MIPIM UK – The major themes this year

MIPIM UK took place last week at Old Billingsgate, revealing the biggest themes from the real estate industry from the past few months and predicting what we can expect from the sector within the next year.

The two-day event began with Esther McVey’s keynote speech on the UK needing to build 300,000 homes per year by mid-2020’s to help end the housing crisis – a target which, according to The Times, is almost double the amount of new homes built in 2018. McVey continued her keynote speech by outlining her plans to create a planning “A team” to achieve the ambitious target. The A team of specialist planners will help councils accelerate the progress on projects with their specialist skills and technical know-how, which should help move on the progress with struggling schemes.

The housing minister also stated that within the next 10 years, the UK should aim to become the world leader in modular construction. She acknowledged its benefits of it being “less inconvenient and noisy for local residents” as well as providing “more certainty during construction”.  Its advantages seem to be recognised globally as this modern method of construction is being embraced in many countries. In Japan, Sekisui House, built 43,735 modular homes in 2018 and Sweden built just under half of its homes off-site. By comparison,  the UK currently builds around 15,000 modular homes per year, and the government will therefore need to commit to the modern method of construction if it is serious about becoming a world leader.

The inevitable topic of Brexit was also touched upon, Dr Nicole Lux mentioned that German banks are withholding investment from the UK due to the uncertainty in the economy. German banks are one of the UK’s biggest lenders for new commercial property opportunities, this could therefore pose a problem of raising capital for new development. However, Erik Sonden, Senior Advisier at DTZ, framed this uncertainty as a “short term transition period”, and explained that London has little to worry about as its grandeur and strong position as an investment market are enough to retain investors.         

As the day progressed towards industry trends, it’s no surprise that traditional commercial office space was said to be a thing of the past. With more and more  companies moving toward co-working spaces, serviced offices and/or agile working policies, all of which take into consideration the well-being of employees. Juliette Morgan, Head of Campus at British Land, attributed the future of the office space to hospitality, highlighting that landlords need to continue to treat occupiers as consumers rather than just tenants, through areas that stimulate employees rather than just a “sea of white desks”. Juliette finished by summarising the next big trends in the industry including zones that block Wi-Fi and have spaces for education, pointing to the fact that  consumers’ needs in the workplace are changing and offices are no longer about just place but quality.

This is the same in the retail sector. Despite the reported decrease in consumer confidence, Ben Rogers, Director at Centre for London, provided an interesting insight, stating that “Retail is not dying – bad retail is dying”. In order for the physical retail environment to compete with the online world, stores need to provide consumers with an experience, rather than the usual monotonous store visit. Through delivering a unique offering, this point of difference should generate more customer loyalty, helping brands stay competitive.   

With design now being centred around the people that inhabit the place rather than just the space, the future of the built environment looks more promising than ever to deliver more user orientated places. We look forward to seeing how these themes will develop when we all meet again at MIPIM Cannes 2020.      

Looking ahead to MIPIM 2020

It seems like only yesterday we were flying out to Cannes for the 30th anniversary of the biggest property event of the year but here we are today marking the six-month countdown to MIPIM 2020. It also means we’re back with our Maximising MIPIM blog – a place where you can pick up hot tips, advice, and recommendations in the run-up to the main event.

MIPIM is all about people and connecting with each other, which is why are starting the week again with our ‘Go Dutch Dinner’ on the Monday night. A fixture of the MIPIM calendar for more than ten years, Go Dutch attracts a broad range of companies from across the property industry – from developers and investors to consultants and construction professionals. We host around 120 people each year, many of whom are regular guests, but we love to see new faces too. If you would like to join us, please contact nicola@holisticgroup.co.uk.

We’ll be back soon with more content to fuel your excitement and quash your nerves, but in the meantime, we’ve got you covered with a back catalogue of our greatest hits, from what to pack, tips for MIPIM newbies, a guide to new business meetings and much more.

Your guide to packing for MIPIM 2019!

It’s that time of year again.

Today, out of offices will be set across the real estate world as thousands of industry players prepare to fly, cycle and hop aboard the Cannes Cannes Express for the biggest property conference of the year.

At a glance, the weather forecast is looking changeable so we’re not optimistic about breaking any temperature records. But, after more than 15 years at MIPIM we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks on how to make the most of your packing space and prepare for every scenario:

Your MIPIM Essentials:

BUSINESS CARDS and lots of them! Networking is why you are here, spread your cards across different bags, in your check-in and holdall. You never know who you might meet in the queue for security and you don’t want to be left in the lurch if the airline misplaces your bag (we know from experience).

Sensible shoes! We are championing trainers this year. You can still look professional and smart with some slick trainers. Limping along the Croisette after a day of events is not a good look, so break out your best Reeboks and Balmains!

Lots of layers. The sun may shine in the day, but the coastal breeze will come as a shock.

An umbrella/ raincoat. Any attendees last year will remember Thursday’s washout.

Sunglasses! (self-explanatory).

Your mobile office – a tote bag for the MIPIM freebies, headphones for phone calls on the move, a portable charger and a pen (retro, we know!) but a couple of bullet points written on the back of a business card will help with your follow up back home.

Medical supplies – the days are long and jam-packed with canapes and tipples, so make sure you stock up on some plasters, painkillers, and medicine.

If you do get caught out on this last point, then look out for the Holistic team who will be on hand with our ‘in case of emergency’ MIPIM tins.

Happy networking and we will see you on the Croisette.

MIPIM 2019 and Yes Oui Cannes

With MIPIM 2019 just under two months away, preparation for the 30th year of the biggest event in the real estate calendar is well underway.

Held in Cannes from 12 – 15th March, MIPIM is the main event on the international real estate agenda that brings together more than 26,000 delegates from over 100 countries to network, strike deals and debate the future of the industry.

Holistic has been attending MIPIM for more than 15 years, and in that time has learned how to get the most out of the week while picking up some top tips along the way. Our Maximising MIPIM blog is back once again to help you on your journey, whether you’re a newbie or veteran we’ll be sharing advice, insight and opinion from our team of experts and other heavy hitters from the property sphere.

Start brushing up on your networking skills by attending the annual pre-Cannes warmup, MIPIM Yes Oui Cannes, which returns to Forge in Cornhill, London on Wednesday 27th February 2019. Organised by Derry Long, Liz Ackland and Neil Stanley, the famous pre-MIPIM networking event provides a friendly and relaxed environment for key players in the UK property industry to meet, reconnect and generate new business before heading to the South of France. Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be served upon reception and followed by a cash bar.  Tickets are selling quickly so we recommend booking sooner rather than later.

Keep an eye out for new posts on our LinkedIn and Twitter as we gear up for MIPIM 2019.

MIPIM’s over – what next?

As we wave goodbye to MIPIM 2018, we look ahead to other events we’re involved with this year – there is plenty more networking to be done yet!

CoreNet Global UK: 19 April 2019, The Mermaid Theatre, London

CoreNet Global UK’s 2018 Big Day will take place on 19 April 2018 at The Mermaid London, Puddle Dock London EC4V 3DB.

The conference will see a stellar line up of top speakers tackling the issue of uncertainty and providing practical solutions on how the corporate real estate sector can respond in times of change. The programme will explore topics including management through trust in the new workplace, leadership in CRE, the trend towards co-working spaces and flexible leases, and communication and collaboration with the C-Suite.

One Big Day attracts hundreds of professionals from across the corporate real estate sector, who come together every year to discuss challenges and solutions alongside guest speakers from inside and outside of the industry. Don’t miss this exciting event and book your tickets.

To keep up to date with the latest information on One Big Day 2018, follow the CoreNet Global UK Chapter LinkedIn page and Twitter feed and look out for our latest announcements on speakers and show highlights.

Summit of the RICS World Built Environment Forum, 23-24 April, InterContinental London, The O2, London SE10

The RICS London Summit’s core theme is technology and innovation-driven disruption, in the context of urbanisation.

This year’s headline speaker is Tesla co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, JB Straubel. Other organisations represented in this agenda-setting programme include JLL, CBRE Global Investors, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Aberdeen Asset Management, Urban Land Institute, Panama Canal Authority, Hinduja Investment and Project Services, IBM, Volvo Group, Deliveroo, Intel Corporation, Urban Land Institute, Financial Times and many more.

The Summit is an opportunity to be part of a core of global leaders who will shape our physical world. This event is specifically designed for senior professionals to network, share their thinking and gain new insight into the future of the built environment, and what it means in practice and for businesses in the industry.

SIOR Europe: 27-29 June 2018, Poland

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) is holding this year’s European Conference in Warsaw, Poland, from Wednesday 27 June to Friday 29 June 2018.

SIOR has over 3,200 members worldwide and is the leading global professional office and industrial real estate association. Considered one of the most important events in the SIOR schedule, the conference attracts international investors, developers and consultants working in commercial real estate, including members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Industrial Asset Management Council.

The association’s annual conference programme provides members with a forum for debate as well as an educational platform to share best practice and learn about new initiatives and disruptors in the industry. At the Warsaw conference there will be a mix of keynote sessions, panel discussions, debates, Q&As, workshops and educational sessions, plus social and networking events.

Little Britain Challenge Cup: 14-15 September 2018, Cowes

The property and construction industry’s number one regatta brings together hundreds of people from our industry to sail, socialise and fundraise. The 2017 event raised £34,000 for charity.

The 2018 event is well underway. It will again take place at Shepards Wharf, with its own dedicated marina and the Sugar Store, and there will be an array of team building, events and networking opportunities. The racing programme will be delivered by The Island Sailing Club, which organises the world’s largest sailing event, the Round the Island race.

Little Britain attracts project teams celebrating success and companies looking to team build and entertain key clients.

Holistic’s MD Sophie is on the LBCC committee and helps promote this unique event, which delivers great networking and team building, while raising money for those in need.

Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP), London, Manchester, Cambridge, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Southampton, Oxford, Belfast 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 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 across our regions this year. There’ll be even more chapters launching this year so keep an eye out for those too.

And finally

With your networking skills truly polished after what we hope was a successful MIPIM, we hope to see you at the many events coming up this year. Don’t forget what you’re there for, though, and remember to do the all-important follow up! Check out our checklist from last year for further tips and advice on this front.

Go Dutch will of course be back again in 2019 and we hope to see even more of you there next year! If you want to know what you missed out on in 2018, take a look at our top pictures from the night.