The Midlands Engine is at the heart of UK growth. It’s an ambitious economy worth more than 200 billion GBP, generating 13% of Gross Value Added in the UK.
Scotland Northern Ireland North of England Wales Midlands South of England
Over 200 billion GPB
Gross Value Added economy - the fastest growing outside of London
20 to 24 year olds
largest demographic group
227 million GBP
invested in Birmingham student facilities by Singaporean Investor GIC
graduates a year from 20 universities
homes needed over next 15 years
passengers handled by Birmingham Airport each year
tonnes of cargo handled by Port of Grimsby each year
Strategic markets: property and infrastructure
The demand for high quality student housing in many Midlands cities is exceeding supply and stimulating developments for international investors. The growing young professional population with demand for a work and lifestyle package is driving many of the new major regeneration schemes in core cities such as Birmingham.
In 2018 the West Midlands was selected to become the innovative home to the UK’s first multi-city 5G test bed. Digital infrastructure will gain momentum over the next few years, influencing digital construction and enabling the further development of Smart Cities.
The Midlands is the UK’s premier location for logistics and distribution operations with the region offering attractive investment opportunities. The East Midlands logistics market had the best take-up in 2018 with 8.92 million square feet of space transacted, more than double that in 2017.
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