The Black Country

The Black Country comprises the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall and the city of Wolverhampton. It is home to over 1.1 million people and over 33,000 businesses.

Sparked into life at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, it boasts cutting edge companies, a highly skilled workforce, thriving university partnerships, and a huge network of specialist suppliers and support.

The Black Country has seen a significant increase in foreign and domestic investment over the last few years and was recognised as one of the top 5 cost-effective regions in the UK by the fDi Magazines European Cities and Regions of the Future ranking 2016/17.

Dynamic and enterprising, the Black Country is ripe with truly unique investment opportunities. From manufacturing to transport infrastructure, education to culture, this area is rich with resources and is open to development.

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1.1m

population

£17bn

GVA

£5bn

of investment opportunities

£8bn

devolution deal for the West Midlands

50%

of UK population within 2 hours

2 hours

to London by train

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Strategic Centre Regeneration

Significant investment has landed in the Black Country’s strategic centres in recent years, including £450m in West Bromwich town centre and £390m in Walsall town centre, helping the region to realise its ambitious plans for growth.

Now, with £992m investment either planned or underway in Wolverhampton city centre, 300,000 sq m of commercial opportunities in Brierley Hill and a plethora of further commercial and residential opportunities across the Black Country’s town and city centres, it’s all change in the Black Country.

See the Black Country’s City and Town Centre Investment Opportunities.

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£1bn

recently completed investments

£1.2bn

pipeline opportunities

13,000

new homes planned

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HVM City

The Black Country’s ‘HVM City’ is the development programme driving the advancement of the world-class design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country.

HVM City will add over £1 billon to the economy, bring forward over 150 hectares of land for high value manufacturing and create over 25,000 jobs. HVM City will create the perfect economic conditions for high value manufacturers to thrive; through investment in world leading people, businesses and places.

See the Black Country’s office and industrial investment opportunities.

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£1bn

catalyst for economic growth

25,000

jobs planned

150

hectares of land to develop

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Black Country Garden City

The Black Country LEP, the Homes and Communities Agency and the four Black Country local authorities are working together to create a 21st century Garden City.

More than 45,000 new homes could be delivered over the next 10 years in what will be one of Britain’s biggest ever brownfield site regeneration programmes, covering more than 1,500 hectares.

The Black Country Garden City vision will utilise existing green cultural and economic assets to develop attractive places where people want to live, transforming the reality and perception of the Black Country.

Find out more about the Black Country Garden City blueprint for residential development.

See the Black Country’s residential investment opportunities.

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£18bn

catalyst for economic growth

45,000

new homes planned

1,500

hectares of land to develop

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