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French Riviera comes to Yorkshire


The French Riviera will come to Yorkshire on Wednesday, 14 March when more than 100 property industry experts and related professionals come together for the first ever 'alternative to MIPIM' event staged by Yorkshire Bank in Leeds.

MIPIM is the world's premier real estate summit held annually in Cannes, France.  Over four days from 13 to 16 March, property industry decision makers meet to  shape the future of the international real estate market; the event is seen as the 'place to be' for all senior movers and shakers in property.

But Yorkshire Bank is challenging that status by holding its first 'not in Cannes event' locally. The Bank is already hosting another prestigious event in Cannes on the same day, but has been overwhelmed by people who can't get to MIPIM that still want a piece of the action.

Patrick Walton, managing partner at Yorkshire Bank's financial solutions centre in Leeds, explains: "Due to business commitments and other factors, there are many people who can't make the main event in Cannes, so a very important group of local influencers is left behind.  We are bringing them together to collaborate on home turf and benefit from the connections they would have otherwise made in France."

Approximately 100 people will be welcomed by Richard Gregory, chairman of Yorkshire Bank, ahead of a property quiz night hosted by Yorkshire Post business editor, David Parkin.  The evening will be a fun quiz based on the general property market of Leeds and France, followed by dinner.

"This is the first time we've held a sister event in England in connection with the one in Cannes, and we're thrilled to be hosting it here for Yorkshire people.   We have a very active group of top property professionals on our own doorstep and they'll undoubtedly benefit from making new connections as well as some fun together on a more informal basis," said Patrick.

As part of its drive to build strong and successful partnerships, Yorkshire Bank is partnering with accounting firm Grant Thornton, the Association of Women in Property and the British Urban Regeneration Association for the event.

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