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Commonwealth celebration on Côte d’Azur

Commonwealth celebration on Côte d’Azur

🕔15.Mar 2018

The Midlands UK delegation is in the final stages of their marathon effort in Cannes, where MIPIM – the world’s leading property market – is being held. Events in the Midlands UK pavilion this afternoon will focus on electric and driverless vehicles and our old favourite, ‘building our skills for the future’, reports Kevin Johnson.

The final item in the schedule this evening is a special event celebrating the Coventry’s successful UK City of Culture bid.

Meanwhile, Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Denise Lewis OBE and leading figures from the Midlands came together yesterday to celebrate Birmingham’s recent Commonwealth Games win – with the track and field star hailing the Games as an opportunity to create a legacy for the future.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, Birmingham City Council Leader Cllr Ian Ward and former Wasps player Chris Bell joined West Bromwich-born Denise Lewis OBE for a panel discussion on the importance of the Games for driving economic success and regeneration in the region as part of the event.

Speaking at the event, Denise Lewis OBE, President of Commonwealth Games England, commented:

Getting the Commonwealth Games is a fantastic result for Birmingham and for the Midlands as a whole. All of the eyes of the Commonwealth will be watching Birmingham as a host – not only during the Games, but in the lead up and beyond.

It’s not just about having a fantastic Games – it’s also about the culture and experience. It’s about coming together and showing the world what Birmingham has to offer, and creating a legacy for the future.

The Games will inspire young people to choose a life in sport – and the region is prepared to produce the next generation of champions. We have the facilities, and we now have the perfect opportunity with the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Between 500,000 and one million people are expected to descend on Birmingham over the 11-day sporting event in the summer of 2022 – and the Games are anticipated to generate a boost of more than half a billion pounds to the West Midlands region.

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, commented:

The Commonwealth Games is a real opportunity for the city going forward. We’re expecting a half a billion pound boost to the economy, and we very much want local businesses in Birmingham and the wider region to benefit from that.

Between half a million and a million visitors are expected during the 11 days of the games, providing a real opportunity for us to promote the West Midlands as a destination for people from around the world.

I’m really encouraged by the way the Games has pulled together both the private and the public sector with a sense of purpose: that we have a real opportunity here and that we can do something to reposition the city on the world stage.

I’m very confident that, together, we will make the most of this opportunity for Birmingham and for the wider region.

Earlier this week, updated plans for UK Central and a new masterplan for Solihull Town Centre were revealed.

From Hub to Centre – Solihull showcased at MIPIM

It was announced earlier today that IM Properties has been chosen by Birmingham City Council as preferred partner for the first phase of the Peddimore regeneration project near Sutton Coldfield.

The week has also seen the region’s investment prospectus launched, with £10Bn worth of opportunities across 20 “transformational schemes” in what is being described by the West Midlands team as the UK’s “growth capital.”

£10Bn prospectus for UK’s new ‘growth capital’

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said:

The Commonwealth Games provides the opportunity to showcase to the world the confidence and vibrancy of a post-Brexit West Midlands.

In the next few years, we will see investment in new transport infrastructure, new housing and new sporting facilities so that we can put on a show that does the Commonwealth, the country and the region proud.

Just this week we secured £350m from the Government to deliver housing which, in part, will support the creation of the athletes’ village at Perry Barr which will later become a lasting legacy for the city and the region when it becomes permanent housing post-Games.

We now have four years of hard work to prepare for 2022 – I know it is going to be a fantastic spectacle and a celebration of everything great about our region.”

 The Commonwealths celebration was part of a programme of more than 50 events hosted by Midlands UK at global property and real estate show MIPIM.

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