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.
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
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.
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.