So far, 27 private sector partners have signed up to join the city’s delegation to MIPIM, held in Cannes on the French Riviera every March – 36 made the trip earlier this year. Tony McDonough reports.
Liverpool is on course to send another record-breaking delegation to the world’s biggest property and investment expo next year.
So far, 27 private sector partners have signed up to join the city’s delegation to MIPIM, held in Cannes on the French Riviera every March.
Earlier year the mission, organised by Marketing Liverpool and led by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, comprised 36 private sector partners – a big increase on the previous year.
MIPIM brings together representatives from countries, cities with global investors and property developers.
A couple of weeks ago, Liverpool joined forces with Manchester to send a delegation and take a stand at MIPIM UK in London.
In the past few days, Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald, and Colin Sinclair, chief executive of the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter, joined members of the city’s business community to outline the highlights from the event.
Key highlights of the three-day UK expo included the unveiling of major city region development schemes including an update on Everton Football Club’s ambitions for a new stadium; a £50m investment in new cruise terminal facilities; and the planned Ten Streets development for the North Docks.
The event also included a major launch of the city’s 450-acre Knowledge Quarter, a multi-billion pound vision for the redevelopment of a major part of Liverpool’s city centre.
The Liverpool stand welcomed a number of investors and international delegations during the week.
Visitors included Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy; the French Ambassador to the UK, Sylvie Bermann, and a major delegation of Chinese developers and construction companies.
Speaking during the Downtown in Liverpool event at Aloft Hotel, Mr Fitzgerald said MIPIM UK was a vital platform to promote the city region and its offering.
He said: “It was fantastic to be supporting the city region’s private sector at MIPIMUK.
“Liverpool City Region’s participation in the expo has definitely had the desired effect and enabled us to shout about our successes, showcase the great plans and projects that we have in the pipeline, and continue to raise awareness of the city region with these key national and international audiences.”
Sean Beech, who heads Deloitte’s Liverpool office and leads Liverpool’s MIPIM steering group, added: “MIPIM UK presents a brilliant opportunity to showcase Liverpool in all its glory and we have enjoyed a very successful expo – as evidenced by the Liverpool and Manchester stand taking MIPIMUK’s coveted Strategic Exhibitor Award.
“We have a fantastic proposition for investors and it’s key that the city region is seen as being open, accessible, and ready to do business.
“We look forward to continuing to tell the Liverpool story and highlight the region’s great offering to a bigger international audience at MIPIM Cannes next year.”