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Belfast delegation to highlight major development & investment opportunities at MIPIM

13 Mar 2017
A delegation of over 70 Belfast business leaders will travel to Cannes, France today, where they will present a portfolio of major real estate investment and development opportunities in the city to a 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 the proposed major Transport Hub for Belfast, as well as the Royal Exchange development in the North East Quarter of the city, the Giant’s Park at the North Foreshore, and Sirocco Quays in the East Bank area.

Made up of over 40 supporting private and public sector organisations, the delegation will host over 20 unique events across the three days of the conference, highlighting the momentum that is driving Belfast’s growth and success. The Belfast programme of events will reinforce the key strengths that underpin the city’s strong investment proposition including: Talent, Tax, Technology & Innovation, Location, Fast Growth Sectors, Track Record for FDI, and Quality of Life.

Jackie Henry, Chair of the Belfast MIPIM Steering Group, said: “The delegation travelling to MIPIM today is a great example of the strong collaboration between Belfast City Council and the private sector in the city. This year we committed to building on the outstanding success of MIPIM 2016 and have not only grown our delegation significantly, but have exceeded an ambitious fundraising target of £250,000 to support the trip – 80%  of which has been funded by the private sector.

“The delegation is very much enthused and ready to work hard over the next three days to represent Belfast in the best possible light in delivering a busy, structured programme of over 20 events, as well as carrying out their own schedules of one-to-one meetings with contacts to pursue new business leads, partnerships and funding partners.

Ms Henry explained that, amid this programme of real estate project showcase events, the delegation will also host a series of ‘special interest’ slots to draw attendees to the Belfast stand.

“On Tuesday we will profile the creative industries hub that has flourished in Belfast in recent years by hosting a special event focusing on the production of Game of Thrones in the city, at which we will have the famous ‘Iron Throne’ on the stand for photo opportunities. We will also host a slot focused on the IRFU Rugby World Cup 2023 Bid, which will highlight Belfast’s ability to host global events on the back of the likes of the MTV Awards and Giro d’Italia, and I’m delighted to say that we will have a well-known rugby international flying to Cannes to speak at that event for us."

According to Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council, the success of MIPIM 2016 reaffirms the benefits of showcasing the city internationally through initiatives such as MIPIM.

“There is no doubt that MIPIM really works,” she said. “Just last month, we heard of Signature Living’s plans to develop up to five hotels in Belfast in the coming years, creating at least 500 new jobs for the city. We first encountered Signature Living’s director, Lawrence Kenwright, at MIPIM in March 2016, where conversations about investing in Belfast began in earnest and resulted in numerous visits by Lawrence to the city in the lead up to this recent announcement.

“Many other contacts were also made, resulting in follow up exploratory visits from multiple development companies and investors, and these leads are still very much live. None of this would have happened had we not attended MIPIM 2016.

“Belfast has a hugely compelling proposition for investors, developers and occupiers and MIPIM is the ideal opportunity to highlight that proposition on a global stage. Over the next three days we will be showcasing a range of really exciting real estate schemes around the city with great potential for investment and development, and we have been encouraged by the level of early interest in our proposition in recent weeks.

“I have every confidence that MIPIM 2017 will be a highly rewarding trip for all involved, and that the collective hard work and effort of the delegation will pay off for Belfast in the months ahead.”

Organisations supporting MIPIM 2017 include: A&L Goodbody, Allstate, ARUP, Aurora Prime Real Estate Fund, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Benmore, British Airways, Castlebrooke Investments, Causeway Asset Management, CBRE, Citigroup, Cundall, Danske Bank, Deloitte, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Graham, GSG Consortium, Heron Bros, IRFU, James St South, Killultagh Estates, KPMG, Lacuna Developments, Lanyon Communications, Lambert Smith Hampton, Loughview Leisure, McAleer & Rushe, MJM Group, NI Screen, Press Eye, Queen’s University Belfast, Richland Group, Savills, Sixteen South, Titanic Quarter, TLT, TODD Architects, Tourism NI, Translink, Tughans, Ulster University and Visit Belfast.

For regular updates on the Belfast delegation’s progress at MIPIM, follow @BelfastMIPIM on Twitter.
Belfast delegation at MIPIM to highlight major development and investment opportunities in the city