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 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.

Reflections on MIPIM

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…