//City region counting down to MIPIM Cannes

Published 29th January 2018 at 9:26am

Public and private sector organisations from across Sheffield City Region are preparing for MIPIM Cannes 2018 – and the chance to represent the city region to the world.

The delegation heading for MIPIM, the annual real estate event that takes place in Cannes, France, is made up of private sector companies as well as representatives from local authorities and other public sector organisations.

MIPIM is where business deals get done, and where city region leaders and businesses can meet thousands of potential investors in the space of just a few days.

This year’s event runs from Tuesday 13 March to Friday 16 March 2018, and is set to welcome more than 24,000 participants from 100 countries. The Sheffield City Region delegation will be running events across four days, focusing on three main themes of our super-connected economy, our excellence in innovation and the SCR as a great place to live.

Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “By working together locally on international promotion, on skills, business support and major infrastructure planning, we can secure more investment from huge international names – as we’ve already done with companies such as Boeing and McLaren.

“At MIPIM, public and private sector representatives from across the region will be coming together to promote our super-connected economy, our world-leading expertise in innovation and the fantastic quality of life we have to offer to residents, businesses and investors.

“Sheffield City Region has a unique role to help create new businesses, support the growth of existing ones, and inspire and attract foreign ones to come to the region. By taking a delegation of private and public sector experts to MIPIM, we can make more contacts, follow up leads and bring in investment.”

Sheffield City Region’s delegation will be flying out to the Riviera on a bespoke flight direct from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Nice.

That delegation includes representatives from local authorities, as well as representatives from organisations including Harworth Group PLC, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Trebbi, Kier Construction Northern, Scarborough Group International, Sheffield Hallam University, JF Finnegan, Whittam Cox Architects, HLM Architects, Coda Planning, Turner and Townsend, Engie and Bond Bryan Architects.

Iain Thomson, Associate Director for Partnerships and Communications at Harworth Group PLC, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring Sheffield City Region at MIPIM for the fifth year running.

“The city region’s profile with an international audience has increased immeasurably since 2014 and we look forward to promoting our key residential and commercial developments with them, including Waverley as the company’s flagship scheme.

“Land and property-related businesses in the region should not underestimate just how important MIPIM is in establishing and refining potential deals and cultivating new relationships. Being part of a wider delegation helps this process and we recommend others join us in sponsoring the region to promote its assets and expertise.”

Dawa Singh, Head of Pre-Construction at JF Finnegan Ltd said: “It’s exciting to be a part of the MIPIM delegation for 2018.

“As a prominent Design and Build Contractor with over 70 years of experience, we are looking forward to having the opportunity to showcase, alongside colleagues from the city region, the expertise that we have to offer, with the aim of driving growth and investment in our region.”

Also joining the SCR delegation will be artist Alex Chinneck, who is behind the ambitious Onwards & Upwards art project planned as a ‘Gateway to the North’ in the heart of Sheffield City Region.

Mr Chinneck will speak to potential investors and dignitaries from around the world about how Onwards & Upwards will transform the waterways at Tinsley, linking Sheffield and Rotherham, into a cultural destination.

A varied programme of events and meetings organised by the SCR team will be taking place from the evening of Monday 12 March until Thursday 15 March. The SCR team will have a dedicated presence in the heart of MIPIM, in the Riviera 7 area of the Palais des Festivals.

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