Stephen Burrows, chairman of the Professional Liverpool board

Liverpool MIPIM event attracts 400 guests

Professional Liverpool said a record number of people attended its Cannes Do lunch last Friday.

The organiser of the event said it was aimed at those too busy to attend the four day international property convention held in Cannes, France.

The event, which started in 2006, attracted people hoping to use the MIPIM platform at home to cement existing and build new contacts in the region’s property sector.

Chris Connor, from Mason Owen, acted as compère for the lunch as he has done previously.

Stuart Keppie, chairman of Professional Liverpool’s property group, said: “Despite Liverpool’s scaled down presence at this year’s event in Cannes, Liverpool’s property scene is still a pinch point of activity and of great interest to the region – a point demonstrated by the overwhelming attendance we had to this year’s No Cannes Do event in the city.

“There is no doubt that it has been tough for property players in the region over the last year with some unavoidable distress in the market as a result of the economic climate, but for the most part the outlook looks good.

“Construction activity has been resilient with a good mixture of residential, hotel, commercial, retail and leisure projects underway. Take-up of commercial space remains fairly steady, and projects are still being completed. Liverpool has a genuinely compelling offer to UK and international companies looking for a state of the art, cost effective base for operations.”

Despite scaling down Liverpool’s £150,000 package for MIPIM, the city held a continued presence at the event in Cannes last week focussing on key projects for the city region.

The event was held in the Standard Life’s office at 5 St Paul’s Square.

The Liverpool Cannes Do event, in partnership with Standard Life Investments, is supporting Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services, Edge Hill and District Credit Union and Moving on with Life and Learning.

Professional Liverpool was set up ten years ago but has been repeatedly reorganised and relaunched since.

Professional Liverpool, which merged with Merseyside Property Forum in 2009, recently announced its plans to move forward as a fully privately-funded body after gaining support from the region’s professional community.

Jim Gill, former chief executive of economic development company Liverpool Vision, was appointed to its board in January, while a new partnership with the University of Liverpool was also launched.

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