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Lancashire's economic success highlighted at international expo

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Monday, 13 March, 2017

Burnley part of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership delegation promoting local investment opportunities at global property expo

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced its presence at MIPIM International, the property and investment conference held annually in Cannes, France. It is anticipated that that around 23,000 delegates will attend the four-day event (which starts on March 14th), including potential investors, developers, property agents and policy makers drawn from across the globe.

A group of senior Lancashire representatives, including Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire and David Taylor, deputy chair of the LEP and chair of the University of Central Lancashire Board will attend MIPIM.

Because of Burnley’s position as a key driver of economic growth in the county, and the many investment opportunities which are opening up in the borough, the council’s chief executive Pam Smith has accepted an invitation to join the LEP team at the event.

 The team will be promoting a wide range of new economic opportunities across the county, including local sites for the advanced manufacturing, energy and engineering sectors with the potential to generate thousands of new high value jobs.
 
LEP chair Edwin Booth, said: “When Lancashire attended MIPIM UK in London last year it was the first time the county had presented itself as a united region with a clear and compelling offer. The reaction from major investors, developers, funders and policy makers was extremely positive. As a result of this we decided to explore the opportunities offered by MIPIM in Cannes.”

Burnley Council leader Councillor Mark Townsend said: “I’m delighted that Burnley Council’s chief executive is part of the team representingLancashire at this high-profile international conference. We’re working hard to build Lancashire’s, and Burnley’s, reputation as a place to do business, not just in this country but internationally as well. We’re making ourselves known among the ‘big players’ to attract more inward investment and create more jobs.”

In order to effectively promote the part of promoting the economic interests of Burnley, Pam Smith and the delegation will be highlighting Lancashire’s links with Manchester, in order  to promote ‘mutual and complementary strengths’ on this important international stage.

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