Midlands UK aims to be the best in show at MIPIM

  • More than 50 presentations, panel events and receptions taking place during three days
  • Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio to launch at MIPIM
  • Midlands UK coming together for the first time at MIPIM to showcase the region’s key strengths and investment opportunities to thousands of global investors

Midlands UK, the Midlands-wide delegation attending MIPIM 2017, has revealed the comprehensive events programme it is hosting at the global real estate show (Cannes, France, on 14th-17th March).

Major investment projects will be unveiled to an international audience, while discussion panels and presentations will cover topics including connectivity, housing and regeneration.

Over 50 events – featuring nearly 100 presenters and panellists – are taking place at the Midlands UK Pavilion (C16.B), more than any other delegation from the UK. Combined, these events are expected to attract thousands of delegates.

The launch of the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio on Tuesday 14th March will feature Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine. Capitalising on the region’s strong record of attracting foreign investment, the event will present the international community with billions of pounds’ worth of the region’s most exciting range of development opportunities.

Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, commented:

“The scope and range of events taking place at the Midlands Pavilion demonstrates how many significant investment opportunities are available across the region. It also highlights the considerable number of partners that are working together to make MIPIM a success.

“It is critical for the economic growth of the region to truly showcase our strengths at MIPIM, which attracts delegates from across the world. The Midlands boasts highly innovative industries such as advanced manufacturing and life sciences, plus major development schemes that are already attracting billions of pounds in investment. Our inaugural presence at the show will prove that the Midlands is one of the most competitive and exciting destinations in the world.”

Planning for the future needs of businesses and residents across the Midlands will also feature strongly at MIPIM. A panel discussion about housing on Wednesday 15th March will look at how the Midlands can deliver the best quality homes for its rapidly growing population.

Other popular events will cover a wide range of topics highlighting the strength of the Midlands as a global investment destination. Several presentations focus on the role of Enterprise Zones in boosting regeneration and unlocking new sites for redevelopment – covering areas including Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Greater Birmingham and Worcester.

Key schemes that will be laid out to investors include the Peddimore industrial site on Tuesday. Unveiled by Birmingham, the 71 hectare site is expected to create more than 250,000 sqm of new floorspace and up to 10,000 new jobs.

Several presentations will focus on connectivity, and the crucial role that expanding air, rail and road networks will play in boosting the economic impact of the Midlands. Royal Assent was recently granted to high-speed rail network HS2, which will become a key topic of discussion, particularly during several events on Wednesday.

With the region responsible for 21% of the UK’s entire manufacturing output, on Tuesday representatives from Coventry, Warwickshire, the University of Derby, Jaguar Land Rover and MIRA Technology Park will highlight how the Midlands can boost its advanced manufacturing sector. A further panel event on Thursday will explore how the Midlands’ automotive sector is setting the agenda for the Government’s UK-wide Industrial Strategy.

To see the full Midlands UK event schedule and for more details on the region’s presence at MIPIM 2017, please visit www.midlandsukmipim.com. The Midlands UK delegation will tweet major announcements, event images and interviews from its new Twitter handle @UKMidlands.

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Additional quotes from Midlands UK partners:

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said:

“Birmingham Airport is the Midlands’ largest passenger airport, serving 12 million passengers a year and providing the vital global links to power Midlands UK.  MIPIM 2017 sees our combined west and east Midland regions coming together to demonstrate collaboration and showcase how connected and enterprising our leaders, businesses and people are, and we are therefore proud to be a partner to help attract more investment and drive our region’s economy further.”

Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations at Jaguar Land Rover, commented:

“Jaguar Land Rover demonstrates that investment in new models, skills and advanced technology are critically important to ensure Britain has a thriving automotive industry. We are a proud British company and are committed to ensuring manufacturing remains the backbone of the British economy.

“Since 2010 Jaguar Land Rover has invested close to £4 billion in its four British manufacturing plants, which together produce ten model lines and the company’s advanced Ingenium diesel engines. We are proud to support MIPIM and hope our success will encourage more businesses to invest in the region, boosting employment prospects and economic growth.”

Professor Geoff Layer, Chair of Midlands Enterprise Universities, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: 

“Midlands Enterprise Universities are delighted to be able to support The Midlands Engine for Growth at MIPIM 2017.  MIPIM gives us an opportunity to showcase our universities as leaders in innovation, enterprise and skills, helping to drive economic growth, and creating a vibrant region for businesses to thrive.  Working with partners we will continue to transform our local environments, by investing in state-of-art facilities for students and business, and the community.”

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