//Sheffield City Region opens up for business at MIPIM

Published 1st March 2019 at 2:34pm

A stellar line-up of speakers has been unveiled as Sheffield City Region releases its programme for this year’s MIPIM in Cannes, the world’s biggest property market.

MIPIM provides a platform like no other to showcase our region’s investment potential. It’s where deals are done and new business relationships forged.

With expert panellists at the top of their respective fields joining our own delegates, our programme is designed to explore, to innovate, and to showcase the Sheffield City Region’s offer to the world.

Sir Nigel Knowles, special advisor for trade and investment to Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “There are some truly exciting events taking place as part of this year’s MIPIM programme.

“The theme running throughout our programme is our vision for a Global Innovation Corridor, sweeping through the heart of the Sheffield City Region connecting people, places and ideas. It’s fantastic to have so many organisations that are integral to that vision joining us in the SCR delegation to tell that story at MIPIM.”

The Sheffield City Region’s public and private sector delegation includes representatives from organisations including the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Harworth Group, 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, Doncaster Council, Sheffield City Council and Arup.

The delegation will arrive at MIPIM on Monday 11 March, on a dedicated flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Nice. On Monday evening Sir Nigel Knowles will welcome guests to the SCR HQ and invite them to view the Sheffield City Region’s new Showreel video, that reveals the region’s portfolio of investible opportunities.

The following morning, events will kick off with “Housing the Powerhouse”, focusing on urban regeneration opportunities across the region. Chaired by Scott Cardwell, Assistant Director for Development at Doncaster Council, panellists will include Ben Derbyshire, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); David Cross, Chairman of Coda Studios; Keith Sands, Client Director at Atkins; Duncan Armstrong Payne, Associate Director Major Projects at Harworth, and Danielle Gillespie, General Manager at Homes England North.

A lunchtime event that day will focus on discovering the SCR’s Global Innovation Corridor, with panel members including RIBA chief executive Alan Vallance; Sir Nigel Knowles; Victoria Merton, Director of Corporate Affairs at Peel Group; Iain Thomson, Head of Communications & Investor Relations at Harworth Group; Walter Boettcher, Chief Economist at Colliers International; Roger Holman, Senior Regional Manager at the Department for International Trade and Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Engagement at Sheffield Hallam University.

Director of estates at Sheffield Hallam University, Daniel Ladbury, said: “We are committed to the Sheffield City Region, providing leadership to drive improvements in social mobility, health and the economy.

“Our industrial partnerships allow us to address the skills gap and helps business grow and our research is characterised by a focus on real world impact – addressing the health, cultural, economic and social challenges facing society today. Our property developments will support these ambitions by creating exciting new spaces for students, staff, visitors and businesses to better engage with the University and each other, supporting the activity of the City Region.

“MIPIM provides us with an invaluable opportunity to showcase this work to a global audience and champion the Sheffield City Region as a strong proposition in which to live, work, learn and invest.”

Other events on Tuesday 12 March include a meet and greet session with the SCR delegation at our stand in the Palais, R7 C17, and an invitation-only private dining event with Sir Nigel Knowles at the SCR HQ.

Wednesday’s programme begins with a Sheffield City Council-hosted breakfast event at the SCR HQ, as Chief Executive John Mothersole reflects on some of the highlights of the last 12 months within the city.

At lunchtime, the SCR HQ will host a session on Innovation-led Growth, focusing on the SCR’s unique strength in university and business collaborations. Chaired by Dave Smith, Managing Director of the Sheffield City Region, the panel will include Sir Nigel Knowles; Nick Shepherd, Operations Director at Kier Northern; Amy Casterton, Chief of Staff at Homes England; Keith Lilley, Director of Estates & Facilities Management and IT at the University of Sheffield and Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Engagement at Sheffield Hallam University.

At 4pm on Wednesday, the SCR will host a reception focusing on Unlocking Growth in the Northern Powerhouse. Guests are invited to join the debate about the importance of transport infrastructure to unlock economic growth, jobs and investment in the North, as building the right infrastructure is key to creating towns, cities and regions where companies want to invest, where businesses can grow, and where communities can thrive.

Chaired by Victoria Merton, Director of Corporate Affairs at Peel Group, the panel will also include Peter Henry, Regional Director at Harworth Group; Chris Williamson, of Weston Williamson and RIBA Vice President International;  Paul Kitson, General Manager at Homes England; Anna Heaton, partner at Addleshaw Goddard and Rachel Fisher, Deputy Director for Regeneration and Infrastructure at the Government’s Cities and Local Growth Unit.

Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive Officer at Harworth Group plc, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring Sheffield City Region at MIPIM for the sixth year running.

“The region has a big story to sell in two respects; the quality of the assets it has at its disposal including the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Doncaster Sheffield Airport, alongside what it contributes to the quality of discussion and key policy matters such as placemaking and infrastructure.

“Land and property-related businesses in the region should therefore 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.”

On Thursday 14 March, the day’s events will begin with a Powerful Partners – Collaboration in the North event, held in the UK Pavilion. Delegates can hear from partners across the Northern Powerhouse as panellists delve into the collaborative partnerships and expertise of the North.

Chaired by Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, speakers are set to include Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council; Asif Hamid, Chair of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership; Roger Marsh, Chairman Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership; Sir Nigel Knowles; Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council; Christine Gaskell CBE, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and David Taylor, Chair of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The final event of the week at the SCR HQ will be an informal networking reception from 3pm to 4.30pm on Thursday. Delegates and journalists can meet the SCR delegation and explore our digital flyover of investible propositions, demonstrated first-hand by developer Deetu.

The SCR stand in the Palais will also host meetings and drop-in sessions throughout the week, with inward investment experts from the SCR delegation showcasing the range of investible opportunities and discussing potential developments. The delegation will then fly back to Doncaster Sheffield Airport on Friday 15 March.

Matt Hutton, associate director at Bond Bryan, said: “MIPIM is about being surrounding by like-minded professionals who strive to drive growth in our region; it’s invaluable to be able to get a wider perspective on where the market is heading and to build new and lasting relationships.

“Property is a ‘people business’ and MIPIM offers the spontaneity of engaging in discussions, informal meetings and chance encounters in a relaxed atmosphere.  Overall there is a universal openness to new people and opportunities which is really refreshing and is reflective of the confidence within Sheffield City Region at the moment. It’s a truly exciting time for the region.”

For full information on the SCR’s MIPIM programme, or to sign up to events, visit the MIPIM pages of our website here.