Business leaders from across the Central South have voted unanimously to promote the region at the world’s largest and most influential property event, MIPIM.

A business-led consortium was due to attend MIPIM in Cannes in 2020 but the pandemic restrictions meant the event was postponed.

Now members of the business-led consortium promoting all that is best in the Central South on a global stage, have voted to attend the showcase event in March 2022.

Chair of the Business South Regen South group and the award-winning planning and design company Terence O’ Rourke, Tim Hancock explained: “MIPIM international property conference is the biggest property event in the world.

“Unlike many other regions in the UK, to date the Central South Region has not been represented, meaning that potential international investors are simply not aware of the many attractions of our region as a place to live, work and enjoy.

“I am therefore delighted that a contingent of businesses and local authorities from our region have decided to collaborate through Business South to attend the March 2022 event.

“Following the severe impact of the pandemic on our economy, it is vital that the Central South is represented at this important event to showcase the fantastic economic and environmental assets of our region and to highlight the significant opportunities for investment in key development and regeneration projects.”

The initiative is being championed by Business South and endorsed by business leaders, local authorities and organisations such as the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

The consortium will promote a wealth of opportunities for investors, developers and businesses in the Central South region.

Gavin Hall, Director at Savills and Head of their Southampton office, has attended MIPIM before and said: “In previous years, it has been a real shame to be in Cannes flying the flag for the Central South but without representation from the region and its constituent local authorities.

“The presence in 2022 of Central South, among all the other local authorities from across the UK attending, will ensure our region does not miss out on the opportunity provided by the event and will raise the profile of our region on the global property stage.”

Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire, Dorset and South West Surrey are included in the Central South region and the team visiting MIPIM will promote key benefits including:

  • Portsmouth’s multi billion pound regeneration programme
  • Southampton- Mayflower Quarter city centre regeneration programme
  • The region’s first class connectivity
  • World leading universities
  • Major development and investment opportunities
  • A world class lifestyle offer including two national parks

The private sector-led group travelling to MIPIM will include representatives from Blake Morgan, Savills, Noviun, Barker Mill Estates, Boyle and Summers, Barton Willmore, LSH, Terence O’Rourke, Willmott Dixon, BECG, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and Solent LEP with support from Southampton Airport, Winchester City Council and WBR.