Leeds City Region set to promote itself to the world

bradford city park

REPRESENTATIVES from Yorkshire local authorities will fly out to France today as they look to promote the Leeds City Region at the world's largest property fair.

For the first time councils from Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees have come together to sell the benefits of not just one city, but the wider city region at the annual Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier (MIPIM) in Cannes in the South of France.

Thousands of delegates will be attracted to the annual event including developers, financiers, surveyors and property consultants as well as public sector agencies looking for inward investment.

How Bradford's City Park will look

The Leeds City Region is expected to make a series of key announcements about major property developments this week including the latest plans for the Leeds Arena, the Tower Works in Holbeck in Leeds, the City Park and Learning Quarter in Bradford, the masterplan for the regeneration of Halifax town centre and the new Hepworth Art Gallery in Wakefield.

The Leeds City Region will host a major breakfast event on Wednesday in which Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, will join key figures from Yorkshire local authorities and the property sector to debate the merits of city regions.

In previous years, public sector bodies representing different towns and cities from the region have attended MIPIM individually but this year Leeds and Bradford, together with the districts of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, will attend under the 'Leeds City Region: Growing and Going Together' banner.

The collaboration follows a partnership between Leeds and Bradford at MIPIM 2009 and the granting of Leeds City Region status by central government last year.

TheBusinessDesk.com will work with Leeds City Region at MIPIM as media partner.

The Leeds City Region is part of a Government programme which will give the region new controls on areas including housing, regeneration, transport and economic development.


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