LLEP to attend MIPIM and showcase Leicester and Leciestershire's Space for Growth

LLEP to attend MIPIM and showcase Leicester and Leciestershire’s Space for Growth

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is returning to MIPIM as part of Team Leicester and the wider Midlands UK delegation. The goal is simple: to showcase business opportunities in Leicester and Leicestershire to investors from all over the world.

MIPIM provides Leicester and Leicestershire with a huge opportunity to showcase the region’s most valuable investment schemes that have the potential to generate thousands of jobs and significant economic growth. The LLEP will be in attendance as part of Team Leicester, which also includes Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils, local businesses and the three local universities.

At MIPIM, the region’s multi-billion pound investment portfolio will be presented to the exhibition’s 24,000 attendees. These will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries. It is hoped that the 4,700 visitors to the Midlands UK pavilion at MIPIM 2018 can be exceeded this year.

This year’s theme for Leicester at MIPIM is ‘Space for Growth.’ Plans for Space Park Leicester – a partnership between the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and the LLEP – have lift-off, and Team Leicester are eager to share the exciting investment opportunities available.

Leicester and Leicestershire is a hub of innovation for space technology, with components produced in the region used on the International Space Station every year since its launch in 1998. The LLEP is proud to support the space businesses of tomorrow through investment in the Leicester Waterside Enterprise Zone, where Space park Leicester is based.

‘Space for Growth’ refers not only to opportunities in space technology, but a whole range of investment prospects across all sectors in Leicester and Leicestershire. Leicester’s rapid growth presents businesses with a growing consumer base, an expanding workforce and the chance to meet and strike deals with other dynamic new enterprises. Leicester and Leicestershire’s range of industry and unique geography makes it an enticing investment option with a truly global outlook.

Kevin Harris is Chair of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). He said:

“MIPIM is one of the most important industrial events in the business calendar, and The LLEP is a key component of Team Leicester. It supports businesses and investors for the benefit of the local economy. We aim to build on this success as we move forward for the benefit of our region.

“At MIPIM, we’ll be championing the unique opportunities Leicester and Leicestershire has to offer. Our heritage, diversity and character make our region a great place to do business. But our future, our ambition and our vision make it the perfect location for long-term investment.”

Rob McGuinn will be leading Team Leicester’s mission to MIPIM, as Chair of the group. He said:

“Our message for MIPIM is loud and clear: Leicester is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, and our economy is thriving.

“We’ll be helped on our Space for Growth mission by Dr Suzie Imber from the University of Leicester, who recently won the BBC2 series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

 “We are extremely excited that Dr Imber will be speaking at the Team Leicester dinner at MIPIM this year; we have some really interesting opportunities within the space sector that we will be talking about during the week, so having such a brilliant keynote speaker at our main event is fantastic.”

To find out more about the LLEP’s role within Team Leicester and the trip to MIPIM 2019, email LLEP Marketing and Communications officer Graeme Hall at graeme.hall@llep.org.uk