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Enterprise Zone

The Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone (EZ) is one of the major programmes for the GBSLEP, with the potential to create 40,000 new jobs, add £2 billion a year to the economy and make available 1.3 million sq metres of floorspace over the lifetime of the project.

Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone, comprises 26 sites across the city centre covering 68 hectares in seven clusters at Westside, Snow Hill District, Eastside, Southern Gateway, Digbeth Creative Quarter, Birmingham Science Park Aston and the Jewellery Quarter.

The EZ is focussed on the following economic sectors:

  • Business, Professional and Financial Services
  • ICT
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital Media

Key projects, which are transforming the city centre, include Paradise; Snow Hill 2; and Arena Central.

The success of the City Centre EZ has played a key role in the creation of the Birmingham Curzon EZ. The first Devolution Deal to the West Midlands saw Government commit to extending the EZ in geography and duration, to cover the Birmingham Curzon Masterplan up to 2046. The Curzon EZ will provide the mechanism to fund a £724m investment programme to maximise the benefits of HS2 in the city’s Eastside district, with a series of local infrastructure improvements that will transform the area and generate:

  • 36,000 jobs
  • 600,000sqm commercial space
  • 4,000 homes
  • £1.7bn private sector leverage

Find out more about the City Centre Enterprise Zone here. Details on investments made through the programme and planned future investments are included within the Enterprise Zone Investment Plan, which can be found here. The current programme of projects can be found here.

Read more about the Curzon Masterplan here.