Chester set for MIPIM debut

Chester is to debut at international property festival MIPIM next month to promote the city’s £700m-worth of schemes to investors and developers.

Chester Growth Partnership, formerly Chester Renaissance, is sending a delegation to the event in Cannes, which takes place between 15 and 18 March 2016.

Chairman Guy Butler described MIPIM as the “number one event in the property calendar”.

He added: “We are hosting an event and will be working as advocates for Chester. We have an investment map which shows that for over 20 years Chester has been home to a cluster of major financial services businesses.

“These have been joined more recently by Bristol Myers Squibb, Tetra Pak and Virgin Money.  UK Trade and Investment have also recognized Chester as part of the North West Financial Centre of Excellence alongside Liverpool and Manchester.”

A series of developments are underway in Chester, including the regeneration of the Central Business Quarter. By 2028 the city could offer up to 500,000 sq ft of grade A office space housed in ten buildings.

Sally Pilott, a property lawyer at DTM Legal and a member of the Chester Growth Partnership’s investment team, said: “Everyone can see solid progress being delivered in Chester. There’s much more to come that will help ensure the city remains an attractive place to live and work. We are not going to keep that story to ourselves and MIPIM will give us a good platform.”

The private sector delegation has 100 per cent funded itself and includes representatives from Redrow, DTM Legal, Glenbrook property and Influential, the communications agency. It has also been backed by Marketing Cheshire and Muse Developments, which has delivered One City Place.