Written by James Bird
Director, Head of Public Affairs
This week HardHat’s Nick Sutcliffe and I joined the great and the good of the property sector in Cannes for MIPIM. 23,000 property sector professionals attend and 2,600+ companies exhibit over the four-day conference, meaning it is the place to be to hear first-hand what is going on in the world of property and development.
We were there to gain insight on developments in the sector, discuss best practice in public consultation, and hear from key industry leaders about why they attend MIPIM and what they believe the opportunities and challenges are.
Over the week we spoke to a number of industry and local government insiders to hear their view and what they were hoping to get out of MIPIM, including Michael Howard of Urban Bubble, who has joined forces with a number of businesses across Manchester to create the Manchester Tent:
Promoting development in the UK, not just in London
With the Government’s West Midlands Engine Strategy published just last week, the Midlands UK tent was the perfect place to hear how this strategy will help the Midlands reach new heights. Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, told us how all quarters of the Midlands had come together this year to present its ‘best pitch’ to potential investors:
Meanwhile, for Manchester mayoral hopeful and Trafford Council Leader, Sean Anstee, this was about having the kinds of conversations that would otherwise take months to organise.
London was also out in force – including the Housing and Planning Minister (Minister for London), Gavin Barwell, speaking at the London at MIPIM session about his native Croydon and the Invest in GREAT Britain event. Alongside the developers and investors looking at London as a place to develop, London authorities were there to promote their boroughs as prime development hotspots. Westminster’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Cllr Robert Davis told us that, despite Brexit, developers “really want to be in London”.
Looking to the future
It was clear this week that, even with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, there are very positive signs for the property sector in the UK. Encouraging and delivering growth not just in London but in the devolved regions, supported by strong regional Mayors, will ensure a bright future for the UK property sector.
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