This is my first time at MIPIM, showcasing Derbyshire on an international platform and I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about what to expect.
No one can really prepare you for the unbelievable scale of the vast global property summit, the number of suits and the unrelenting schedule, but the location and the weather demand positivity and Team Derby and Derbyshire are here to do business.
Invest in Derbyshire have a packed schedule of meetings, cultivating some existing relationships and creating new ones, with developers, professional service companies and hotel operators. The reaction to the offer of Derbyshire is overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to following up on these leads when we get back to the UK.
Alongside the meetings, we have a busy schedule of events and today Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council presented Derbyshire to a packed Marketing Derby Embassy. As well as introducing the new Invest in Derbyshire brand and website, Frank told delegates that Derbyshire is a truly unique place for investors, a place that stands out from the crowd due to its outstanding sectoral strengths, well connected sites and unrivalled quality of life.
Not content with a single audience, Frank then participated on a MIPIM panel - Delivering quality, scale and flexibility for end occupiers - speaking about Markham Vale enterprise zone on the M1 corridor, Frank said “Flexibility and integration into the local community are key to end occupiers when delivering new and regeneration projects into an area.”
Tomorrow is a new day and we are already anticipating the new opportunities it will bring for our County.