What do Robbie Williams, Lenny Henry and William Shakespeare have in common? The answer? The West Midlands.
These three massively successful people were born in a region which spans six counties, hosts the country’s second city and is home to the likes of the National Exhibition Centre, Cadbury’s, Bulmer’s Cider and the annual V Festival. Once that cap and gown have come off and you’re looking for where to go next, you’d do worse than to consider developing your career in a region which offers phenomenal job and lifestyle opportunities for the graduates.
Grad Central was established to help companies throughout following counties access the very best in graduate talent. We're funded by Advantage West Midlands, and backed by one of the West Midlands most established recruitment specialists Certes.
Whilst many multinational companies and graduate employers including Cadbury Trebor Bassett, Jaguar Landrover and Marstons are based in the West Midlands, the region’s small and medium companies play a leading role in the employment of graduate talent.
In 2007, the West Midlands was reported to have 353 400 companies*, of which 99.2% employed less than 49 people. If you’re a graduate keen to take advantage of living in a region where you can travel from the heart of Birmingham, the UK’s second city to the beauty of Shakespeare’s Stratford in less than an hour by train or road, a look at the job opportunities available with small and medium companies is definitely worth your while.
* United Kingdom Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform