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Investment sites in spotlight at global expo

A Midlands-wide delegation – featuring the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – will exhibit together for the first time at the global property and real estate show MIPIM this month.

Working collaboratively in a dedicated pavilion, the Midlands Engine delegation is the largest of its kind to represent the UK at this year’s event and will feature a focus on The Marches.

The region will showcase more than £14 billion worth of projects and investment sites to the annual exhibition’s 23,000 attendees – from potential investors and developers to property agents and the media.

Themes will range from the opportunities surrounding the Midlands’ connectivity offer – including the new High Speed 2 rail network – to the region’s Enterprise Zones, housing and commercial schemes.

The region is being showcased at the event in Cannes, France, from March 14 to 17, with a specific focus on investment sites at Telford 54 and Hereford Enterprise Zone at Skylon Park.

The Marches LEP is joining 49 private and public sector partners including Greater Birmingham (Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country); Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Coventry & Warwickshire LEP; D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire); Lincoln & Lincolnshire; Leicester City Council and Leicester & Leicestershire LEP and Stoke-on-Trent.

Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, said: “The Midlands is coming together on an unprecedented scale at MIPIM to attract even more investment from around the world. The Midlands Engine is working hard to accelerate growth across the whole region and Local Authorities, LEPs and businesses are all collaborating to bring this ambition to fruition.

“MIPIM is always a success for our region and this year we have more exciting investment opportunities than ever before. For the first time, a brand new Midlands Pavilion will showcase the wide range of investment opportunities across the region, demonstrating to investors around the world that the Midlands is open for business and can offer a global proposition.”

Mark Pearce, managing director of the Hereford Enterprise Zone will be heading to MIPIM to represent the Marches region, added:

“MIPIM gives the The Marches, with its primary investment locations in Hereford and Telford, a chance to showcase the fantastic opportunities on offer for businesses looking to locate here. Our investment strengths and the outstanding quality of life that the region offers means ours is one of the most attractive investment locations in the UK Midlands.”

The region’s presence is being coordinated by inward investment agency Marketing Birmingham, together with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and partners including transport hubs Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport, automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities group.