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Why do business in Coventry?

Facts and statistics

Why do business in coventry


  • Coventry's top 50 employers.
  • Coventry is one of the top 10 cities in the country for jobs growth, patents granted and business growth over the past decade.
  • 54,000 students at our two internationally renowned universities
  • Coventry is in the world's top 50 student friendly cities.
  • Coventry University rated University of the Year 2014, 2015, 2016 (Source: Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • Number 1 Modern University in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2016
  • Coventry University winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2015
  • The University of Warwick is rated 7th in 2016 Times and Sunday Times and World University ranking 2016 is 51st
  • Over 15 universities are within a one hour drive, producing 100,000 graduates per year.
  • 75% of England is within a 2 hour drive time of Coventry.
  • 10% of all UK Automotive jobs are in Coventry and Warwickshire.
  • On average each firm in Coventry and Warwickshire spent £15,000 on research and development, that’s more than twice the UK figure of £6,800.
  • 71,000 people commute to Coventry for work every day. 32,000 commute from Coventry.
  • Six million people live within a 1 hour drive of Coventry.


  • Coventry population (2015): 345,400
  • Coventry workforce (2015): 222,100
  • Active Coventry businesses (Apr 2014 - Mar 2015): 9,505
  • Coventry total GVA (2014): £7.215bn
  • Coventry GVA per head (2014): £21,382 (85% of national average)

For the most up to date information see the latest headline statistics report or visit Facts about Coventry.

Business Investment Team


Tel: 024 7683 1386


Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House

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