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Collaboration and creative thinking: the West Midlands vision

DIB and Bruntwood were delighted to host a property club lunch to hear from City Council and business leaders to feedback from MIPIM 2022 and share ideas for their vision for the West Midlands region.

Downtown in Business joined forces with Bruntwood to host an exclusive Birmingham property club session which focused on feedback MIPIM 2022, the upcoming Commonwealth Games and its legacy, the decarbonisation agenda and vision for the future of the West Midlands region. Delegates engaged in a collaborative discussion over a fantastic lunch at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill on Thursday 7th April.

DIB’s Frank McKenna was joined by Bruntwood Director Rob Valentine, City of Wolverhampton Council chief executive, Tim Johnson and Assistant Director Development Planning and Development for Birmingham City Council, Simon Delahunty-Forrest in an open discussion.

Tim Johnson opened the discussion by stating frankly “Wolverhampton want to do things differently.” He discussed issues such as the need to assist regeneration of communities outside of city centres and the significance of the three cities across the West Midlands working collaboratively to “make generational change” and “thinking creatively”.

Simon Delahunty-Forrest followed by reflecting on MIPIM and the ten-year vision for the city of Birmingham. He recognised the importance of “making inclusivity work with young and old people” and that it is imperative that the city champions a health and wellbeing agenda as well as the green agenda.

Finally, we heard from Bruntwood’s Rob Valentine. Rob discussed successful MIPIM planning strategy and the value of having the opportunity to connect with other delegates at the event in Cannes. Furthermore, he touched on the levelling up agenda and its significance post-Brexit.

To view and register for our upcoming events we have coming up, please visit our events calendar page.

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£76m spent in Liverpool’s food and drink in Q1

Next week Liverpool Restaurant Week begins. Running from 22-28 April over 75 venues are taking part with hundreds of offers for people to download and enjoy. 

The value of the sector to the city centre economy is laid bare in data from Liverpool BID Company (and platform Beauclair) which analyses UK spend data. 

Food and Drink is now the largest economic sector in the city centre, around 37%. UK card holders spent a whopping £76m in just three months in the city centre’s restaurants and bars. 

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