Representatives from the City Council, Cardiff Business Council and our 350 square ft. interactive model of Cardiff were at this year’s MIPIM UK – the UK’s largest property exhibition.
This was an excellent opportunity to speak with potential investors, developers and key contacts in the property market about everything our city has to offer. On the opening day of the exhibition Lord Francis Maude, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, and Sir Michael Bear, Chair of the Regeneration Investment Organisation, both visited the Cardiff stand. We also hosted Chinese investors, developers and construction companies visiting MIPIM UK as part of the Chinese state visit of President Xi Jinping to the UK.
These are exciting times for Cardiff – with some major developments, such as the regeneration of Central Square, taking place in the coming years and many others in the pipeline. It is great to be able to attend events like MIPIM UK to get the story of our city, and our vision to be Europe’s most liveable capital, across to the people who can come and potentially get involved in the city’s future.
City Lab – hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute, and The Atlantic – brought together Mayors and City Leaders from across the world to discuss the challenges facing cities, and the innovative responses that are being developed to tackle them.
It was particularly pleasing to see Cardiff’s approach to using data to improve public health presented by Professor Jonathan Shepherd.
It was a fantastic event and an opportunity to learn from experts from across the world on a number of innovative approaches to city issues, as well as to discuss some of the things we’ve been doing in Cardiff, such as our public service day campaign.
Achievements in Education
Many of you will be familiar with Joy Ballard and the excellent work she’s done at Willows High School, shown in the recent Educating Cardiff series. Her achievements have now been recognised at a national level – she has been named Headteacher of the Year at the Pearson Teaching Awards, in a glittering ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London. A spokesman for the Pearson Awards described Mrs Ballard as an “outstanding” head teacher, “committed to helping every student realise their full potential. The success she has achieved is outstanding.” Cardiff should be very proud of Joy and all the staff and students of Willows High School.
In other exciting education news, I am delighted that Thornhill Primary School has won a Sustainable School Award in this year’s Ashden Awards. Electricity consumption at the school has reduced by over a third since 2011/12 thanks to Solar PV, LED lighting, and more efficient IT facilities, as well as the efforts of the keen young environmentalists. The City of Cardiff Council uses Thornhill as a case study in best practice for carbon reduction, so we can all learn from their award-winning ways.