The Midlands will come together to showcase investment opportunities worth up to £10 billion at this year’s global property and real estate show MIPIM.
The event will see over 70 public and private sector partners, 10 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) come together to represent the region.
This will be the largest delegation that Midlands UK has ever taken to the annual event, which is this year held in Cannes, France from 13th-16th March.
The region will present details of the multi-billion-pound portfolio to the exhibition’s 24,000 attendees, which will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries.
It is the second year that the Midlands region will work together to attract investment from around the world following a successful united presence at MIPIM 2017.
Sir John Peace, chairman of the Midlands Engine, said: “The Midlands UK delegation will show the world that the region is open for business.
“We are confident about the future and are ready to build on the Midlands commercial and trading history.
“Where else can you find one of the fastest growing regions in the world, sitting at the heart of one of the world’s largest economies, with a bed of skills and infrastructure in which to grow your business.
“By working together, Midlands UK will promote the region to investors and trade partners – delivering more growth, exports, jobs, and a better quality of life for those living in the region.”
The region’s presence is being coordinated by the West Midlands Growth Company, with key partners including Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport, global car giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group.
A 200m² dedicated Midlands UK pavilion will showcase the region’s investment portfolio, with separate sections for each destination partner, and an event space to host a programme of more than 50 events, including presentations, receptions and panel discussions.
Mayor for the West Midlands Andy Street said: “We are proud to be a partner in the Midlands at MIPIM and excited about the unrivalled opportunities this event offers to promote the West Midlands as the most liveable, investable and competitive place in the UK.
“The West Midlands is at the heart of the future of Britain. We are the largest regional economy with more business start-ups than anywhere else in the UK.
“We have unrivalled connectivity – with 90% of the UK’s market in reach within four hours.
“The West Midlands’ time is now, and as part of the wider Midlands delegation to MIPIM we will maximise our opportunity to showcase our region to the world.”
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“At MIPIM we are keen to meet new partners, who would like to work with us to create a prosperous Midlands.”
Rob Groves, regional director of argent, added: “Paradise Birmingham is contributing to the growing momentum in the regional commercial property sector that is seeing more top-quality developments brought to market, creating jobs, opportunities and economic growth across the city and wider Midlands.
“Paradise showcases to the MIPIM audience some of the key economic drivers behind the region’s on-going ambitions.”
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