Lincolnshire’s Food Enterprise Zones (FEZ) attracted international interest during MIPIM, the world’s largest property event this week – and the event helped secure real awareness of the county’s offering in the food and drink sector.
The Greater Lincolnshire LEP will be hosting a number of key visits in the coming months with interested investors, developers and end users all met in MIPIM.
Team Lincolnshire at MIPIM – which includes the LEP and the ten local authorities, along with 26 sponsors from across the region’s property and construction industry – was in Cannes to showcase Lincolnshire’s opportunities on the global stage and specifically highlighting a number of key development sites.
In particular, Team Lincolnshire highlighted its three FEZ – which will unlock important regeneration opportunities. For the second year running, Greater Lincolnshire took its place alongside other regions from across the East and West Midlands in the Midlands Pavilion, which sits side by side with Manchester and London.
Justin Brown, enterprise commissioner at Lincolnshire County Council, spoke before a packed room of delegates at the Midlands Pavilion to highlight that the three Food Enterprise Zones are central to Greater Lincolnshire’s economy.
Justin said: “There are 17 FEZ’s across the UK, however, Greater Lincolnshire is home to more than any other region. Because of this, it is no surprise that Lincolnshire is the largest food producing region in the UK and is a hot spot for food chain investment. This has only been bolstered in the last year, with the GLLEP securing £6.5m in to help unlock our FEZ sites and fund vital infrastructure works such as the delivery of roads, power and water.”
Lincolnshire’s Wednesday brunch kicked off #LincolnshireDay– a full day of Lincolnshire-focused events and seminars.
Councillor Colin Davie from Lincolnshire County Council, and LEP board member for Team Lincolnshire told an audience of around 200 that Lincolnshire was excellent place to do business. “Many of our businesses tell us that there is a real sense of ‘wanting to get things done’ that runs through the business community,” he said.
“MIPIM is such a fantastic platform to showcase Greater Lincolnshire on a worldwide stage and we are delighted to once again be part of the Midlands Pavilion. Greater Lincolnshire is still one of the most buoyant areas in the UK, and in the past two years we continue to see significant growth and development. Many of our schemes are now well under way, with some significant ones complete and in themselves are unlocking huge potential for the area.”
Driven by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and Team Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire has succeeded in establishing a recognisable presence in Cannes over the years. The private-public sector line up of Team Lincolnshire has, for the past three years, helped to reinforce the area’s message.
Greater Lincolnshire LEP director Ruth Carver said: “2018 was the perfect time for to be showcasing what Greater Lincolnshire has to offer investors – from improved transport links through to increased investment in leisure and education, Lincolnshire is continuing to go from strength-to-strength.
“At MIPIM this year we have continued our ground breaking approach and have further developed dynamic relationships with investors. Lincolnshire now has real prominence and we are proud to have developed such a great profile at MIPIM
Representing Lincolnshire were: Pygott and Crone, Roythornes, LK2, Building Services Design, YMD Boon, Woodhead Group, BSP Consulting, Fraser Brown, Cartwright Communications, Willmott Dixon, Delta-Simons, William Saunders, Gleeds, Couch Perry Wilkes, Lindum, BE Design, CPMG, Dynamic Lincoln, Globe, Invest Gainsborough, North East Lincolnshire Council, Morgan Sindall, Besa, RizkMcCay, Core Architects and Stirlin.
Dale Lui of LK2 said: “Lincoln and Lincolnshire are going through a really exciting period of growth at the moment and MIPIM is a fantastic venue to promote the region for inward investment and in turn for the success of our business.”
Simon Powell of sponsor BE Design, said: “The Midlands Pavilion is really impressive. Over the course of the three days we saw some of the UK’s biggest developers leading seminars and talks and engaging with Team Lincolnshire. MIPIM offers that sort of opportunity – for local authorities and businesses to engage with leading UK developers and investors. “The events in the Midlands Pavilion were excellent and I particularly enjoyed hearing about Lincolnshire’s food enterprise zones.”
Juliet Slater of first time sponsor Woodhead Construction said: “MIPIM has been incredible. We have made so many connections over the course of the week. A highlight was the Lincolnshire brunch. Councillor Davie’s speech was really thought provoking.”
Cllr Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council added: “MIPIM is an opportunity for us to tell investors and developers what makes Lincolnshire a place to grow. We’re pro-development, with supportive local planning departments, plenty of land and good transport links. And when it comes to investment, we have an open-door policy – and a strong track record of making major developments happen.
“A range of major road improvements are currently underway and 100,000 new homes are planned, both bringing new business opportunities. There has never been a better time to do business in Lincolnshire.”