Marché International des Professionnels d’Immobilier may not mean much to many (especially those such as moi who foolishly ignored an increasingly desperate teacher imploring me to learn French) until it’s abbreviated to MIPIM, the world’s leading property market event that next week marks its 30th year.
And taking its rightful place at MIPIM for the 20th year will be the ever-expanding Manchester at MIPIM Partnership, dedicated to once again promoting Greater Manchester to the world of property at a genuinely global gathering of 26,000 participants, 3,350 exhibitors from 100 countries and a similar number of conferences attracting an estimated 5,400 investors.
Despite concerns being expressed (by economic soothsayers who supposedly know such things) about the global economy because of (relentless) BREXIT uncertainty and Trump’s (hopefully soon to be resolved) trade war with Beijing, a cursory glance at the 60-plus cranes adorning the Manchester skyline shows no shortage of domestic and international investment and confidence in the city region’s commercial property sector as Manchester reinvents itself as a truly global player.
Between Monday, 11th March and Thurs, 14th March inclusive, the Manchester Pavilion on the renowned Croisette will be awash (for those who attended MIPIM 2018) with 19 major events, many being hosted by Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council and its chief executive Joanne Roney, addressing every conceivable aspect of the current and future development of Greater Manchester.
Lest we forget, Manchester isn’t the only game in town, with other parts of the North West of England being championed by sizeable delegations and key events promoting Lancashire, Liverpool, and Warrington and Cheshire.
Among the largest and most prominent of the hundreds of cities exhibiting, competing with international capitals from around the globe, MIPIM 2019 presents another opportunity for Greater Manchester to remind the world that it is indeed, the UK’s 2nd City.