The Midlands is an area spanning central England that is divided into the East Midlands and the West Midlands and is generally considered to include the West Midlands metropolitan boroughs, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.
The largest city in the Midlands is Birmingham with other well-known cities including Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Coventry and Northampton.
New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the Midlands economy is growing faster than the UK average. The growth was identified in many key industries that thrive in the area including manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and business services.
Many companies have relocated their shared service centres to the Midlands as have a number of well-known banking institutions.
Renowned for its universities, and in particular those that specialise in business; The University of Warwick, Birmingham Business School and Nottingham Business School. The West Midlands is also home to an abundance of cultural landscapes and sporting fixtures; the recently modernised Library of Birmingham, Donington Park race track, the National Space Centre, Edgbaston cricket ground, premiership rugby teams (Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Wasps and Worcester Warriors) and a number of premier league football teams.
The East Midlands consists of five principal cities Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Northampton. The region’s relative proximity to London, its connectivity on the national motorway and links via East Midlands airport help the East Midlands thrive as an economic hub. The region is home to number of key industries including manufacturing, building & construction, textiles & clothing, retail, food production, and the agricultural and rural sector. During the last decade, the East Midlands’ economy has become more diverse, and businesses based in the East Midlands have developed the capability to serve not only the local and regional market but also national and international clients and customers.
The West Midlands contains Birmingham and the larger West Midlands region which includes the city of Wolverhampton and large towns of Dudley, Solihull, Walsall, West Bromwich and Coventry. The region is geographically diverse, from the urban central cities and towns to the rural western counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire which border Wales. The West Midlands is forecast to be one of the fastest growing regions of the UK, with growth underpinned by strong performance in the real estate and business services sectors. Coventry has recently been announced as City of Culture in 2021 which will result in an economic boost to the city and wider region. Employment in the West Midlands has seen a resurgence and looking ahead to 2020, total employment in the West Midlands is expected to increase by 0.3% per year.
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