Leeds City Region Investment Week: Bradford to showcase opportunities at MIPIM

BRADFORD Council is joining a delegation of partners from the Leeds City  Region to help deliver more investment than ever before to the city and wider region at the MIPIM property conference.

The Council, which will be joining 10 private sector sponsors, is part of a delegation led by Leeds and Partners attending the three day conference in Cannes next week.

MIPIM boasts more than 19,000 delegates and 4,100 investors from 83 countries.

Representatives from Bradford Council, including chief executive Tony Reeves, are joining Leeds, Wakefield and York city councils and the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership in France.

The city is aiming to highlight the opportunities for investment across a variety of sectors.

Work starts this month on a new six hectare technology park in Airedale. The major mixed-used development will have the potential for more than 10,000 sq m of business, hotel, retail and residential space.

Bradford College’s £50m redevelopment second phase, a 23,000 sq m city centre campus building, is due for completion September 2014.

And work on the long-awaited £275m Broadway shopping centre is set to be started by developer Westfield later this year.

Bradford Council leader, Coun David Green, said: “Bradford offers some of the best value development opportunities in Europe. With excellent transport links, a growing young population, a world class business university and home to a number of major companies.

“Developers from around the globe can look at our city to confidently deliver for them. Developers from around the globe looking for the best places to invest will be made well aware of how much we have to offer.”

Lurene Joseph, Leeds and Partners chief executive, said: “We are delighted Bradford are joining us as we make clear the Leeds  City  Region is open for business and investment ready. With a crucial role in the region’s economy Bradford will have access to some of the most important global investors and we will be working hard to make sure the significant benefits of investing in the city are made clear.”

The Leeds and Partners delegation has received more than £100,000 sponsorship to pay for their attendance, offering great value to the area as they attract investment.

For more on Leeds City Investment Week, visit our dedicated supplement here.