Why The Midlands?
The Midlands is one of the most dynamic areas in the UK. Located at the heart of a connected transport network, it has close proximity to London, and access to 75% of the UK within 2 hours.
Home to over 10 million people and 440,000 businesses, the region includes the cities of Birmingham and Nottingham alongside Coventry, Derby, Hereford, Leicester, Lincoln, Stoke-onTrent, Wolverhampton and Worcester.
Our local economy is worth more than £207 billion, generating nearly 15% of the UK’s Gross Value Added (GVA), and experiencing growth of 18% over the last five years. We’re home to 27,500 businesses in advanced manufacturing, employing 246,100. We export £43bn worth of goods to 178 countries, growing at a rate in excess of the national rate. The Midlands is indeed an engine of growth at the heart of the UK.
The home of Shakespeare, Robin Hood, JRR Tolkien and Sir Isaac Newton is today at the centre of plans for a new high speed rail network and an innovation hub for advanced manufacturing, automotive, life sciences, digital technologies and rail technologies.
The region has the fastest improving rail network in Europe and by 2033 will be the hub of the country’s new HS2 high speed rail network – expanding capacity and connecting to London in less than 50 minutes.