The British Midlands

Business sectors within the region







Medical Devices

Financial & Business Services


Environmental Technology

Food & Drink

Advanced Materials

Building Technologies

Other Sectors

About the region


The British Midlands is a flourishing region in the heart of the UK; the most successful investment economy in Europe. It’s one of the best connected and most affordable places in the UK to live and work.

Reasons to locate your business in the British Midlands include:

• UK’s second largest commercial center with a regional GVA second to London

• Great Location – Situated at the hub of the UK’s road and rail infrastructure, the region has some of the shortest travel-to-work times in the UK. The British Midlands is just over  
1 hour from London

• Accessibility to 82% of the UK’s population who live within a convenient 150 mile drive

• Birmingham International Airport, the UK’s second largest regional airport, operates more than 300 passenger flights daily to more than 100 worldwide destinations. It also carries the highest proportion of business traffic-after Heathrow International Airport.

• East Midlands Airport, just outside Nottingham, is the UK’s largest pure air freight terminal. It offers passenger service to 60 key European and worldwide destinations and was voted the UK’s best airport in 2005.

• Home to world leaders in ICT, engineering, automotive, aerospace, health care, software, electronics, ecommerce and logistics. Names such as IBM, Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Capital One, 3M, Jaguar, and many more are all located here.

• Over 3,000 internationally owned companies and thousands of successful local businesses call the British Midlands their home

• Highly skilled workforce of around 4.8 million workers

• Affordable housing with home prices 18% lower than the UK average.

With our vibrant economy, highly skilled and flexible workforce, excellent quality of life and fast and easy access to the rest of the UK, Europe and many worldwide destinations, it’s easy to see why the British Midlands is the location of choice for many companies planning to expand their business into the UK and Europe.

Wherever your business is based, our international officesacross Europe, America, and Asia Pacific enable us to help you with information and the connections you need to get your ideas off the ground.