Sheffield City Region has reported huge interest at the recent MIPIM Conference in Cannes (13-16 March), where it revealed over GBP1.4 billion of investable propositions to international investors.
This included demonstrating that over 2,500 hectares of land is available potentially for commercial or housing development, plus Sheffield City Region has the capacity for around 15,000 new residential units to be built.
Sheffield City Region hosted a packed programme of seminars and panel debates during the three-day event with high profile speakers from housing, development, local authority, property, architecture, finance and law, with over 230 delegates in attendance.
The programme showcased the very best that the region has to offer, including a seminar focusing on Innovation-led growth with a panel of experts from housing, academia and property development, plus an event focused on unlocking investment in the Sheffield City Region.
The launch of Sheffield City Region’s Global Innovation Corridor vision also generated a great deal of interest from investors. Sir Nigel Knowles explained how it will focus on the extensive R&D assets and skilled specialisms of the region and revealed the plans to make it a global magnet for people, industry and innovators that will grow its advanced manufacturing, wellbeing and digital specialisms. Sheffield City Region also hosted a Northern Powerhouse panel session alongside other regional counterparts including Leeds and Manchester.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of Sheffield City Region and the Local Enterprise Partnership, says: “Not only did we see a significant increase in delegates attending our events this year but we also had a larger number of international investors actively seeking us out to discuss opportunities. Our housing development propositions, proved to be of particular interest, as were our hotel and leisure plans, and we are extremely optimistic about what the outcomes from this year’s MIPIM will be.”
"This year’s MIPIM was a great opportunity to bring together the best of the private and public sectors in our region, and unite them to show the world what makes Sheffield City Region such an attractive place to live, work and invest. We were proud to showcase the significant investment and partnering opportunities for academic, public and private partnerships in our region.”
Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive Officer at Harworth Group plc, one of SCR’s sponsors at MIPIM, says: “MIPIM provided a very important forum for land and property related businesses to establish and refine potential deals and cultivate new relationships. We’ve come back very enthused, reflective and excited about the confidence that exists within Sheffield City Region at the moment. It’s a truly exciting time.”
Amy Casterton, Chief of Staff at Homes England, who took part in one of the Sheffield City Region panel discussions, says: “MIPIM was a great opportunity to demonstrate how strategic partnerships with housing associations, as well as regional and national housebuilders are really important in meeting the targets for new affordable homes. There is a lot happening in Sheffield and MIPIM has opened up further discussions with regional partners about the vision for housing in the Sheffield City Region. This will ensure that with all the innovation that is going on and new jobs that will be created, there will be attractive, affordable places for workers to live too.”
Sheffield City Region’s partners at this year’s MIPIM included the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Harworth, Scarborough Group, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Atkins, JF Finnegan, Strata, Irwin Mitchell, BE Design, Bond Bryan, Litton Properties, Verdion, IBI Group, Ask4, HLM Architects, David Lake Photography and Arup.