West Midlands leads UK’s COVID recovery with record visitor numbers in 2022


  • Region experiences huge surge of tourists thanks to high-profile events including Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games 

  • West Midlands’ visitor economy now worth record £14.1bn as tourists flock to spend money on region’s retail, culinary and recreational offer 

  • Hotel occupancy in Birmingham reaches new heights in summer 2022, with 95% of city’s rooms filled on 6 August 

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Birmingham to host UK first as manufacturing events unite at the NEC


  • 8000+ attendees expected at Manufacturing and Engineering Week, joining eight further industry events at the NEC for the first time
  • Industry joins forces as Make UK calls for Industrial Strategy to support growth and green transition
  • Speakers include Nusrat Ghani, Minister of State at the Department for Business and Trade and Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK
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Mayor visits leading West Midlands healthcare business


  • Celadon Pharmaceuticals Plc, a UK leader in breakthrough cannabis-based medicines, outlines ambitious growth plans for the West Midlands 
  • Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, visits company’s ground-breaking Birmingham-based cultivation and manufacturing facility 
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