Mayor Dan Jarvis’ vision for a Global Innovation Corridor is set to be the focus of this year’s Sheffield City Region delegation to MIPIM.
Private and public sector partners from across the city region are heading to the annual MIPIM conference, held in Cannes, from 12 to 15 March.
MIPIM is the world’s largest property conference and is key to forming business relationships, attracting investment, and showcasing the Sheffield City Region (SCR) on a global stage.
Sir Nigel Knowles, special advisor on international trade and investment to Mayor Jarvis, said: “As we build our vision for a Global Innovation Corridor, connecting people, places and ideas, MIPIM provides an excellent opportunity to engage with international partners from the outset – and invite them to share in that vision.
“Through the Global Innovation Corridor, for the first time in this city region we have a comprehensive stitching together of strategic spatial considerations and diverse job-creating sectors, with a view to driving growth forward.
“MIPIM provides an annual opportunity to pull the best of the private and public sectors in our region together, and unite to show the world what makes us such an attractive place to live, work and invest in.
“We have a packed programme of events lined up, headed by talented and inspirational speakers from the top of their respective industries. I’m therefore delighted to be leading the SCR delegation once again.”
Focused around the SCR’s research and design assets and cutting-edge partnerships with two world-leading universities, the Global Innovation Corridor will be a global magnet for people, industry and innovators.
It aims to grow the region’s advanced manufacturing, wellbeing and digital clusters, underpinned by reliable, green and highly-connected transport infrastructure, as laid out in Mayor Dan Jarvis’ transport vision.
The Global Innovation Corridor will link assets such as the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the National College for High Speed Rail, Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
One of the partners joining the Sheffield City Region this year is Sheffield Hallam University.
Director of estates Daniel Ladbury said: “We are committed to the Sheffield City Region, providing leadership to drive improvements in social mobility, health and the economy. Our industrial partnerships allow us to address the skills gap and helps business grow and our research is characterised by a focus on real world impact – addressing the health, cultural, economic and social challenges facing society today.
“Our property developments will support these ambitions by creating exciting new spaces for students, staff, visitors and businesses to better engage with the University and each other, supporting the activity of the City Region.
“MIPIM provides us with an invaluable opportunity to showcase this work to a global audience and champion the Sheffield City Region as a strong proposition in which to live, work, learn and invest.”
Other partners joining the SCR delegation include the University of Sheffield, Harworth, Scarborough Group, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Atkins, JF Finnegan, Strata, Irwin Mitchell, BE Design, Bond Bryan, Litton Properties, Verdion, IBI Group, Ask4, HLM Architects, David Lake Photography and Arup.
Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive Officer at Harworth Group plc, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring Sheffield City Region at MIPIM for the sixth year running.
“The region has a big story to sell in two respects; the quality of the assets it has at its disposal including the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Doncaster Sheffield Airport, alongside what it contributes to the quality of discussion and key policy matters such as placemaking and infrastructure.
“Land and property-related businesses in the region should therefore not underestimate just how important MIPIM is in establishing and refining potential deals and cultivating new relationships. Being part of a wider delegation helps this process and we recommend others join us in sponsoring the region to promote its assets and expertise.”
Matt Hutton, associate director at Bond Bryan, said: “Bond Bryan has worked within and alongside the Sheffield City Region for the last 30 years. Our heritage began in Sheffield and we continue to work extensively in the region. We are incredibly proud to be supporting SCR again this year as they continue to develop an increasingly engaging plan for our region.
“MIPIM is about being surrounding by like-minded professionals who strive to drive growth in our region; it’s invaluable to be able to get a wider perspective on where the market is heading and to build new and lasting relationships.
“Property is a ‘people business’ and MIPIM offers the spontaneity of engaging in discussions, informal meetings and chance encounters in a relaxed atmosphere. Overall there is a universal openness to new people and opportunities which is really refreshing and is reflective of the confidence within Sheffield City Region at the moment. It’s a truly exciting time for the region.”