Assuming the Coronavirus doesn’t get in the way, thousands of delegates from across the globe will descend upon Cannes in just over a weeks’ time to take part in the annual property jamboree that is MIPIM.

All the places Downtown operates in have a significant presence at the festival as they showcase the great things that are happening in their regions and search for international investors who may be interested in helping them finance their next big regeneration initiatives.

For the second consecutive year, DIB is joining the Liverpool delegation, which is now over 100-strong. Among the events that Liverpool is hosting on its stand is a session that I will facilitate with the chief executive of the City Region Combined Authority Frank Rogers and his counterpart from the West Midlands Deborah Cadman.

Downtown is also bringing together the three -city chief executives from Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool on the Leeds stand for a conversation with Tom Riordan, Joanne Roney and Tony Reeves.

We’ll also be attending the Liverpool, Manchester and London investor dinners, the Lancashire stand launch and popping in to see our colleagues from Cheshire and Birmingham.

There are tons of events to enjoy through the course of the week and as a place to learn from other cities there is probably nowhere better.

However, beyond the events programme and the main exhibition hub, the opportunity to connect with potential business targets is what many attend for.

It’s not just those from the property sector who pick up business. Marketing and PR agencies, professional services, retailers and hospitality operators are all busy winning work in the South of France.

If you want to know more about MIPIM and think that it is an investment that might be worth your company or organisation making, and you want an independent view of what to expect, the DIB team will be happy to have a conversation with you.

Meanwhile, look out for our special MIPIM reports in a couple of weeks’ time – virus permitting!