Team Scotland attends Mipim with a series of events

Published: 27 February 2018

Following the success of the Scottish Cities Alliance’s off-site events at Mipim 2017, this year the Alliance are hosting a series of events to showcase the full offering that Scotland has for investors.

A strong delegation will be attending the event being held from March 13th to 16th, with representatives from five cities as well as support from our partners in the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.

Scottish Cities Alliance will be there promoting investment offerings across the seven cities from the opportunities available in the £1billion Dundee Waterfront which features the new V&A Museum at its centrepiece; Edinburgh’s Quarter Mile; Glasgow’s Magenta at Clyde Gateway, Inverness’s Airport Business Park, Stirling’s Kildean Business Park and Perth West Eco innovation business park and sustainable city expansion.

On Tuesday 13 March, the Alliance will be inviting guests to ‘Invest in Innovation’ in partnership with the Scottish Government.

This breakfast event will highlight key innovative projects being carried out throughout the Scottish Cities kicking off with a keynote speech from the Scottish Government’s Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse, followed by investment opportunities from the cities.

Later that day, and staying on that theme, Glasgow will be hosting an event moderated by Greg Clark, CBE, focusing on the 3 innovation districts in the West of Scotland and the investment opportunities they offer in advanced manufacturing, life sciences and the energy and enabling technologies sectors.

The Smart Cities Breakfast round-table discussion will take place on Wednesday morning with attendance of representatives from leading European cities that use smart technology to enhance cities. This collaborative discussion will be moderated by Mark Jenkinson, City Director at Siemens, the leading global engineering and technology services company.

There is confirmed attendance from cities such as Vantaa, Stockholm, London, Perth/Dundee, and participation from Mr Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy. On Thursday morning the SCA will be showcasing opportunities in Scotland at an investment briefing run in partnership with Property EU.

Confirmed panellists include: Simon Parsons, Scottish Enterprise; Simon Etchells, Dentons UK; and Rob Sim, Europa Capital. Working in partnership with Arup, the Scottish Cities will be discussing Sustainability at a panel discussion on the Thursday afternoon. Representing the SCA are Paul Lawrence, Edinburgh and Serge Merone, Perth and Dundee, who will discuss how the cities are successfully transitioning to a low carbon future to ensure the continued economic prosperity of Scotland.

The UK Government’s Department for International Trade will be launching the Scotland Portfolio on Thursday 15 March at 2pm. Due to the limited spaces available at each of these events, they are strictly by invitation only.

For any inquiries for Alliance events or meeting opportunities with the city representatives at Mipim, please contact Joanne Sefton:

To remain up to date with the activity at Cannes this year, follow SCA on twitter: @ScottishCities and LinkedIn:, where there will be live tweeting and updates from the conference.


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