Jim Carter (City Deal), Jake Berry (NPH Minister) Councillor Michael Green (LCC) David Taylor (LEP)
The Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry praised the We Are Lancashire – the Place for Growth investment campaign during a visit to the MIPIM UK property expo at London’s Olympia this week.
The event saw more than 20 private and public sector partners from Lancashire join together to promote the county as a thriving investment destination.
Mr Berry said: “Here at MIPIM I’ve been talking about the huge contribution that Lancashire can make to the Northern Powerhouse, and about the huge amount of international investment we can bring into the North of England.”
The two-day MIPIM event attracted 3000 delegates from 45 countries including investors, developers, local authorities, agents, occupiers, architects, planners and government agencies.
The We Are Lancashire delegation, led by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and managed by Marketing Lancashire, hosted a series of events and presentations, focussing on developments and initiatives across the county which offer investment opportunities, and are set to generate jobs.
One of the showcase events concentrated on the city of Lancaster, which is currently enjoying a boom in infrastructure, property and business investment.
A panel discussed how Lancaster University, the city council, and private sector partners were working together to unlock the city’s growth potential and to deliver a range of new projects. These included Canal Corridor North, the emerging Bay Gateway development, and a new 3,500 home Garden Village set to be created south of the city.
Susan Parsonage, chief executive Lancaster City Council, said: “We have a diverse offer with a beautiful city, a great cultural offer and huge economic opportunities. Collaboration is the key to changing outcomes, and a council must be a catalyst for growth. We are helping to create something amazing in Lancaster in partnership with the private sector and with Lancaster University.”
Mark Swindlehurst director of facilities, Lancaster University, said: “We have been busy raising our academic standards and we are now ranked sixth in the UK. We are engaging with both the council and businesses about how we further invest in the city, and we have developed fantastically strong partnerships.
“We’re also about to start Phase 1 of our Health Innovation Campus, which will ultimately be part of a £150m investment. We’re looking at boosting student numbers by 4,000 which would mean up to an extra 1,000 staff, and we are focussed on improving the city’s offer to students, parents, staff and visitors.”
Lancashire’s MIPIM UK delegation was led by David Taylor, Chair of UCLan and Vice Chair of the Lancashire LEP. David, who also headed Lancashire’s first presence at MIPIM International in Cannes earlier this year, said: “From Lancaster’s rapidly growing, high quality business, property, education and lifestyle offer through to the thousands of jobs set to be created through developments such as Cuerden in South Ribble as part of the City Deal; the county continues to generate an unrivalled mix of development land, Enterprise Zones, great connectivity, a highly skilled and motivated workforce, and an outstanding quality of life in the heart of the North.”
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