Inward Investment into UK

23 May 2017

The West Midlands has attracted more than 100 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in a year for the first time as it enjoyed “an outstanding year for inward investment”.  It secured a record 111 projects in 2016, which followed on from 92 achieved a year earlier. The acceleration is shown by the total for the last two years – 203 – is greater than that achieved in the four years before that, when the region had 198 projects.

Despite the national picture also being positive, with the 1,144 projects secured also the highest its been since the financial crisis, EY’s annual Attractiveness Report warned investors are predicting a decline in the UK’s future attractiveness as a destination for foreign investment.

Sara Fowler, senior partner at EY in the Midlands said: “It’s been another outstanding year for inward investment, with the West Midlands now the third best performing UK region for attracting FDI. The implementation of the Midlands Engine strategy should serve to attract more businesses and skilled people to the region, which in turn will boost employment and productivity.”

The West Midlands is behind only London, which had 451, and Scotland, with 122, in attracting investment projects.

European countries were responsible for more than half of the projects, with investment originating in 26 countries from around the world – led by the USA, with 23 projects, and Germany with 21.