Is the West Midlands still a good bet in 2019?

With an £8bn, 30-year investment programme, the West Midlands came hurtling out of the blocks in 2018.

Birmingham is officially the UK’s most investable city and host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Coventry is the UK’s City of Culture in 2021. A £10bn investment prospectus turned heads at MIPIM, while the region has burnished its reputation as a home to fast-growing business – from autonomous transport to life sciences to financial services.

But then a setback.

There was hope – expectation, perhaps – that Channel 4 would pick Birmingham