An area steeped in tradition with a clear vision for the future. The time is now to invest in Dudley.
Meet Dudley Council at MIPIM 2019, the world’s leading property market
Councillor Judy Foster, deputy leader of Dudley Council
“Councillor Foster has been at the forefront of local government for 20 years, holding key, lead roles in regeneration, transportation and many more. As cabinet lead, she has helped spearhead millions of pounds worth of inward investment and regeneration, creating jobs for local people. As deputy leader of the borough’s biggest employer, her role oversees many important functions of the council, including communications, law and governance. Councillor Foster is passionate about creating a borough people and businesses are proud to call home.”
Paul Mountford – head of planning & regeneration
“Attending MIPIM for the first time in 2019, Paul has responsibility for the delivery of the Council’s ambitious regeneration plans through his role as Head of Planning & Regeneration, overseeing multi million pound investment projects across the borough. Paul is a passionate advocate of Dudley as a great place to live, work and play and will be championing the huge investment opportunities in Dudley to prospective investors/developers at the week-long MIPIM 2019 event.”
Mike Folkard, economic development manager
"A regular at MIPIM over the past 10 years. Mike will be returning to Cannes again, this time with Dudley Council. Mike is responsible for managing the Dudley Business First Service which provides free help for businesses looking to invest, relocate or expand in the area. In addition Mike oversees all activity across DY5, Dudley’s Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone, one of Dudley Council’s prime investment opportunities that it will be promoting at MIPIM."
Dudley is the historic capital of the Black Country in the midst of an exciting new chapter in its history with multi-million pound business, transport and retail developments which are set to define a generation.
Located in the heart of the West Midlands, in the centre of the UK, close to the M5 and M6, just eight miles from Birmingham City Centre and within easy reach of Birmingham International Airport. Dudley and the Black Country have a long history of providing world-class manufacturing and engineering and this still remains a vital and central part of the economy.
The borough is already home to manufacturing, engineering, technological, retail, digital and creative companies. Businesses choose Dudley borough to be connected, resourced and to grow.
A place to invest - key projects
Why choose Dudley? £1 billion investment on-site or in the pipeline for our key projects: Portersfield, Interchange, Institute of Technology, The Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre, DY5 Dudley's Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone
Invest Dudley Town Centre
Dudley town centre has a series of key housing, retail, leisure and employment sites which is prime for investment.
Invest DY5 Enterprise Zone
DY5 is a major investment opportunity in the West Midlands on sites ranging up to 3.3 hectares and covering a selection of commercial and residential uses.
A place for business growth
Built on coal and shaped by industry and heroics of industrial change, the Black Country is place with a rich history and a strong sense of identity. Driven by a true sense of common purpose, Dudley has developed an ambitious 30 year vision to drive economic growth, positioning the borough for the future.
A place to learn
There are 72,500 children and young people aged 0-18 living in Dudley borough. Across the borough, there are 79 primary schools, 22 of which are academies. There are 19 secondary schools, 15 of which are academies. There are also seven special schools catering for children and young people with special educational needs.
A place to live
Once at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, Dudley Borough is a fascinating patchwork of towns, villages and smaller communities home to 320,000 people. The four main townships are Brierley Hill, Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge.
A place to visit
As well as being a great place to invest, Dudley has a surprising range of cultural and leisure activities on offer. With a fantastic selection of restaurants, pubs, food, green space and visitor attractions it’s no wonder we welcome over 5 million visitors to our borough every year, bringing £177m to the local economy