MIPIM: Leicestershire attracts global investment interest
Leicestershire business and council leaders attending Europe's largest property fair have attracted strong interest from potential investors.
Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton are heading a 25-strong delegation at MIPIM in Cannes to showcase 29 development sites in the city and county.
The pair today met London-based financiers and a major regional construction firm to discuss possible deals to redevelop the New Walk Centre site in Leicester and Loughborough Science Park, next to the town's university.
Bosses of the proposed 300 million pound Motor Industry Research Association (Mira) technology park , near Hinckley, said they too had attracted interest from businesses.
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The delegation's exhibition stand, featuring images of Richard III and Leicester Tigers and a scale model of the proposed Mira technology park, has helped to woo global companies looking for investment opportunities.
Andrew Bacon, chairman of Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), which organised the delegation, said: "We have managed to build some very good relationships here."
The Leicestershire delegation, which is being funded by 17 private sector sponsors, was to host a showcase event on the Cannes beach front on Thursday afternoon.
MIPIM, which began on Tuesday, will run until tomorrow.