Wednesday, October 30, 2013

News: SCR at MIPIM 2014

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The Sheffield City Region (SCR) will be showcasing its key development sites to the global investment community in March 2014 at MIPIM - the 25th anniversary of the world's premier real estate event.

Held annually in Cannes, MIPIM is the world's property market and brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors - office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial. Last year it attracted 20,000 visitors including 4,300 investors and 3,000 CEOs and chairmen.

The Property & Construction Sector Group of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) put forward the case that the Sheffield City Region simply cannot afford not to go. The LEP has responded to calls from the private sector, and has committed an initial fund to kick-start MIPIM campaign. Counter Context, a Sheffield based communications company has been recruited by the LEP to orchestrate and deliver on the plan and private sector support will be needed for the project to proceed as planned.

Martin McKervey, partner at Nabarro, and chair of the region's Property and Construction Group, said: "MIPIM is a huge opportunity for businesses across this region. 2014 with the Tour de France passing through our city presents a great moment to illuminate the business opportunity for the world to see. There are a number of key development areas we can talk about – whether retail, commercial, transport or manufacturing – with our future investors."

James Newman, chairman of the SCR LEP, added: "The property and construction sector is a hugely important part of this City Region's economy. It is right that the LEP sector group will lead the City Region's presence at MIPIM. I will be attending to lend my support and encourage businesses to get behind this initiative."

Businesses in the sector are being urged to find out how they can be involved and capitalise on this opportunity.

Harworth Estates has been the first business to sign up as a partner. The company, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, was created to realise the property assets of what was UK Coal.

Owen Michaelson, chief executive of Harworth Estates, said: "We are looking forward to being at MIPIM in 2014 as part of Sheffield City Region's efforts to tell potential investors about the range of property opportunities available.

"We are already working with a range of leading companies at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, part of the wider Waverley development that is creating skilled jobs and new quality homes. MIPIM provides unrivalled opportunities for us to effectively engage with our key target audiences."

Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership website

Images: MIPIM

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