Business Birmingham is the city’s award winning inward investment programme, the link to attracting or growing a company’s presence in the region. We are the access point to Birmingham’s business networks and to the numerous benefits from the city’s strong enterprise culture. We strive to work with investing companies as a strategic partner to create relevant business solutions.
Inward investment into GBSLEP region
The GBSLEP region is experiencing a time of huge potential, recent figures from UK Trade & Investment confirmed more foreign businesses invested in Greater Birmingham & Solihull in 2014/15 than any other LEP region.
The region is continuing to progress from strength to strength with the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (GBSLEP) area attracted 73 new FDI projects over 2014/15 with investors included world-famous brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG, Virgin Media and Amazon.
As well as FDI projects investment itself is creating and safeguarding jobs, this year alone 4,739 new jobs were created and1,365 roles were safe guarded.
Investment into the region is coming from worldwide sources, and US firms were the most prominent investors, accounting for 22% of all projects.
Incoming firms have cited Greater Birmingham’s transport links, affordable space and strong talent pool as major draws. We’re proud to see our region being transformed over recent years, attracting firms from a range of different sectors.
Business relocation and expansion
The Solihull Business Investment Team can help your business to find the right location and provide a comprehensive and confidential package of support to ensure a successful move. The team provides introductions to local commercial property agents and developers, local area information, assistance with staff relocation and access to appropriate sources of finance. For more information, please see https://www.solihullforsuccess.com/locate-your-business/support-and-finance
Solihull for Success incorporates a free and comprehensive property database of commercial units – including office and serviced office, industrial and retail unit options. The team can also help you identify the most appropriate sites for your business and co-ordinate viewings and tours of the Solihull Borough to help you with your decision making process. For more information, please see https://www.solihullforsuccess.com/locate-your-business/commercial-property
Recent sector specific development
The automotive industry was responsible for over half (51%) of all manufacturing investments into the GBSLEP. This included Indian firm Amtek Auto Group building a £5 million facility in Kidderminster and creating 100 jobs – and the expansion of Spanish-owned Maier UK in Burntwood, Staffordshire.
Big Four accountancy firm KMPG, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, created 50 new jobs in Birmingham’s business district last year, citing its large talent pool and location as important factors behind its appeal to big international firms. BPFS has also attracted major domestic investment into the region, with HSBC recently announcing that its new ring-fenced bank and 1,000 roles will be moving to Birmingham. BPFS was responsible for 22 investments this year, compared with 16 in 2013/14.
Significant investment from tech and creative firms reflects the region’s emergence as a hub for nimble high-tech firms. Retail giant Amazon has expanded in Rugeley, Staffordshire, while fellow US firm Uber recently set up an office in Birmingham, citing demand for local graduates and the burgeoning young professional community as major reasons for investing in the region.
Business Birmingham support
Business Birmingham offers a variety of support and packages to help businesses make the step into the GBSLEP region, in both relocating from other locations within the UK and those currently positioned outside of the UK.
Our packages of support take businesses though the key steps we can support them with including
Planning - We’ll help create a convincing business case for setting up in our region
Set - up: We’ll support a business with making the right contacts, property planning, staffing and relocation support
Grow: a continued package of support once a business is set up to help them continue to develop and utilise the opportunities available within the region.
Get in touch
To talk to a member of the Business Birmingham team and to find out more about how more about the support we offer please contact us on:
Call: +44 (0)121 202 5022
You can find our more about our support packages and learn about the businesses we’ve helped to grow please visit the Business Birmingham website here