The Birmingham Toolkit

A leading European business hub

  • At the heart of a £110 billion regional economy - a major engine of UK growth 
  • Largest concentration of businesses outside of London
  • Birmingham has been recognised as the best place in the UK, and the second best in Western Europe, for businesses to invest, according to specialist locations title 'Site Selection'
  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull region ranked 4th in the top 10 mid-sized European regions in terms of its economic potential - the best performing UK region in Europe
  • The city attracts nearly 37.5 million people a year for business and pleasure
  • Third most popular place to shop in the whole of the UK with £3.5 billion retail potential
  • Home to 34,285 companies including over 700 international firms
  • One of 600 cities responsible for 65% of global GDP growth by 2025 (McKinsey 2012)
  • Major employers investing in their future in the city including Jaguar Land RoverMG Motors, Changan, Kraft, SCC, HSBC and Deutsche Bank
  • Top ten in mid-sized regions in Europe for economic potential 
  • Birmingham’s Big City Plan is a master plan for the next 20 years of development in the city. It is the biggest of its kind in Europe, and aims to provide investors with the level of detail and direction required for large-scale planning.
  • Created the most jobs in 14/15 - a total of 4,739 
  • Birmingham is investing in its infrastructure - with the £189 million Library of Birmingham (which opened in September 2013, welcoming 2.7 million people in its first year), a £600 million transformation of Birmingham New Street Station and billions of investment in city centre transport and infrastructure