Assets & Drivers

Centre for Multinationals

Jaguar Land Rover, Cadbury, Severn Trent, IMI, AGA Rangemaster Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, Birmingham International Airport, KPMG, Mitchells and Butlers, Specialist Computer Holdings, The NEC Group, Molson Coors and JCB all have headquarters or major operations in our area.

A Major City Centre

Birmingham is the UK’s largest city outside of London.

Birmingham Airport

UK’s second largest regional airport at the centre of national motorway system and rail network, linked directly to Birmingham International Station. Provides access to air travel for 8 million people living within 1 hour travel time and 36 million people living within 2 hour radius.
Extension of the runway at Birmingham Airport will provide essential point to point connectivity with key markets in the Asian sub-continent, South East Asia, China, the Far East and the West Coast of North America.

Rail links to London

Direct rail access to London available from seven mainline stations. London is just 70 minutes away from Birmingham International Station, with journey times continuing to decrease and a 31 minute journey envisaged with High Speed 2.
The £600m investment in New Street Gateway will see the transformation of the current main station into a world class transport hub serving 52m passengers a year and generating in excess of £2bn of wider economic benefits. The new station will help transform parts of Birmingham city centre, and create tens of thousands of jobs across the area.

Research and Teaching

Aston University
University of Birmingham
Birmingham City University
Newman University College
University College Birmingham
Warwick University (part)
Staffordshire (part)

Conferences, Exhibitions and Entertainment

The NEC is one of the busiest exhibition centres in Europe, with 20 halls totalling 204,000sq m of exhibition space (including The LG Arena) on a 650-acre site. The NEC Group stages 900 business and entertainment events each year attracting over four million visitors. It creates an economic impact of £2.2 bn and 29,000 jobs.

National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
LG Arena
International Convention Centre
National Indoor Arena

Culture and Tourism

The strongest cultural offer in England outside of London:
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Birmingham Hippodrome
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (part owners of the Staffordshire Hoard)
Birmingham Science Museum at Millennium Point
Cannock Chase Area of Natural Beauty (AONB)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Drayton Manor Park and Zoo
Ikon Gallery
LG Arena
Library of Birmingham (due to open 2013)
Lichfield Cathedral
National Brewing Centre
National Forest
National Memorial Arboretum (including the National Armed Forces Memorial)
Severn Valley Railway
Symphony Hall
Tamworth Castle
Uttoxeter Racecourse
West Midlands Safari Park
Wyre Forest


Football Association’s National Football Centre
Alexander Athletics Stadium
Edgbaston Cricket Ground
The Priory (tennis)
The Belfry (golf)
Villa Park (football)


Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Defence Medical Education and Training Agency (under development)