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The place to be to talk about place!

Our daily MIPIM memo March 15, 2019   So our annual pilgrimage to where the world’s place and property people meet is coming to an end. This year we were so grateful that the UK presence was largely clustered together by the seafront ... a welcome relief for tired legs and saving on...

A chance encounter behind the seafront scenes

Our daily MIPIM memo March 14, 2019   It’s the stereotypical MIPIM image ... a sun-drenched terrace on the glorious Cannes seafront. But what you don’t see, unless you’re here, is what’s going on behind the scenes. This is the back of the London Pavilion – a bustling hu...

Coventry scores again, but will John be a winner?

Our daily MIPIM memo March 13, 2019   Congratulations Coventry (yet again)! MIPIM is where big property and investment news breaks and we couldn’t be happier that one of the big UK announcements yesterday was another huge boost for our friends in the Midlands. Already well advanc...

A bumpy ride to catch up with place-making friends!

Our daily MIPIM memo March 12, 2019   Phew, we’re here! After a rollercoaster flight through the gales we landed in Nice for MIPIM 2019. Spare a thought for the delegates who were diverted to Genoa! First stop was a favourite MIPIM haunt, Caffe Roma, for the first round of netw...

Together we have a stronger place story to tell

Celia Glynn-Williams is Head of Marketing and Communications for Medway Council.   Where is Medway and what does it have to offer? Medway is made up of five towns in Kent – Gillingham, Strood, Chatham, Rochester and Rainham – with a total population of 279,000 people. We have the criti...

We’re growing an exciting vision for our garden town

Claire Hamilton is Director of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town project. thinkingplace have developed a forward looking narrative and brand for Harlow and the surrounding area to help the place attract investment, jobs, people to live, visitors etc. This was enthusiastically embraced by a r...

Authentic place stories support our growth drive

1st March 2019 John McGill is Director of the partnership behind the UK’s Innovation Corridor.     What is the UK’s Innovation Corridor? The UK’s Innovation Corridor is the space between London and Cambridge, which has the country’s leading life sciences cluster and is a...

“Our story is distinctively us … it gives us a great economic launch pad” – creating a place brand for Lancaster

Anne-Marie Harrison is Head of Economic Development at Lancaster City Council.  We recently worked with the City council, which covers the district encompassing the Lancashire county city of Lancaster, coastal resort of Morecambe, Carnforth, Heysham port and surrounding rural areas to develop a dis...

Harlow in the right place at the right time

18th December 2018 Further to hearing all about Harlow at our opinion leading event held at MIPIM UK in October, their story goes from strength to strength and it is delightful to see this fabulous place getting the recognition it deserves! A recent article in the Municipal Journal (MJ) featur...

How a sense of place breeds belief and positivity

Creating a clear sense of identity and building positivity around it is critical to unlocking the potential of places, an opinion-leading event during MIPIM UK has heard. The event was told that building a credible and inspiring place narrative and energising local people behind it was the common...