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From high speed to high tech – Birmingham is the Destination of the Future

March 10, 2014Article by Ray Withers

Recent years have seen an impressive transformation take place in Birmingham. The UK’s second most populous city has emerged as one of the country’s hotspots for new technology businesses.

A new look

On an aesthetic level, Birmingham’s regeneration has seen soaring Millennial structures replace the grey, industrial concrete that previously defined so much of the city’s appearance. The design of the rebuilt Bullring shopping centre was where it all began, leading to a wave of inspired architectural triumphs as Birmingham slowly commenced a city-wide revamp.

Nowadays, Birmingham has a modern, urban feel that is attracting both families and businesses to the city. The ‘Big City Plan’ behind the transformation incorporates changes to Birmingham’s library, airport and railway stations, all of which have or are set to make the city even more attractive.

New connections

With the High Speed Two rail network plans well underway, which will see journey times between Birmingham and London cut to a mere 48 minutes, the appeal of England’s second city will continue to grow. Businesses from a range of industries, including ICT, advanced manufacturing and life sciences, have already begun to flood the city, creating economic hubs for a range of sectors.

As Birmingham’s tech scene thrives, more businesses are looking to be a part of the city’s rise to technological glory, executive spending has risen and retail establishments have scaled up their wares in response to market demand.

A new feel

As well as celebrating the improvements of recent years, Birmingham is planning ahead for a long and successful future. Over 16,000 new businesses were started there in 2013 according to Start Up Britain and the city’s three universities are hard at work creating the next generation of entrepreneurs. The newly opened Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy, which is working with seven of the city’s largest professional services employers, will also play a key part in contributing to the talent pool.

Birmingham’s progress has been such that the city recently took first place in the ‘FDI Destination of the Future’ category at Shanghai’s global investment awards. Foreign direct investors are queuing up to be a part of the city’s future, in relation to both its businesses and its property market.

A new opportunity

Always at the forefront of the property investment market and responsive to investors’ demands, the award-winning Property Frontiers is excited to be able to offer a fantastic new investment opportunity in Birmingham to its clients.

The development at Five Ways, which will include a number of superbly appointed studio, one and two bedroom apartments, is set to officially launch to the open market on 1 April 2014. Always one step ahead, Property Frontiers is able to offer investors a pre-launch, off-market discount of 10%. With apartment prices from £95,000, the discount will provide from £9,500 to £16,000 instant equity on 1 April.

At around £1,000 per square metre cheaper than comparable developments, and with up to 9% expected yield and guaranteed returns available, this landmark new development is on track to become an important part of Birmingham’s bright future. Speak to Property Frontiers before 1st April to take advantage of the fantastic pre-launch offer.

To find out more about high yielding buy-to-let opportunities in Birmingham and other cities, contact Property Frontiers today or call +44 1865 202 700.

Author

Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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