About UK Central
UK Central is a prime inward investment location, ranked in the top 10 UK destinations for business.
Located in the centre of England, UK Central is home to the National Exhibition Centre, Genting UK’s new £150m Resorts World, global automotive brand Jaguar Land Rover and the planned High Speed Rail Central Interchange.
Connected to 35 million people within a two hour travel time and an extensive route network of destinations across the globe, UK Central boasts one of the strongest economies outside London, contributing £5.1bn to UK GDP.
UK Central's High Speed Rail interchange, due to start in 2017, has inspired a vision to create a well-planned and vibrant new destination within UK Central; an exceptional new place to live, work, innovate, rest and play.
We are working with landowners and other key stakeholders to develop plans for a 140 hectare mixed-use development, laid out on contemporary garden city principles, on land between the NEC/Birmingham Airport campus and the HS2 interchange.
The development will be rich with investment potential; encompassing land ripe for development and the potential to interweave business, leisure and brand new communities around UK Central’s outstanding transport connectivity.
The Interchange will be fully integrated into the environment and economic landscape and will be commercial, collaborative and innovative in its planning and delivery; protecting and developing the natural resources and green space for which Solihull is admired whilst building prosperity for the next generation.
Solihull, home to UK Central, combines charming rural villages and cosmopolitan shopping and leisure destinations with outstanding quality of life, offering a compelling attraction to businesses looking to locate their employees in the region.
A gateway to the beautiful Midlands countryside, UK Central boasts more than 1,500 acres of parks and open spaces, as well as the meeting point for the River Blythe and both the Stratford upon Avon and Grand Union canals.
Solihull town centre is a major regional shopping destination, offering a mix of the latest UK and international retail brands, two major UK department stores and high-end designer boutiques, as well as outstanding a cosmopolitan restaurant and café culture.
At the end of 2013 Solihull was rated the best place to live in the UK for its high disposable income, longer life expectancy and fast broadband speeds.
UK Central is also rich in talent and skills. High performing schools, internationally respected universities and a range of colleges with strong links to business, creates both a compelling location for locating employee families but also access to a pipeline of highly qualified future employees.
Birmingham Airport connects UK Central to all major European cities as well as the US, Middle East and key capitals across Asia. The airport is also hosting an extended series of direct flights from Beijing, China - following the first scheduled flight from a UK airport outside London.
The UK’s motorway network runs through the region, including the M42, M6 and M40 and mainline rail services connect UK Central to London in less than 60 minutes, as well as key destinations across England and Scotland.
Within the next ten years the planned UK Hub, offering a compelling mix of business and residential communities around a High Speed Rail interchange, will be built - cutting journey times to London further to just 40 minutes.
UK Central also boasts excellent digital connectivity, offering businesses superfast broadband and 4G coverage in key business hotspots within the four investment zones.
UK Central comprises four interconnected economic opportunity zones:
- Zone 1: 200 hectares of flexible mixed use development space for business and leisure, incorporating an international airport and adjacent to the £17Bn high speed rail interchange
- Zone 2: £1.8Bn regeneration programme, including housing, retail and leisure
- Zone 3: A major retail, leisure and office destination
- Zone 4: A master planned campus in a countryside setting
UK Central is renowned for high value-added manufacturing with particular expertise in low carbon, intelligent transportation systems and niche vehicles. Core business sectors include construction & building technologies, science and engineering; business services; aerospace; healthcare technology; retail and leisure. The area is also rapidly becoming a focus point for clean and renewable technology forms, supporting a move to a low carbon economy within the region.
Two major business parks, plus a wide range of urban and rural development sites, provide a mix of ready-to-occupy offices and land ripe for development. Businesses investing in UK Central will benefit from a highly proactive approach by local and regional government, supporting organisations which are committed to developing a long-term manufacturing or office presence in the region.