TEAM Leicester showcased its wealth of investment opportunities as part of the Midlands UK Pavilion at this year’s MIPIM.
The pavilion welcomed potential investors, property agents, developers and the media from across the world. The events programme alone attracted footfall of more than 3,500 visits, an increase of 18% from 2,900 last year, according to initial figures.
The region’s cultural and creative economy featured heavily in this year’s programme, with the most popular event of the week hosting Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. The writer and director spoke about the region’s creative quarter and his plans for a new film studio in the Midlands. He was joined by local poet Casey Bailey, who delivered an emotive poem called ‘Midlander’, which focused on the people, place and heritage of the region.
Rob McGuinn, chair of Team Leicester, said: “Team Leicester had a great presence at MIPIM this year with representatives from both the public and private sectors promoting the development opportunities across the region.
“A real highlight was Dr Suzie Imber, associate professor of space physics at the University of Leicester, and better known as the winner of the BBC show Astronauts – Do You Have What It Takes?, who joined our team at our annual MIPIM dinner to help promote the Space Park project, cementing Leicester’s position as the space hub of the UK.
“Probably the most valuable aspect of MIPIM, as always, was the opportunity to network and create business relationships with new developers and investors who have the potential to support regeneration in Leicestershire. The long-term value they bring to the region means that MIPIM is an event well worth attending for Team Leicester.”’
The Midlands UK Pavilion hosted 43 events, including panel discussions and showcase presentations from a range of speakers. Other busy events included included Tuesday’s Welcome Reception, which unveiled ‘The Midlands Engine is here’, a film focusing on the people, potential and opportunities that are brimming throughout the region.
Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, commented:
“This year’s Midlands UK delegation offered exciting updates about existing major projects in the region, and unveiled a number of new ambitious investment opportunities to MIPIM’s international delegates.
“The region’s diverse range of investment opportunities proves that the Midlands is a prime business and investment destination. MIPIM has enabled us to present these schemes to thousands of potential investors during just one week.
“The collaboration between both private and public sector partners was key to this year’s successes and is crucial to maintaining the global competiveness of the region in the long term.”