Nottingham ‘pitches’ prospects with GB gold medallist

Helen Richardson-Walsh, Nottingham’s own Team GB hockey player and Olympic Bronze and Gold medallist, will be supporting the city at MIPIM, the world’s largest property event in March.

National and international investors and developers at the Nottingham dinner at MIPIM will not only hear about the city’s impressive investment opportunities, but also hear from Richardson-Walsh whose career started in Nottingham.

Helen, who took her team to Olympic glory in Rio, will give insight behind the scenes into the tactics and gamesmanship that took Team GB from the background – to gold medal position.

Brendan Moffett, chief executive of Nottinghamshire’s new place marketing organisation, will be at the dinner. He said:

“We are looking forward to hearing from Helen – and learning how teams can galvanise themselves, improve their techniques and tactics, in order to improve competitiveness. Nottingham wants to use that as a metaphor for the city and stakeholders moving forward – and see how we can become more competitive internationally.”

Helen said:

“I am delighted to support Nottingham at MIPIM. I always take every opportunity to support the city. My family still live here and I started my career here. It’s an amazing city with so much opportunity and I am looking forward to flying the flag for Nottingham.”

The biggest ever private sector led Team Nottingham line-up has signed up to support the city and county at MIPIM 2017 – showing their commitment to attracting national and international developers and investment to the area.

New for 2017, Team Nottingham members will take their place in a delegation of hundreds at MIPIM representing both the East and West Midlands in the first ever Midlands Pavilion – a marquee which will exclusively showcase the Midlands region.

The PMO will be taking a pitch book of sites around the city and county which are ripe for regeneration. Brendan said:

“We are taking over £1bn worth of development opportunities to MIPIM and looking forward to proactively promoting these great investment opportunities. There is an exciting story to tell and a real sense of anticipation within Team Nottingham.”

Projects in the pitch book include the Guildhall in Nottingham, a 1.24 acre mixed use scheme in the city which will include grade A office space and is to be developed by Miller Birch. Also included is the Boots Enterprise Zone – a 113 hectare mixed commercial use development for Walgreen Boots Alliance.

The Midlands Pavilion will allow all areas across the middle of the UK to shine on an international stage. The pavilion teams will include council leaders, local authorities, LEP representatives and commercial partners. Nottingham, alongside its Midlands neighbours, will open dialogue with the world’s leading investors and developers, sovereign wealth managers, pension funds and other members of the investor community.

Nottingham’s private sector sponsors and partners are: Boots, Brady Solicitors, Couch Perry Wilkes, CPMG Architects, East Midlands Airport, Equus Estates Limited (Inside Land), FHP, G F Tomlinson, Gleeds, Godwin Developments, Henry Boot Developments Limited, Innes England, Cartwright Communications, CODE Student Accommodation, Maber, RizkMcCay, Sladen Estates Ltd, Geldards, Willmott Dixon, Nottingham Post, Miller Birch, Scape. The delegation will be led by Invest in Nottingham and Nottingham City Council.

Lorraine Baggs, head of inward investment at Invest in Nottingham, said:

“It’s of huge benefit to the city to have so many important Nottingham businesses part of Team Nottingham this year. There has been significant regeneration activity in the city since MIPIM 2016 and we look forward keeping up the momentum and building upon it by meeting key contacts and showcasing the investment opportunities in the region.  Being part of the Midlands Pavilion this year alongside our Midlands neighbours is also a great opportunity for Nottingham to make more of an impact.  It will mean we get an increase in visitors to the stand, resulting in more investment enquiries.”

Nick Gregory of CPMG Architects said:

“We are keen to see the Midlands Pavilion really perform in 2017 and we proud to be part of that. Nottingham has a strong message with a great deal of potential and we want to be part of that team helping to promote the city and region internationally.”

Lisa Cawdron of Willmott Dixon said:

“We believe that Nottingham is full of opportunity. The stage is set, our infrastructure is ready, and the city is ripe for development.”

The combined public-private sector team will be highlighting a number of key sites and development opportunities at MIPIM – an event which allows the city to showcase what it has on offer.

Coun Jon Collins, leader of Nottingham City Council which is part of the delegation, said:

“Considered to be the ‘heartbeat of the nation’s economy,’ the Midlands will propel Nottingham – and other regional cities – into the world’s attention. We are happy to play a pivotal role by being part of the wider Midlands presence, showcasing Nottingham’s development opportunities.  Being part of the wider offer will help to promote the region and therefore bring benefits to the city.

“As ever, we are pleased to have the support from such an impressive list of Nottingham companies in such a big year for the city and its neighbours.”

Clare Brady, whose firm Brady Solicitors is a first-time sponsor of MIPIM, said:

“The opportunity to be part of Team Nottingham and help support the city as it takes its place on the world’s stage was key to our decision. We felt it was the ideal time – particularly because it will be the first ever Midlands Pavilion in 2017. We are excited to see what’s in store for the city as well as us as a business.”

Tim Garratt, MD of Innes England, said:

“The private sector is working with the public sector and working together to target specific individuals and companies at MIPIM who we would be confident we could work with to bring forward new development schemes in Nottingham”.

Anthony Cork of local property and construction consultants Gleeds said:

“MIPIM has always been an important event for the city of Nottingham and one I feel we are capitalising on by forming one of our strongest teams yet and taking part in an important year when we take our place in the Midlands Pavilion. Our focus will be showcasing Nottingham’s past, present and future and promoting what our constantly evolving and innovative city has to offer”.

Chief marketing officer at Scape Matt Carrington-Moore said he and his colleagues were proud to be supporting Team Nottingham at MIPIM.

He said:

“Nottingham and the Midlands is Scape’s heartland, so it is important for us to support the region on the global stage, as it has supported us locally and nationally.

“We are very proud to be backing Team Nottingham, which is made up of a powerful and passionate mixture of businesses operating in and around the city. We are also pleased to be supporting Nottingham in this pivotal year when it will join other cities across the region to raise the profile of the Midlands to international audiences. The region has so much to offer in terms of innovation, education, research and development and we are looking forward to showcasing our exciting plans for the future as a city in Cannes next year.”