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Did you know...

The West Midlands’ population exceeds 5 million people, with 6% claiming that they are actively involved in forming businesses according to the 2008 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

Private companies in the region number over 80,000 and spend over £600m on R&D annually, or 27% of their total spend, exceeding the national average.

Chemicals and materials industries employ about 200 thousand people in greater Birmingham.

Energy and resources companies employ 42 thousand people, and focus on environmental products, utilities, consultancies, energy production, storage and distribution.

The development of food production and safety processes, organic farming, genetically modified crops and food security involves 6,000 companies here.

ICT and digital media is a growing strength, with companies including AT&T, Caudwell Group, CSC, Epson, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft/Rare Games, Oracle and Specialist Computer Holdings having bases here.

Transport and aerospace clusters employ 130 thousand people here in companies including Gardner Aerospace, GKN, Hampson Industries, Jaguar-Land Rover, JCB, QinetiQ and Quadnetics.

The life sciences industry includes 1350 companies based in the West Midlands.

Over 180 thousand people work in the business services sector within the region, providing a fertile ground for starting or growing a business here.