Firms back French property event

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A host of big companies are sponsoring Sheffield City Region’s appearance at the world’s largest property fair in Cannes, France, in March.

Verdion, Nabarro, CTP, Harworth Estates, The University of Sheffield, Arup, HLM, Coda and Bond Bryan are showing their support for the region as it showcases key development sites to thousands of property experts from around the world.

MIPIM is an annual event that attracts 20,000 people and is seen as a chance to secure inward investment, leading to growth and jobs. Sheffield

Verdion is the developer behind iPort, the £500 million, logistics scheme in Rossington, Doncaster, which will include a 35-acre rail freight terminal, one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

The first building will be ready in May.

Michael Hughes, chief executive of Verdion, said: “Doncaster is one of the UK’s strongest logistics locations with excellent motorway links and close proximity to the Humber Ports.

“The completion of the FARRRS link road will bring iPort that much closer to Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The iPort rail freight facility will complete the picture.

“We have been working in the Sheffield City Region for many years now and are absolutely committed to the area.

“The fantastic investment schemes being brought forward mirror our strong confidence in the region and reflect the ever closer working relationship between the private and public sectors.

“Our joint presence at MIPIM is to raise awareness of this forward-thinking region and its part in the Northern Powerhouse.”

The region’s part in the Northern Powerhouse will be one of the key themes of local delegates at the event, from March 15-18.