Manchester at MIPIM Launches 2018 Events Programme

  • Manchester’s most comprehensive programme yet with a total of 27 events.
  • More international collaboration than ever with representatives from Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Oslo, and Stockholm.
  • 107 organisations now signed up to the partnership.

The Manchester at MIPIM Partnership has today revealed its full schedule of events for MIPIM 2018.

The programme seeks to build on the success of 2017; a record year for the Partnership. Last year saw the introduction of the Manchester Pavilion, the city-region’s largest and most comprehensive venue yet, together with a new events approach designed to encourage collaboration and debate.

Sir Richard Leese said: “MIPIM is a vital opportunity for Manchester to promote itself on a global stage. For us to effectively capitalise on this opportunity, we need to make sure that our activity at the event is as wide-reaching, diverse and inclusive as possible.

“It’s with this in mind that we’ve made Manchester at MIPIM’s 2018 events programme the busiest and most varied yet. We’re looking forward to welcoming industry insight from some leading European cities, as well as private and public sector speakers from across the Greater Manchester region

“We’ll be discussing science, tech, education, housing, health, sport, culture, environment, transport, diversity, devolution, and the Northern Powerhouse, along with all the latest on the city-region’s upcoming developments. It’s sure to be an exciting week, and hopefully one Greater Manchester will look back on as a significant milestone in its growth strategy.”

Following on from a successful introduction in 2017, Manchester’s European Breakfast sessions will again welcome leading figures from some of Europe’s most exciting growth cities for a series of lively panel discussions. Speakers will include Miguel Pinto Luz, Deputy Mayor of Cascais Municipality, Lisbon; Dr Philipp Bouteiller, Chief Executive at Berlin TXL; Anna Gissler, Chief Executive of Invest Stockholm; Lluis Gomez, Economic Commissioner at City of Barcelona; Øyvind Såtvedt, Managing Director of Oslo Region Alliance; and Rob Van de Velde, Vice Mayor of City of Antwerp.

The regions of Greater Manchester will also be well represented across the week, with Salford, Trafford, Oldham, Bolton and Stockport each speaking at events. On Tuesday at 11:30, The Power of Partnership will explore the huge potential of the combined resources of Salford City Council and the University of Salford around The Crescent – a prime location for homes, work, arts and culture set amongst wide open green spaces & parks - with a University at its heart.

At 11:30 on Wednesday, Changing the Game: The New Old Trafford will provoke a thought leadership discussion around how property is helping to disrupt the higher education sector. The panel will consist of Chris Oglesby, Chief Executive of Bruntwood; Theresa Grant, Chief Executive of Trafford Council; and Gary Neville founder of UA92.

Then later that day at 16:30, a panel hosted by Bolton Council; featuring Andrew Flintoff, director of Logik Developments; will discuss the Bolton Council £1bn masterplan as a major element of wider regeneration ambitions for Greater Manchester’s regional towns, including the challenges of meeting future housing need and delivering successful mixed-use developments.

Manchester is also profiling its international investment partnerships with a number of events looking at upcoming developments, including A River Runs Through It – The Northern Gateway Vision, which will look at how the Northern Gateway partnership can harness the natural assets of this huge area to support housing led regeneration focused on health, well-being and connectivity. This session will feature Tom Fenton, Project Director at Far East Consortium and Peter Swift, Managing Partner at Planit-IE.

Abu Dhabi United Group & Manchester City Council will also host an event looking at East Manchester’s next chapter; a world leading sports, leisure & entertainment community. Speakers will include Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Marty Edelman, Board Member of City Football Group and ADUG strategic advisor.

The closing event will see the Manchester and London Pavilions join forces for the first time at MIPIM to show that the two cities stand shoulder to shoulder in promoting growth for Great Britain.

The full events diary is available here.

Other event highlights include:

Natural Capital, a Green Revolution

Here a panel will discuss how growth in Manchester can target walking and cycling as the primary modes of transport, increasing the health and wellbeing of its citizens. Speakers will include Chris Boardman, Cycling & Walking Commissioner at Greater Manchester Combined Authority; Ed Lister, Managing Partner of Planit-IE; Alex Russell, Managing Director of Property Alliance Group; and Tina Saaby, City Architect for City of Copenhagen.

Northern Tech Powerhouse: What makes Manchester a driving force?

Moderated by Katie Gallagher, Managing Director of Manchester Digital, this event will look at what makes Manchester a good place to scale a tech business, existing tech clusters and communities, and the opportunities and challenges of growing a business in the region. The panel will consist of Tom Renn, Managing Director at Manchester Science Partnerships; Nick Chrissos, Director of Innovation, Europe at Cisco Systems; Mike Blake-Crawford, Strategy Director at Social Chain and Will Lewis, Co-Founder at OBI Property; and Adam Warne, Group IT Director at AO.com.

Watch all of Manchester’s stand sessions live during MIPIM (13-16 March) at: www.manchesteratmipim.com

2017 images are available here.