London, 30 January, 2017 – ‘Property UK’ will power into MIPIM this March as private and public companies and cities, supported by the Department of International Trade (DIT), send a clear message to the international investment and real estate community that the United Kingdom remains an attractive investment opportunity.

Taking place just before the Brexit-related Article 50 is planned to be triggered, MIPIM will bring together the world’s leading investors and developers, sovereign wealth managers, pension funds and other members of the investor community to meet UK industry leaders and politicians and discuss the implications of this new economic and political landscape and the business opportunities available.

For the first time in the history of MIPIM, the British government – led by the Department of International Trade (DIT) and with the involvement of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), HM Treasury’s Infrastructure Procurement Authority, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), as well as the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – will have its own pavilion and will be promoting its ‘Investment is Great’ campaign to the major international real estate companies that attend the world’s leading real estate event. The DIT is preparing a multi-faceted investment promotional programme for MIPIM which will include the presence of senior UK government ministers bringing with them the message that ‘Property UK’ is very much open for business.  

“The presence of the DIT at this year’s MIPIM underlines how important the British property industry is for the global UK economy and how committed the British government is to supporting the national real estate sector,” notes Filippo Rean, Head of Reed MIDEM’s Real Estate Division.

Underlining the UK’s commitment to attracting inward investment, Manchester is hosting its private and public delegates in a new pavilion outside the Palais des Festivals. The new venue will include facilities to showcase current and future development projects and a permanent stage for industry presentations.

MIPIM 2017 will also welcome the new Midlands UK pavilion, a marquee promoting £14 billion worth of investment in both the East and West Midlands.

The London Pavilion is also expected to be as busy as ever with Canary Wharf Group plc, TH Real Estate, Schroder UK Real Estate Fund & Stanhope PLC and Deloitte Real Estate amongst the high-profile exhibitors.

The Deputy Mayors for London, Jules Pipe and James Murray will both be attending MIPIM this year, with Jules Pipe discussing London’s predicted post-Brexit fortunes, as part of the main conference programme inside the Palais des Festivals on Tuesday 14 March.

Other UK cities and regions that are looking to attract inward investment via their presence in Cannes include Leeds, Sheffield, Glasgow, Liverpool and Cheshire.

Within the overall MIPIM conference programme, two back-to-back sessions will analyse the Brexit issue from a London-centric and international point of view: one session will focus on what’s at stake for London and the other on the opportunities for other European capital cities. Another panel discussion with representatives from Ireland, Germany and France will be examine how private/public cooperation can increase the value and attractiveness of cities and be an opportunity to build innovative urban solutions.

The Scottish Cities Alliance – a unique collaboration of Scotland’s seven major cities and the Scottish Government working together to deliver economic growth – is also attending MIPIM 2017 to promote its £7.5 billion investor-ready projects as well as highlighting the opportunity to invest in the private rented sector.

“MIPIM has always been a key date in the UK property calendar, but never more so than this year given Brexit.  With resurgent growth reminding investors of the resilience of the UK economy, and with major occupiers reconfirming their commitment to the UK, we expect this year to be the year at MIPIM when deals get done”, commented Simon Rhodes, Managing Director, Reed MIDEM UK.

MIPIM will take place on 14-17 March 2017 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. Further information and registration details are available on the MIPIM website.

About Reed MIDEM:
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIP CANCUN and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia Summit, MIPIM UK, and MIPIM Japan for the real estate industry and MAPIC, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and MAPIC Italy in Milan for the retail real estate sector.

About Reed Exhibitions:
Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million active professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully-staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.