The Enterprise Zone

The Birmingham City Centre Enterpise Zones are a perfect place to help your business bloom.

The Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zones

Overview

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership chose Birmingham's city centre as the epicentre of the first Enterprise Zone. This plan has now developed into 26 sites across the city offering incoming businesses a wealth of benefits, incentives and growth opportunities.

Over the next 15 years, The Birmingham Development Plan 2031 will strengthen the city's economic position in not only the UK, but also internationally. The new enterprise zones offer high quality business environments that are supported by infrastructure and the Big City Plan - Birmingham's plan to develop into a world-class city.

You can download the EZ Prospectus from the Big City Plan website.

Key Facts

  • Birmingham is a key destination for business with a £90 billion regional economy
  • The working population of the city is 4.3 million people
  • Birmingham has a young and highly skilled population with 37% under 24 years of age and over 73,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students

The Offer

A range of incentives are available to businesses that choose to place their business in one of the Enterprise Zones in Birmingham city centre. These include:

  •  Business rates relief*
  • Funding for infrastructure
  • Simplified planning
  • Affordable superfast broadband**

There are also additional benefits available on each of the EZ locations. To discover more about what benfits are available and where, you can view further details on each zone on the Big City Plan Website.

*Rates relief will not be available on Paradise Circus, Southern Gateway and Warwick Bar.
**Available in Digbeth, Eastside and Jewellery Quarter areas

Economic Zones

Birmingham has a selection of Economic Zones, including the city centre enterprise zone, that offer a competitive advantage to incoming businesses.

There are six zones in total, all with easy access to the centre and wider region:

  • The Advanced Manufacturing Hub
  • City Centre Enterprise Zone
  • Tyseley Environmental Enterprise District
  • Longbridge ITEC Park
  • Life Science Campus
  • The Food Hub

There is a bespoke business offer that has been created to support incoming businesses into the economic zones which include simplified planning, access to finance, training and recruitment packages and the services of Business Birmingham.

The Big City Plan

Starting in 2010, the Big City Plan was launched to help transform and improve the city centre of Birmingham over the next 20 years.

The plan is set to improve the international economic standing of the city but also to:

  • grow the city core by 25%
  • improve the street networks and overall accessibility and environmental quality of the city centre
  • improving public transport in the city
  • building upon the city's characterful quarters
  • evolving the usage of land in the centre
  • integrating sustainable development and managing the city's impact on climate change

Birmingham Plan 2031

The Birmingham Development Plan has been created to set expectations and regulate the development and regeneration of the city of Birmingham. It delivers outlines and expectations of where homes will be built, jobs and services will be situated and they types of environments and infrastructure Birmingham is to house over the next 15 years.

As the population of Birmingham is estimated to rise by 150,000 by 2031, the plan has been designed to meet this increase in population by supporting the development and delivery of new homes and the creation of new jobs.

You can read the Birmingham Development Plan online on the Big City Plan website.