Birmingham

Strategically located at the very heart of the UK, Birmingham is the commercial centre of the Midlands region, boasting the largest financial and professional services sector outside London.

With a population of over 1 million, Birmingham is the largest regional centre in the UK, in terms of both population and economic performance.

The national motorway network is right on the doorstep with the M5, M6, M40 and M42 linking to London and the South East, the South, South West, North, North East and North West.

Birmingham Airport’s extended runway has enabled direct flights to China and the Far East, the West Coast of the USA and across Europe.

300

company headquarters.

2.9 million

regional labour force in 40 minutes’ drive.

220,000

people employed with business, professional and financial services.

25,000

graduates every year.

1,000

shops within one mile radius in the city centre.

600

parks and open spaces.

37.5 million

visitors per year for business and leisure.

Ranked 1st

UK regional city for Quality of Life (Mercer Live Index).

BIRMINGHAM
INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS

The city centre has been transformed in recent years by a number of private and public sector regeneration projects including the award winning Brindleyplace mixed use scheme, the internationally renowned Bullring Shopping Centre and Mailbox, the UK’s largest mixed use building.

Birmingham currently benefits from the highest infrastructure investment of any city in Europe, with major projects including:

New Street Station

The £600m transformation of the Station was completed in 2015 with the opening of Grand Central, a new shopping centre anchored by a flagship 250,000 sq ft John Lewis store, one of the largest John Lewis shops outside London.

The Library of Birmingham

£190m project which completed in September 2013 providing the UK’s largest library.

Metro Extension

£130m project to extend the city’s Metro network from Snow Hill to New Street station opened in May 2016. The further extension to Centenary Square with a Paradise stop will open in 2019.

Birmingham City University

Multi million pound centre of excellence in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Birmingham Airport

£125m runway extension, widening the airport’s reach to China, India and the west coast of the United States.

HS2

High Speed 2 rail link improving connectivity between London and Birmingham, anticipated to reduce journey times to around 49 minutes.

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