Cities announce MIPIM schedules

Derby, Leicester and Nottingham have revealed their respective calendars for MIPIM 2017, the world’s largest property exhibition. Delegations from each city will take part in the newly created Midlands Pavilion.

Derby’s full schedule of events will take place between Tuesday 14th to Wednesday 15th March, and will include the award-winning Derby City Embassy. Leicester and Nottingham will be participating in events between the 14th and 16th.

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said: “It’s a great pleasure to unveil Derby’s calendar of events. The comprehensive programme reflects Derby’s ambitions for growth and its expertise in advanced manufacturing and engineering.

“I look forward to working together with representatives from the private and public sectors, as we present Derby on the global stage”.

Held on the morning of 15th March, the Derby City Embassy is Marketing Derby’s annual breakfast event, serving as a platform to unveil key investment opportunities.

On Tuesday 14th March Derby will unveil the new University of Derby Science Park, situated in Infinity Park Derby. It will also host a session titled “The Heart of The City – The Challenge of Creating Regional Cities That Develop, Attract and Retain Talent” on the 14th, which will explore how the need to spread prosperity in the UK will be accelerated post-Brexit.

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is heading to MIPIM this year to raise the profile of its Enterprise Zone sites.

Nick Pulley, chair of the LLEP, said: “Our focus will be on our two Enterprise Zones –  MIRA Technology Park and the Loughborough and Leicester Enterprise Zone – which is multi-sited and covers Waterside and Pioneer Park, Loughborough University and Charnwood Campus.

“We see our Enterprise Zones as major opportunities for our city and region. Leicestershire is already at the cutting edge of innovative research, innovation and product development – brought about particularly through our three first-rate universities (Loughborough, Leicester and DeMontfort) and the Enterprise Zones will help to cement Leicestershire’s role as the research and development capital of the Midlands”.

Key events in Leicester’s calendar include a session on space age technology and regeneration on 15th March; another on the same day addressing how economic growth can be stimulated through city centre regeneration and the creation of enterprise zones; and a session on the Midlands as a life science hub on the 16th. 

Team Nottingham, meanwhile, will be taking part in a host of events during MIPIM, including the launch of the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio on 14th March; a session on how the Midlands has become the UK’s engine for digital growth on the 15th; “The Nottingham Enterprise Zone – Creating a new place for health, wellbeing and beauty alongside Boots” on the 16th; a session on the Midlands as a life science hub on the 16th; and several more.

Lorraine Baggs, head of inward investment at Invest in Nottingham, said: “The Midlands Pavilion will include a packed programme of events and Nottingham is delighted to be playing a leading role and significantly contributing to many of the presentations and panel discussions throughout the week.

“We will be presenting Nottingham’s approach to bringing forward regeneration projects, discussing how to fund development, showcasing the second phase of development at East Midlands Airport and key opportunities within the Boots Enterprise Zone. Other discussion topics involving Team Nottingham include the growth of the digital and life science economies, the impact of HS2 and smart cities and many more.

“This is a great example of how being an integral part of the Midlands Pavilion this year will allow us to make more of an impact as a city and ultimately secure more investment opportunities”.

Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, added: “The scope and range of events taking place at the Midlands Pavilion demonstrates how many significant investment opportunities are available across the region. It also highlights the considerable number of partners that are working together to make MIPIM a success.

“It is critical for the economic growth of the region to truly showcase our strengths at MIPIM, which attracts delegates from across the world. The Midlands boasts highly innovative industries such as advanced manufacturing and life sciences, plus major development schemes that are already attracting billions of pounds in investment. Our inaugural presence at the show will prove that the Midlands is one of the most competitive and exciting destinations in the world”.