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.

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 nicola@holisticgroup.co.uk 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!


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 www.womentalkrealestate.org