Yorkshire is heading out to the 2019 MIPIM property conference in numbers, with both the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions on growth trajectories and looking to build their international profiles further, while Harrogate Borough Council is attending the event for the first time. More than 26,000 delegates from in excess of 100 countries are expected to attend the 30th edition of the global property festival which takes place next week in Cannes, France.
The Leeds and Sheffield City Region exhibition stands will be located just one minute away from each other on the same floor of the Palais de Festivals.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is a crucial supporter of Sheffield City Region's offering at MIPIM. The airport has helped to charter a flight out to Nice so that the entire delegation can come together on one journey.
Before the flight, Sheffield City Region will be hosting a meet and greet and breakfast at the airport so that delegates can network and come together with a clear message to take to Cannes.
While the airport will play a part in showcasing the region, especially as one of its key logistics and connectivity assets, but it will also use the platform to showcase the potential of the airport. Airport owners Peel Land and Property has submitted its plans for a 3.5 million sq ft logistics and advanced manufacturing space as part of the airport’s wider site, Aero Centre Yorkshire.
John Huddleston, corporate affairs manager at both Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport, said: "We see ourselves in an ambassadorial role, selling the city region and using MIPIM as a prime space and opportunity to speak to a number of people in the property word to understand the broader opportunities at the airport.
"We've got to go out there with a clear message. Within the Sheffield City Region, we have everything that a business would need to locate itself there. We have strong road, rail and air connectivity as well as assets such as the Global Innovation Corridor and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District."
Plans for a 'Global Innovation Corridor' will be the focus of Sheffield City Region's delegation to MIPIM.
The Global Innovation Corridor will link assets such as the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the National College for High Speed Rail, Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
It aims to grow the region’s advanced manufacturing, wellbeing and digital clusters, underpinned by reliable, green and highly-connected transport infrastructure, as laid out in mayor Dan Jarvis’ transport vision.
Sir Nigel Knowles, special adviser on international trade and investment to mayor Jarvis, said: "Through the Global Innovation Corridor, for the first time in this city region we have a comprehensive stitching together of strategic spatial considerations and diverse job-creating sectors, with a view to driving growth forward.
David Aspin, the owner of Munroe K and the White Rose Office Park in Leeds, is part of the Leeds City Region delegation in 2019 and has been going over to Cannes for the last 30 years.
"MIPIM has changed enormously since those first years," Aspin said. "It is much more focused on city and city regions rather than individuals hotels. The whole function of the event is being able to exhibit the latest models of what you've got, similar to a car show."
The Leeds City Region programme includes 18 sessions over the three day event and has been developed in conjunction with local authorities and a 100-strong private sector delegation The programme aims to showcase the region's successes as a destination for investment and the opportunities that exist.
Harrogate Borough Council will also be attending for the first time as part of the Leeds City Region delegation.
Councillor Graham Swift, deputy leader and cabinet member for resources, enterprise and economic development, said: "This is the first time we've attended MIPIM and we hope it will provide an exciting opportunity to showcase the Harrogate district to the world, while potentially attracting foreign investment to the region. Our colleagues at Leeds City Region have been very successful in attracting investment at these world events and Harrogate is very well placed to provide investment opportunities for businesses in regeneration, house building and infrastructure.
"The district is recognised as being a great place to do business, but also a great place to live with outstanding quality of life, excellent schools and a skilled workforce. Our economy is diverse, with a strong financial sector, world class manufacturing, flourishing life sciences and a vibrant entrepreneurial culture. We have some exciting plans for the future and we would love to see new businesses be part of it. MIPIM is a great starting place."
The 30th edition of MIPIM will be held on March 12-15, 2019 in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.