James Rigby, Chief Executive of SCC
“As a Birmingham headquartered global business, SCC fully supports the bid for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“Birmingham is the UK’s central city – connected and accessible, with an established transport infrastructure including the Midland Metro and recently refurbished New Street railway station. Birmingham also has a proven track record of successfully hosting international events including the G8 Summit and NATO Conferences, which received global acclaim.
“Outside of London, Birmingham has the most diverse multicultural population in the UK comprising 187 different nationalities. The West Midlands is home to 314,000 people born in Commonwealth countries.
“The economic benefits and trade opportunities presented by the Games will have a significant positive impact on the region. Birmingham is a global centre for business and the UK’s largest manufacturing and engineering centre employing over 100,000 people and contributing billions to the national economy. PwC ranks Birmingham as the sixth-best city in Europe for investment — ahead of London. Investing in the city will support growth in its hugely diverse industry sectors and create thousands of jobs.
“In addition to the financial impact of the Games, the effect of the event on tourism, regeneration, civic pride and culture will be long-lasting. With more businesses relocating to the city each year, Birmingham is a city that is not afraid to move forward, take on challenges, and celebrate its many notable successes.
“Hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games provides Birmingham with an opportunity to show the world it is a global city with a local heart and confident on the world stage.”