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Why Birmingham

Birmingham is the biggest city in the UK outside of London, with the largest regional economy & the highest productivity growth in the UK. Birmingham has the highest concentration of businesses and is home to over 100,000 companies (440,000 in the broader Midlands). It is also a hotbed for entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups with over 75,000 new companies started in the five years to 2017, more than any other regional city.

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Uk Second Largest City

  • Birmingham is at the heart of UK’s second largest city region, the West Midlands
  • The region is home to 4.2 million people and one of Europe’s youngest populations, with 40% of residents aged 25 or younger

Strategic Location

  • 100 miles north of Central London
  • 90 miles south of Manchester
  • Named the UK’s regional city of influence in 2017
  • Set to benefit from the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda

Well Connected

  • To London & the rest of the UK
  • London 1hr 20mins by train
  • Birmingham International Airport in 15 mins
  • Excellent road & rail networks – HS2 approved in February 2020

Burgeoning Tech Economy

  • Five universities in the region producing over 25,000 graduates a year
  • Positioned as one of the fastest growing tech economies in the UK

Demand For Offices

  • Availability of city centre Grade-A office space has decreased by 6% per year since the end of 2009.
  • Tenants such as Goldman Sachs, BT and AXA have identified Birmingham as a regional hub for decentralising material parts of their operations

Strong Service Driven Economy

  • Supporting its reputation as one of the most investable cities in the UK with a 28.1 billion economy (2018), Birmingham has the highest concentration of financial and professional services outside of London


Birmingham lays claim to being one of the most well-connected cities in the UK and continued investment in travel routes and facilities is only strengthening its hand. Mailbox is a 5 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station, the UK’s busiest train station outside of London.

Strategically located at the heart of the country and well-connected by road, rail and air, Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK, boasting a population in excess of one million. Furthermore, the city sits at the centre of the Midlands Engine for Growth, a region with a population of 11.5 million.

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