Local authorities across the country are spending thousands of pounds to send officers to a property market event in the South of France. Mipim takes place at the Palais de Festivals in Cannes from 10-12 March.
The high-profile networking show attracts
investors, developers and local authorities looking to seal big deals.
This year, 70 organisations have signed up to join the Manchester
delegation, the city’s largest to date. There were 59 partners from the city at
City bosses will use event to showcase some of Manchester’s newest and
upcoming initiatives including Factory Manchester and The Sir Henry Royce
Institute for Materials Research and Innovation.
Birmingham is also is taking more partners than ever before to the show
with New Street Station, Resorts World and
Grand Central expected to attract interest.
Thirty people will join the Greater Birmingham delegation. Sir Albert
Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council said the fact so many
schemes were in progress in the city would be key to drawing investment.
Riba London will give 19 architecture
practices a presence in the London pavilion. As well as displaying their work
to 21,000 delegates, the architects will be able to take advantage of the space
to have meetings and network with potential new clients and contacts.
But Coventry’s Conservative opposition has queried
Labour’s decision to send officers to the conference as the authority plans
£65m of cuts and 1,000 job losses.
services director Martin Yardley said the council had attracted multi-million
pound investment as a result of attendance in the past.
year, the first day of the Mipim conference in Olympia in London ended in a
police lockdown when protesters forced organisers to close the gates and one
conference delegate was arrested on suspicion of assault.
event is due to return to Olympia on October 21-23.
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