On the 14th March, the region’s public and private sectors will be heading to MIPIM, the world’s largest international property conference.  

Invest Newcastle are leading a high-level delegation to Cannes, with more than 20 sponsors and over 60  delegates joining them.  

A breakfast event was held at the INNSiDE Melia hotel on Newcastle’s Quayside, where the full events programme was revealed.  More than 20 events will be hosted on the Newcastle stand over three days, providing the opportunity for the region to showcase its  key developments and strengths to some of the most influential people in the property sector.   

Events hosted on the Invest Newcastle stand are based around Newcastle’s expertise in life sciences, data, placemaking, ageing, wellbeing and sustainability.  Key events include ‘Women who power the north’ where Pam Smith, Chief Executive from Newcastle City Council will discuss with others, what has been done to give the North a stronger voice, hearing from the women who are leading change and connecting the Northern Powerhouse.  

Activity and events throughout the week will also showcase and launch developments including Pilgrim Street, one of the most strategically important city centre regeneration areas in the North of England, the £300m Sage development on the south of the River Tyne, and The Campus for Ageing and Vitality, a cutting-edge £500m development supporting the understanding, care and innovation of products and services for an ageing population.  

Other events include topics such as devolution, social value, the Levelling Up Agenda and smart cities.  A ‘climate emergencies in cities and the built environment’ event will bring together UK and wider European city leaders, investors and built environment experts to share positive experiences, challenges, solutions, and positive steps in bridging the climate action gap. 

Speakers on the programme of events include Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor (Liverpool City Region), Henri Murison, Director (Northern Powerhouse Partnership),  Melanie Leech, Chief Executive (British Property Federation), Nicola Palmarini, Director (UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing), Professor Lynne Corner, Director of VOICE and COO (National Innovation Centre for Ageing), Bill Hughes, Head of Real Assets (Legal & General Investment Management), Pat Ritchie, Chair (Government Property Agency), Jane Robinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Engagement and Place (Newcastle University), Simon Allford, President (Royal Institute of British Architects), Miran Gasjek, Head of Department for Urban Planning (Spirit of Slovenia), Katherine Fairclough, Chief Executive (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority), Chris Walters, Head of UK Life Sciences (JLL), Sebastian Shehadi, Author, Political Editor and Senior Editor (Investment Monitor) and Ben Jackson, Head of Project Development Services for the Middle East and North Africa (JLL). 

Jennifer Hartley, Director, Invest Newcastle said: “We can’t wait to get back to Cannes and showcase the region on a global stage after a two-year break due to the pandemic. Throughout that time, our developments haven’t slowed, and we’ve seen huge investment into the area. We’re looking forward to shouting about this at MIPIM. Our themes, thought leaders and collaboration with other cities and the UK government will really help to position us as a leading city and secure further investment.  Our partners are so passionate about our city and play such a vital role in helping us to have stronger international voice.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, passion and collective ambition for our city.”  

Pam Smith, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council added: “This event is an excellent example of the private and public sectors working together to accelerate growth and investment.  As a city, multi-agency collaboration is at the heart of everything we do, and this is what is driving us forward into the future. We are one the fastest growing cities outside of London and following our record amount of investment over the past two years, we are in an incredibly strong position to demonstrate what our wider city region can offer to potential investors.”   

Ryder Architecture have been part of the Newcastle delegation for the past three years and will be joining Invest Newcastle again in March.   

Commenting on being part of the Newcastle delegation, Mark Thompson, Managing Partner at Ryder Architecture said  

“We are proud to continue our support of Invest Newcastle and to be an integral part of what is always a passionate team promoting our city and region. Ryder’s portfolio of exciting projects blur boundaries between education, health, residential, workplace, leisure and infrastructure, reflecting the ambition and energy of our cities to create better places to live.  

“MIPIM 2022 is a great opportunity to showcase our region, people and skills to an international audience and attract further investment to support continued growth and development across our communities.” 

MIPIM is a 4-day real estate event, taking place 15-18 March. Held at the Palais des festivals in Cannes, 26,800 delegates and 6,380 investors from 100 countries attend, providing opportunities to leverage investment and accelerate global reach. 

There are still last-minute opportunities to be part of the Invest Newcastle delegation.  To find out more or to view the full events programme visit www.newcastleatmipim.co.uk 

Photo caption: The Invest Newcastle delegation gather at INNSiDE Melia Hotel on Newcastle Quayside