The West Midlands Lieutenancy
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Everyone living and working in the West Midlands are proud of our industrial heritage as the birthplace of the first industrial revolution in relation to metal working and steam power developed by James Watt and Mathew Boulton. The West Midlands was at the very heart of the rise of Great Britain as the greatest industrial power at the turn of the 20th century with Birmingham known as a city of a thousand trades. During the Second World War the West Midlands was at the very centre of the war effort with the manufacture of Spitfires and huge munitions factories at IMI and BSA, hence the bombing of Coventry and Birmingham. Although we have seen a big decline in manufacturing, the West Midlands is still the major manufacturing centre in the country, with car manufacturing thriving at Jaguar Land Rover and BMW engines.
Today West Midlands is at the very heart of transforming itself into a vibrant cultural centre with the CBSO, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, the new £185m Birmingham Library and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with the newly found Saxon hoard to name but a few.
The county is well placed in terms of accessibility being at the very heart of the country’s transport network with the M6, M5, M42, and M40 motorways. The extension of Birmingham airport runway will greatly increase the present numbers flying of around 10 million per annum. The excellent transport facilities enable the region to host events at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham and the excellent National Exhibition Centre in Solihull. Connectivity will get even better with the proposed construction of the High Speed Rail.
There are over 100,000 students studying across the West Midlands Universities – Aston, Birmingham, Birmingham City, Coventry, Newman, Warwick, Wolverhampton and University College Birmingham.
The West Midlands has a long tradition of welcoming people from different cultures, races, faiths, and backgrounds to settle, contribute and prosper, and make them feel at home. Hence we have young, vibrant, diverse communities with a rich cultural heritage, with 18 per cent of its population from ethnic minority backgrounds. This enables the region to expand and prosper as it's growing 2.7 million citizens meet the challenges of the 21st century with increasing confidence.
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