Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Capital Opportunity for Region; EVENTS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Capital Opportunity for Region; EVENTS

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Byline: CHRIS DOBSON business@trinitymirror.co.uk

MAKE a note - MIPIM UK, Olympia, London: October 15 to 17.

What's so special about an event unfolding more than 250 miles away from the region? The answer lies in the staggering teamwork by 20 representatives of the North East public and private sectors working together as one for this major property show to tell the powerful story of the region as the place to do business.

Not only is this the first largescale bringing together of the region's local authorities, the Local Enterprise Partnership, property developers, developments and professionals, MIPIM UK is a first for the UK as MIPIM has hitherto been only associated with the southern French resort of Cannes.

MIPIM, or given its full title Le Marche International des Professionnels de l'immobilier, is one of a number of European property events such as ExpoReal in Munich.

But it is MIPIM, Cannes, that takes the accolade for four days of networking, conferences and exhibits; taking place each March, it's a gathering of the great and good in property in a great and glitzy location.

Bringing MIPIM to London is, as its website declares, a "gathering of all professionals looking to close deals in the UK property market: investors, developers, local authorities, occupiers, hotel groups, agents and a year's worth of business in three days".

The first to spot the opportunity for the region was Catherine Walker, inward investment director at NewcastleGatesheadInitiative (NGI), who contacted Fergus Trim, development director at the Quorum Business Park.

Between them they brought the two principal sectors together so that the Invest North East England stand has been funded across 20 participants.

The public sector is represented by the LA7, comprising Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council, Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is the other representative of the public sector, with the private sector being represented by developers Hanro, Highbridge, Quorum, Intu, Gentoo, Clouston, Carillion, UK Land Estates and Newcastle Science Central as well as professional advisers Knight Frank, Sanderson Weatherall and Ryder Architecture.

Other North East partners will also be welcome to use the stand as a base, joining in with the vital mission of selling the region.

The three-day event will attract people from a wide variety of real estate sectors which facilitate business between investors, corporate end-users, local authorities, hospitality professionals, industrial and logistics players and other real estate professionals.

There will be 100 exhibitors, conferences exploring national trends, networking with an estimated 3,000 potential partners all interested in the UK property market, and an awards ceremony in "recognition of developers working to revitalise cities and towns across the UK". …

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