LEP organises biggest ever MIPIM delegation

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership is returning to the MIPIM international property expo with its largest ever consortium of private and public sector representatives.

MIPIM UK, taking in place in London on October 18 and 18, is the largest property event for professionals in the real estate industry.

In attendance will be local authority representatives from Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre councils and Blackburn, Burnley, West Lancashire and Chorley Councils.

One of the key developments to be highlighted will be Lancaster University’s Health Innovation Campus (HIC). The £41m development, which has been supported by the LEP’s Growth Deal Fund, is set to be based at the University's Bailrigg campus and will spearhead advances in technologies and products to improve health and healthcare.

Given the green light by South Ribble Borough Council at the end of September, the 65-hectare strategic site next to the M65 motorway will bring around £241m per year to the central Lancashire economy, creating thousands of permanent jobs in addition to hundreds of jobs during construction.

Downtown In Business chief executive Frank McKenna will chair a panel entitled A transformational City Deal for Central Lancashire, and Place North West’s editor Paul Unger will host a Q&A focussing on the role of Lancaster University in driving local economic growth.

David, who also headed Lancashire’s first presence at MIPIM International in Cannes earlier this year, said: “Once again Lancashire is taking a unified message to MIPIM UK bringing together more public and private sector partners than ever before reinforcing the confidence and ambition to compete on a national and a global scale to secure interest and investment.

“The ‘We Are Lancashire’ delegation will also be highlighting the Lancashire LEP’s £1bn transformational economic programme which has kick-started over 50 major growth initiatives in the last few years. “These projects are helping to support over 50,000 Lancashire businesses which generate over £29bn per year, confirming our position as one of the most significant economies within the Northern Powerhouse."

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