MIPIM 201731 March 2017
In March CPC attended MIPIM 2017. Held in Cannes at the Palais des Festivals it is the premier real estate event in the World.
MIPIM hosted 23,000 visitors from 90 countries around the World. The participants comprised investment and financial institutions, developers, end users, hotel groups, local authorities and service providers, including architects, designers and, of course, project management firms.
There were 2,600+ exhibitors, including 500 cities and local authorities, all of which were promoting the benefits of investing in property and infrastructure in their region.
Throughout the four day event there are a wide range of presentations and debates on current issues facing the UK’s property industry, not least the imminent triggering of Article 50 and the fact that UK key cities, including London, Manchester and Cardiff, remain open for business and inward investment. These sessions are punctuated by breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners. All of which provide the ideal opportunity for networking with both new and existing contacts in the market. If you are going to MIPIM to secure new business, you may be disappointed, as it is more about developing and maintaining your network so that you can capitalise on it back in the UK.
CPC sent four partners this year, Tim Barber, Duncan Adams, Brandon Stringer and myself. Our sole aim was to raise the profile of CPC and increase brand awareness in the property and construction sector. Between our team we collected 300+ new business cards of prospective clients, business partners and potential new recruits. Our team also held key meetings with a number of prospective clients, including the CEO of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, a major development in West London that will deliver 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs in Old Oak and 1,500 new homes and 10,000 jobs on the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate. We also attended the London Chamber of Commerce luncheon where the Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, addressed the guests where he pledged to keep the housing policy constant for the next "2 to 3 years".
There is no doubt that Year on Year CPC is becoming more widely known in the industry and is building a strong reputation for its project management experience and capability in the property and construction sector and we must continue to build on this throughout the year.