The £150 million John Lewis department store opening in 2014 will further strengthen Birmingham’s retail experience.
By 2031 Birmingham will be renowned as an enterprising, innovative and green city that has undergone transformational change growing its economy and strengthening its position on the international stage. The Birmingham Development Plan 2031 will provide the strategy to drive forward this transformation with the Big City Plan, launched in September 2010, setting out the detailed framework for radical change to the City Centre.
Supporting the delivery of this growth agenda are six Economic Zones located across the city. The Zones provide the focus for the clustering of economic activity within high quality business environments that are supported by infrastructure. The City Centre Enterprise Zone, led by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, is the largest of the six zones and will support the implementation of the Big City Plan accelerating the delivery of growth.
Birmingham is a leading European business destination at the centre of a £90bn regional economy. The City has access to a working population of 4.3 million people, provides a wealth of opportunities for companies looking to expand or invest and offers a high quality of life. More Information