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19/03/2018
Midlands UK presents its success story to thousands at MIPIM 2018

The Midlands UK Pavilion welcomed more than 4,700 visitors at global real estate show MIPIM 2018 (Cannes, France, 13-16 March), a 57% increase on 2017’s event, which attracted 3,000.

More than 50 events were hosted by Midlands UK, including panel discussions and showcase presentations, featuring almost 100 speakers.

Visitors to the Pavilion included potential investors, property agents, developers and the media from more than 100 countries.

The Midlands UK delegation comprised 350 people from both the public and private sectors.

This year’s theme of urbanity at MIPIM featured throughout the Midlands UK event programme as it explored topics surrounding sustainability, new housing potential and connectivity.

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

MIPIM provides the Midlands with a huge opportunity to showcase the region’s most valuable investment schemes potentially generating thousands of jobs and significant economic growth. The Midlands UK delegation has engaged with more investors at MIPIM than ever before. Building on the success of last year we have delivered an outstanding programme of panel discussions, investment showcases, meetings and networking events. The vibrant atmosphere at the Midlands UK Pavilion is testament to the exciting opportunities we have been able to promote this year.”

Regional leaders unveiled major developments to prospective investors.

Popular events included an update on the landmark Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio on Tuesday.

A panel discussion featured Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midland Engine and was hosted by Director of Export and Investment at the Midlands Engine, Simon Hall.

The refreshed Investment Portfolio highlighted 26 of the region’s most exciting investment-ready projects, worth a combined £11 billion. New sites in the Portfolio include MIRA Technology Park’s Southern Manufacturing Sector in Warwickshire, Birmingham International Station and Stafford Gateway North.

Other key announcements at MIPIM included the unveiling of new images for the City of Wolverhampton’s Interchange Commercial District vision, and details of new investment opportunities at the Black Country Garden City.

City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Managing Director, Tim Johnson, said:

Our vision for the City of Wolverhampton Interchange is fast becoming a reality - and is supported by £3.7 billion of investment on site or in the pipeline across the city. It is important that we build on that momentum and at MIPIM we attracted a great deal of interest from major investors and developers, who were impressed by what we have to offer. This was further strengthened by being part of the Midlands UK delegation and can help us fulfil the potential of our ambitious plans for a Wolverhampton Interchange Commercial District offering one million sq ft of grade A office space and city living opportunities.”

Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive Black Country Consortium, said:

The Midlands UK Pavilion actively demonstrated that our region is collectively driving forward investment, together we showcased an outstanding mix of investment opportunities. The Black Country team used MIPIM as a platform to demonstrate our exciting economic future through highlighting the Black Country’s lucrative growth potential across our Black Country Garden City and our continually growing manufacturing economy.”

The private sector has been out in force at MIPIM. The size of the Midlands UK delegation increased significantly in the run up to MIPIM, with 68 commercial partners – including the region’s property community, major businesses, airports, science and tech parks, and local universities – working with 12 public sector partners to promote the region.

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said:

There was a real feeling at MIPIM that our region is on the up. It also saw the West Midlands working together in showing the world how we are the UK’s new growth capital and its most liveable, investable and competitive region. The launch of our £10 billion Investment Prospectus was significant and proved effective in demonstrating to potential investors and developers the sheer breadth of opportunities on offer. But it also underlined our determination to make sure that this growth benefits everyone and that the investment set out in the Prospectus tackles the things that really matter to people like good homes, jobs and access to skills and learning.”

Beyond Cannes, the @UKMidlands Twitter account has reached 300,000 users throughout the event, while the Midlands UK MIPIM website received nearly 15,000 page views since mid-February.

ENDS

Media contacts:

Rebecca Bannister, rebecca.bannister@wmgrowth.com / 07375 082363

Manpreet Teji, manpreet.teji@wmgrowth.com / 07375 079622

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