Innovation Corridor lies at the heart of City Region’s push at MIPIM


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 12th to 15th March.

MIPIM is the world’s largest property conference and is key to forming business relationships, attracting investment, and showcasing the Sheffield City Region 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. 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.