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16/03/2016
Wolverhampton regeneration to get MIPIM Cannes showcase

City of Wolverhampton Council Strategic Director: Place Tim Johnson will showcase major Wolverhampton development opportunities at MIPIM 2016 in France on Wednesday.

The real estate exhibition, conference and networking event takes place from March 15 to 18 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

It is the world’s leading property forum, bringing together the most influential figures from all international property sectors - office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial, offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide.

Last year’s event saw more than 21,000 participants from 89 countries.

Johnson will be presenting Wolverhampton as a city of change, with £3.7 billion investment city wide currently on site or in the pipeline.

He will highlight its excellent global transport links, its status as a top-ten UK growing economy, the number of leading companies established in the city like JLR, Marston’s, Carillion and Wiggle, as well as the highly-skilled workforce available.

Major development opportunities in the city centre, such as Southside, Canalside and the former Royal Hospital site, will be put in the spotlight.

And there will be an update on the short-listing process for City of Wolverhampton Council’s preferred Westside developer.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "MIPIM provides a global platform to sell what Wolverhampton has to offer.

"Multi-billion pound regeneration is changing the face of our city and creating a wealth of attractive opportunities for developers and investors.

"Tim’s presentation showcases the impressive strides we have already made in Wolverhampton and the exciting opportunities on the horizon - and we hope to make some important connections which will benefit the city in the future.”

Tom Westley, Black Country LEP lead for the Enterprise Zone, said: "Greater Birmingham’s MIPIM 2016 delegation will be its biggest yet, demonstrating how the region’s investment potential has gained real momentum and remains highly competitive. Delegates will be able to learn about a significant range of opportunities in the Black Country, from the significant investment in Wolverhampton City Centre to our Enterprise Zones, described as the most successful in the UK. For the Black Country MIPIM is a fundamental opportunity to make new industry connections and stimulate investor interest.”

Issued by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Corporate Communications Team. For more information, please call 01902 555439.

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