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…

Go Dutch Dinner: last tickets remaining!

MIPIM 2018 is nearly upon us! Ahead of everyone finalising their plans, we wanted to flag that just a few tickets remain for our Go Dutch Dinner on Monday evening.


Our Go Dutch Dinner is attended each year by a range of our contacts, from developers and investors to property advisors and construction industry professionals.

Every year it gets bigger and better, so we look forward to welcoming you!

Please contact to find out more and book your place.

Fleeing the beast from the east: your packing guide for MIPIM

While the UK is in the grip of winter, we can’t help but daydream of sunnier climes in Cannes. It’s an ambitious thought considering Cannes has been experiencing snowstorms and lows of -3, but we’re pleased to report that the weather forecast is looking distinctly brighter and warmer going into next weekend.

Our MIPIM packing guide often attracts a lot of readers and interest, which isn’t surprising given you probably have limited space and many scenarios to cater for.

Whether you’re opting for carry on or hold, we’ve got your back, with tips and advice on what to pack for the biggest conference in the property calendar.


  • Your business cards. Do something different and go for an embossed design or luxe card material. It’s often the smallest things that provide a talking point.
  • Flat shoes! We’ve seen enough shoe victims to really stress this point, as you do not want to be caught out blistered, sore and limping along the You can change into your fancy footwear once you hit your destination.
  • Layers, lots of layers. As we’ve learned this week, the weather can be unpredictable so pack for rain and sun.
  • And on that note, you also want to look and feel If you’re meeting with a top business target, you’ll want to exude confidence, so pack your smartest clothes.
  • Sunglasses (not just for selfies) and umbrellas (not just for sunbathing)
  • An assortment of medication; stock up on plasters, painkillers and medicine at the airport so you don’t get caught out with a bad headache or by dodgy mussels.
  • Tech – headphones for when you’re on the move calling back home, and portable chargers for when you’re between meetings and running low on battery.

And if you can spare the time, here’s what to bring back with you:

  • Check out the local pharmacies – they’re a treasure trove of delights and filled to the brim with brands cheaper than back home. We recommend Caudalie, Nuxe, and La Roche-Posay.
  • Explore Marché Forville, a local food market with an array of delicious cheeses.
  • Most importantly of all: lots of new contacts. Remember to note down who you met with and what you talked about. MIPIM’s only worth the investment if you do the follow up back home.

And if you do find yourself caught out at MIPIM then look out for our team who will be hand with our ‘in case of an emergency’ tins.

Help, I’m a MIPIM newbie!

In just over a month, the most influential players from across the property industry will arrive en masse for an action packed four days of networking, learning, and fun.

As one of the industry’s most celebrated (and famous) events, being new to the party can be daunting. If that’s you, then fear not as we have called on our MIPIM friends who know the tips and tricks for making it through what will be one of the best weeks of your working year:

  • Shoes, and plenty of them. Bring your smart shoes, fancy shoes, and summer shoes – but make sure they’re all comfy ones. Blisters aren’t a good look, especially when accompanied by tears.
  • Leave room for spontaneity and chance encounters. It’s where the magic happens.
  • Come rain or shine, you’ll want to be prepared. We all hope (optimistically) for wall-to-wall sunshine in Cannes, but experience has taught us better than to forget our umbrellas.
  • Embrace wellness and start the day with a run or an early morning yoga session. You won’t feel so bad when you’re sipping that glass of rosé later.
  • Protect yourself with lip balm and sunscreen by picking up one of our MIPIM survival tins. Lobsters are strictly for eating.
  • Check out MIPIM’s dedicated ‘first timers’ There’s complimentary breakfast and lunch, concierge, networking sessions with MIPIM pioneers, and a mysterious ‘welcome gift’!
  • Check out the conference programme and make the most of being there. MIPIM has organised a fantastic line-up this year centred around urban life in the future. Expect debate, trends and insights from those leading the charge worldwide.

MIPIM is a significant investment so it’s important to get involved and make the most of it. We’ll be bringing you tips and tricks of the trade over the coming weeks. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or newcomer, there’ll be something for everyone.

Thank you to our contributors for their top tips. Read the full list below and let us know if you have any others to add!


The ultimate pre-MIPIM party: Yes Oui Cannes

We’re only three weeks into the year but MIPIM is already firmly in our sights.

Hopefully your flights and accommodation are booked, and you can now focus on the real purpose of your visit. We’ll be sharing some tips on making the most of MIPIM in our next blog, but before that we want to draw your attention to the industry’s famous pre-Cannes warm-up, MIPIM Yes Oui Cannes.

On Wednesday 28 February, key players in the property industry will come together to network and generate new business leads before heading to Cannes. Hosted and organised by our friend Derry Long, it’s a great opportunity to brush up on your networking skills and meet some friendly faces before the main event. And if that’s not convincing enough, all proceeds raised by ticket fees will be donated to the construction industry’s charity of voice, CRASH.

Tickets are selling quickly so we recommend booking sooner rather than later.

See you there!