Vital schemes like the Wholesale Markets and Icknield Port Loop will be a prominent part of Greater Birmingham’s offer at global real estate show MIPIM .
Designed to engage developers and companies looking to invest in the region, Greater Birmingham’s schedule will comprise 11 events and 25 speakers across the four-day property exhibition.
There will be a focus on the opportunities presented by flagship schemes, including the Black Country Enterprise Zone and UK Central in Solihull at the event from March 10 to 13 in Cannes
Enterprise zones will be a key message, with the Black Country’s seeing investment in excess of £1.5 billion from global names including Jaguar Land Rover and Moog while Birmingham’s has attracted a quarter – a total of 3,200 – of the 12,530 jobs created since 2012 by the Government’s 24 enterprise zones based nationwide.
At MIPIM, speakers include Andy Street, chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP; Tom Westley, Black Country LEP lead for the enterprise zone; and Rob Groves, senior project director at property developer Argent will highlight the impact of the West Midlands’ enterprise zones on the UK economy, as well as plans to accelerate their growth.
Mr Westley said: “The Black Country has a unique history of driving innovation forward, we are leading the way through world-class manufacturing and engineering and are seeing record levels of private sector investment. The Black Country Enterprise Zone, described as the most successful in the UK, has seen unprecedented growth through a public and private sector partnership approach and we want to talk to potential investors about how they can be part of this success.
“MIPIM creates a fantastic opportunity to showcase how collectively the West Midlands’ enterprise zones are creating thousands of jobs, attracting significant investment and driving the economy forward.”
Based in Solihull, UK Central is regarded as one of the largest schemes in Europe, combining business, transport and entertainment assets with the area’s reputation as one of the most attractive places to live in the country.
At MIPIM, delegates will learn of the opportunities the site presents to investors. Councillor Ian Courts, deputy leader and cabinet member for economic development and land at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, said: “UK Central offers an outstanding opportunity attracting growing interest from global investors.”
The Greater Birmingham team will also join forces with Greater London and Coventry at two events promoting the benefits of the new HS2 high speed rail network to the UK’s economic prosperity and connectivity. Speakers include Sir Michael Bear, chairman of the UKTI’s Regeneration Investment Organisation.
Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Collaboration is at the heart of Greater Birmingham’s transformation into one of the top international business destinations.
By joining forces with our partners in Solihull and the Black Country we will be demonstrating to MIPIM delegates that we have the momentum and ambition to remain the country’s strongest region for inward investment.”