Sun has quickly turned to rain in Cannes, but it hasn’t dampened our spirits. Delegates are out in full force to make the most of their last day at MIPIM.
We started the conference in style on Monday at our annual Go Dutch Dinner, welcoming 150 people for an evening of informal networking, food and drinks on the beach. It’s always the best way to start the week and it’s hard to believe that we’re now in the final stretch.
In our last 24 hours we want to take the opportunity to reflect on what’s been an enormously positive week, and one we hope will lead to positive outcomes for everyone. We’ve spoken to some of our key contacts in the industry to find out what they’ve been up to this week, and what they’re looking forward to in the next 24 hours.
Michael Riordan, Managing Director of Linesight UK, said: “Myself and my colleagues Rhonda and Andrew have been in Cannes this week, using the opportunity to meet with key clients and develop some new contacts.
“Our UK team are working on multiple high-profile projects in the commercial and PRS residential sector in Manchester, so we were looking forward to hearing about the latest trends and news from the city at the opening reception at the Manchester Pavilion on Tuesday.
“Important events for us included the hotel investment trends discussion on Wednesday afternoon and the senior living discussion on urban space where we compared notes with our peers and clients on the trends we can expect to see in the hospitality market in London, and our two senior living schemes on site in London and Devon this year.”
And there is still plenty to enjoy in the 24 hours, particularly if you’re invited to the best Thursday night parties. Trevor Goode, Partner and Head of the Planning and Public Sector team at Ashurst, added: “MIPIM provides a chance to facilitate networking between our clients, particularly at our client focused dinners and at our annual Ashurst cocktail party, this year on Thursday 15th March, which is attended by a range of our UK and pan-European clients.”
Looking back, one of the biggest conversations of the week has been London Festival of Architecture’s Elephant Campaign, which tackles discriminatory behaviour in the built environment industry and encourages industry leaders to commit to positive change. It’s a conversation that has dominated countless lunches, cocktail reception and dinners, and we’re feeling encouraged by the number of people proudly sporting their elephant badges along the Croisette!
We hope you’ve all had a successful MIPIM 2018 so far. We’ll be back in the coming days to share our top photos from the week, as well as some advice on how to tackle the all-important follow up back home – it’s not over yet…