With a little more than one month to go before the annual MIPIM property festival in the South of France, the take-up of sponsorship packages for the Manchester and Liverpool stands is on course to match 2009 levels.
A total of 28 companies have signed up so far to be part of the Manchester delegation, just two shy of last year's final total of 30 but with more signatures expected shortly, according to Marketing Manchester, organiser of the city's presence at MIPIM.
Liverpool so far has only four named private sector supporters. In 2009 it attracted six.
Urban Splash, which last sponsored the Manchester stand in 2008, Savills, HKR Architects and Bluemantle are new names this year compared to last. Notable absentees from this year's partnership include, at this stage, Hyder Consulting, design consultants Taylor Young, and, on the public side, Bolton Council.
The Manchester Bar, introduced in 2008, returns for exclusive use by Manchester delegates and guests but there will be no city yacht. Scheduled events include a talk at the Hotel Gray D'Albion on Thursday 18 March, hosted by Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council.
On the Liverpool itinerary, Ben Johnson, artist and creator of urban panoramas, will discuss his cityscape of the city completed in 2008. Other keynote speakers include the best-selling author and business thinker Mike Southon who will explain how to be more creative and innovative with a presentation linked to The Beatles. Lindsey Ashworth, development director of Peel, will give a presentation on Liverpool Waters.
The Manchester Partnership for MIPIM 2010 includes:
Sponsors: committing £15,000 each
- West Properties
- Harvest Housing Group
- MBLA Architects & Urbanists
- Stephenson Bell
- Laing O'Rourke
- Allied London Properties
- HKR Architects
- Fairhursts Design Group
- Davis Langdon
- Turley Associates
- Ian Simpson Architects
- Buro Happold
- Addleshaw Goddard
- Dentor Corker Marshall
- Rider Levett Bucknall
- Property Alliance
- Urban Splash
There are also the following public or quasi public sector supporters
- Corridor Manchester
- New East Manchester
- Manchester City Council
- Manchester Airport Group Developments
- Central Salford URC
Liverpool's private supporters, paying £5,000 each:
- Langtree Group
- Castlewood Property Management
In addition, there are the following public sector supporters for Liverpool:
- Liverpool Vision
- The Mersey Partnership
- Liverpool City Council
MIPIM takes place from 16 to 19 March 2010 in Cannes