Greater Birmingham brings record number of partners to MIPIM 2015
Greater Birmingham joined forces with more partners than ever before at global real estate show MIPIM (10-13 March in Cannes, France). A total of 33 private and public sector organisations signed up to join Greater Birmingham as the region showcased a landmark year.
MIPIM enables major locations across the world to present their investment opportunities to potential investors, developers, property agents and the media. This year, the event welcomed some 21,000 participants from 93 countries, including 4,500 investors and 430 journalists.
The Greater Birmingham stand staged 11 events where several major announcements were made to global investors, developers and property experts. This ranged from the launch of Birmingham Smithfield, a new £500 million family leisure destination, to the news that Liz Peace CBE will lead the regeneration around Birmingham’s HS2 Curzon station.
Details were also revealed about the major speculative schemes based in the Birmingham’s Enterprise Zone (EZ), which will be introducing more Grade A office space to the city – Three Snowhill and Paradise.
Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, attended MIPIM as part of the Greater Birmingham delegation. He commented:
“The EZ has already brought tangible benefits to Birmingham. As well as the visible work now underway at Paradise, £18 million of EZ investment has helped to deliver 60,000 sqm of developments in the city centre in the past year. Future investment from our £275m EZ Investment Plan will include sites outside of the city centre, helping to drive economic growth across Greater Birmingham.”
UK Central was also showcased at MIPIM. Based in Solihull, it is regarded as one of the largest and most exciting schemes in Europe, combining business, transport and entertainment assets with the area’s reputation as one of the most attractive places to live in the country.
Councillor Ian Courts, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Land at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, said:
“The UK Central team has had a very useful week at MIPIM, talking to investors about our ambition for the UK Central site, making contacts and translating good leads into investment and jobs for the Borough. The event was also important in that it gave us an opportunity to look at what is happening in other cities and with the major investors.”
Photo caption: Andy Street, chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, addresses the delegation at the Smithfield launch at MIPIM
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