Wolverhampton | Sandwell | Dudley | Walsall
5 - 15 October 2020
Dudley is the historic capital of the Black Country that has a long history of providing world-class manufacturing and engineering and is still solid today employing 14.8% of the workforce - more than the national average at 8.5%. These roots providing the perfect economic conditions for strong advanced manufacturing base
Dudley is one of the most prosperous sub-regions in the Black Country, with over 10,000 active businesses and the highest levels of employment within the professional and skilled trades in the region.
The area has also broadened its business sector profile with significant employment in both retail and education. New build and regeneration developments are also seeing a shift towards Dudley becoming a pioneering hi-technology hub.
It is home to DY5 Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone, which opened in April 2017. DY5 is critical to creating new creative and technological zones and boosting the strong manufacturing infrastructure. The Enterprise Zone is predicted to create 7,000 new jobs over 25 years, offering low cost and high-quality office space to manufacturing and technology businesses.
Dudley’s impressive industry profile has enabled the borough to attract a truly extraordinary level of investment over the past five years. Regeneration in the area has topped £180m in recent years and has seen masses of underused land, transformed.
The Pensnett industrial estate is a fine example - now billed as Europe’s largest secure industrial estate with high-quality industrial accommodation, attracting pioneering technology businesses from across the continent.
Much more regeneration activity is planned or in progress including regeneration of the Waterfront area and plans for a £46.5m Music Institute. Dudley Council is progressing a £110m project to develop a series of key housing, retail, leisure and employment sites on land in Dudley town centre; as well as £800m of mixed-use development opportunities covering a total of 3.3 hectares at the DY5 Enterprise Zone site.
Further opportunities will arise through HS2 and the new sustainable Metro extension due to open in 2020, that will connect Brierley Hill to the rest of the Black Country and Birmingham and will serve DY5 connecting this high-tech office hub and advanced manufacturing facility to key industrial sites.
Dudley is fortunate to have a remarkable existing infrastructure that combines tourist attractions with attractive historic buildings and the beautiful canal network.
The area is home to Dudley Zoo and the Black Country Living Museum, as well as underground limestone mines at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, 11th century Dudley castle and 400 years of glassmaking in Stourbridge Glass Quarter. Investment in the region will additionally enhance the growth of the leisure and visitor offer in and around the area.