At the beating heart

Having started out in Birmingham over 100 years ago we are proud to still be based in a thriving city that is at the centre of a £94 billion regional economy and conveniently also happens to sit geographically at the heart of the country.

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Home to 75,000 businesses, 1,190 of which are international, we think that Birmingham is a great city to work and play in — but we would say that wouldn’t we! However, don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few facts about the second city (sorry Manchester!).

 

We have the strongest economy outside London

With an economy worth £24.8 billion, Birmingham has a growth rate of 19.2% in the last five years and is one of the largest growing city economies in the UK.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) GVA data

Most entrepreneurial regional city

17,473 new businesses were in Birmingham during 2016 – more than any other city outside the capital.

StartUp Britain analysis of Companies House data

Leading export performance

At £28 billion in 2016, exports from the West Midlands have grown by 12.3% in the last 12 months – the highest of any UK region.

HM Revenue & Customs-Trade data, 2016

More people moved to Birmingham from London in 2017

Birmingham was the most popular destination for people relocating out of London than anywhere else in the country.

ONS, Internal Migration Stats

Best regional city for student performance

Birmingham has more schools receiving an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED inspection rating of any regional city.

OFSTED

UK’s youngest and fastest growing regional city

Birmingham is the youngest major city in Europe – between 2006 and 2016 Birmingham’s population increased by over 100,000, well ahead of our nearest rival.

ONS, Mid-year population estimates

Greener than you think

Birmingham is a surprisingly leafy city with 571 parks covering almost 9,000 acres, more than any other European city.

Better quality of life

Birmingham ranked as having the highest quality of life of any English city outside the capital, by global Mercer Quality of Living Report 2017.

Mercer Quality of Life Index

Well connected

Birmingham’s location means that the city is a natural transport hub for the whole of the UK.

Train services and the motorway network link Birmingham to every major UK city while Birmingham Airport provides access to the rest of Europe and the world.

New Street is home to the UK’s busiest train station outside London seeing 1,250 trains through its platforms each day and nearly 5.8 million passengers changing trains at the station annually.

With four motorways (the M5, M6, M40, and M42) easily accessible from the city centre more than 4 million people live within an hour's drive of the city. 

And finally...

Yes it’s true — with 35 miles of canals Birmingham really does have more miles of canal than Venice. However, as it is much larger than Venice the canals are less of a prominent feature.

With clients based across the country we are ideally placed to meet each one, either at their offices or at our new purpose-built offices. Conveniently situated in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, we are only a few minutes from the main-line train stations and motorway network. Come and see us to take a tour of our facilities and while you are here you can plug into our offices, have a coffee and continue to get work done. Why not come and visit us to find out more?