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

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 www.yepglobal.com 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. I.am 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


NAWIC - Kathy.jpgTo celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve invited Kathy Basheva, Head of Development at the National Association of Women in Construction and owner of Studio Basheva to share her ’10 commandments of networking’ with us.

1. You shall not judge a book by its cover: You will meet a wide range of people at MIPIM, and not all of them will find networking comfortable. Remember some people need a bit of time to come out of their shell, so be patient. This applies not only to MIPIM, but other events as well.

2. You shall keep eye contact: Eye contact is important, and there’s nothing worse than speaking to someone who’s constantly looking over your shoulder. Pay attention to the person you’re speaking to – you never know who they may introduce you to or what the conversation will lead to!

3. You shall be authentic: If you sell cups, don’t pretend that you sell crystal champagne glasses. You may be found out and you don’t want to lose face, so embrace what you do best. People like authenticity.

4. You shall give and receive: Assist people wherever you can – whether it’s helping someone find the location of their next meeting or recommending a good restaurant, it pays to help each other out. People often remember the small things.

5. You shall keep it simple: Despite the fact that you’ll be rubbing shoulders with your industry peers, don’t assume that everyone will know or understand what you do. Similarly, if you can’t explain what you do to your five year old niece, then practice and simplify your pitch.

6. You shall listen carefully: Not only will you learn something new, but you may find out that the person you’re speaking to is connected to someone you wish to meet, or that you know someone they want to meet!

7. You shall remember the person’s name: It’s professional, it’s polite and people will remember you for it.

8. You shall say something nice about the other person: Be generous and pay a compliment where it’s due. Whether it’s about their skills or delivery of a project, it helps to make the other person feel at ease and can help stimulate further conversation.

9. You shall be accessible: Speak to as many people as possible. Don’t assume that because someone is young or junior that they aren’t worth your time. Their companies selected them to attend Cannes for a reason. Give them your time because they are the rising stars of our industry.

10. You shall smile: Always!

About Kathy: Kathy established her architectural practice, Studio Basheva in London (www.studiobasheva.com) is also the head of Developing of NAWIC London & South East (www.nawic.co.uk). She is an avid networker and a MIPIM veteran and will be sharing her experience from her Twitter (@StudioBasheva) and Instragram (studio_basheva_architecture) throughout MIPIM and @nawicldn.