Business Consulting & Management

Greater Birmingham is developing a strong profile as a preferred location for business within the Business Professional Services sector



Home to world-class company headquarters, innovative entrepreneurs, international and regional centres of excellence and one of the youngest populations in Europe, Birmingham is a dynamic, thriving and business focussed region.  The presence of some of Europe’s largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) providers (Capita, Serco, Cap Gemini and IBM) within the region is testament to the credibility and quality of the professional environment.

The city of Birmingham has the largest regional financial and professional services hub in the UK, employing nearly 105,000 people in over 13,000 companies. The city also has the one of the largest legal services clusters in Europe and the largest accountancy clusters outside London.


Key Facts

  • The region has the largest BPFS hub in the UK bringing £23.7 billion into the West Midlands Combined Authority economy
  • There are 280,000 people employed in over 23,000 companies across this sector
  • Aston Business School & University of Birmingham business school were ranked in the Financial Times global top100

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Birmingham has one of the largest concentrations of professional services outside the capital and one of the largest insurance markets in Europe consisting of many niche and bespoke organisations. We have an excellent professional hub consisting of major Grade A office developments in Birmingham city centre and major office developments including the Eastside Locks scheme and Paradise Birmingham which occupies a key position as an entry point to Birmingham city centre.

The city’s location at the confluence of the UK’s major road and rail networks makes it one of the most accessible regional cities in the UK. With the development of the High Speed (HS2) rail link, journey times to the capital will be significantly reduced. Six universities and 18 further education institutions within Greater Birmingham provide a pool of professional talent to aid businesses in this sector. 

Key Companies

Below is a list of the Top 10 strategic companies in and around Birmingham, representing the biggest and best of the region's Business Consulting & Management thriving local industry:

GVA (formerly Bilfinger GVA)
Gowling WLG (formerly Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co)
Deloitte Real Estate
Ernst & Young
Eversheds LLP
Capita Service
DAC Beachcroft

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Membership Organisations

BPS Birmingham
BPS Birmingham is an independent membership organisation that acts as a representative body for the city’s business and professional services sector. Its sister organisation, BPS Future, is the voice of young professionals in the city.

BPS Birmingham views the city as an important international hub for the business and professional services sector. The sector is anchored by big names such as Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, PwC and KPMG, which provide a strong pool of local talent and skills from which to recruit. Anecdotal evidence suggests that students from the city’s universities are increasingly opting to stay in Birmingham after graduation.


Skills & Talent
With 8 universities and 24 further education institutions within the West Midlands Combined Authority area, a pool of professional talent is available to aid the sector. Additionally collaboration between large firms such as Deutsche Bank, DTZ and KMPG with Birmingham Metropolitan College has seen the creation of the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy - fostering the professional talent of the city for future employment in the sector.

Deutsche Bank presents a perfect example of the excellent availability of talent in the region for companies re-locating from high cost centres e.g. London. The company has grown its presence in the region dramatically to become the city of Birmingham’s largest foreign owned financial services company employing over 1300 staff, including 200 trading floor personnel relocated from London.


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