Local authorities join forces with private sector for top event

The leaders of the seven North East councils, including Northumberland's Grant Davey, back left.
The leaders of the seven North East councils, including Northumberland's Grant Davey, back left.

A partnership, bringing together the private and public sectors in the North East, is preparing to profile the people, skills and assets of the region at a world-renowned property show.

Invest North East, combining Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils, and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), is coming together for the very first time with twelve private-sector partners, to attend the first MIPIM UK.

It is an event that is expected to attract investors from around the world, which runs from October 15 to 17.

Carillion, Clouston Group, Cobalt Park, Gentoo, Hanro Group, Intu, Knight Frank, Newcastle Science Central, Ryder Architecture, Quorum Business Park, Sanderson Weatherall and UK Land Estates have signed up to attend with the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and NELEP in a bid to bring business to the North East.

Though the first MIPIM on UK shores, the event has been running in Cannes since 1991 and is attended by representatives from some of the most influential international property players from all sectors.

Simon Henig, chair of the North East Combined Authority, said that attending MIPIM as part of a public-private sector consortium made a clear statement about the way in which the region’s local authorities work with the business community.

“Attending MIPIM UK is hugely important for us as a region – we need to make sure that we demonstrate to investors from the UK and overseas that we are serious about attracting inward investment in this part of the world,” he added.