Heartening news from Nottingham, where a band of merry surveyors (and other professionals) from the city is facing up to the challenges thrown up by the recession. After funding cuts by the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham (aka coalition government) left Nottingham City Council unable to find enough sovereigns for a MIPIM presence this year, a posse led by local agent Innes England will ride out to Cannes in their stead.
The private sector line-up also includes developer Miller Birch, cost consultants Gleeds, Morgan Tucker engineers, architect CPMG and lawyer Geldards. And in a modern Robin Hood-like act they'll throw enough money in the pot to take a key member of urban regeneration company Invest in Nottingham with them, all expenses included.
The team is keeping schtum about exactly how much they've put in the kitty for their presence at MIPIM which includes hosting two networking events - a dinner for investors and a less formal drinks reception. Safe to say, it's unlikely the budget will stretch to hosting them on board Powder-Monkey, the 100ft luxury yacht moored in Cannes which Nottingham has hired in previous years.
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