Team Lincolnshire returned from international property event MIPIM with a number of secured business contracts hailing the team’s attendance at the event a great success.
Team Lincolnshire is the public-private sector contingent led by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Greater Lincolnshire LEP), with the purpose of championing Greater Lincolnshire at MIPIM to attract inward investment.
The Team, which is made up of 23 impressive organisations, went to MIPIM with over 700 acres of available development land – a very strong message to communicate to potential investors and developers.
It is estimated that because of the team’s time at MIPIM, hundreds of thousands of pounds will be brought into the Greater Lincolnshire Economy over the next five years via investments in commercial and residential developments including leisure and education.
Team Lincolnshire member Dominik Jackson, founder at Jackson & Jackson Developments, said:
This was the first year we attended MIPIM and we were so busy and had so many great meetings I’m frustrated we’ve not attended before!
We made a number of excellent contacts who are interested in our current and future developments. One the Brayford attracted a lot of attention and with visits to Lincoln already scheduled in with potential partners, I’m confident we have secured commitment not just for that scheme but also raised the awareness of opportunities across Lincolnshire.
Being at MIPIM gave us quality time to speak to people from within and outside our patch who we find it incredibly difficult to get in front of in the UK and those conversations are priceless.
Fellow Team Lincolnshire member Tim Downing, senior partner at Pygott & Crone, said:
Following many years of attendance at MIPIM I’m delighted to say this has been our most successful to date having secured more work than ever before.
At MIPIM we were appointed as the sales agent for the Lincolnshire Lakes project which will become a new village of over 3,000 homes on the outskirts of Scunthorpe. We were also appointed on a £900,000 residential development in Wragby. While we have excellent contacts in this area, these deals were secured at MIPIM and highlights the importance in our attendance.
In addition we started serious conversations with a national hotel group interested in investing in Lincoln as well as a restaurant chain keen to open up a site in our great city. These conversations are the first step in securing investment and further improving Greater Lincolnshire’s Economy. A great MIPIM for our region.
New at MIPIM this year was the launch of The Midlands – Engine Pitchbook – a brochure of opportunities across the Midlands region which includes three Greater Lincolnshire investment opportunities and at MIPIM, the Greater Lincolnshire LEP launched its own Greater Lincolnshire Pitchbook – an excellent tool for potential investors.
Ruth Carver, Greater Lincolnshire LEP director, said:
MIPIM attracted record numbers this year with 24,000 delegates looking to build and cement relationships. The event is an excellent opportunity for us and with a bigger team than ever, Team Lincolnshire really pulled together to showcase the area.
We worked extremely hard to fill our diaries with strategic meetings that aligned with our objectives of securing development and financial partners for a number of sites including our three food enterprise zones, the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park and housing development opportunities to deliver 100,000 new homes by 2031.
Our Greater Lincolnshire stand was consistently busy with enquiries plus we had a very special visitor – Sir Michael Bear, chairman of RIO at UKTI, who took the time to chat to us about our region and was very positive about our involvement in the Midlands Engine.
I’m really proud of what the team has achieved and we already have many of the members signed up to join us next year – a great testament to what can be achieved by collaborative working.
Team Lincolnshire member Mark Noonan, customer development director at The Simons Group, said:
We had a very productive week and it felt really good to be supporting our home county alongside the Greater Lincolnshire LEP. We had back to back meetings and have picked up some really hot leads for Lincolnshire developments that we are now following up with back in the UK.
Being a part of Team Lincolnshire was hugely positive and opened doors for us. One of the key reasons to go to MIPIM this year was our desire to do more locally than we have been and I’m pleased to say MIPIM was the ideal medium to do this. As well as the Lincolnshire leads, we had similar success in other East Midlands areas including Derbyshire and Leicestershire within many of our target sectors and for all three of our businesses – development, design and construction. It’s great to be part of the Lincolnshire success story, and we look forward to continuing to support Team Lincolnshire.
As well as the many meetings and conversations that were held throughout the week, Team Lincolnshire hosted it’s now much anticipated brunch event (16 March) which attracted over 120 decision makers within the property and construction industry.
Delegates heard Cllr Colin Davie discuss the multitude of tangible opportunities in the region and watched a video created by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP to illustrate what the area has to offer above and beyond excellent land values and space.
Team Lincolnshire members include the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Pygott & Crone, Delta Simons, Gleeds, Simons Group, Morgan Tucker, Lindum Group, Willmott Dixon, Jackson & Jackson, William Saunders, Building Design Services, BSP, LK2, cpmg, Couch Perry Wilkes, Stirlin, Globe Consultants, Core Architects, Taylor Lindsey, Bond Bryan, Dynamic Lincoln, Curtins Consultants and The University of Lincoln as a partner.