Team Manchester out in force for MIPIM 2011

Forty five companies have signed up to represent Manchester next year at the annual property pageant in Cannes, compared to 38 in 2010 and 36 in 2009.

The lead sponsors, paying £20,000 each (up from £15,000 this year), are Argent, the Co-operative Estates, Manchester Airport Developments, MediaCo and MIDAS. Only Argent and West Properties sponsored the 2010 stand.

The next level, partners paying £9,500 (2010: £9,000), include: Manchester City Council, Arup, BDP, Bluemantle, Bruntwood, Harrow Estates Plc, Harvest Housing, Ian Simpson Architects, Laing O'Rourke, MBLA Architects & Urbanists and Stephenson Bell.

Associate members, signing up at a cost of £5,500 (2010: £5,200), are 5plus Architects, Addleshaw Goddard, AECOM, AFL Achitects, Allied London, Ask, Barratt Electrical & Mechanical, Buro Happold, Cobbetts LLP, Davis Langdon, Denton Corker Marshall, EllisWilliams Architects, GMPTE, Habitat Contracts, Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, NCP, Nikal, Pannone LLP, Planit, Property Alliance, Rider Levett Bucknall, Savills, Shepherd Gilmour, the Carlyle Group, The Fairhursts Design Group, Town Centre Securities, Turley Associates, Urban Splash and Willmott Dixon Construction.

Chris Oglesby, chief executive of Bruntwood, said: "MIPIM brings together the key decision makers from the industry and provides an unrivalled opportunity to develop the relationships that are crucial to securing future business for the city."

The activity of the Manchester at MIPIM Partnership is co-ordinated by Marketing Manchester, the agency charged with promoting the city on a national and international stage.

By contrast, Liverpool City Council decided recently it would not be taking a stand at MIPIM next year.

MIPIM takes places from 8 to 11 March 2011.

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£9000 plus travel plus time plus expenses… And still making people redundant. It would be nice to hear that the executives flying to Canne for the week are doing it at least out of their holiday entitlement and at their own expense whilst staff struggle with pay reductions, fear of a job for 2011/12 and with no hope of foreign travel this year for the family.

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