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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 shoe leather!

The Cannes seafront. We were so pleased to see the UK places were mainly in one place!

We spent lots of time on a “UK tour”, visiting London, Manchester, the Midlands, Leeds City Region, Belfast, Newcastle, Bristol and Bath – all in four days! This would have taken us months back at home and is one of the reasons why coming to MIPIM is so essential.

It’s been a great week, with so many quality presentations, meetings, conversations and exciting opportunities.

A big thank you to all the places who gave us their time. We had 50 appointments planned in and didn’t lose a single one. That says everything about the professionalism of our clients and prospective clients.

It also illustrates that place is top of the agenda. Locations across the UK – and the world – recognise the need to be place-led, to be competitive and attract investment.

Amid all the meetings and networking, we did manage to make just a little time to attend one or two lovely, sociable receptions. We must make a special mention to our good friend Lee Bishop and his colleagues at Taylor Wimpey for hosting one of the most enjoyable gatherings.

The Taylor Wimpey, a MIPIM social highlight – thanks for the invitation!

The buzz word of the week was collaboration, as reflected in so many UK places joining together to promote themselves on the global stage. We’re fully signed up to that – our approach to place-making is all about bringing people and organisations together, united by a shared story.

A near-empty Caffe Roma, one of the leading Cannes venues, proof that business comes before pleasure at MIPIM.


So it’s goodbye to MIPIM and, for now, to friends old and new. If we’ve met you this week, we’ll be in touch to follow up on our conversations.

Speak soon …

It’s goodbye from them – John and Sarah will be in touch!