MIPIM Blog - Richard Freeman, Willmott Dixon

By Richard Freeman

The international property event, MIPIM is just around the corner and I will be attending with a number of Wilmott Dixon colleagues.
MIPIM is a conference like no other, attracting over 20,000 delegates from over 90 countries, for four intense days of high level business meetings. It is hugely important for us as a firm to have a presence at the property event held in France.

Once again, we have a presence at MIPIM this year. Myself and Lisa Cawdron, my East Midlands colleague, will be heading to MIPIM to network, speak to investors and developers – and to promote Adjuto, the innovative funding model for local authorities and public sector organisations.
Willmott Dixon is a key sponsor in 2017 of the first ever Midlands Pavilion. Right down on the sea front, and close to the Manchester pavilion and the huge London exhibition space, this year the East and West Midlands will be able to really show its collaboration.
When the Midlands comes together under one roof this year, it will showcase £14 billion of investment opportunities and there will be almost 50 private and public sector partners, including Department for International Trade (DIT).

There will be ten Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas and 49 private and public sector partners. Themes from the Midlands will range from the opportunities surrounding the Midlands’ connectivity offer – including the new High Speed 2 rail network – to the region’s Enterprise Zones, housing and commercial schemes.

Destination partners include Greater Birmingham (Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country), Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Coventry & Warwickshire LEP, D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire), Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Leicester City Council and Leicester & Leicestershire LEP, SEMLEP; Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, Telford & The Marches and Worcestershire.

The inaugural 200 sq m Midlands UK pavilion will contain an event space – featuring a programme of up to 50 presentations, panel discussions and receptions – and a networking area, plus separate sections for each destination partner.

Willmott Dixon is one of many principal sponsors of the Midlands Engine movement – and the Midlands Pavilion – and we are proud to put all our support behind this innovative approach to sell our region to investors and developers. Connectivity, collaboration and enterprise are the three main themes for the Midlands Pavilion.

It may have its detractors but I still believe that MIPIM is a must. It’s a chance to meet those high profile people that you wouldn’t have a hope of meeting back in the UK. It’s also an opportunity to make a chance connection.
MIPIM is the ideal opportunity to get in front of decision makers who are difficult to pin down at home. Plus it gives the opportunity to meet and network without the pressures and pace of being in the office, it is dedicated time we ensure we make the very most of – planning our diaries carefully in the run up to the event from 14 to 17 March.

MIPIM is an excellent place to do business – the benefit of meeting key decision makers within our industry will continue to have a positive effect over the following months and years even once we have returned home.

I’m looking forward to another very busy and successful MIPIM and hope to see many of you there.