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Selling Birmingham to Chicago businesses


more trade between the two cities. Part of the mission focused on showcasing what Birmingham has to offer to Chicago companies who were considering setting up a base in the UK or Europe.


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‘Our visit to Chicago was highly successful, enabling us to meet a number of businesses and inward investment specialists’


This element of the trip was driven by Marketing Birmingham’s inward investment offshoot, Business Birmingham, who declared the visit an overwhelming success. Business Birmingham admitted that recent inward investment efforts have focused on the


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top delegation from Birmingham has made a high-profile visit to Chicago to boost civic links and encourage


emerging economies of the Far East, and also the Middle East, and that the time was right to renew links with the USA. The US remains the largest investor in Birmingham and the West Midlands, having spent some £2bn in the region since 2003. Birmingham and the surrounding area is now


home to some 350 US companies, employing approximately 60,000 people, and it is hoped to build on this. Wouter Schuitemaker, investment director at


Business Birmingham, said: “Our visit to Chicago was highly successful, enabling us to meet a number of businesses and inward investment specialists and highlight how Birmingham is an attractive destination for US companies. “The similarities between the two cities – such


as our connected transport networks, strong financial services sector and manufacturing expertise – further demonstrates why it is advantageous for businesses in Chicago to locate overseas operations in Birmingham.


Boosting links with Brum: HM Consul General Robert Chatterton Dickson and (right) Wouter Schuitemaker, pictured during the Chicago visit


“The US is a leading investor in Birmingham,


and remains a key market for the city. While there are opportunities for us to attract investment from developing markets, the strong relationship between the US and UK will play a crucial role in encouraging economic growth locally. “With many US businesses looking to set up departments overseas, we are continuing to raise Birmingham’s profile internationally to make the most of this opportunity.”


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