Belfast delegation in 'Cannes-do' mood at MIPIM

Pictured ahead of the MIPIM conference are Jackie Henry, senior partner at Deloitte, and Suzanne Wylie, chief executive at Belfast City Council

A DELEGATION of close to 80 Belfast business leaders sets down in Cannes on Monday where they will present a portfolio of major property investment and development opportunities potential audience of over 28,000 international property investors, developers and occupiers at MIPIM, the world's largest international property investment conference.

Among the real estate projects being presented will be Weavers Cross, the proposed major Transport Hub for Belfast, as well as Belfast Waterside Regeneration Project in the East Bank area, the Giant's Park at the North Foreshore and Signature Living's latest hotel developments in the city.

Returning to MIPIM for the third year in a row, the delegation made up of over 35 supporting private and public sector organisations will host 15 unique events across the three days of the conference. Each event has been carefully designed to highlight a range of key strengths that underpin Belfast's strong investment proposition.

Jackie Henry, chair of the private sector taskforce leading the Belfast at MIPIM delegation, says the event presents an invaluable opportunity for the northern capital to showcase itself as a growing economic powerhouse, full of ambition, energy and investment opportunities.

“MIPIM 2018 will be about building upon the excellent success achieved through our attendance at the conference in the past two years. We have already secured record financial support of £300,000 – 80 per cent of which has been funded from private sector sponsors,” she said.

“Our largest-ever delegation are ready to champion Belfast as an outstanding city in which to live, work, visit, learn and invest.

"As well as having the opportunity to cultivate new and long- lasting business relationships with a vast array of project owners who attend MIPIM, they will enthusiastically showcase the very best that Belfast has to offer investors across a selective programme of engaging events both on and off stand.

“We want to create a real buzz around the Belfast stand this year, so alongside this programme of real estate project showcase events, we will be participating in a series of ‘special interest' slots.

"This will include a panel session on the creation of new city neighbourhoods, chaired by Sir Howard Bernstein and a session featuring Eddie Irvine, focusing on the key accelerations of Belfast's growth and success.

“With the support of Queen's University, we will also be bringing one of our electric DeLorean cars, built in Belfast in the early 80s and made famous by the Back to the Future trilogy - demonstrating Belfast's reputation for world-class talent and technological innovation.”

Organisations travelling to MIPIM include: Arup, Aurora Prime Real Estate, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Benmore Developments, Bruceshaw, Bywater Properties, Carson McDowell, Castlebrooke, Causeway Asset Management, CBRE, Cundall, Davidson McDowell, Deloitte, Heron Bros, Invest NI, Killultagh Estates, KPMG, Lacuna Developments, Lanyon Communications, Mascott, McAleer & Rushe, Mills Selig, Press Eye, Queen's University, Richland Group, Signature Living, Sirocco, Titanic Quarter, TLT, Todd Architects, Tourism NI, Translink, Tughans and Ulster University.

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