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Birmingham - offering access to financial and legal expertise

 

93,500 Financial and professional services jobs

Home to major players including Deutsche Bank, Hogan Lovells and KPMG, Birmingham is a globally relevant financial and professional services hub, where more than 60% of the sector's workers are high skilled. Lying at the centre of the thriving West Midlands region, Birmingham hosts a significant concentrations of banks and insurers, as well as the UK's largest legal and accountancy cluster outside London and exports £2.6bn in financial services.

£57.41m in foreign direct investment in financial services 2014-18

HSBC chose Birmingham as the headquarters of its new retail bank, HSBC UK. In early 2020 international accountancy firm PwC moved to their new landmark building in the city, housing 2,400 staff. 

The Midlands Engine partnership, and the West Midlands Metro Mayor, who promotes trade and investment in the region, have been advances that have boosted the appeal of the area to firms of all sizes.

Five key ProfTech stats

  • The region is home to more than 53,000 business, professional and financial services (BPFS) companies employing 358,200 people .
  • Generating £28 billion GVA annually, BPFS represents the region’s largest sector, responsible for 26.5% of the West Midlands economy.
  • The West Midlands is home to the largest regional tech and digital cluster outside of London with 72,700 people employed across 12,550 tech and digital companies.
  • The region’s newly established fintech sector boasts 122 companies employing around 7,375 people, 46% of which are classified as scaleups.
  • The West Midlands’ 12 universities contain 50 tech-related centres of excellence and deliver over 66,000 graduates every year.

New national SuperTech for professional services

A collaboration between the West Midlands’ largest and most well-established businesses and emerging tech firms aims to accelerate a technology revolution in professional services. 

Business leaders from Shoosmiths, Wesleyan, Bruntwood, CBRE and Birmingham Law Society, amongst others, are working with the region’s leading tech and digital companies to explore opportunities for leveraging frontier technologies such as AI and data-driven services to create the next generation of services businesses.

SuperTech – the first Proftech supercluster in the UK, aims to showcase the talent, innovation, and investment potential of the West Midlands’ rapidly emerging professional services technology cluster. 

Read more about the West Midlands’ SuperTech on the SuperTech West Midlands website.

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