Cheshire & Warrington’s appeal goes global

CHESHIRE and Warrington has made significant progress in promoting itself to an international audience over the last 12 months according to the chief executive of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), following participation at this year’s MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier).

 Philip Cox believes that the region’s outstanding investment propositions are being better understood and the extent and quality of the sub region’s offer is more compelling than ever.

It was the third consecutive year that Cheshire and Warrington exhibited at the flagship property and investment festival which took place March 12-15, with the LEP forming a partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council and Warrington Borough Council.

A key part of this year’s programme was to promote Cheshire and Warrington’s clean growth credentials which has the potential to put the sub-region at the global vanguard in clean energy production and to set a blueprint for how decarbonisation can be linked to regional prosperity across the world.

Cheshire and Warrington also partnered with Liverpool to promote science and innovation assets and with Lancashire on regenerating coastal communities.

Planning for MIPM 2019 began some nine months before the festival by establishing a private sector-led steering group to help promote the sub region as a great place to invest, work, live and visit and to achieve the objective of growing the economy to £50bn per year by 2040.

Philip Cox, CEO of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “This was our third year attending MIPIM and our programme was ever more compelling.

“By any global measure, the opportunities we have are outstanding and the penny is now dropping about our fantastic investment opportunities in the second fastest growing economy outside London and during MIPIM we were really able to demonstrate that.

“Our ambition matches our potential and our excellence, and our delegation – our biggest to date – had an extremely productive week, with a strong public private partnership established formerly after last year’s MIPIM as our foundation. This year we went further than before linking our investment opportunities with our emerging Local Industrial Strategy.

“Amongst other things, we are positioning Cheshire and Warrington and the area south of the Mersey at the heart of addressing the government’s clean growth grand challenge. We have the opportunity to be the world’s first clean growth area with industry accounting for five per cent of the UK’s energy consumption and the clear opportunities that creates for companies to locate themselves here and benefit from our experience and expertise as well as for us to enjoy the export potential of that knowledge.

“Just as importantly, we were also able, for the first time, to talk about Pan-Northern projects through the Northern Powerhouse and it was important for us to be able to showcase how we collaborate and work together with our neighbours, Liverpool and Manchester and across the wider region, including Lancashire.”

More than 40 organisations joined the Cheshire and Warrington delegation and partners and programme event sponsors were: PATRIZIA; Knights Plc; Tatton Group; Langtree; Peel; Bruntwood; Bentley; ARUP; The British Property Federation; Box Clever Consulting; Pochins; Grosvenor Estate; Addleshaw Goddard LLP; Brock Carmichael; Pegasus; University of Chester/ Thornton Science Park; Homes England and WSP.

Christine Gaskell CBE, chair of the LEP, who also took part in a Northern LEP event in the government pavilion added: “It was a fantastic week in which we were able to demonstrate the strength of our economy by reinforcing our capabilities across energy and science and innovation which is so key to our prosperity.

“Just as importantly, for the first time, we were able to talk about our pan-Northern projects through the Northern Powerhouse and to showcase how we collaborate and work together with our neighbours and across the whole region.”