Region to stage alternative MIPIM events

Delegations that were due to attend the property conference in Cannes are drawing up plans to host their own events next week, while also preparing to attend the rescheduled expo in June.

MIPIM, which would have been held in the South of France next week, has been postponed until 2-5 June amid concerns over the global coronavirus outbreak.

Alternative MIPIM events emerging so far include:

Liverpool – Marketing Liverpool’s delegation, which had more than 100 local delegates due to attend the conference, is instead staging an event from 2-8pm on Tuesday 10 March at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool city centre.

The itinerary is yet to be finalised, but it is expected to feature panel sessions, presentations and talks from Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Council, Brabners law firm, Morgan Sindall, Curtins, housebuilders Torus and Shape, parties involved in the Knowledge Quarter regeneration project, as well as the Good Business Festival and SOG Group.

The event is to be chaired by Stephen Cowperthwaite, principal and managing director of Avison Young in Liverpool, who was chair of the city’s MIPIM delegation. It is expected to conclude with an evening drinks reception.

Cheshire – Cheshire & Warrington LEP is hosting a ‘MIPIM Partner’ event at 3pm on Tuesday at Mottram Hall on Wilmslow Road.

The LEP is expected to provide updates and announcements that would have been given in Cannes. There will be discussions about how the public and private sectors can jointly deliver developments, as well as Cheshire and Warrington’s role in contributing to the North West’s net zero carbon agenda, among other subjects.

“The 2020 programme was really strong with some great panellists starting and continuing conversations about some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the national and international property and investment community,” the LEP said in its event invitation.

“We also know that reconnecting or getting to know colleagues from across the region is a big part of supporting the Cheshire and Warrington programme, so we’re delighted to bring a little slice of MIPIM to Cheshire next Tuesday.”

Manchester – Marketing Manchester had 95 companies signed as partners in its delegation and 200 individuals. The organisation is understood to be in talks with MIPIM organiser Reed MIDEM and Manchester City Council before deciding whether to host an alternative programme for next week, and first wants to establish plans for the rescheduled event in June.

The organisation issued an update to its delegation on Wednesday, providing logistical information and advice on what to do about accommodation bookings and flights, and stating that partners were “entitled to seek a refund” within 14 days of the date of MIPIM being postponed, and that all delegate passes would be automatically transferred to the postponed event in June.

The Lancashire delegation organiser has also been contacted.

Reed MIDEM itself has yet to provide an official update beyond the statement it issued when it announced on Saturday that the event would be postponed. The company has emailed delegates with that statement, and added: “In the coming days, your regular MIPIM contact will be in touch with you to discuss any questions you may have.”

Reed MIDEM continued: “We will be keeping you informed on a regular basis about MIPIM in June.

“We would like to thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued support for MIPIM during this challenging period.”

Rescheduling MIPIM “aims to provide the worldwide real estate community with a high-quality annual business event in June”, it added.

Register for Place North West’s alternative MIPIM drinks on Wednesday 11 March at the Principal Hotel’s Whitworth Suite in Manchester.

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