Greater Birmingham showcases global credentials

Greater Birmingham showcases global credentials

Business leaders from across the West Midlands gathered to reflect on Greater Birmingham’s standing as a global destination, as part of Marketing Birmingham’s latest Partners Event.

The event saw more than 100 representatives from across a number of industries come together to share insights on how the city can further develop into a leading, global centre for both future investors and visitors.

Also welcomed to the event were representatives from the Department of International Trade’s (DIT) Capital Investment team, who attended the event as part of a wider Greater Birmingham familiarisation visit.

Led by Marketing Birmingham, DIT members toured key development sites including Birmingham Smithfield, Paradise and Birmingham Curzon with the aim of collating key information for potential investors. Officers represented priority international markets including China, Hong Kong, the UAE and India.

The event’s keynote address was delivered by Birmingham City Council Strategic Director for Economy, Waheed Nazir, who said: "Birmingham is already demonstrating the growth journey of a global city. We are using £275m of funds from Birmingham’s Enterprise Zone to transform our infrastructure and public realm, making the city an attractive destination for global firms like HSBC.

"There are major schemes in the pipeline such as the Curzon HS2 Masterplan, a £1bn project to maximise the return on the city centre HS2 terminus, and Birmingham Smithfield, a £500mn scheme which will create a brand new sustainable and family orientated place at the heart of the city centre. Connectivity is crucial, and following phase one of the £128m Metro extension, we will be extending the line to the city’s Digbeth quarter and Five Ways area, with construction anticipated to start in 2019.

"Confidence in the city is high and the delivery of robust infrastructure, quality office space and employment opportunities will continue to make Birmingham an attractive place to invest."


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