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Plenty of place pizzazz at City Nation Place UK

15th May 2019   After 13 years extolling the benefits and importance of being place led, developing a distinct and shared story and truly engaging stakeholders in creating a purposeful place it was actually joyous to have a full house celebrating UK best practice in this field. This was t...

Creating Purposeful Places: is brand, help or hindrance?

7th May 2019   “You don’t change perceptions of a place with advertising. You change people’s perceptions by finding the truth, finding an idea(s) that embraces the truth and putting it through everything.”  Wally Olins   The guru of branding held a strong belief, certainl...

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...