Global & Investment

Extending our international reach

Professor Chris Smith and Professor Tom Crick at the recent launch of the Digital & Creative Investment prospectus.
Invest in a partnership with Midlands universities

Midlands universities are the drivers for foreign direct investment.

World-renowned for their strengths in science, research and innovation, they are redefining how academia works in partnership with industry.

5 prospectus’ have been produced which showcase the opportunities for investment in key sectors: Agritech, Health & Life Sciences, Transport Technology, Creative & Digital and Zero Carbon Energy.

A map of the Midlands showing the size of a cluster
Exploring the investment potential of clusters in the Midlands

The Midlands Engine Partnership has published 23 cluster snapshots to better understand their scale and economic contribution, as well as showcase the  investment opportunities within each sector.

These clusters have been categorised as:

  • Super – a sector where the Midlands is world-leading
  • Established – long-established sectors generating significant economic activity in multiple locations
  • New – emerging knowledge, technology and innovation-intensive sectors
Sir John Peace looking at investment opportunities during UKREiiF 2023
The Midlands Engine at UKREiiF 2024, 21st – 23rd May

We are hosting a pavilion this year where we will be providing our partners with a platform to showcase the investment opportunities in our region, alongside many fascinating talks throughout the 3 days.

Roger Mendonca discussing investment with partners at UKREiiF
Midlands Engine CEO Roger Mendonca at UKREiiF 2023
How our partnership works to increase investment in the Midlands

Build a reliable evidence base
Working across the Partnership and with the Midlands Engine Observatory, and as seen through our work in mapping the region’s cluster potential, we build a reliable evidence base to facilitate informed decision making.

Unlock potential
We showcase the opportunities to drive investment and trade, focusing on areas where the Midlands is strongest and most innovative. View the ‘Invest in UK R&D’ prospectus here.

Provide a global platform for the region
Provide an even and balanced platform for partners to present priorities, and support this through the Midlands Trade and Investment Advisory Forum community of practice.

The Midlands is home to some of the world’s most successful companies, whose innovation, expertise and ingenuity have driven UK trade and exports for over a century. The Midlands Engine helps amplify the voice and reputation of our region’s universities, businesses and opportunities across the world – to high-growth markets, such as the USA, South East Asia, the Gulf and Africa. We will also work to underpin our essential regional trade relationship with Europe.

We work in collaboration with partners from right across our region and national government. Together, we work 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.

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Midlands trade and investment annual contribution to the national economy



England’s exports provided by Midlands




Worth of exported goods in year ending Q2 2023




Machinery and transport export amounted to



New jobs created through 265 FDI projects


Latest news

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund II launches today (29th February) and will deliver £400 million of new funding to small and medium-sized businesses across the Midlands.

Economic Opportunities

Feb 29 2024

Midlands Engine Investment Fund II launches providing businesses with the funds to grow

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund II launches today (29th February) and will deliver £400 million of new funding to small and medium-sized businesses across the Midlands.

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Economic Opportunities

Feb 27 2024

Midlands Engine partners launch Food White Paper showcasing region’s leading role in transforming UK food system

Presented for the first time today (27 February) at the unveiling of SmartParc SEGRO Derby’s new energy centre, the Food White Paper is the product of months of collaboration between over 100 food industry partners led by the Midlands Engine Partnership, the Midlands Future Food Alliance and Collison & Associates.

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An image of the cover of the Creative & Digital Investment Prospectus alongside block text reading 'Universities as Drivers of Foreign Direct Investment' and the logos of Midlands Engine, Midlands Innovation and Midlands Enterprise Universities

Economic Opportunities

Jan 24 2024

Midlands Universities join forces to attract global investment into world-leading creative and digital industries

The Midlands Engine Partnership, Midlands Innovation and Midlands Enterprise Universities have launched a new Midlands University Investment Prospectus for the Creative and Digital Industries to help partners attract international investment into R&D and innovation across the region.

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