The way Coventry and Warwickshire has used partnerships between the private and public sectors to help it become one of the most successful regions in the UK will be highlighted at a major event next month.
Coventry and Warwickshire is the fastest growing economic area outside London and the largest exporting area away from the capital.
The Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has won national acclaim for its track record, saw 53 foreign investment made in 2017/18, creating 3,621 jobs which equates to 62 new jobs per 10,000 working age residents – double the London average and six times higher than other UK regions.
The LEP is one of many organisations which now span city and county, and the way that level of partnership has helped drive the economy will be explained to an international audience at MIPIM, the world’s largest property development and investment show in March.
Representatives from five private and public sector organisations will highlight the increased degree of co-operation which has mushroomed in the last five years.
Sarah Perry, Managing Partner of leading Midlands law firm Wright Hassall, believes the increasing role of the private sector in the region and a more progressive approach from local authorities has allowed Coventry and Warwickshire to make the most of positive economic conditions.
Perry will be joined on the panel at the MIPIM event by Les Ratcliffe, who chairs the Coventry & Warwickshire Place Board which helps promote the area, Director of Regional Strategy & Partnerships at University of Warwick Kate Hughes, Anthony McCourt, founder of Court Collaboration, and Martin Yardley, Coventry City Council and CWLEP.
“We have the highest level of collaboration at any time in recent years and that has not only allowed us to perform well, it has also given the area a much stronger national profile which all adds into the positive mix.
“It also gives consistency of our offer to inward investors. We have to be an area which is easy to do business with, and in recent years we have established that reputation.”
The Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership – made up of companies and organisations in a range of property-related sectors – is attending MIPIM as part of the UK Midlands presence.