Inward investment from foreign companies has created more than 11,000 jobs in the West Midlands over the past year, according to new figures.

The Department for International Trade said the newly released data, which has been broken down by region for the first time, also showed that almost 15,000 roles were created across the whole of the Midlands.

A total of 11,119 new jobs were created across 168 projects throughout the West Midlands region during 2015/16 while its counterpart in the East saw 3,678 roles created in 85 inward investment projects.

Since 2010, 62,475 jobs have been created across the West and East Midlands as a result of overseas investment with big name companies such as Vodafone and Jaguar Land Rover among those creating jobs in the region.

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Whereas during 2016/16, German automotive supplier Brose expanded its Coventry site, creating 500 new jobs and making the base its largest in Europe.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: "These upbeat figures show the Midlands Engine is already seizing more opportunities to drive investment into the region and create jobs.

"Through our £5 million trade and investment package, we will support the Midlands Engine to promote their fantastic region to foreign investors and trade partners, reach new markets and boost exports.

"This report shows the vital role the Midlands Engine is playing in rebalancing our economy."

Communities Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid added: "From Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry to Reuters in Nottingham, the Midlands Engine is attracting some of the world's leading businesses to locate here and offer skilled jobs.

"These figures make clear the real appetite to do business in the Midlands Engine, with almost 15,000 jobs created in just 12 months and 253 foreign investment projects secured.

"This is real progress but we want to go further and our plan for the Midlands could add up to £34 billion to the regional economy."

Across the UK, 2,213 projects were secured with around 116,000 jobs created or safeguarded as a result of inward investment, the second highest total ever.

This comes as the UK retained its position as the number one destination in Europe for foreign direct investment and is now the top destination in Europe for investment from emerging markets, according to the Government.

The Government says its aim for the Midlands is to add £34 billion to the region's economy by 2030 and create 300,000 extra jobs.

The Department for International Trade records wider types of inward investment projects, including mergers and acquisitions and those that are not publicly announced by foreign investors.