Flying the flag for the Central South region at MIPIM

Monday January 13th, 2020


A business-led consortium will be proudly flying the flag for the Central South region at the world’s largest property and investment show in 2020.

The group of businesses and local authorities brought together by the south’s leading business engagement organisation Business South, will be promoting the region as the UK’s global gateway at MIPIM in Cannes, in 2020.

It’s the first time the Central South has been represented at the event; which attracts 26,800 attendees from all sectors of the international property industry, more than 5,000 investors and 560 political leaders from more than 100 countries.

The Central South region contributes more than £119 billion to the UK economy and has a workforce of more than one million people.

The consortium will promote a wealth of opportunities for investors, developers and businesses in the Central South region.

Gavin Hall, Director at Savills, has attended MIPIM before and said: “In previous years, it has been a real shame to be in Cannes flying the flag for the region but without representation from the region and its constituent local authorities.

“The presence in 2020 of Central South, among all the other local authorities from across the UK that will attend, will ensure our region does not miss out on the opportunity that the event has provided in the past and will raise the profile of our region on the global property stage.”

Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire, Dorset and South West Surrey are included in the Central South region and the team visiting MIPIM will promote key benefits including:

  • Portsmouth’s multi-billion-pound regeneration programme
  • Southampton port – the UK’s number one for exports
  • The region’s first-class connectivity
  • World-leading universities
  • Major development and investment opportunities
  • A world-class lifestyle offer including two national parks

The private sector-led group travelling to MIPIM will include representatives from Blake Morgan, Savills, Noviun, Barker Mill Estates, Boyle and Summers, Barton Willmore, LSH, Terence O’Rourke, Willmott Dixon, BECG, Southampton Airport, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Winchester City Council and Solent LEP.

Business South is coordinating the promotion of the Central South region and CEO Leigh-Sara Timberlake said she was delighted to support partners as they showcase all that is best about the region.

“It has been a long-term desire by partners to promote the region at MIPIM. Regions from all over the UK have been attending for many years and we did not want the Central  South region to get left behind.

“MIPIM is a great way for us to promote all that is available in our region on an international stage,” she said.



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