Team Leicester heading for MIPIM

Team Leicester has kicked off its MIPIM campaign in preparation for the international property expo in Cannes, next week.

Team Leicester is a public / private partnership made up of organisations who have joined together to collectively champion Leicester and Leicestershire's property and construction sector's inward investment message and to showcase the range of projects and opportunities in the area.

Chair of  Team Leicester,Rob McGuinn from property consultants, MDA, said, "Although the pandemic has caused the industry to slow down on a global scale, Leicester and Leicestershire have in fact, weathered the storm well. Our businesses are resilient; our people are tough; and consequently, our region has emerged with a degree of optimism – and this resonates in the continuation of the large volume of new developments that are there for all to see."

Matthew Wallace, Director of Estates and Building Services at Leicester City Council, added, "MIPIM brings about the chance to have meaningful conversations away from the day-to-day environment - people attend because they want to return with tangible and realistic outcomes.

"Leicester City Council has many sites and locations in our portfolio, and we have recently received substantial funding to progress many new projects such as Pilot House and Leicester Railway Station to name but two. We are particularly interested in speaking to housing developers, investors, corporate real estate occupiers and the supply chain who can help to deliver on these projects.

"We are not just flying the flag as a public sector body. We are also championing private sector developments from the likes of our university partners, our Space Park, the Science Park at Loughborough and Charnwood campus – all of which also have developmental propositions and add greatly to the team spirit and focus that we will be going to MIPIM with.

Jon Bennett, Head of Strategic Property Services at Leicestershire County Council added, "Leicestershire has some very exciting prospects, including plans for the East Midlands Freeport. The only inland freeport, is set to deliver over 61,000 jobs for the region and an extra £8.9bn for the local economy over the next 30 years.

"The County Council is also leading on an extensive carbon reduction programme, and we are very interested in, for example, low carbon housing developments and new ideas such as renewable energy projects that can be applied to our estates to help offset our carbon usage. So collectively, we are heading to MIPIM to seek suitable partners on a very diverse range of potential opportunities."