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!


Women Talk Real Estate take on MIPIM

Walking along the Croisette in Cannes during MIPIM is one of the easiest times to see the lack of gender diversity in the property industry. As the industry gathers to do business in the sunshine, it is the men in suits that dominate the seafront restaurants and the sidewalk bars.

That vista across the streets of andrea-carpenterCannes should bring home to female professionals that, as a smaller proportion of the experts working in the industry, it is even more important to ensure that visibility counts.

At Women Talk Real Estate, we believe that one of the best ways we can do this is to use the stage at industry events and the media to raise the profile of our female experts.

Currently, around 14% of speakers at events are female. We think this doesn’t truly showcase the expertise of female professionals, or reflect the diversity of the industry we want going forward.

As we get more female experts on stage, it will have both an individual benefit and a collective one. For the individual, being on stage and in the media gets female professionals and their expertise recognised and can lead to better business opportunities and career progression.

For the representation of women overall, the visibility challenges stereotypes about what women do in the industry and it also provides more role models for younger generations.

We know that there is a strong universe of female experts to help stage diverse events so we are working with them and event organisers to make sure the two connect. We have a database of female professionals that are keen to speak at events and this is accessed by event organisers and the media.

Our database currently has more than 300 female professionals registered and we have seen invitations extended to 65 potential speakers in our first couple of months of being up and running.

We know that we can’t change the representation of women in our industry overnight but we believe that because visibility matters, practical initiatives such as Women Talk Real Estate can make a positive contribution.

If you are a female professional in our industry, register to join our database or get in touch to find out more.

Andrea Carpenter is a Director of Women Talk Real Estate

MIPIM 2018 offers a glimpse into the future

After a successful outing at MIPIM UK, which featured everything from candy floss stalls to panel debates on regional investment, we’re ready for the main event in Cannes.

An official MIPIM 2018 trailer has already whetted our appetite for the world’s biggest property blockbuster, so what can we expect from 13-16 March at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, when the red carpet becomes the runway for property’s leading international players?

The Theme

While the full agenda is yet to be announced, the emerging theme is very much focused on the future – not just the industry, but the world we live in. The big question posed is: what will urban life be like in 2030, or even 2050? In MIPIM’s Mapping World Urbanity video, figures suggest that 91% of the growth in global consumption will come from city dwellers, and 63% of people in emerging countries will live in cities.

So how will the industry develop and invest in real estate when cities start to rule the world? We’re interested to see how the conference programme shapes up with this theme in mind, and who drives the conversation in a meaningful way.

What do we know already?

MIPIM has released its ‘programme at-a-glance’ so delegates can start earmarking the events they want to attend, many of which focus on urban development. Other highlights include the MIPIM Awards, which honours the industry’s most outstanding projects, and the Startup Competition, which rewards innovation in the real estate market.

Who’s attending?

With more than 24,000 participants, including political leaders, investors, developers, and service providers, 3,000 exhibitors from 100 countries, countless conferences, panel sessions and seminars, MIPIM really is in a league of its own.

Whether you’re a first timer or old timer, we’ll be regularly blogging in the run-up to give you the latest news, insight and advice, so avoid the fear of missing MIPIM and book your pass today. You won’t regret it.

MIPIM 2018 is on the horizon, but MIPIM UK is in the spotlight

As one of the biggest property events in the industry comes to a close, we draw our attention to MIPIM UK.

From 18-19 October 2017, key influencers and stakeholders in UK real estate will head to Olympia London for one of the most comprehensive property conferences in the calendar.

MIPIM UK’s theme is “UK Real Estate – The Next Chapter” which will explore how the UK is responding to the immediate challenges of the property market, investment opportunities, and Brexit.

Here are just a few highlights of what to expect from this year’s programme…


In partnership with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by BNP Paribas, the London @MIPIMUK area is an interactive exhibition zone dedicated to all things London and the people shaping its future. Seminars will highlight the capital’s leading development opportunities and debates will explore current issues impacting the city.

Skills and development

MIPIM UK 2017 is now a member of the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service and will provide opportunities for developing skills and knowledge at the conference. The CPD conference programme will cover everything from investment, development, global opportunities, innovation and housing. Check out the full list of CPD conferences on the MIPIM UK website to find out more.

Tech talk

It’s no surprise that WIRED editor, Greg Williams, has been chosen to open this year’s conference given the impact technology has had on UK real estate. Check out Greg’s recent interview for a flavour of what to expect from his keynote speech, as well as his opinion on the areas of real estate most ripe for disruption.


Last but by no means least, a new networking area sponsored by Resiland will feature for the first time allowing you to connect with like-minded professionals during the conference. And while we’re all for chance encounters, we also recommend downloading the MIPIM UK app so you can view delegates’ profiles who match your business requirements in advance.

With more than 3,000 participants from across real estate, including big names such as Balfour Beatty, Aviva, Kier, Regus, Trinity and Trowers & Hamlins, this year’s MIPIM UK is not to be missed. We’ll see you there.

Get involved!

On a final note, our Maximising MIPIM blog is back and we’ll be blogging on all things MIPIM 2018 to make sure everyone’s set for the main event in Cannes.

Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved, share any events your company is hosting, or even give us a hot tip!

We have a feeling that MIPIM 2018 will be our best yet.

MIPIM may be over, but there’s plenty to look forward to

Another year and another MIPIM passes – we hope our tips were helpful and that you had a brilliant event. Now comes the all-important follow-up to nurture the new relationships we have forged.

And networking doesn’t stop here. We’re involved in several more events across the year and we hope to see you at some of them.

Property Awards: 4 April 2017, The Grosvenor, London

The Property Awards celebrate excellence across the industry, from deals to finance, sustainability to proptech, and rising stars to working environments property companies provide for their staff.

Holistic is delighted to be sponsoring the Sustainability Achievement of the Year Award and looks forward to announcing the winner on the night.

Little Britain Challenge Cup: 15-16 September 2017, Cowes

Holistic’s MD Sophie is on the LBCC committee again this year and it’s all change as the event celebrates its 30th birthday.

There’s been a complete pricing overhaul so it’s better value than ever. There’s more variety. The Island Sailing Club – the organisers of the world’s largest sailing event, the Round the Island race – will be creating a bespoke racing schedule to suit all classes. There’s a new venue: Shepards Wharf. It has its own dedicated marina, the Sugar Store where there’ll be festival-style onshore events and a food extravaganza each night.

It’s an excellent event for team building – from within your own business, from your projects or from your favourite clients and contacts. And it’s all for charity – what’s not to love!

UK Construction Week: 10-12 October 2017, Birmingham NEC

UK Construction Week is the UK’s largest construction trade event. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC, the event unites over 650 exhibitors with an audience of over 30,000 trade visitors. Holistic is pleased to be working with the UKCW team to promote the event, construction as a career and the innovation spearheaded by the industry.

Chicks with Bricks, London

Chicks with Bricks is a proactive network for established and emerging women in the construction industry. It also provides invaluable support for the Prince’s Trust.

The volume and calibre of attendees at each event are outstanding, as we saw again at this year’s MIPM event. Keep an eye on the website for future events and get involved.

Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP), London, Manchester, Cambridge 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’s 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 in London, Manchester, Cambridge and Dubai. Keep an eye out for new branches launching across the UK and beyond this year too.

Go Dutch will be back next year and so we wanted to end this year’s post with the words of our guests. We hope to see even more of you next year!

“Every year it gets better and better and louder and louder! Fantastic networking event; starts MIPIM with a bang; well done to all the team at Holistic.” – Paul Danks, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank-GCS

“I really enjoyed the Holistic Go Dutch event and amongst the various events I attended at MIPIM, I found it to be one of the most successful in networking terms.” – Andreas Krause, MD, Krause Architects

“The Go Dutch Dinner switches on the right networking behaviours for the rest of the MIPIM week” – Marcus Harling, Partner, Burges Salmon LLP

“Always a well organised and attended evening – a great way to start the MIPIM week. already looking forward to the same gathering next year. Well done all the holistic team.” – Mike Peskin, Business Development Director, Osborne

“Go Dutch has the uncanny knack of starting your MIPIM week on a high. Great people all wanting to network, have fun and get the best out of MIPIM. Well done to Sophie and her team for organising one of the must-attend events at MIPIM. See you next year.” – Derry Long BSc, MollenhauerGroup

Holistic Go Dutch Guest List

Hot off the press, here is the list of guests attending Holistic’s Go Dutch drinks reception and dinner on Monday from 7pm. It is sure to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there. Wishing you a safe journey. The Holistic Team

  1. Andrea Schrader, Ackroyd Lowrie
  2. Zoe Allen, Acrylicize
  3. Cany Ash, Ash Sakula Architects
  4. Renata Osiecka, Axiimmo
  5. Vikki Swan, Bennington Green Ltd
  6. Harriet  Butterfield, Bennington Green Ltd
  7. Keith Kirkwood, Bennington Green Ltd
  8. Diana Hird, Bennington Green Ltd
  9. Katy Klingopulos, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
  10. Naomi Willoughby-Foster, lain Boland Solicitors
  11. Geoff Halliwell, Bond Bryan Architects
  12. Matthew Jones, Bowman Riley Architects
  13. Dominic Bate, Boyes Rees Architects Ltd
  14. Jane Boyes, Boyes Rees Architects Ltd
  15. Gary Loo, Boyes Rees Architects Ltd
  16. Laura Kozasvili, British Property Federation
  17. Ghis Halpenny, British Property Federation
  18. Justin Bird, BTP Group (Barrie Tankel Partnership)
  19. John Brennan, BTP Group (Barrie Tankel Partnership)
  20. Marcus Harling, Burges Salmon LLP
  21. Terry O’Dell, Butler & Young
  22. Michael Swiszczowski, Chapman Taylor
  23. Ross Sturley, Chart Lane
  24. Gareth  Atkinson, Civic Engineers
  25. Tony Laws, Clearview Homes Ltd
  26. Anthony Laws, Clearview Homes Ltd
  27. Wayne Manners, Climate Engineering Solutions
  28. Stuart Johnson, Collins Construction
  29. Jason Warren, Collins Construction
  30. Steve Davies, Collins Construction
  31. John Cutlack, COWI UK
  32. Stuart Beardwell, Crofton
  33. Guest of Stuart Beardwell, Crofton
  34. Andrew Loudon, Dar
  35. Brian Thopre-Tracey, Dar
  36. Daniel Horner, Dar
  37. Neetal  Popat, Dar
  38. Paul Marshall, Desco Ltd
  39. Mike Vince, Desco Ltd
  40. Alex Storey, Disruptive Technologies
  41. Matthias Sicard, Disruptive Technologies
  42. Nicola Gordon, Engenuiti
  43. Nathan Wheatly, Engenuiti
  44. John Bailiss, Engenuiti
  45. Richard Ryan, Estate Drone Survey
  46. Andy Roberts, Formby Surveys Ltd
  47. Jonathan Moore, Future54
  48. Colin McLoughlin, General Demolition Ltd
  49. John Lucas, Gleeds
  50. Robin Brodie-Cooper, Gleeds
  51. James Munro, Granit
  52. Lauren Patterson, GSA UK Ltd
  53. Richard Piggott  GSA UK Ltd
  54. Vijay Parikh, Harold Benjamin Solicitors
  55. Nick  Covell, HEHKU
  56. Edward Dent, Hindwoods
  57. Katie Hoddarth, Hindwoods
  58. Kevin Bright, Hindwoods
  59. Chris Liddle, HLM Architects
  60. Richard ONeil, HLM Architects
  61. Sophie  Eastwood, Holistic
  62. Sarah Park, Holistic
  63. Kim Taylor, Holistic
  64. Hannah Morris, Holistic
  65. Lisa Northcott, Holistic
  66. Sarah-Beth Money, Holistic
  67. James  Bompas, Iceni Projects
  68. Ian  Anderson, Iceni Projects
  69. Doug Hann, Indigo Planning
  70. Nick Fillingham, Indigo Planning
  71. John Brooks, Indigo Planning
  72. Carl Etholen, IFC Group
  73. Graham Wiles, IFC Group
  74. Jeff Brydon, IFC Group
  75. Paul McGahey, IFC Group
  76. Tom Mason,  IFC Group
  77. John Curry, Intrepid Management
  78. Eamonn Daly, IT Concepts
  79. Steve Dixon, JDP Ltd
  80. Andreas Krause ,Krause Architects
  81. Geoff Taylor, KSS Design Group
  82. Martin Robinson, KSS Group
  83. Tom Grove, Landmark Chambers
  84. David Nicholls, Landmark Chambers
  85. Jodie Thompson, Loft-Interiors
  86. Sally-Ann Smith, Loft-Interiors
  87. Lucy Lomas, Luma Marketing
  88. Paul Haniford, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
  89. Robert Penson, Maitland Chambers
  90. David Maltby, MBS Survey Software Ltd
  91. Steve Oliver, MLM
  92. Derry Long, Mollenhauer Group
  93. Ray McAuley, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure
  94. Craig Adamoli, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  95. Dan Reuben Robinson III, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  96. Geoff Kasselman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  97. Paul Danks, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  98. Mike Peskin, Osborne
  99. John Craig, Osborne
  100. Michael Popper, P3r Engineers
  101. Christine Voge Popper, P3r Engineers
  102. Audrey Stallard, Perkins+Will
  103. Kate Vine,  Perkins+Will
  104. Fiona Balance, Perkins+Will
  105. Firas Hnoosh, Perkins+Will
  106. Jack Pringle, Perkins+Will
  107. John Drew, Perkins+Will
  108. Linzi Cassels, Perkins+Will
  109. Lisa McDowell, Perkins+Will
  110. Steven  Charlton, Perkins+Will
  111. William Poole-Wilson , Perkins+Will
  112. Robbie Owen, Pinsent Masons
  113. Chad Sutton, Planning Clarity Legal
  114. Jamie Beeson, Price & Myers
  115. David Lockett, Price & Myers
  116. Regina Kertapati, Proctor and Matthews Architects
  117. Solmaz Zeidi, Proctor and Matthews Architects
  118. Mark Richards, Regys Consultants
  119. Noah Laith, Riereta Equities SL
  120. Malika Ennaji, Riereta Equities SL
  121. Nathalie Duncan-Sletten, Rise
  122. Becky Cheney, RLF
  123. Robert Myers Sheppard Robson, ID:SR
  124. Simon Chenery, Sidell Gibson
  125. Claire Fenwick, Spatial Dimensions
  126. Peter Fenwick, Spatial Dimensions
  127. Robert Kelly, Stewart Title
  128. Jonathan Ross, Structure Tone
  129. Kathy Basheva, Studio Basheva
  130. Niamh O’Connor, Summix Ltd
  131. Amy Stephens, Surface to Air
  132. Amina Akhtar, Surface to Air
  133. Holly Porter, Surface to Air
  134. Jamie Parr, Surface to Air
  135. Cyndy Dixon, Task Systems
  136. Carmen Corbino, Taylor Interiors
  137. Ollie Spragely, The Collective
  138. Nick Rees, The Collective
  139. David Blair, tp bennett
  140. Julian Sharpe, tp bennett
  141. Steve Masterson, tp bennett
  142. Mark Legg, Tripod
  143. Richard Paxton, Tripod
  144. Louise Dransfield, Building Magazine
  145. Stephen Grindley, UK Pinnacle
  146. Marc Preston,Vertice Development Management
  147. Anthony Brown,We are BW
  148. Becky Craddock,We are BW
  149. Lydia Millard,We are BW
  150. Amelia Saberwal,Woods Bagot
  151. Jonathan Clarke, Woods Bagot
  152. Simon Saint, Woods Bagot
  153. Andrew Goodwin, XYZ Survey Group Ltd
  154. Mark Russell  ZG Lighting (UK) Ltd
  155. Anne Fearon Brown, ZG Lighting (UK) Ltd
  156. Ian Abley