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Shropshire – building a prosperous future

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Shropshire is unique. A county of contrasts: rooted in heritage and history with its sights set firmly on the future. It boasts major companies, burgeoning growth sectors and is committed to embracing 21st century technology.

It is for these very reasons that Shropshire Council believes that the county has all it needs, and more, to build a prosperous future.

This is the second year that Shropshire Council, as part of the Midlands UK delegation, is showcasing the county at the world’s leading real estate show – MIPIM, which takes place in Cannes next month (March 2019).

MIPIM 2018 in Cannes

MIPIM 2018 in Cannes

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy Leader, and Cabinet member for economic growth, corporate and commercial support, said:

“Our attendance at MIPIM last year was the start of many promising conversations with people and organisations who never even knew that Shropshire existed. There is a real buzz around our county as a place to invest.

“Since then we’ve been busy building on these relationships and, although there’s nothing more I can say right now, I’m extremely excited about the future.

“Going to MIPIM this year will enable us to continue this important process, carry on conversations and start new ones.”

Three delegates from Shropshire Council will be attending the show, including Steve Charmley, executive director for place, Mark Barrow, and business growth and investment manager, Matt Potts. They will be joined by delegates from their partners and sponsors: Harworth Group plc, Berrys, Morris Property, WSP, Montagu Evans and LDA Design.

Whilst there, the council will showcase four investment opportunities via two events:

  • Shrewsbury: The Big Connection will tell investors the story of how the birthplace of Charles Darwin is evolving, in particular the opportunities with Riverside as a development corridor.
  • Shropshire: Rooted in Heritage, Developing for the Future will highlight the county’s countryside, vibrant market towns and strategic central base within the UK, unlocking key development opportunities through infrastructure investment including the former Ironbridge Power Station site which will be led by Harworth Group plc, The Oswestry Growth Corridor and The A49/A41 Growth Corridor.

Steve Charmley added:

“All of these are fantastic investment opportunities and we’re looking forward to sharing them with a wide audience. I’m confident that we’ll capture people’s imagination and inspire them to take a closer look.

“This year we have lots of partners who we’re pleased to be working alongside. We’re really delighted with the sponsorship and support they’ve shown. It’s a demonstrable sign of their commitment to Shropshire and belief in the investment offer. It also has the added benefit of reducing our cost of attending the show, which we expect to be around £10,000 – equivalent to the cost of advertising in just a couple of publications.

“Shropshire is special, so let’s make sure we tell people who can help us to make it even better.”

For further information about Shropshire’s presence at MIPIM, please visit the council’s Invest in Shropshire website (http://www.investinshropshire.co.uk/current-property-availability/mipim/).