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MIPIM 2013 UK Regional Round Up
Our man in Cannes, Euan Blake, account director at property PR and marketing consultancy Innesco, reports on some of the biggest news and views from the region’s cities at MIPIM 2013.
Manchester pushes science focus
Manchester city council has come to MIPIM with a clear USP: Science and innovation. With BBC’s Professor Brian Cox being used a key speaker at the city’s stand, Manchester wants to be known as the UK’s “science city.”
The city now has the UK’s largest university, and it has unveiled plans for a £1bn new North Campus. The new site will be three times the size of Spinningfields providing commercial research and development opportunities. Medipark, a 200-acre medical park being developed in the city’s local Entreprise zone, will also attract global firms to the City.
But perhaps the most important development in Manchester is Graphene. Graphene was developed in the research labs in Manchester University and has been touted as the “miracle material of the 21st century.” It is said to be the strongest material ever made and it could revolutionise modern technology. The council announced at MIPIM that it has just given planning permission to a £61m “National Graphene Institute”.
Coventry takes low carbon approach
Coventry city council has a lot to promote at MIPIM this year. Construction begins soon on Friargate, the city’s new 37-acre business district that hopes to create 15,000 new jobs in the city, while plans are progressing with the £300m joint retail development venture with Aviva in the city centre.
Coventry aims to stand out and attract investors by becoming “a low carbon city”.
This is its key message at MIPIM. On Wednesday afternoon the Coventry stand hosted the event titled, “Coventry’s ambition to become a Low Carbon City 2020” with Jarmo Eskelinen as its key speaker. Mr Eskelin is the chairman of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), which will work with the city to develop significant low carbon initiatives.
Leeds launches £500m investment fund
The Leeds City Region is using the conference to demonstrate its investment opportunities and on Wednesday it launched a £500m investment fund to drive development opportunities. Talking about the fund the Bradford Metropolitan district council chief executive Tony Reeves said, “We have said that if we pool our money together, and take a different approach to risk, we can grow more quickly. This in turn will create further momentum and that’s vital.”
The Leeds City and Regional Stand has hosted a number of seminars on the commercial opportunities on the areas growth and local enterprise zones. It has also welcomed the “Cycle to Cannes” team, lead by the Leeds born 2012 Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armistead, to MIPIM hosting a reception on their arrival outside the Palais des Festivals.