MIPIM 2018 is on the horizon, but MIPIM UK is in the spotlight

As one of the biggest property events in the industry comes to a close, we draw our attention to MIPIM UK.

From 18-19 October 2017, key influencers and stakeholders in UK real estate will head to Olympia London for one of the most comprehensive property conferences in the calendar.

MIPIM UK’s theme is “UK Real Estate – The Next Chapter” which will explore how the UK is responding to the immediate challenges of the property market, investment opportunities, and Brexit.

Here are just a few highlights of what to expect from this year’s programme…


In partnership with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by BNP Paribas, the London @MIPIMUK area is an interactive exhibition zone dedicated to all things London and the people shaping its future. Seminars will highlight the capital’s leading development opportunities and debates will explore current issues impacting the city.

Skills and development

MIPIM UK 2017 is now a member of the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service and will provide opportunities for developing skills and knowledge at the conference. The CPD conference programme will cover everything from investment, development, global opportunities, innovation and housing. Check out the full list of CPD conferences on the MIPIM UK website to find out more.

Tech talk

It’s no surprise that WIRED editor, Greg Williams, has been chosen to open this year’s conference given the impact technology has had on UK real estate. Check out Greg’s recent interview for a flavour of what to expect from his keynote speech, as well as his opinion on the areas of real estate most ripe for disruption.


Last but by no means least, a new networking area sponsored by Resiland will feature for the first time allowing you to connect with like-minded professionals during the conference. And while we’re all for chance encounters, we also recommend downloading the MIPIM UK app so you can view delegates’ profiles who match your business requirements in advance.

With more than 3,000 participants from across real estate, including big names such as Balfour Beatty, Aviva, Kier, Regus, Trinity and Trowers & Hamlins, this year’s MIPIM UK is not to be missed. We’ll see you there.

Get involved!

On a final note, our Maximising MIPIM blog is back and we’ll be blogging on all things MIPIM 2018 to make sure everyone’s set for the main event in Cannes.

Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved, share any events your company is hosting, or even give us a hot tip!

We have a feeling that MIPIM 2018 will be our best yet.

MIPIM may be over, but there’s plenty to look forward to

Another year and another MIPIM passes – we hope our tips were helpful and that you had a brilliant event. Now comes the all-important follow-up to nurture the new relationships we have forged.

And networking doesn’t stop here. We’re involved in several more events across the year and we hope to see you at some of them.

Property Awards: 4 April 2017, The Grosvenor, London

The Property Awards celebrate excellence across the industry, from deals to finance, sustainability to proptech, and rising stars to working environments property companies provide for their staff.

Holistic is delighted to be sponsoring the Sustainability Achievement of the Year Award and looks forward to announcing the winner on the night.

Little Britain Challenge Cup: 15-16 September 2017, Cowes

Holistic’s MD Sophie is on the LBCC committee again this year and it’s all change as the event celebrates its 30th birthday.

There’s been a complete pricing overhaul so it’s better value than ever. There’s more variety. The Island Sailing Club – the organisers of the world’s largest sailing event, the Round the Island race – will be creating a bespoke racing schedule to suit all classes. There’s a new venue: Shepards Wharf. It has its own dedicated marina, the Sugar Store where there’ll be festival-style onshore events and a food extravaganza each night.

It’s an excellent event for team building – from within your own business, from your projects or from your favourite clients and contacts. And it’s all for charity – what’s not to love!

UK Construction Week: 10-12 October 2017, Birmingham NEC

UK Construction Week is the UK’s largest construction trade event. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC, the event unites over 650 exhibitors with an audience of over 30,000 trade visitors. Holistic is pleased to be working with the UKCW team to promote the event, construction as a career and the innovation spearheaded by the industry.

Chicks with Bricks, London

Chicks with Bricks is a proactive network for established and emerging women in the construction industry. It also provides invaluable support for the Prince’s Trust.

The volume and calibre of attendees at each event are outstanding, as we saw again at this year’s MIPM event. Keep an eye on the website for future events and get involved.

Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP), London, Manchester, Cambridge and Dubai

YEP is a networking organisation for young people in property and construction.

The go-to organisation for entrepreneurs, rising stars and future leaders in the industry, it’s is all about building relationships, learning new skills and sharing ideas within a fun and friendly environment.

Check out www.yepglobal.com to become a member and to see what events are planned in London, Manchester, Cambridge and Dubai. Keep an eye out for new branches launching across the UK and beyond this year too.

Go Dutch will be back next year and so we wanted to end this year’s post with the words of our guests. We hope to see even more of you next year!

“Every year it gets better and better and louder and louder! Fantastic networking event; starts MIPIM with a bang; well done to all the team at Holistic.” – Paul Danks, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank-GCS

“I really enjoyed the Holistic Go Dutch event and amongst the various events I attended at MIPIM, I found it to be one of the most successful in networking terms.” – Andreas Krause, MD, Krause Architects

“The Go Dutch Dinner switches on the right networking behaviours for the rest of the MIPIM week” – Marcus Harling, Partner, Burges Salmon LLP

“Always a well organised and attended evening – a great way to start the MIPIM week. I.am already looking forward to the same gathering next year. Well done all the holistic team.” – Mike Peskin, Business Development Director, Osborne

“Go Dutch has the uncanny knack of starting your MIPIM week on a high. Great people all wanting to network, have fun and get the best out of MIPIM. Well done to Sophie and her team for organising one of the must-attend events at MIPIM. See you next year.” – Derry Long BSc, MollenhauerGroup

Holistic Go Dutch Guest List

Hot off the press, here is the list of guests attending Holistic’s Go Dutch drinks reception and dinner on Monday from 7pm. It is sure to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there. Wishing you a safe journey. The Holistic Team

  1. Andrea Schrader, Ackroyd Lowrie
  2. Zoe Allen, Acrylicize
  3. Cany Ash, Ash Sakula Architects
  4. Renata Osiecka, Axiimmo
  5. Vikki Swan, Bennington Green Ltd
  6. Harriet  Butterfield, Bennington Green Ltd
  7. Keith Kirkwood, Bennington Green Ltd
  8. Diana Hird, Bennington Green Ltd
  9. Katy Klingopulos, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
  10. Naomi Willoughby-Foster, lain Boland Solicitors
  11. Geoff Halliwell, Bond Bryan Architects
  12. Matthew Jones, Bowman Riley Architects
  13. Dominic Bate, Boyes Rees Architects Ltd
  14. Jane Boyes, Boyes Rees Architects Ltd
  15. Gary Loo, Boyes Rees Architects Ltd
  16. Laura Kozasvili, British Property Federation
  17. Ghis Halpenny, British Property Federation
  18. Justin Bird, BTP Group (Barrie Tankel Partnership)
  19. John Brennan, BTP Group (Barrie Tankel Partnership)
  20. Marcus Harling, Burges Salmon LLP
  21. Terry O’Dell, Butler & Young
  22. Michael Swiszczowski, Chapman Taylor
  23. Ross Sturley, Chart Lane
  24. Gareth  Atkinson, Civic Engineers
  25. Tony Laws, Clearview Homes Ltd
  26. Anthony Laws, Clearview Homes Ltd
  27. Wayne Manners, Climate Engineering Solutions
  28. Stuart Johnson, Collins Construction
  29. Jason Warren, Collins Construction
  30. Steve Davies, Collins Construction
  31. John Cutlack, COWI UK
  32. Stuart Beardwell, Crofton
  33. Guest of Stuart Beardwell, Crofton
  34. Andrew Loudon, Dar
  35. Brian Thopre-Tracey, Dar
  36. Daniel Horner, Dar
  37. Neetal  Popat, Dar
  38. Paul Marshall, Desco Ltd
  39. Mike Vince, Desco Ltd
  40. Alex Storey, Disruptive Technologies
  41. Matthias Sicard, Disruptive Technologies
  42. Nicola Gordon, Engenuiti
  43. Nathan Wheatly, Engenuiti
  44. John Bailiss, Engenuiti
  45. Richard Ryan, Estate Drone Survey
  46. Andy Roberts, Formby Surveys Ltd
  47. Jonathan Moore, Future54
  48. Colin McLoughlin, General Demolition Ltd
  49. John Lucas, Gleeds
  50. Robin Brodie-Cooper, Gleeds
  51. James Munro, Granit
  52. Lauren Patterson, GSA UK Ltd
  53. Richard Piggott  GSA UK Ltd
  54. Vijay Parikh, Harold Benjamin Solicitors
  55. Nick  Covell, HEHKU
  56. Edward Dent, Hindwoods
  57. Katie Hoddarth, Hindwoods
  58. Kevin Bright, Hindwoods
  59. Chris Liddle, HLM Architects
  60. Richard ONeil, HLM Architects
  61. Sophie  Eastwood, Holistic
  62. Sarah Park, Holistic
  63. Kim Taylor, Holistic
  64. Hannah Morris, Holistic
  65. Lisa Northcott, Holistic
  66. Sarah-Beth Money, Holistic
  67. James  Bompas, Iceni Projects
  68. Ian  Anderson, Iceni Projects
  69. Doug Hann, Indigo Planning
  70. Nick Fillingham, Indigo Planning
  71. John Brooks, Indigo Planning
  72. Carl Etholen, IFC Group
  73. Graham Wiles, IFC Group
  74. Jeff Brydon, IFC Group
  75. Paul McGahey, IFC Group
  76. Tom Mason,  IFC Group
  77. John Curry, Intrepid Management
  78. Eamonn Daly, IT Concepts
  79. Steve Dixon, JDP Ltd
  80. Andreas Krause ,Krause Architects
  81. Geoff Taylor, KSS Design Group
  82. Martin Robinson, KSS Group
  83. Tom Grove, Landmark Chambers
  84. David Nicholls, Landmark Chambers
  85. Jodie Thompson, Loft-Interiors
  86. Sally-Ann Smith, Loft-Interiors
  87. Lucy Lomas, Luma Marketing
  88. Paul Haniford, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
  89. Robert Penson, Maitland Chambers
  90. David Maltby, MBS Survey Software Ltd
  91. Steve Oliver, MLM
  92. Derry Long, Mollenhauer Group
  93. Ray McAuley, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure
  94. Craig Adamoli, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  95. Dan Reuben Robinson III, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  96. Geoff Kasselman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  97. Paul Danks, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  98. Mike Peskin, Osborne
  99. John Craig, Osborne
  100. Michael Popper, P3r Engineers
  101. Christine Voge Popper, P3r Engineers
  102. Audrey Stallard, Perkins+Will
  103. Kate Vine,  Perkins+Will
  104. Fiona Balance, Perkins+Will
  105. Firas Hnoosh, Perkins+Will
  106. Jack Pringle, Perkins+Will
  107. John Drew, Perkins+Will
  108. Linzi Cassels, Perkins+Will
  109. Lisa McDowell, Perkins+Will
  110. Steven  Charlton, Perkins+Will
  111. William Poole-Wilson , Perkins+Will
  112. Robbie Owen, Pinsent Masons
  113. Chad Sutton, Planning Clarity Legal
  114. Jamie Beeson, Price & Myers
  115. David Lockett, Price & Myers
  116. Regina Kertapati, Proctor and Matthews Architects
  117. Solmaz Zeidi, Proctor and Matthews Architects
  118. Mark Richards, Regys Consultants
  119. Noah Laith, Riereta Equities SL
  120. Malika Ennaji, Riereta Equities SL
  121. Nathalie Duncan-Sletten, Rise
  122. Becky Cheney, RLF
  123. Robert Myers Sheppard Robson, ID:SR
  124. Simon Chenery, Sidell Gibson
  125. Claire Fenwick, Spatial Dimensions
  126. Peter Fenwick, Spatial Dimensions
  127. Robert Kelly, Stewart Title
  128. Jonathan Ross, Structure Tone
  129. Kathy Basheva, Studio Basheva
  130. Niamh O’Connor, Summix Ltd
  131. Amy Stephens, Surface to Air
  132. Amina Akhtar, Surface to Air
  133. Holly Porter, Surface to Air
  134. Jamie Parr, Surface to Air
  135. Cyndy Dixon, Task Systems
  136. Carmen Corbino, Taylor Interiors
  137. Ollie Spragely, The Collective
  138. Nick Rees, The Collective
  139. David Blair, tp bennett
  140. Julian Sharpe, tp bennett
  141. Steve Masterson, tp bennett
  142. Mark Legg, Tripod
  143. Richard Paxton, Tripod
  144. Louise Dransfield, Building Magazine
  145. Stephen Grindley, UK Pinnacle
  146. Marc Preston,Vertice Development Management
  147. Anthony Brown,We are BW
  148. Becky Craddock,We are BW
  149. Lydia Millard,We are BW
  150. Amelia Saberwal,Woods Bagot
  151. Jonathan Clarke, Woods Bagot
  152. Simon Saint, Woods Bagot
  153. Andrew Goodwin, XYZ Survey Group Ltd
  154. Mark Russell  ZG Lighting (UK) Ltd
  155. Anne Fearon Brown, ZG Lighting (UK) Ltd
  156. Ian Abley


NAWIC - Kathy.jpgTo celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve invited Kathy Basheva, Head of Development at the National Association of Women in Construction and owner of Studio Basheva to share her ’10 commandments of networking’ with us.

1. You shall not judge a book by its cover: You will meet a wide range of people at MIPIM, and not all of them will find networking comfortable. Remember some people need a bit of time to come out of their shell, so be patient. This applies not only to MIPIM, but other events as well.

2. You shall keep eye contact: Eye contact is important, and there’s nothing worse than speaking to someone who’s constantly looking over your shoulder. Pay attention to the person you’re speaking to – you never know who they may introduce you to or what the conversation will lead to!

3. You shall be authentic: If you sell cups, don’t pretend that you sell crystal champagne glasses. You may be found out and you don’t want to lose face, so embrace what you do best. People like authenticity.

4. You shall give and receive: Assist people wherever you can – whether it’s helping someone find the location of their next meeting or recommending a good restaurant, it pays to help each other out. People often remember the small things.

5. You shall keep it simple: Despite the fact that you’ll be rubbing shoulders with your industry peers, don’t assume that everyone will know or understand what you do. Similarly, if you can’t explain what you do to your five year old niece, then practice and simplify your pitch.

6. You shall listen carefully: Not only will you learn something new, but you may find out that the person you’re speaking to is connected to someone you wish to meet, or that you know someone they want to meet!

7. You shall remember the person’s name: It’s professional, it’s polite and people will remember you for it.

8. You shall say something nice about the other person: Be generous and pay a compliment where it’s due. Whether it’s about their skills or delivery of a project, it helps to make the other person feel at ease and can help stimulate further conversation.

9. You shall be accessible: Speak to as many people as possible. Don’t assume that because someone is young or junior that they aren’t worth your time. Their companies selected them to attend Cannes for a reason. Give them your time because they are the rising stars of our industry.

10. You shall smile: Always!

About Kathy: Kathy established her architectural practice, Studio Basheva in London (www.studiobasheva.com) is also the head of Developing of NAWIC London & South East (www.nawic.co.uk). She is an avid networker and a MIPIM veteran and will be sharing her experience from her Twitter (@StudioBasheva) and Instragram (studio_basheva_architecture) throughout MIPIM and @nawicldn.

Holly Porter on…hot topics at MIPIM

Guest post: Holly Porter, Founding Director of Surface to Air


MIPIM is a melting pot for the world’s property industry. Once delegates from the UK cross the channel and converge in Cannes, events from the past year get boiled down and conversations – whether with old contacts or new connections – tend to revolve around a few select themes. Here are my predictions for what will be the “hot topics” at this year’s MIPIM:

1) Brexit: the London stand is an established feature at MIPIM, but this will be first time when it will present itself while preparing to depart from the EU. It’s unquestionable that Brexit will feature heavily at MIPIM – both in general conversation and at the various formal talks and panel discussions. We should use it as an opportunity to show that, despite the outlook back home, London and the UK is still attractive to a global market.

2) The housing crisis: With the Housing White Paper only recently published, and the UK in the midst of a serious housing shortage, how we can make meaningful change in this area will certainly be a hot topic at this year’s MIPIM. With developers, financiers, city leaders, agents, local authorities, architects and planners all in one place at one time, MIPIM will provide the perfect platform to get to heart of this issue and hold genuine talks on how to solve it.

3) PRS: The new kid on the block or an old acquaintance that we’ve only recently reconnected with? Rewind to 1917 and the private rented sector accounted for around 90% of all UK homes. A change in mind-set is desperately needed here; the property industry is ahead of curve compared to the average homeowner so discussions about how we reverse misconceptions and instigate a step change in thinking back home should be high priority at MIPIM.

4) The weather: We Brits can’t resist the opportunity to moan about the weather – too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy. Last year it was so varied we’re still remembering it one year on – who could forget “Wet Wednesday”!? At least if you exhaust all other topics and find a lull in conversation, you can always play up to the stereotype and fall back on this old reliable. Let’s just hope that this year the climate in Cannes gives us little to complain about!

About Holly: Holly is the Founding Director of architecture practice Surface to Air and has over 15 years’ industry experience. She is also the founder of industry networking event, Chicks with Bricks, which is holding a special MIPIM event while out in Cannes. If you’re available on Thursday evening, she’d love to see you there.

Graham Parker on…MIPIM

Guest post: Graham Parker, Editor in Chief of MIPIM News

gpMIPIM can be a confusing place at the best of times. With well over 20,000 people who always seem to have too many meetings in their diaries, too few hotel beds, too few restaurant tables and rapacious taxi drivers it can sometimes be maddeningly frustrating.

But for more than a quarter of a century Europe’s real estate industry has made it the indispensable meeting place. At its best it’s a hotbed of new ideas, of chance meetings, of renewing friendships. It’s as if the spring sunshine of the Cote d’Azur gives everyone an injection of energy.

So how to turn all that into business opportunities? First, you have to let people know you’re there. It’s too easy to meet the same crowd in the same place but property is becoming increasingly fragmented and business can come from unexpected directions. It pays to take a little time out to build your profile with a wider audience.

Regular social media posts and an organised approach to networking are undoubtedly important, but they don’t beat the media when it comes to reaching the whole industry. There will be nearly 500 journalists at MIPIM. Just as you will expect to go home with some new business leads and a stack of business cards to follow up, they expect to go home with copy. So get a couple of press meetings in the diary before you leave for Cannes. Contact details are on the MIPIM website and we don’t bite. Not often, anyway.

And where better than in MIPIM’s own daily paper, MIPIM News? We’re on level 5 of the Palais with a very nice view over the harbour. Come and say Hi.