A business leader has warned that Birmingham must strive to do better.
The warning came from Leslie Fairclough, a member of the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum and joint chairman of the sub-group concerned with the regeneration of communities.
"Birmingham must make sure it is not a second city in name only," he cautioned. "As a global destination we face tough competition. A combination of music and football mean that Manchester and Liverpool are city brands known throughout the world.
"Birmingham has to work hard for a place in the global premier league. It would be too easy to settle for the comfort of being at the top of the second division."
Mr Fairclough said the contribution minority ethnic communities and business people could make towards helping Birmingham into the top flight was not always appreciated - and he called for more effort to tackle the problems of the most deprived areas.
"No one can dispute that good work has been done to regenerate the city centre and the recent news about a major investment in New Street Station is very welcome but a city is much more than shops and restaurants. Selfridges is an iconic building on the doorstep of some of the most deprived and ignored parts of Birmingham.
"There are good things happening and areas are being improved. We look forward to hearing more of a City Council initiative to tackle unemployment in Washwood Heath, but much more is needed and Birmingham cannot rest on its laurels."
Mr Fairclough, who has business interests in property and the care and education sectors, made his comments during a presentation to the Forum's Regenerating Communities sub-group by officers from the City Council who revealed that Birmingham was rated 55th in a league table of the best cities in the world in which to live.
The West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum provides strategic advice to regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.