Leicestershire’s key investment areas are spotlighted at international event

The Space Park

Team Leicester and the Midlands UK are showcasing the region’s key investment areas at the world’s leading annual real estate event in Cannes this week.

Team Leicester, made up of more than 20 sponsors from across the counties property and construction industry, will be promoting the best of Leicester and Leicestershire at the international event which sees over 24,000 participants from 100 countries. Key development opportunities include:

  • Ashton Green – A landmark regeneration site of 130 hectares in the north of Leicester which will deliver over £480m gross development value and bring employment land opportunities with new jobs, economic, regeneration and social benefits for the wider community.
  • Space Park Leicester – Based in Leicester, adjacent to the National Space Centre, the site offers a transformational investment opportunity to build the very latest facilities for research and development (R&D), new business and innovation activities, education and training to attract space technology or space-enabled / satellite data based businesses.
  • Loughborough University Science & Enterprise Park – In the prime location of Loughborough, the 84 hectare site hosts a thriving ‘innovation community’ and is home to over 2000 employees in 50 organisations. The expanded park will house clusters of knowledge-based, high growth businesses across a number of sectors on an extremely attractive site, on the edge of the National Forest.
  • MIRA Technology Park – At over 162,000m2, MIRA Technology Park near Hinckley, is the largest automotive technology park in Europe. The site offers flexible property solutions with existing office, workshop and manufacturing space and boasts 100km of proving ground test track and 38 major laboratory facilities. The technology park is the only transport sector-focused Enterprise Zone in the UK and is regarded as one of the top performing.

In addition, the Loughborough and Leicestershire Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone which includes sites at Waterside (including Pioneer Park), Charnwood Campus and LUSEP mentioned above will also be promoted to potential investors.

The Midlands UK Pavilion will see more than 70 public and private sector partners from across the Midlands come together to showcase major investment opportunities worth almost £10billion in the region. More than 50 presentations, panel events and receptions will take place over the three days and events will explore topics including connectivity, housing and inclusive growth.

Phil Coyne, Strategic Director of City Development and Neighbourhoods at Leicester City Council said: “To achieve maximum exposure for all the great investment opportunities across Leicester and Leicestershire we will be at MIPIM, Cannes next week taking our place alongside our neighbours across the wider Midlands and forming part of the Midlands UK Pavilion.  We achieved a fantastic profile last year showing the strengths and opportunities of our collective regional investment portfolio as well as our unparalleled local connectivity and the quality of our area as a place to work and live.”

Cheryl Maguire, Enterprise Zone Coordinator at the LLEP and a member of the Team Leicester and Midlands UK delegation, said: “We will be promoting the unique offer Leicestershire has on a world stage, including significant development opportunities such as our two Enterprise Zones, our unrivalled connectivity due to our location at the heart of the country, and our specialist skills and expertise in key UK sectors such as automotive, advanced manufacturing and space technologies.

There are a number of presentations and panel discussions in the Midlands UK pavilion involving Leicestershire, including speakers from the City and County Councils, Andy Cliffe from East Midlands Airport and the LLEP Board, and Terry Spall from MIRA Technology Park. In addition, the Team Leicester dinner and lunch will be great networking opportunities for our businesses to meet with potential clients and investors.”