Midlands UK welcomes thousands of prospective investors at MIPIM 2017

March 21, 2017

Nearly 3,000 international delegates visited the Midlands UK Pavilion at global real estate show MIPIM 2017 to learn about opportunities to invest in the region.
Midlands UK – the delegation including the Marches LEP attending MIPIM in Cannes – had the busiest events calendar of any UK destination at MIPIM. The team hosted over 50 events, including panel debates and showcase presentations, featuring approximately 100 speakers.
Based at a pavilion for the first time, the Midlands UK delegation featured more than 40 organisations from the private sector, working in collaboration with the public sector to promote the region. The companies ranged from property agents to developers, consultancies and architects. As well as promoting the wider Marches region, specific investment locations at Telford 54 and Hereford Enterprise Zone at Skylon Park were highlighted.
Popular events included a preview of the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio on Tuesday. A panel discussion featured Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, and Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who later described the Portfolio’s launch at MIPIM as “a huge government effort promoting the Midlands.”
The Portfolio showcased 19 of the region’s most exciting investment-ready projects, worth a combined £7 billion. Key sites included the large-scale regenerations of thriving city centres in Derby, Birmingham and Nottingham, the National Space Centre in Leicester and the first purpose-built business district in Coventry.
Sir John Peace – Chair of the Midlands Engine, also spoke at a busy welcome reception for the Midlands UK delegation. He commented:
“With more than 50 public and private sector partners joining forces for the first time, the Midlands UK delegation has made a huge impact on the global investors attending MIPIM. Its programme of highly successful events and productive meetings, presenting the wide range of investment opportunities available in the region, has shown the world that the Midlands is ready to welcome more businesses and investors than ever.”
Investment opportunities around the Midlands’ growing transport infrastructure was also a draw for MIPIM delegates. An event looking at the potential of Birmingham Curzon’s HS2 station on Wednesday afternoon was full, along with a panel discussion focused on how HS2 will impact the economic performance of the East and West Midlands.
The Midlands UK Pavilion also attracted visits from a number of senior government figures. A panel discussion of the Midlands housing challenge on Wednesday included housing minister Gavin Barwell as a speaker.
Other well-attended events included an evening reception featuring British screenwriter Steven Knight, filled with delegates wearing caps from the TV show Peaky Blinders, which is set in Birmingham.
Midlands UK also had a significant impact beyond Cannes. The @UKMidlands Twitter account doubled its followers during MIPIM, and reached more than 120,000 users throughout the event. The #MidlandsUK hashtag has been used over 100,000 times. Nearly 150 regional, national and international media articles about the Midlands UK delegation have been published to date. The Midlands UK website has received nearly 10,000 page views since mid-February.
To view a brief film of Midlands UK at MIPIM, please visit http://midlandsukmipim.com/video-mipim-minute/.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: www.marchescareershub.co.uk | email: info@marchescareershub.co.uk

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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