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Leeds City Region launches global powerhouse programme of activity for MIPIM 2016

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01 Mar 2016

Leeds City Region is using MIPIM 2016 to demonstrate how, through smart city placemaking, inter-sector collaboration and some of the world's foremost research and development, it is on track to become a global powerhouse in the smart cities arena.

The UK’s largest City Region outside of London and the South East, with a GVA of £60.5 billion, will take the opportunity presented by the world’s leading property and investment forum to examine the smart cities agenda, the impact of high-speed rail on business growth and unveil new plans for Western Europe's largest regeneration site.

The City Region’s attendance at MIPIM this year is being backed by its largest private sector delegation to date, with both national and international organisations such as Arup, Bilfinger GVA, Savills, Arcadis and Addleshaw Goddard endorsing its presence and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (The LEP’s) vision of transforming the regional economy for the benefit of the country.

The delegation will also include representatives from across the City Region’s local authorities, who will set out the confidence and potential of the region by highlighting the examples of regeneration and development that have recently been delivered and are currently on site, in a bid to secure investment, development and occupier interest.

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of The LEP, commented: “MIPIM 2016 is about showing that we as a City Region have much to offer international investors, developers and occupiers. What’s more we have a track record of success, with developments such as MEPC’s Wellington Place, Scarborough Group International’s Thorpe Park Leeds and Westfield’s The Broadway Shopping Centre, all having benefitted from international investment and are now helping unlock further growth. 

“This year’s programme of activity has been designed to capitalise on the international platform which MIPIM offers to highlight the impact Leeds City Region is having on tomorrow’s world, today.”

James Dipple, Chief Executive of MEPC who is developing Wellington Place in Leeds, added: “The last 12 months have seen the attitude in the market evolve, now more and more occupiers, investors and developers are recognising the potential of the regions and are excited by the opportunities being unlocked.

“I’m pleased to act as an advocate for Leeds City Region and that MEPC and Wellington Place are working closely with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. Together we must make the most of the opportunities of the Northern Powerhouse and of the property sector’s now un-blinkered view to the regions outside of the M25. The City Region has a positive attitude to doing business, ensuring that key decision makers are available when required and offers access to a pipeline of talent both already in work and currently studying.”

To find out more information about Leeds City Region’s presence at MIPIM 2016 and its delegation click here.