Coventry and Warwickshire’s impact at a major international exhibition has been boosted by a host of new partners.
Coventry has had a presence at the MIPIM property show – which attracts global investors, developers and other industry figures – for the last 21 years and was joined by Warwickshire for the first time in 2013.
Their presence is entirely funded by private sector companies the majority of whom attend the show as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership.
This year 18 companies and organisations are supporting the push next month which will include several events designed to attracted investors and raise the profile of the region at what is the largest show of its type in the world.
Les Ratcliffe, of Jaguar Land Rover and chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Place Board, said the area’s approach had helped attract the new partners.
“We were among the first cities and areas in the UK to adopt the partnership approach, meaning there was no direct cost to the public purse, and it has allowed us to really punch above our weight on what is very much a global stage,” he said.
“Not only are partners able to pursue their own business aims while at the show, but they also come together to push the potential that lies in Coventry and Warwickshire.
“I think it says a great deal that we are attracting new companies every year, and that several other cities have adopted our approach.”
The companies joining the partnership for the first time this year include Coventry and Warwickshire Development Partnership, Deloitte Real Estate, Willmott Dixon, Premier Group, PWC, Serious Games International and Davis Weatherill Partnership.
Councillor Lynnette Kelly, Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment, said the extra presence at MIPIM was timely for the city and the county.
“There are a host of developments either just about to get underway or in the pipeline so this is an ideal time to have a very strong profile at a show such as MIPIM,” she said.
“The fact that we can go with a strong partnership of private sector partners I think underlines just how we believe in working in partnership to attract investment and drive forward growth.”
The new companies are joined by fellow partners Friargate LLP, Jaguar Land Rover, Study Inn, Coventry University, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Barberry Developments, University of Warwick, Cofely, GVA, MIRA, Complex Development Projects and Shortland Penn + Moore.
Photo: George Gillespie (MIRA and LEP, left), Councillor Ann Lucas (Coventry City Council, centre) and Les Ratcliffe (Jaguar Land Rover and Coventry and Warwickshire Place Board, right) at Coombe Abbey.