A Midlands-wide delegation will exhibit together for the first time at the global property and real estate show MIPIM.
The delegation will feature Team Lincolnshire among the 10 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas and 49 private and public sector partners in Cannes, France, on March 14-17.
Working together in a dedicated pavilion, the Midlands Engine delegation is the largest of its kind to represent the UK at this year’s event.
The region will showcase more than £14 billion worth of projects and investment sites to the annual exhibition’s 23,000 attendees – from potential investors and developers to property agents and the media.
Themes will range from the opportunities surrounding the Midlands’ connectivity offer – including the new High Speed 2 rail network – to the region’s Enterprise Zones, housing and commercial schemes.
The Midlands region covers 18.4% of the UK population and an economy worth £243billion. It contains two core cities, 12 million people, 25 universities, 25 science parks and three international airports.
In the last five years, the Midlands area has received over 1,130 Foreign Direct Investment projects, creating over 62,800 new jobs.
Destination partners include:
- Greater Birmingham (Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country)
- Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Coventry & Warwickshire LEP
- D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)
- Greater Lincolnshire LEP
- Leicester City Council and Leicester & Leicestershire LEP
- Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
- Telford & The Marches
The inaugural 200m² Midlands UK pavilion will contain an event space – featuring a programme of up to 50 presentations, panel discussions and receptions – and a networking area, plus separate sections for each destination partner.
Sir John Peace, chairman of the Midlands Engine, said: “The Midlands is coming together on an unprecedented scale at MIPIM to attract even more investment from around the world.
“MIPIM is always a success for our region and this year we have more exciting investment opportunities than ever before.”
The region’s presence is being coordinated by inward investment agency Marketing Birmingham, together with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and partners including transport hubs Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport, automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities group.
Ruth Carver, director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “MIPIM enables us to show the world Lincolnshire’s great potential. This year, we will have three main focus areas – Lincolnshire as a place to live, a place to stay and our food enterprise zones.”