70 organisations on board to support Manchester at major international property convention

Manchester will be represented by 70 organisations in March when the city’s annual MIPIM partnership descends on Cannes, France, ready for business at the world’s largest property market event.

This year’s Manchester at MIPIM partnership is the largest to date as the city returns for its sixteenth outing at the influential property fair. The event will be used as a platform to showcase some of Manchester’s newest and upcoming initiatives including Factory Manchester and The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research and Innovation.

24 organisations are new to Manchester at MIPIM this year and they include Russells Construction, Civic Engineers, Capita, Renaker Build and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Returning partners for 2015 include Deloitte, Himor Group, Noma and Airport City. A full list of the 70 partners is available on the website.

Manchester stand sessions will be streamed live from www.livestream.com/manchesteratmipim. Manchester’s full programme of events for MIPIM will be announced next month.

The city is also once again leading on the coordination of the prestigious European Cities event at MIPIM, which has this year moved into a prime slot as part of the convention’s core programme (having previously been staged as a major fringe event).

Taking place at the Palais des Festivals (Cannes) at 2pm on Tuesday, 10 March, the panel discussion has been refocused as the MIPIM City Investment Forum. It will centre this year upon the leading powerhouses of the future, incorporating high profile representatives from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hamburg, Manchester and Stockholm.

Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, said:

“Manchester’s growth and transformation over recent decades has been achieved through strong private-public partnerships, world class academic institutions and the conscious support of key growth industries underpinned by the city region’s property market.

“Our activity at MIPIM is vital to the city’s development and with the sheer number of partners on board this year, we have a solid expression of the growing confidence and ambitions for Manchester. With such a variety of private sector support, this is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our achievements and also prepare for the infrastructure opportunities and challenges that will determine the city’s future.”

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, the agency responsible for coordinating the city’s presence at MIPIM, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome the large contingent of property experts and organisations that make the Manchester at MIPIM partnership this year. Not only does the city have support from a wide number of highly valued, returning businesses; it has also attracted 24 new organisations to the partnership, which can only strengthen its position at this major destination showcase. This is testament to Manchester’s successful partnership approach and will no doubt add further impact to the appeal of the city from an international perspective.”

MIPIM takes place from 10-13 March 2015 in Cannes, France.