Firms flock to sign up to head to the Riviera to promote our region

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Businesses from across Sheffield City Region, which includes large parts of Derbyshire, have signed up to be part of the delegation flying to the French Riviera to represent the city region to the world.

The delegation heading for MIPIM 2018, the annual real estate event that takes place in Cannes, France, is made up of private sector companies as well as representatives from local authorities and other public sector organisations.

MIPIM is where business deals get done, and where city region leaders and businesses can meet thousands of potential investors in the space of just a few days.

Next year’s event runs from Tuesday 13 March to Friday 16 March 2018, and is set to welcome more than 24,000 participants from 100 countries.

Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “By working together locally on international promotion, on skills, business support and major infrastructure planning, we can secure more investment from huge international names – as we’ve already done with companies such as Boeing and McLaren.

“At MIPIM, public and private sector representatives from across the region will be coming together to promote our expertise in areas such as advanced manufacturing and health innovation, as well as our super-connected transport links and our ‘get things done’ work ethic.

“Sheffield City Region has a unique role to help create new businesses, support the growth of existing ones, and inspire and attract foreign ones to come to the region. By taking our biggest ever delegation to MIPIM, we can make more contacts, follow up leads and bring in investment.”

Sheffield City Region’s delegation will be flying out to the Riviera on a bespoke flight sponsored by the Harworth Group, one of the largest property and regeneration companies in the UK.

Iain Thomson, Associate Director for Partnerships and Communications at Harworth PLC, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring Sheffield City Region at MIPIM for the fifth year running.

“The city region’s profile with an international audience has increased immeasurably since 2014 and we look forward to promoting our key residential and commercial developments with them, including Waverley as the company’s flagship scheme.

“Land and property-related businesses in the region should not underestimate just how important MIPIM is in establishing and refining potential deals and cultivating new relationships.  Being part of a wider delegation helps this process and we recommend others join us in sponsoring the region to promote its assets and expertise.”

Other private sector partners confirmed, who will also be part of the delegation, include Scarborough Group, J F Finnegan Ltd, Trebbi and Network Space.

Businesses set to be part of the dedicated SCR flight to MIPIM from Doncaster Sheffield Airport include Turner and Townsend, Henry Boot, Vigo Group, Robertson Construction, Whittam Cox Architects, Counter Context, HLM Architects, Paragon Interiors Group, Colloco, CPP, St Pauls, ITI, Arup, Coda Planning, Kier, Ask4, Peel, and CMS.

Representatives will also be at MIPIM from local authorities across the Sheffield City Region.

Dawa Singh, Head of Pre-Construction at JF Finnegan Ltd said: “It’s exciting to be a part of the MIPIM delegation for 2018.

“As a prominent Design and Build Contractor with over 70 years of experience, we are looking forward to having the opportunity to showcase, alongside colleagues from the city region, the expertise that we have to offer, with the aim of driving growth and investment in our region.”

A varied programme of events and meetings organised by the SCR team will be taking place all week, ranging from business breakfasts through to panel discussions and networking sessions. The team will also have a dedicated presence in the heart of MIPIM, in the Riviera 7 area of the Palais des Festivals.