GVA of current investment opportunities
West Midlands population
Target for net zero carbon economy
of Great Britain population within a 4-hour drive
HS2 (high-speed rail) travel time West Midlands to London
West Midlands Key Stats
Located at the heart of the United Kingdom, the West Midlands’ £117bn full-service economy has consistently ranked as one of the most attractive UK destinations for international investment. A key driver in the UK’s economic prosperity, the region’s world-class real estate sector presents a compelling offer to investors.
REGIONAL AND GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY
130 destinations in 49 countries have direct flights from Birmingham Airport
92% of all UK businesses are within a four-hour drive from the West Midlands
HS2 will reduce the rail journey time from the West Midlands to London from one hour and five minutes to 38 minutes
Named by UK Government as the country’s fastest growing technology cluster
100+ state-of-the-art centres of excellence and R&D facilities
Home to the only multi-city 5G testbed in the United Kingdom
CUTTING-EDGE LOW CARBON SOLUTIONS
£12bn pa Low Carbon market: the West Midlands’ fastest growing economic sector
National Brownfield Institute offers revolutionary solutions to regenerate brownfield land for green, affordable housebuilding
To be carbon net-neutral by 2041, with substantial opportunities for green construction and low-carbon retrofitting schemes
UNRIVALLED REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITIES
£15bn of investable propositions available with the West Midlands Combined Authority
£5 billion in devolved housing and land funds since 2017 alongside loan funds for residential and commercial development
100 hectares of land unlocked and a revolution happening in brownfield development
TALENT AND SKILLS
185,000 students study in the West Midlands, one of the largest populations in the UK
Nine universities produce more than 60,000 graduates every year
55% of graduates remain in-region – testament to the outstanding career prospects and quality of life on offer
UK’s largest regional Business, Professional and Financial Services sector outside of London
Home to global brands including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Gowling WLG, HSBC UK, and the “Big Four’s” largest regional UK offices
£16bn GVA Advanced Manufacturing sector at the centre of the UK’s largest aerospace, automotive and rail clusters
QUALITY OF LIFE
More people looking to escape London decide to move to the West Midlands than anywhere else in the UK
400 schools are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and one of the highest-ranked places in the UK for secondary and primary academic attainment
Birmingham one of the world’s top 50 most liveable cities, above Rome, Hong Kong, Washington DC and Prague – Mercer 2019 Liveability Report
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