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Mark Oakley

Director of Inward Investment and Place Marketing

Mark Oakley is our Director of Inward Investment and Place Marketing. He joined in 2018, and is responsible for promoting Leicester and Leicestershire to potential investors looking to relocate from outside Leicestershire, and for helping existing businesses who are looking to expand. Mark is a highly experienced senior manager who specialises in developing growth strategy and driving forward delivery, enabling and securing major infrastructure and business investment. With over 20 years experience, teamed with strong business and property acumen, he has successfully led inward investment projects securing over £85m of public sector investment in new innovation and enterprise centres, engineering focused incubators, broadband programmes, road networks and site infrastructure, waterways, utilities and drainage, resulting in over £400m private sector investment.

Pankaj Mistry

Senior Project Manager

Pankaj  has nearly 20 years’ experience of economic development and inward investment in Leicester and Leicestershire. He has extensive experience advising local, national and international businesses in setting up, relocating and expanding in the United Kingdom. Before joining the team Pankaj was Economic Growth & Investment Manager for the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and helped to successfully gain UK Enterprise Zone status within the transport sector for MIRA Technology Park. While there, he was the sector lead for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering. Pankaj has a BA (Hons) degree and postgraduate diploma in Town Planning, which provides a strong foundation to support property development and regeneration projects within an investment context.

We have had a UK headquarters located in Leicester as long as we’ve been operating, and the reasons for that are simple: a prime East Midlands location

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