Cannes-do attitude as business leaders head to France for global property show
DERBYSHIRE and Nottinghamshire business leaders will be working together in the south of France next week in a bid to wow investors at the world's biggest property show.
A contingent from the two counties will travel to Cannes for le Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier from, an event that runs from Tuesday to Friday and which brings together property professionals from across the globe.
Marketing Derby and Team Nottingham, alongside private-sector sponsors and representatives of councils will be highlighting the benefits of the D2N2 local enterprise partnership, designed to highlight the benefits of doing business in the two counties.
Property developer Peter Gadsby and Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss will be at the show making the case for inward investment.
Also attending will be city council chief executive Adam Wilkinson; Bob Betts, Marketing Derby chairman and managing director of clockmaker Smith of Derby; Mike Copestake, senior partner at law firm Freeth Cartwright; David Williams, chairman of law firm Geldards, and Derby Telegraph managing director Steve Hall.
John Forkin, director of Marketing Derby, said: "This is an opportunity for cities like Derby to stand shoulder to shoulder with much larger cities and, for the past five years, it has been an important date in our calendar. There will be around 20,000 people there – 4,000 from the UK – and we will have a larger exhibition stand and a higher profile because of support from D2N2."
Marketing Derby will also be hosting an embassy event, sponsored by Derby property agent Innes England, to promote the city as an investment opportunity. About 200 people are expected to attend. Events are also planned in nearby Monaco for the Derby contingent to meet influential investors.
Mr Forkin said: "Attending the show brought Derby to the attention of Lowbridge, which is developing Friar Gate Square. You don't meet companies like that without attending the show."
Peter Richardson, chairman of D2N2, said: "By working together as a partnership, we can showcase the strengths of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that together make a compelling opportunity for investment and growth."
Private-sector contributions to the cost of exhibiting and additional events amounts to £30,000.
Besides Innes England, Derby sponsors include law firm Geldards and developer Miller Birch.
Innes England director Tim Garratt, who helps lead Team Nottingham, said: "That Notts is partnering Derby and Derbyshire this year with the local enterprise partnership and the attendance of D2N2 chairman Peter Richardson at Cannes strengthens our efforts even further and shows a united, regional approach."