Sheffield City Region LEP announces MIPIM 2016/17 programme

Published 25th August 2016 at 3:25pm

The Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, Sir Nigel Knowles has today called on local businesses to secure a place on the delegation to MIPIM*, in London in October 2016 and in Cannes in March 2017, to promote the economic investment opportunities across the region. Following the recent historic devolution deal, the Sheffield City Region (SCR) is a more attractive prospect than ever for inward investors, financial seed-funders and design, property and architectural experts – as the region has a unique certainty and stability behind its economic growth plan secured by the hard-won devolution deal.

MIPIM is a key forum for ambitious businesses from across the world looking for partnerships and investment opportunities. The SCR delegation will work together to exploit every chance to demonstrate the strength of the region’s straightforward and pragmatic approach to economic regeneration, business development and social improvement as it seeks to build, resource and support vibrant communities.

Commenting on his search for delegates and business partners, Sir Nigel Knowles, Sheffield City Region LEP Chair said:

“Never before has the Sheffield City Region LEP had such a unique opportunity to exhibit its real potential on the world stage. The guaranteed pot of money for the next three decades, and the growing influence of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, enables the Sheffield City Region LEP to show its well-founded confidence as the place to do business. Our City Region has an economy of £31 billion and is home to 52,000 businesses, including almost 700 foreign-owned companies.  It is time to make the world aware of the wealth of opportunity here and MIPIM is a perfect showcase.”

The delegation of local business leaders from SCR will attend the 2016 MIPIM event in London between 19 – 21 October, followed by the principle MIPIM event France in March 2017. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is looking for ambitious businesses to join their delegation and take advantage of the opportunities offered by these high-profile events. The strong and reliable business culture of the Sheffield City Region has fostered a wide range of enterprise including SMEs and family businesses, alongside major international players and delegation organisers believe that it is vital that this variety represented by SCR at both events. Whichever sector, SCR is keen that delegates build their attendance in to their 2016 and 2017 marketing and business-development strategies and make the most of the immense support offered by the SCR’s professional teams to all delegates.

The SCR MIPIM UK programme will showcase key developments from across the City Region including major economic activity in Barnsley Town Centre, Sheffield Retail Quarter, Doncaster Sheffield International Airport, Doncaster European Golf Championship Course and the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation District (AMID). The Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, Councillor Sir Steve Houghton CBE, will join Sir Nigel Knowles to launch the Sheffield City Region’s MIPIM UK programme of activity in the Business Lounge, within the exhibition centre on Wednesday 19th October. This event is aimed at bringing together international property decision makers with the most influential and knowledgeable people from the Sheffield City Region’s business and public sectors to support and broker business deals.

To find out more about taking your business to MIPIM as part of the Sheffield City Region delegation, and for sponsorship opportunities, contact Nici Pickering on 0114 220 3461 or email

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