Yesterday was an action-packed opening to MIPIM, with some welcome sunshine in stark contrast to the poor weather much of the delegation had to cope with last year. The sun was certainly shining on the Leeds City Region stand, with its bright yellow colours becoming a beacon attracting interest from a wide range of people. We had an exceptionally busy day, both on the ground in Cannes, and back in our Leeds and East office.

In one of the biggest splashes of the day from a Leeds point of view, Leeds City Council have announced their intention to sell the former international pool site on the Southern gateway to the city. The site is prime real estate and should attract some exciting opportunities. It also sits just a stones-throw from the proposed INC development, being progressed by our client The Parklane Group.

It’s always great to showcase northern innovation, and following Sheffield’s announcement yesterday to create an ‘Innovation Corridor’ Manchester University have revealed their own plans to create a ‘best in Europe’ Innovation District.

Meanwhile, just a short drive down the M62, Liverpool Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, will today announce plans to start a Station Commission to build a new high-speed line into Liverpool to connect with HS2 to London and the planned Northern Powerhouse rail line across the north. Plans would also include a brand new ‘stunning’ station in Liverpool City Centre – surely welcome news for the North and NPR.

Over in the West Midlands, industrial developments business Barberry, has announced it has £295m of developments in its pipeline. Alongside this 2m sqft, the business is also delivering student accommodation and residential schemes worth in excess of £200m and has 528 acres of strategic development land across eleven sites.

Back in West Yorkshire, Halifax Firm Gama Healthcare have opened a brand new Fellows Research Centre. The facility shows the strength and depth of the Healthcare sector, and places Yorkshire as an R&D hub.

Events: The focus on the Leeds City Region Stand today, will look at a range of hot-topics from the region: Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Clean Growth; Developing the Future City; and Women who power the North. However, the pièce de résistance and the event that has everyone talking, is the ‘Channel 4: A game-changing opportunity’. The reception will be chaired by Roger Marsh OBE and welcome business, civic and cultural leaders to talk about the fantastic opportunities on offer.