and technology transfer

-         Energy Technologies Institute – The University of Birmingham, together with other Midlands Universities, hosts and supports the Energy Technologies Institute as part of the Midlands Energy Consortium

Case Studies

Jaguar Land Rover is a British multinational automotive company headquartered in Whitley, Coventry. View case study.

adi Group, a specialist mechanical and electrical contractor, started in Birmingham from scratch in 1990 with one employee searching for business. Click here to view case study.

Business Professional and Financial Services

Birmingham has the largest regional BPFS hub in the UK bringing £23bn (25% of GVA) into the region. The industry is at the core in our city region, with 30% of Birmingham’s firms in this sector and over 300 company headquarters located here. Overall, Birmingham has 15,000 BPFS companies. 

Major players already here include:

  • Deutsche Bank, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Wragge & Co, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Squire Sanders and Pinsent Masons

Some key pointers:

  • Birmingham has the largest number of BPFS graduates after London, ahead of other core UK cities, such as Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bristol, generating 8,365 graduates each year in business and finance related subjects
  • BPFS employs nearly 100,000 people in the city and 350,000 in the wider region
  • BPFS has the second highest expected growth in the city with a 34% uplift by 2020
  • Well established networking opportunity and organisational support from: the Law Society, Institute of Directors, and financial services network Birmingham Forward

 

Financial services

Birmingham’s financial services sector is the second largest in the UK outside London. The sector has remained robust in our region and is expected to grow on average by 3.5% every year for the next five years.

Major players already here include:

  • HSBC, Deutsche Bank, FIS Global, PwC, Grant Thornton and State Bank of India

Some key pointers:

  • The sector employs 30,000 people - 6.5% of all employment in the city
  • Birmingham is an international centre for language skills – the strongest English core city in terms of number of foreign languages spoken (2011 European Cities Monitor by Cushman & Wakefield)
  • Breadth and depth of skilled labour market across a range of activities including:

      - Investment, retail and specialist banking and finance
      - A leading accountancy centre - 20,000 accountants across the region
      - 70,000 working in banking and insurance
      - HQ’s, major operations centres, and over 40 UK and international Shared Service Centres

 

DEUTSCHE BANK

Deutsche Bank AG is a German global banking and financial services company with its headquarters in Frankfurt. It has more than 100,000 employees in over 70 countries, and has a large presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the emerging markets. Deutsche Bank opened their first office in Birmingham in late 2006, initially with 30 employees. Since that first investment they have become the city’s largest foreign owned financial services company, employing over 1,000 staff in a range of roles in technology, support operations and increasingly front office functions. The company has chosen to further expand in Birmingham having benefited from the talent, quality of life and potential to fuel growth globally.

 

DTZ

DTZ’s history dates back to 1784 when the founding predecessor firm, Cheshire Gibson was established in Birmingham. Since then, the company has become a global leader in property services, providing occupiers and investors around the world with industry leading, end-to-end property solutions. Serving many of the world’s greatest companies, DTZ’s 47,000 people across 208 offices in 52 countries offer seamlessly integrated operations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

In mid 2013 DTZ chose to establish a new Financial Control EMEA Centre of Excellence in Colmore Square. The depth of accountancy talent in Birmingham, coupled with multi-lingual capabilities enabled the company to consolidate operations from across the UK, Germany, France and Poland.

Insurance

The insurance industry is thriving in the West Midlands. The Birmingham city region is one of only four areas outside London to employ more than 10,000 insurance professionals.

Major players already here include:

  • AON, Wesleyan Assurance Society and NFU Mutual

Some key pointers:

  • 160 insurance and insurance services companies employ over 8,400 people in Birmingham alone. Include the West Midlands area and that number rises to 20,000 in 882 companies
  • We have a regional financial and business services workforce of more than 417,000 people employed within 56,000 businesses 
  • Add to the above the 14,400 students enrolled on Business and Administrative courses in Birmingham universities and 40,000  in the region's universities, our offer is unique

Legal

Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country’s legal sector is second only to London in size of employment.

Major players already here include:

  • Wragge & Co, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Pinsent Masons and Squire Sanders
  • Recently Trowers and Hamlin and DWF have invested in the city.
  • The Solicitors Regulation Authority has recently relocated 600 people to a new headquarters in the city

Some key pointers:

  • Home to England’s largest Law Society
  • An exceptional candidate pool of over 15,000
  • Birmingham has more employees in accountancy and legal than any other regional city with over 15,000 employed in these sectors in Birmingham and nearly 40,000 in the wider West Midlands
  • Centre for legal excellence – 3,500 solicitors, 17,000 in wider sector

Food and Drink

Food and drink brands recognised the world over call the West Midlands home.

A long history of food and drink production has built a tried and tested infrastructure. Also, because of its unique geography, Birmingham has a first-class logistical network. 

Major players already here:

  • Muller Dairies, Kraft/Cadbury, Coors, HJ Heinz, Marston Brewery, East End Foods, 2 Sisters Food Group and Sun Valley (Cargill)

Some key pointers:

  • 90% of UK consumers are in reach within four hours
  • The sector in our region has a turnover of £14bn, creating a GVA of £3bn and supporting more than 59,000 employees
  • Typical wage for production operative £6.31 – £7.25 p/h and typical annual salary for line manager £18,000 p/a
  • Variety of well-established business networks specialising in the F&D sector including Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) and the Regional Food Academy
  • The University of Birmingham and Birmingham College of Food are renowned internationally for their expertise in food
  • The West Midlands has a wide range of regional produce with particular strengths in red meat, bakery and confectionery, fruit and vegetables, breweries and drinks, ethnic foods, dairy, food technology and machinery.
  • The ethnic diversity of our region brings new food cultures to explore (ethnic and fusion) offering cuisine from more than 27 countries
  • The Black Country is the highest importer of spices, with over 16% of all spices nationally imported ending up here

East End Foods

Established in the West Midlands in 1972, East End Foods Plc has grown into one of the UK’s leading Asian food specialists with an annual turnover in excess of £180 million.

With the surge of immigration in the 50’s and 60’s, the enterprising Wouhra brothers spotted a gap in the market with the growing demand and lack of availability for ethnic foods. They opened a small store in Wolverhampton in the Black Country stocking raw ingredients and dried goods. As demand grew, they moved to two further sites in the area, before moving to Birmingham in the 70’s, setting up in Highgate supplying independent retailers, family owned stores and a growing number of Indian restaurants.

After the closure of the old HP Sauce site in 2007 in Aston, Birmingham, East End Foods purchased it and built a new cash and carry facility. Today with the product range containing a massive 1,250 lines, East End Foods not only caters for Birmingham’s diverse ethnic population, but is now one of the largest importers of ethnic foods in the UK.

Cadbury

Cadbury, now part of Mondelez International, is one of the world’s most iconic brands, having been established almost 200 years ago in Birmingham.

Founded by John Cadbury, who opened a shop in Bull Street in 1824 selling tea, coffee and cocoa, the manufacturing business was subsequently born in 1831 when he began producing cocoa in a factory in nearby Crooked Lane. Having created the business, he passed it on to his sons George and Richard who, in 1879, created the model factory and village of Bournville four miles from the crowded city centre. The rest, as they say, is history.

Bournville continues to be a major manufacturing site, producing more than 300 million bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk each year as well as 350 million Creme Eggs. Cadbury houses its Global Centre of Excellence for chocolate at Bournville, as part of a £17 million investment in R&D in the UK. Mondelez International chose Bournville to take advantage of the wealth of talent and skills available; creating a ‘Centre of Excellence’ that includes new innovation laboratories, a test plant facility and a collaboration kitchen.

ITEC

Birmingham and its surrounding region offer a wealth of talent, experience and upcoming future stars in the crucially important, fast growing broad digital sector.

The region provides exceptional technological infrastructure, a critical mass of skills and buzz and a steady supply flowing in to the talent pool for creative agencies, games companies and global technology giants.

Major players, amongst the 1,700 companies, already here include:

  • BBC, Codemasters, Blitz, Activision, Sega and CentreSoft
  • IBM, BBC, CapGemini, Fujitsu, EDS, Northrop Grumman, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, QinetiQ, LogicaCMG, Serco, Delcam, AT&T and Ricoh

Some key pointers:

  • GVA amounts to over £2 billion for the digital and creative sector
  • One of the first UK cities to roll out a Fourth Generation (4G) wireless network
  • By 2015, the sector is set to see the second highest relative growth of all
  • eBay rates the region as the UK’s hotspot for e-commerce start-ups – over 1,000 of these new businesses, set up since the recession, have contributed over £18million to the local economy
  • Innovative breakthroughs like Cisco and Birmingham Science Park’s collaboration to pioneer its ‘Science Park Without Walls’ concept. This allows global collaboration between start-ups, established businesses and leading innovators, academics and investors. The relationship has also led to Cisco welcoming the Park onto its Global Exchange for Growth programme
  • By 2026 the city will have invested £18 billion in one of the boldest 21st Century regeneration plans that includes the £600 million New Street Gateway, City Park, the £25 million Digital Media Academy and the £188 million New Library of Birmingham, set to be the hub of the region’s knowledge economy, all of which will be underpinned by a first class digital infrastructure including touch-sensitive computer screens and regularly changing exhibitions

 

Digital Media

Hotbeds of digital talent reside within our clusters at Fazeley Studios, the Custard Factory and the Jewellery Quarter. Installation of next-generation super-fast broadband has made Digbeth a real focus for creative and digital industries.

  • Employment in motion picture, video and television programme related activities has increased by over 153% since 2009, more than San Francisco, Chicago and all core English cities
  • We are home to the team that manages 42 of the BBC’s local news websites
  • Birmingham City University has forged a partnership with Cisco and is part of a select group of UK universities with Media Academy status
  • There is a £35m Digital Plaza in the pipeline at Birmingham Science Park
  • Home to Birmingham Ormiston Academy - an independent state-funded 14-19 Academy specialising in Creative, Digital and Performing Arts
  • The Human Interface Technologies Lab (HIT Lab) at University of Birmingham specialises in commercialising cross-discipline human interface technologies
  • Support is readily available for digital media: Digital Central, which develops the music and radio industries and interactive media industries; Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BtOG) that helps more West Midlands ICT based SMEs to benefit from European funding; Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f), a mentor led tech start-up incubator programme and Creative England's Business Investment Fund, which is investing in regional companies developing ground-breaking cross-platform digital media content and services
  • Our Digital Superstars - Birmingham has a wealth of exciting, innovative digital companies that have chosen to set up a base here recently, take a look here

 

VIRGIN MEDIA 

Virgin Media provides TV, fibre-optic broadband, home phone and mobile services to businesses and consumers in the UK, and was formed in March 2006 by the merger of NTL and Telewest by Richard Branson’s Virgin brand.

In early 2012 Virgin Media opened a 1,100 person strong regional HQ in East Birmingham. The operation hosts a customer experience centre of excellence and also provides marketing and business support functions as part of a major shared service centre. Creating a hub of opportunity in the region, the new site at Eagle Court is also home to Virgin Media’s Apprentice Training Centre. The centre runs an immensely popular programme giving apprentices the chance to get comprehensive training in digital home entertainment and telecommunications, whilst working towards a nationally recognised ICT qualification.

Business Birmingham worked closely with Virgin Media over a twelve month period to deliver this project. The team assisted in benchmarking, talent acquisition and the relocation of staff along with local recruitment partners.

 

ASOS

ASOS is a global fashion destination for twentysomethings. Selling cutting edge ‘fast fashion’ and offering a wide variety of fashion-related content, the company’s website ASOS.com has become the hub of a thriving fashion community. It attracts 21.3 million unique visitors a month and has 13.2 million registered users. Retail sales are up 37% year on year, resulting in first half retail sales growth of 34% to £352 million.

ASOS chose Birmingham as its first location outside London in spring 2013, basing themselves in the Custard Factory, at the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter. The company is one of the city’s most high profile investors and a symbol of a growing trend for e-commerce companies choosing the region to take advantage of one of the UK’s largest digital sector talent pools and a growing specialism in e-commerce across the city.

 

BBC

Birmingham is home to the BBC’s new digital innovation hub. A centre of excellence that will look to use cutting edge technology to tell stories differently and produce content in a whole new way. This is part of the BBC’s wider strategy to engage younger, more diverse audiences and a testament to Birmingham’s growing reputation for cutting edge digital work, its diverse talent pool, vibrant young audiences and strong arts scene. The offices will be situated in the Mailbox soon to become one of the UK’s most technologically advanced developments.

Games

21% of the UK’s games workforce is based here. Building on the critical mass and contributing to its growth, Birmingham City University runs an industry leading Gamer Camp. Globally recognised leading companies call our region home:

  • Codemasters, well known for their Colin McRae Rally series and F1 2012™ are based in the region
  • Blitz, is internationally famous for games related to major brands like American Idol, Bratz and SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Activision, a realpresence in the region since the recent acquisition of FreeStyle Games, launched the major new title DJ Hero.
  • The largest and most successful specialist distributor of computer and video games in the UK, CentreSoft together with their sister company PDQ Distribution call Birmingham home
  • Raw Games, founded in 2010 have developed technology that enables them to design and develop core and casual games across the majority of established platforms (including mobile devices) all in our region
  • California-based Steelwedge, the cloud-based integrated business planning IT service company, set up in Birmingham which it saw as the ideal location from which to establish a European presence
  • Sega opened its newest studio, Hardlight in Leamington Spa in 2012. The studio will focus on developing high quality and innovative experiences for both current and future platforms and will be working closely with Sega R&D to stay at the cutting edge of developments in technology, middleware and game experiences.
  • Other games developers based in the region include Freestyle Games and Kwalee Games

SCC

SCC is an information technology solutions firm, servicing medium and largesized enterprises as well as public sector organisations.

Set up in Birmingham by Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman of parent group Rigby Group PLC, the company has grown from an initial investment of £2,000 to become the 13th largest privately owned business in the UK. Profitable since 1975, SCC now has over 5,000 international employees in seven European countries and supports five million users.

The company chose to grow its presence in the region because of the exceptional technological infrastructure, critical mass of skills and talent as well as the excellent road, rail and air links. SCC has helped numerous clients get more for less from their IT investment, yet this is just one of the supporting services the company provides. It also maintains a philanthropic attitude, collecting for local food banks and aiding in the manual clean up of Birmingham’s canals as well as supporting carbon offset projects in Africa.

Case studies

Expanding SME Dotted Eyes specialise in mapping data to provide business solutions and are based in the city's Jewellery Quarter. View case study.

Life Sciences

Combining innovative research with readily available resources to put it to the test, Birmingham offers the Life Sciences sector everything it needs to grow.

Indeed, the regional sector is already growing rapidly with an almost 40% increase in Life Science businesses since 2005.

Major players already engaged here include:

  • The Binding Site and Salts Healthcare Limited
  • The University of Birmingham collaborates with the majority of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies including Glaxo SmithKline, Lilly, Pfizer, UCB Celltech, AstraZeneca, Bayer and Novartis

Some key pointers:

  • The West Midlands has over 500 medical technology companies, more than any other UK region according to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills
  • The sector contributes £180 million to the region's economy
  • Two well-established Science Parks, Birmingham Research Park and Birmingham Science Park 

Healthcare

Investment and research put Birmingham at the cutting edge of global healthcare. Seven main hospitals and four private hospitals give the region a strong foundation in this sector.

  • The new £545 million Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Birmingham, the Children’s Hospital, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine all provide a huge range of research, teaching and specialist expertise that is both nationally and globally recognised for excellence.
  • The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham is the leading UK centre providing a combination of research, teaching, professional development and consultancy to health and social care agencies. 
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology based at QEH brings both military and civilian trauma surgeons and scientists together to share advanced clinical practice in the battlefield and innovation in medical research to benefit all trauma patients in the NHS at an early stage of injury.

Clinical research

Birmingham is the epicentre of clinical research for the UK due to its essential combination of varied demographics, expertise and a first class logistical network for access to markets.

  • We have one of the largest clinical trial clusters in the country
  • The first city to have a Cancer Research UK children’s cancer trials team
  • Unilever, Marks & Spencer and Coca-Cola have all funded research and development of health-enhancing products at the University of Birmingham
  • Financial input from the likes of Unilever, Marks & Spencer and Coca-Cola has led to the development of health-enhancing products at the University of Birmingham
  • Investment in a £24 million Institute for Translational Medicine centre will be built in Birmingham, providing a centre of excellence across five key disciplines, complementing the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which hosts an internationally competitive early phase clinical trials portfolio

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