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7. West Midlands

The West Midlands region is well known as a centre of the production industries. However, business services also contribute to economic growth in the region. There is a flourishing creative sector (design and architecture in particular) and the west of the region is a hotspot for music and festivals. Birmingham is the UK’s second-largest city and the beating heart of the region. The West Midlands is landlocked and therefore has no ports.

Population: 5,9 million
Surface area: 13.000 km2
Major cities: Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton & Dudley




Gross added value (2017): £133,128 million (£22,713 per capita)

Import (2017)
Value: 7,8% of total UK import
Main partners: Germany, China France
Main products: machinery & transport equipment

Export (2017)
Value: 10,2% of total UK export
Main partners: United States, China, France
Main products: machinery & transport equipment

Import universities                                                                       

Major Airports

University of Birmingham

Birmingham Airport

University of Warwick

University of Coventry

Harper Adams University