Leicester and Leicestershire’s presence at MIPIM this year has generated unprecedented excitement and enthusiasm for economic growth. The strong political support and leadership from the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, and the Leader of Leicestershire County Council, Nick Rushton, has not only galvanised the relationship between our City and County but has also given businesses the confidence and reassurance they need to invest .
The success of MIPIM exemplifies the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership’s (LLEP) role to engage business and facilitate relationships between the public and private sectors to achieve a common goal. By working in partnership with landowners and developers we prepared a strong proposition for Leicester and Leicestershire consisting of 27 key development opportunities including our flagship schemes at MIRA Enterprise Zone, the City Centre office quarter, Leicester Innovation and Technology Park, Loughborough Science & Enterprise Park and the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange. It was important this year to use MIPIM as a platform to tell the world that we are open for business and to promote our major investment sites.
Gratitude is extended to the business sponsors who funded the LLEP’s delegation to MIPIM and the positive response from the sponsors and wider business community since we returned has been overwhelming. We will now maintain the momentum that has been created and build on the relationships and contacts made at MIPIM to accelerate development on these sites. We are also committed to making our presence next year even bigger and are urging even more businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire to get involved in MIPIM 2014.
The Government recently announced our successful bid for a City Deal. We are determined to ensure that the deal we strike with Government gives us the necessary tools to accelerate development on our 27 development sites. In addition to the City Deal, the LLEP wholeheartedly welcomes the Government’s response to Lord Heseltine’s review which places LEP’s at the forefront and proposes real devolution of powers and funding to local partnerships.
The LLEP’s role is broader than supporting development and investing in infrastructure, playing a crucial role in helping to address other key challenges including skills, access to finance and business support. We will be doing this in collaboration with the support of the political leaders and business community, by joining together to actively master the economic destiny of Leicester and Leicestershire.