Date: 27th & 28th November 2019
Venue: The H Suite, Edgbaston
The metropolitan area of Birmingham is the second largest by population. Known as the “city of a thousand trades,” Birmingham is approximately two-hour drive northwest of London. ... Birmingham's economy is the second largest in the UK after London. The city of Birmingham, in England, is an important manufacturing and engineering centre, employing over 100,000 people in the industry and contributing billions of pounds to the national economy. During 2013, the West Midlands region as a whole created UK exports in goods worth £19.4 billion, around 8.7% of the national total.
Birmingham has been tipped to make its mark on the world business stage as an array of ambitious projects aimed at enhancing the region gather pace. Innovators, company directors and entrepreneurs expressed their “incredible pride” in the city and the West Midlands.
Ringing endorsements of a fast-changing region that has “woken up” despite gloomy national headlines were given at the ‘region in renaissance’ evening organised by the international law firm, who last year expanded their offices in the city centre.
Home-grown businesses, socially-minded entrepreneurs and nimble high-tech starts up who have relocated to the West Midlands were among those who joined an after-dinner, round-table discussion.
HSBC’s relocation of its headquarters to Birmingham in 2017 , the work by the West Midlands Combined Authority and a project to bring a 5G mobile network to the city have all added fresh impetus.
Diversity among the many communities that have settled and contributed to city life, creating a hotbed of language and ideas, was another theme amongst guests.
International events including the Commonwealth Games 2022 and Coventry City of Culture 2021 are also contributing to the West Midlands’ rising stock.