Back in September!


MIPIM 2016 did not disappoint. Despite the day of rain, delegates were as engaged and involved as ever as 23,500 industry professionals from 90 countries gathered to discuss ‘housing the world’.

We hope that all of the tips we have given you in the run up to MIPIM 2016 have been useful and that they will stand you in good stead for next year too.

We’ll be back in September with more tips, advice and featured guest bloggers – watch this space! And in the meantime if you have any questions or requests for topics to be covered next time please contact us:

MIPIM’s over for another year. What next?


By now, all you expert networkers will be starting to look ahead at the next big events to plan for following MIPIM. There are several other events taking place this year, which will provide further opportunities to network with prospects and fellow professionals including any new-found contacts from Cannes.

Here at Holistic, we’re involved in a few so we thought we’d take this opportunity to tell you about them. Get in touch if you’d like to know more.

The first is the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) European Conference in London. Taking place from Thursday 23 to Friday 24 June, at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, the event will see high calibre speakers including John Smart, Program Director – Internet of Things Facilities and Real Estate, at IBM and Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, debate the future of the sector.

The event is aimed at investors, developers and consultants in commercial real estate, including members of the SIOR, RICS and IAMC, and key topics include:

  • Investing and doing business in Europe
  • Global location trends
  • The evolving global supply chain and e-commerce and its impact on industrial real estate
  • From Hype to Here, the Internet of Things is changing Everything.

Participants from Austria, India, Ireland, Poland, the UK and the USA have already signed up so more information and to book your tickets, please visit: Delegate places range from £345 to £495.

And from 9-10 September 2016 is the Little Britain Challenge Cup (LBCC) sailing regatta in Cowes in the Isle of Wight. Our MD Sophie Eastwood sits on the committee – and the chairman David Kong along with some other committee members actually sailed to MIPIM this year!

LBCC last year welcomed 60 yachts and a total of 700 UK professionals from across the industry – developers, investors, consultants, architects and construction firms – compete. This helped LBCC raise a total of £21,110 for the variety of charities that benefit from the event each year, including the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, the Paralympic British Sailing Team and local charities in the Isle of Wight.

The event harnesses our sector’s enthusiasm for sailing to both raise money for charity and provide some great networking for UK professionals. 2016 is expected to be bigger and better and entries open next month (April):

Post-MIPIM check list

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We hope you had a good time in Cannes last week and have used the weekend to recover and relax. As MIPIM closes for another year, we’re back to remind you of the final few steps to be taken to conclude another successful conference.

Now is the time that the great collection of business cards that you’ve accumulated over the past week comes into play and all –important follow up begins:

  • Derry Long has touched on following up before in his guest blog post, we strongly advise that you do make contact with new contacts as well as those that you already know. This is one of the most important business development actions you can undertake and will ensure – once more – that you make the most of the opportunity. You’ll be fresh in people’s minds and they’ll have your contact details should they need them. If contacts were strong prospects then it’s a good idea to arrange a meeting to discuss opportunities further and if they are not a potential prospect it could be a nice gesture to say it was nice to meet them.
  • Hopefully you’ll have written notes on your phone or on the back of business cards so that you can identify what you spoke to each contact about. Use these notes to add a personal touch when you follow up as you may have spoken about ways you could work together, or it might help them remember who you are too.
  • LinkIn with new contacts that you’ve met if you haven’t already. They’re likely to share corporate news through LinkedIn which will help you to stay on top of any new developments within their business.
  • Twitter should not be underestimated so don’t hesitate to follow those you have met. You can create a MIPIM list on Twitter or subscribe to one that you’ve been added to. This can be a good way of keeping in touch and engaging with fellow MIPIM delegates.
  • Take a moment, with your team, to review your MIPIM. How did it go? What went especially well? What could be done differently or better next year?
  • And, finally, start thinking about booking flights, accommodation and delegate passes for next year. Diarise key dates and sort out budgets in good time to allow you to book early flights and accommodation. It really does make a difference.

Later this week: upcoming events for those needing their next conference fix.

And it begins!


The sun is shining, the crowds have descended at the Palais and MIPIM has kicked off for 2016.

We hope some of the tips we’ve given have been helpful in preparing for MIPIM and that they are put into practice over the next few days.

Thank you to all of those who attended Go Dutch last night and made it such a good event, we hope you enjoyed it – the Holistic team certainly did!

We’ll be back next week with further advice on following up.

Have a successful week and a great time.

Chicks with Bricks

Guest post: Holly Porter, founder of Chicks with Bricks

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Chicks with Bricks was founded in 2005 as a non-profit networking organisation to connect women – and men – in the industry to their female peers and role models. Each event brings 150-200 guests together for drinks and lively debate led by inspirational female figures from across the property and construction sectors.

We attract a mix of architects, developers, planners, lawyers, engineers, bankers, academics, policymakers, manufacturers, contractors, surveyors, project managers and media, so it’s a representative cross-section of our industry. At our UK events only 12% of the audience are made up of men to highlight the reverse of the current imbalance in the sector.

And we’re supported by high profile bodies such as; The National Association of Women in Construction, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, The Construction Industry Council and Women in Architecture. We’re also pleased to have Building and Building Design as media partners.

At MIPIM this year, we’re delighted to have launched our inaugural event – the first of many we hope! We’ll be combining networking, dinner and an after party on the Thursday night at a great venue on the beach in Cannes. If you’ve already secured your place, look out for the taxis with our pink Chicks with Bricks logo to get a lift to the event. For those of you who haven’t booked yet, there are still a few tickets left for the dinner and room at the after party. Go to to find out more.

All profits go to help young, disadvantaged women get into construction through The Prince’s Trusts ‘Get into’ programmes.

As well as running Chicks with Bricks, I am also founder and director of Surface to Air Architects, a London-based practice known for its work in the education, commercial and residential sectors. I hope to see you in Cannes, at Chicks with Bricks on Thursday night or at one of our future gatherings. You won’t be disappointed!


2016 MIPIM themes

We’re briefly steering away from practical tips to explore this year’s MIPIM themes which are sure to be key areas of conversation and focus at the conference. To kick the discussions off with less than a week to go until MIPIM, we’ll be sharing expert guest posts on the following themes:


  • Public vs. Private sector requirements
  • Density, infrastructure
  • Responsibility & policy


  • Return on investment
  • Preferred investment vehicles
  • Regional aspects


  • Innovation
  • Architecture
  • Mixed-use vs. pure residential
  • Impact of climate change

Investing in infrastructure

Guest post: Ben Walker, Director of CS2 and Head of Manchester office

Ben Walker, CS2 MIPIM

I am biased, I believe I live in the best city in the UK. I live in Manchester, and with living costs on the continuous rise in London, more young professionals are choosing Manchester as a next move. The city has career prospects and good transport links, as well as a strong culture and identity, and not to forget its renowned social scene.

Fast becoming a city of choice for graduates, the population of its centre alone grew by almost 100,000 in the last 15 years, a rise of 23% and the main catalyst behind the region’s residential boom. As a result, the city has the second highest house building rate outside of London (NHBC registrations 2013).

This rapid growth, while encouraging news for investors, has its drawbacks. A growing and highly concentrated population is bound to place increasing strain on local services and infrastructure, most notably on education and health services. These facilities are already stretched and as the wave of young professionals gravitate towards starting their own families, they’re likely to view the city differently. They’ll want to think about schools, child care facilities and access to the nearest GP surgery without necessarily wanting to follow the generational, and increasingly outdated, trend of moving to the suburbs.

This is where good, community-based developments can offer solutions. Developers can provide new spaces for community facilities as part of their developments. The property industry should look at cities like Paris, Edinburgh and London, which all have a well-established infrastructure, and consider the boom in residential as a practical opportunity to add increased benefit to communities above and beyond housing.

Introducing Ben:

Ben is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 11 years’ experience within the commercial property industry. His experience includes the provision of project management and building surveying services to a variety of clients across a full range of sectors and building types.