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Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK with a population of over one million people. It is a vibrant, multi-cultural city where people like to live, work and play. It has been described as a city in which “the arts, culture and nightlife here are among the most vibrant…in short, a visit to the new, improved Birmingham is mandatory,”* with a quality of life ahead of Rome, Dubai, Prague, and Hong Kong.**
The city, still renowned for its strong manufacturing base, boasts rapidly expanding financial and service sectors. Many of the world’s best-known banks have offices in the city, including Goldman Sachs, Fortis and State Bank of India (SBI). All 5 British banks have substantial presences in Birmingham with large offices which offer full-service banking to customers, and Lloyds TSB and Midland Bank (acquired by and re-branded to HSBC) were founded right here in the city.
Birmingham has become a fast-growing centre for hi-tech industry, and with the NEC, NIA located here, Birmingham is one of Europe's foremost conference and event destinations.
Birmingham is a city of genius and innovation. Home to some six universities; Birmingham, Aston, Birmingham City University, The College of Law, Newman College and The College of Food Tourism and Creative Studies. It’s therefore no surprise that it boasts the largest student population in the UK after London.
Birmingham is home to Birmingham International Airport, the UK’s sixth largest airport, which has the highest proportion of business traffic second only to London Heathrow and is the third largest for charter traffic.
The city’s main train station, Birmingham New Street, is located at the heart of the rail network and boasts more direct trains to more stations than any other station on the British railway network. Testament to this is the more than 35 million people who pass through it every year, making it the busiest major station in the United Kingdom outside London for footfall and passenger numbers
* Source: Lonely Planet Guide to Britain 2005
** Source: Mercer Human Resource Consulting, World Wide Quality of Living Survey 2006
Vibrant, diverse and full of opportunity, Nottingham is a city with a huge amount to offer. Nottingham’s economic and employment growth is above the national average and it has been identified as an ideal location for the science, high-value back office operations, engineering, and creative industries.
The future of the city is looking exciting too. A £7 billion project – one of the largest in the country – is set to change Nottingham’s landscape, offering organisations the chance to shape its future within a new business quarter. To find out more just visit:,www.eastside-city.com, www.nottinghamsouthside.co.uk.
With so much development going on, you could be wondering what Nottingham is like today?
From the oldest pub in England to stunning new bars, farmers’ markets to designer boutiques, the city’s regeneration can only expand its immense appeal. Nottingham’s student population is the fourth largest in England – it offers and enviable pool of qualified graduates with vast commercial and technical expertise. Just a few miles from Nottingham’s bustling city centre you can plunge into the tranquillity of its rural soft side, full of gems like Byron’s Newstead Abbey and Robin Hood’s legendary Sherwood Forest.
Coventry is a cosmopolitan city located just one hour from London; with a population of over 300,000 and where 80 different languages are spoken.
Located at the centre of the UK, with direct links to five motorway networks, the whole of England is within just five hours drive and the London is just one hour away by train.
Over £8 billion is currently being invested in a range of exciting developments to meet the demands of the twenty first century. And across the city, a wide-range of innovative and exciting projects are taking place to ensure Coventry continues to be an attractive place in which to live, work and enjoy life.
The recent Lyons review (tasked with exploring the relocation of UK government departments out of London & the South East) ranks Coventry as a top location for relocating technical specialists and policy makers out of the capital.
The city is home to two nationally recognised universities at the cutting edge of new technologies; Coventry and Warwick, with a combined population in excess of 35,000 students
Big brands such as Pepsico, Ericsson, and Alstom all have large presences in the city; and London Taxi International, manufacturer of the iconic London Black Cab is hailed as one of the cities great successes.
Coventry provides world class facilities, human resources, and a huge variety of leisure and entertainment facilities; all this from a superb location right at the heart of the country's communications network.
Just over an hour’s train journey to London - from which Paris & Brussels can be reached in about 2 hours via the Eurostar connection - the city is an extremely cost-effective base. It boasts one of the most ethnically diverse, harmonious workforces in the country.
As a place to do business Leicester scores highly. KPMG placed it as the ninth best location in the UK, while Growing Business Magazine found it number one. The city is home to three top performing universities – unique for a non-metropolitan area.
In recent times Leicester has seen massive investment, and more regeneration projects are under way. A £2 billion investment programme is seeing the creation of a new city centre office quarter next to the railway station, a £48 million performing arts centre, city centre and waterside housing, marina development and the biggest investment in acute healthcare services outside London.
Leicester is an exceptionally creative city renowned for its rich cultural diversity and spectacular festivals and celebrations. Its Caribbean Carnival is the second largest in the UK after Notting Hill, and the city’s Diwali (Hindu Festival of Light) celebration in October is the largest in the world outside India.
Wolverhampton is a dynamic commercial city with a first-class University and a rapidly growing Science Park within a designated corridor of a High Technology Corridor.
The city is home to a thriving cluster of aerospace and high-tech engineering companies such as Goodrich, H S Marston Aerospace (part of United Technologies Corporation) and Smiths Aerospace (part of the GE Group).
Tarmac Construction also has a large presence in the city, and Carillion PLC has located their Head Office here. The city is served by excellent transport links – with its own local business airport, access to regional and UK motorways and a mainline rail station with fast connections to London Euston.
Lincoln is a city of contrasts. Dominated by its cathedral, one of the finest gothic buildings in Europe, and Norman castle; the city is famous for its manufacturing history, beautiful cobbled streets unique independent shops and overflowing markets.
Lincoln and the area around it with well established strengths in engineering, food production & technologies, is emerging as a cosmopolitan, forward-thinking place to live and work. It offers a combination of urban and rural homes and workplaces with all the facilities you would expect of a contemporary, growing city in terms of education, employment, retail and leisure.
The University of Lincoln is making its mark too. It is the first UK city-centre university campus to be built in 25 years, and demonstrates how well innovative research can flourish in a historic setting. It is also the UK home of engineering giant Siemens.
The county of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in particular, have for centuries been internationally renowned for the design and manufacture of the world’s finest ceramics and tableware, expertise which is now being applied in the development and application of advanced materials, both metallic and non-metallic.
Being at the hub of the UK transport infrastructure, the city is an excellent location from which to distribute goods, and local investment in infrastructure has given businesses even better access to the rest of the UK.
Over 60 years ago JCB, one of the world's top four manufacturers of construction equipment, started here and it is still the location of their worldwide HQ.
Named by KPMG as the most attractive region for companies operating in the medical technologies/healthcare sectors with names such as Cobra therapeutics, Biocomposites, ML and Erigal all having set up bases in the area.
Derby is both traditional and contemporary. While surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park, international companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and JCB have chosen to locate here. The city is ideally located for all logistical and distribution needs.
From 2008, the city will be home to the UK Rail Centre – set to be the focal point of the industry. This dynamic, purpose-built facility will be a valuable resource for businesses in the sector, providing an inspiring location for exhibitions and conferences.
The next 20 years will see massive developments in the city. The launch of the Derby Cityscape Masterplan sets out the aspirations for Derby, signalling a transformation in its physical infrastructure. It is a commitment to growth and support for more international companies.
The historic cathedral city of Worcester is at the heart of Worcestershire, a predominantly rural and agricultural county dominated by the Malvern Hills.
Serviced by the M5 corridor, the city offers frequent high-speed services to London, Birmingham and the rest of the country. A growing number of significant international engineering companies have chosen to locate here, many of them having strong connections with the automotive and aerospace industries such as Cosworth technologies, Yamazaki Mazak, Worcester Bosch and Southco.
Interestingly over 200 years ago the world famous Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce was born here.
Northampton is in close proximity to London and has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. It enjoys a reputation as a formidable location for international companies.
As part of the drive to ease the population pressures of London, Northampton has been designated one of four growth areas under the UK Government’s Sustainable Communities Plan. This will see major growth with over 167,000 new homes, enhanced infrastructure and services.
Northampton is particularly favoured by companies operating in the financial & business services, high-performance engineering, motorsport, ICT or logistics industries. Major companies like Avon cosmetics, Carlsberg Tetley (one of Britain’s largest brewers and wholesalers), Cosworth Engineering and Barclaycard have all chosen Northampton for their UK business location.