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Spanning the heart of the UK, the Midlands is the largest regional economy outside London. The Midlands Engine partnership represents 11 million people and 816,000 businesses — an economy worth over £246 billion per year.

Working in partnership with regional firms and public sector bodies, we focus on tackling the things that really matter in our region to drive prosperity for our communities and businesses.

Our members include 18 local authorities and the West Midlands Combined Authority, nine local enterprise partnerships and our region’s 20 world-class universities. We also work with a rapidly growing number of private sector partners, collaborating and investing together to achieve our shared aims for regional success.

Together, we make sure the Midlands voice is heard and act as a positive agent for economic, social and environmental change, to benefit every single part of our region. We do this through shared intent, collaborative investment and presenting a strong, unified voice, direct to government.

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The Midlands is home to some of the world’s most successful companies; with their innovation, expertise and ingenuity driving UK trade and exports for over a century.

The Midlands Engine helps amplify the voice and reputation of our region across the world. We work in collaboration with local partners and national government to support inward investment to encourage more firms to export to more places around the world and to help keep jobs and opportunities within both our region and the UK.

As the world recovers from the pandemic, the pioneering spirit of innovation and industry that has characterised the Midlands’ approach to internationalisation will help put our region at the forefront of a new Global Britain.

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The Midlands is the largest regional economy outside London












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Economic Opportunities

May 14 2024

Midlands Kings Awards Recipients 2024 announced

33 businesses from across the Midlands made up the 252 recipients of the prestigious Kings Awards for Enterprise 2024, announced last week.

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May 19 2023

Midlands Engine partners showcase exceptional investment opportunities in the Midlands, at UKREiiF

Midlands Engine partners are coming together at this year’s UK Real Estate Infrastructure Investment Forum to showcase the region’s exceptional investment landscape. Two Midlands Engine resources launching today highlight the collaborative work happening right now that will help attract £billions to the region.   

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Mar 7 2023

Unleash the levelling-up potential of universities by attracting foreign investment into UK innovation

A new report was launched today in London by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Midlands Innovation, supported by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and Universities UK International (UUKi). The report sets out a blueprint for universities and government to work together in order to unleash the levelling-up potential of the UK’s world-renowned higher education sector to help attract international investment across the country.

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