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City GuideBirmingham

City Overview

About the City

Birmingham is the 2nd largest city in the UK located in the West Midlands, sometimes dubbed as the engine of the UK, due to its industrial past and present. The city is home to some the UK’s significant industrial and commercial areas, having been the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

Economy and Employment

Birmingham’s economy relies heavily trade, finance and research. In the city core, you’ll find the banking and financial services district, surrounded by several niche quarters. One of which is Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, described by English Heritage as a ‘national treasure’; a hub for over 800 businesses where 40% of the UK’s jewellery is produced. The young and vibrant workforce has ensured that the city has the highest number of start-up businesses outside of London.

Transport

With its extensive and well-networked public transport system, you can be confident that you can get around Birmingham at ease. There are eight railway lines providing access across the city and to other UK locations. Its advanced bus network and the Midland Metro tram ensure a comprehensive local system. Birmingham Airport is conveniently located 10 minutes away from the city centre.

Education

Birmingham is an academic hub with 5 universities near to the centre, these include Aston University, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University. All of which have a high level of education and reputation.

Retail

From high-end fashion boutiques to high street favourites, Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise. The city boasts a mix of modern centres and traditional markets such as The Bullring, Grand Central, The Mailbox and the Jewellery Quarter.

Leisure and Recreation

Whether you are looking to spend your free time visiting the city’s rich industrial past or finally taking that well-deserved spa break, Birmingham has the variety to match everyone’s idea of enjoyable. If sports are more your forte, the city holds some of the most exciting Sports venues including Arena Birmingham and Alexander Stadium. The city will play host to the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Hotel

With its variety of hotels, Birmingham can cater for all needs. If you’re on a business trip and want a standard room or need a large family-friendly suite, you can guarantee you will find an ideal hotel within your budget.

City Key Facts & Figures

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Population

1,124,000

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GVA (billions)

£ 27,613

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Working Population

64%

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Employment Rate

71%

Top 5 Business Sectors in Aberdeen

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Business Count by Size (%)

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Key Employers

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Employment by Occupation (%)

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Local Transport

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Birmingham International Airport

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  • New Street Station
  • Snow Hill Station
  • Moor Street Station
  • Midland Metro
  • HS2 (2026)

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