For the 4th year in a row, it has been decided that once again I will venture to Cannes in the South of France for MIPIM 2016, the world’s largest property conference held in March each year, over 4 “diary-crammed” days.
What is MIPIM?
The event organisers, Reed MIDEM, held the 1st MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier) in Cannes in 1990 with nearly 3,000 participants, representing 837 companies from 22 countries.
Now in its 27th year, MIPIM brings together over 20,000 industry leaders, investors and influencers (representing 7000 companies from over 80 countries) from all the major international property sectors. The UK always features heavily and this year will be no exception with nearly 5000 participants attending from the UK (representing over 1250 companies), split as follows:
- 1200 Investors
- 1200 Business Services
- 920 Service Providers/Suppliers
- 540 Developers
- 250 Local & Public Authorities
- 175 Corporate End Users
- 500 Architects & Planners
- 50 Operators
- 50 Hotel Operators
- 10 Retailers
Very few membership organisations attend MIPIM (that’s one of the attractions for us) and as we operate strongly in the property and construction sectors it provides a great platform to integrate with key decision-makers in these industries. Our core membership base continues to include architects, engineers, surveyors, investors, corporate occupiers and developers and the event is well attended by these sectors.
Liverpool and Manchester (cities and regions attend to promote development opportunities and projects in their area) have in recent years increased their presence at MIPIM. This year both cities will have a strong delegation as well as exhibiting within the main exhibition.
But this biggest focus for many is the London pavilion:
London (like Paris) has their own designated marquee area next to the beach at the side of the Palais des Festivals which houses stands detailing all the current major London developments & projects (including Earl’s Court & Battersea), together with a conference area, terrace bar and impressive model of London itself.
Working in tandem with our MIPIM partners on a dedicated London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) stand we showcase LCCI and our partners strengths in delivering lasting legacy for London’s built environment and provide a platform to demonstrate thought leadership, profile, influence and engagement at the highest levels. LCCI’s key messaging focuses on housing, Transport and infrastructure, Construction Skills and challenges for the next Mayor.
Our partners include: Berkeley Group, CBRE, KPMG, Mitsubishi Electric, Wagstaffs Design, AHR, Ascot, Bennington Green, Calfordseaden, GIA, Middlesex University, Ordnance Survey, Gilbert-Ash etc.
The LCCI delegation is led by our President Tony Pidgley CBE ( Group Chairman of Berkeley Group), along with Colin Stanbridge (LCCI Chief Executive) and Mark Collins (Chairman UK Residential, CBRE) ensuring significant industry, visibility, support and focus. Between them they will host a range of LCCI networking events in Cannes which offer multiple opportunities to make new business contacts.
One of our more informal events is the Annual Mitsubishi Electric / LCCI wind down party at Charlies Bar in the Cannes Old Town which has taken on almost legendary status for people in the know.
The four days encompasses early mornings (and very late nights) followed by back-to-back meetings, appointments and events – sounds hard work! It is, but it’s enjoyable hard work – interfacing with non-members and members who all have the same objectives for the event – of meeting people who they can forge relationships with back in the UK to discuss property and construction projects – you just don’t get those opportunities anywhere else!
Dean Wade, Membership Sales Executive LCCI