Blog: Henry Brooks MIPIM 2018

Why is a conference on the Riviera really important to Cheshire?  And indeed, why is Cheshire important to MIPIM 2018? Every year that Tatton Estate Management attend the world’s number one property event we realise it is far more than even we imagine.

Too few people including businesses are aware of the great work that Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership do or that it represents the 3rd most successful economy in the UK after only London and the M4 corridor – £50bn by 2040.  That’s the most successful in the whole of Great Britain, not just the North West or even the North.

Building on that growth is key therefore to the UK’s success, especially as we enter what is coined the 4th Industrial Revolution.  To rebalance our economy, deliver a Northern Powerhouse and skill our workforce to be competitive and prosperous, scale and critical mass is needed. Retaining its beautiful rural character, Cheshire’s quality of life, skilled workforce, entrepreneurs and incredible infrastructure make it a key anchor for that, sitting at the centre of a Science Corridor linking Manchester to Liverpool.

All three of our councils now have local plans that provide for significant new development, including much needed homes to support businesses in Cheshire, Manchester and Liverpool.  HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail will require further reviews of these plans as these investments – the largest in UK history – are specifically about delivering growth, not just trains.

To deliver high-quality homes and jobs, in a sustainable way, requires billions of investment from long-term, patient capital deployed to create and enhance places, with great local facilities and infrastructure, not just housing or industrial estates.  MIPIM provides access and visibility to the biggest and the best of international capital markets with visitors from 100 countries.

Cheshire is an outstanding location.  It deserves and can support the best quality development in the UK, and indeed internationally, and MIPIM is the only opportunity like it to showcase what we have to offer and make it an even better place to live, work and visit.