Delegations from across the region are preparing to head to London Olympia for the fourth annual MIPIM UK property conference and exhibition, which begins three months from today on Wednesday 18 October.
More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the two-day conference at London Olympia where there will be 40 conference sessions in a broad programme with speakers from government ministers to senior economic and industry experts.
The theme of this year’s MIPIM UK is ‘UK Real Estate: The Next Chapter’. The programme will examine the UK’s shifting economic and political landscape, analysing the risks and opportunities and exploring the profound and far-reaching impact that the changes such as Brexit will have on the property industry.
Ronan Vaspart, director of the MIPIM events, said: “The issues and challenges the UK is facing, alongside the opportunities, will be explored in depth during MIPIM UK, which brings together investors, developers, local authorities, government and leading figures from across the property industry. Amid all the uncertainty there is incredible opportunity and this dynamic makes MIPIM UK more relevant and essential than ever.”
There will be an innovation area focused on property technology and an investment summit running throughout the programme with specific sessions examining opportunities and risk sector by sector.
Among the North West’s public-private partnerships taking stands on the exhibition floor will be representatives from Cheshire, Lancashire, Manchester and Liverpool. Manchester and Liverpool are expected to share a stand as in previous years.
Marketing Cheshire and partners will promote the Constellation Partnership, formerly called the Northern Gateway Development Zone, a cluster of investment opportunities stretching across Staffordshire and Cheshire and aligned with HS2. Jackie Sadek, independent chair of the collaboration of seven local authorities and two local enterprise partnerships, said: “We were very happy with our rebranding at Cannes in March so we are now looking to build our story further at MIPIM UK, where we will be outlining some of our brightest investment propositions. For Constellation, HS2 isn’t a railway, it is a growth strategy that in 10 years’ time will put our area less than one hour from London and 15 minutes from Birmingham and Manchester. We are convinced that investors will find that level of connectivity extremely alluring and that highly skilled workers will be attracted by the unparalleled quality of life.”
Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “Last year was Lancashire’s first time at MIPIM UK and the reaction to our new ‘We Are Lancashire – the place for growth’ proposition was incredibly positive. Since then we have taken a united inward investment message to MIPIM International to reinforce the county’s position as a hub of rapid economic growth in the heart of a thriving Northern Powerhouse. We’ll be building on this momentum when we return to London in October with a strengthened offer, highlighting a number of major strategic developments including the Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy EZ cluster, the City Deal, the Energy HQ in Blackpool and the Engineering Innovation Centre at UCLan. At MIPIM UK, we will be collaborating with a range of commercial partners to showcase nationally the investment and development opportunities on offer in the county.”
Place North West is a media partner of MIPIM UK and will be reporting from the conference as well as exhibiting to showcase our work informing and bringing property professionals together. In addition, Place North West and Willmott Dixon will host a drinks reception on the first evening of MIPIM UK for delegates to continue networking after the conference.
Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon managing director for the North, said: “MIPIM UK is an important opportunity to showcase what a dynamic and exciting country we are to invest in. Supporting Place North West’s reception further supports this facilitating future networking relationships that will lead to important opportunities for job creation and economic prosperity post-BREXIT, and we aim to be an integral part in stimulating that growth.”