Birmingham at the heart of investment opportunities showcase

Published: Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Midlands UK event programme to showcase investment opportunities on the world stage at MIPIM 2018

  • More than 50 presentations, panel events and receptions taking place over three days
  • Region to present investment opportunities worth almost £10 billion to thousands of international investors
  • Events to follow seven themes on a journey through the real estate lifecycle

A comprehensive event programme for MIPIM 2018 has today been revealed by Midlands UK, the Midlands-wide delegation attending the global property and real estate show in Cannes, France (13th-15th March 2018).

More than 70 public and private sector partners from across the Midlands will come together to showcase major investment opportunities in the region to MIPIM’s international audience, which will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries. The events will all be held in the Midlands UK Pavilion (C16.D) and will explore topics including connectivity, housing and inclusive growth.

Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, will present the real estate investor community with the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio on 13th March, showcasing almost £10 billion worth of investment opportunities.

The event programme is split into seven themes that follow the real estate lifecycle, starting with creating the right landscape for growth through to attracting investment and building for the future. Thousands of delegates are expected to attend across the 50+ events.

Connectivity will be a key focus across a number of events, with massive infrastructure investment including high-speed rail network HS2 and expanding air, rail and road networks all playing a role in boosting the economic impact of the Midlands.

Meeting the residential challenge in the region will be another focus. A panel discussion on Wednesday 14th March will look at how to unlock the housing potential of the Midlands and will feature Sir Ed Lister, chairman of Homes England.

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “As many people will have noticed from the number of cranes occupying the skyline, Birmingham is a city that is humming with the noise of regeneration. The city centre has been transformed through significant investment in infrastructure and commercial real estate and is now a destination of choice for international investment and blue-chip occupiers.

“The Midlands Pavilion is again set to be the centre of the conversation at MIPIM what with Birmingham recently being awarded the Commonwealth Games as well as exciting announcements planned for Peddimore, which represents one of the most significant industrial opportunities in the UK.”

The seven themes that the Midlands UK events will follow are: creating the ideal landscape for growth; big ideas and masterplanning; world class developments; moving into the Midlands; residential – meeting the challenge; living and thriving; and building for the future.

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