Following the success of the inaugural visit to MIPIM Cannes, the world’s largest property event, a consortium of private sector led businesses and organisations will again be promoting the #CentralSouthUK region on a global stage in 2023.

Last year was the first time the Central South was represented at the event which showcases development opportunities on a global stage. As a result of that visit to the world-famous event, numerous visits by potential investors have taken place across the region.

At a glance, MIPIM in numbers:

  • 20,000 attendees from 80 countries
  • 360 speakers
  • 2,400 exhibitors

Investors represented a quarter of MIPIM attendees, among them major real estate funds and investors from around the world.

The response from partners who attended in 2022 was overwhelmingly positive – you can watch the video here.

Private sector partners revealed business had been done and valuable connections made.

And the following businesses have already pledged to attend in 2023:

  • Barton Willmore
  • Blake Morgan
  • Fawley Waterside
  • Morgan Sindall Construction
  • Savills UK
  • Southampton International Airport
  • Terence O’Rourke

Chair of the Business South Regenerate South group and the award-winning planning and design company Terence O’ Rourke, Tim Hancock explained: “MIPIM international property conference is the most important property event in the world and we were proud to be flying the flag for our region.

“It was an opportunity to build relationships and sow the seeds for future investment and development in our region. Having met key people in Cannes, we now have the opportunity to invite them to visit us and see the opportunities presented by the Central South.”

Responding to news that the Central South UK will once again be represented at MIPIM, Rohan Marwaha, from the event organisers RX Global, said: ““We are looking forward to welcoming Central South back to MIPIM in March 2023.

“The Central South stand at MIPIM 2022 was buzzing with activity and facilitated a number of meetings with the many investors that attend MIPIM each year. We are pleased that participation at MIPIM is helping the Central South region of the UK to attract investment and act as a catalyst for regeneration, improving the prosperity and quality of life for people in the area.”

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

Business South Group CEO, Leigh-Sara Timberlake said: “We have had a ringing endorsement from partners and they want to attend MIPIM in 2023, with the understanding that it should be the foundation of a strategy to jointly promote the Central South on a global stage.

“We are looking for further sources of funding to ensure we can continue to deliver powerful messaging for the Central South and build on the positive work to date.”

Director of Boyle and Summers, Richard Summers, said MIPIM was a great opportunity to meet decision makers who are usually impossible to reach.

“We met a diverse range of people and had interesting discussions that we have followed up since our return,” he said.

Leigh-Sara Timberlake, added:” This is just the start and we need to keep the momentum going.

“Our founding partners will form the core of our delegation and we are inviting applications from other businesses who would like to join us and support this important work promoting our region.”

To find out more contact Leigh-Sara Timberlake 07506 742214.


In 2022 the consortium promoted a wealth of opportunities for investors, developers and businesses in the Central South region. Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire, Dorset and South West Surrey are included in the Central South region and the team visiting MIPIM promoted key benefits including:

  • Portsmouth’s multi billion pound regeneration programme
  • Southampton- 3 major development schemes covering 22 acres of the city centre
  • BCP – multi-million pound regeneration plans
  • The region’s first-class connectivity
  • Solent Freeport
  • World leading universities
  • Major development and investment opportunities
  • A world class lifestyle offer including two national parks and miles of golden beaches