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I am reflecting on another fantastic week at MIPIM.  13-16th March once again saw influential property people gather from across the world in Cannes to network, do business and discuss the important factors determining property development.  Now I am not in the property business, but I am in the event business and were asked to organise for the second year running, the Build to Rent Lunch in conjunction with the London Chamber of Commerce.  Lunch Partners Cast, Turley, Interserve and Get Living, together with many senior players within the property sector, lunched at the wonderful 2 Michelin Star la Palme D’Or Restaurant.
Champagne, exquisite food and a very lively debate between Councillor Darren Rodwell of Barking and Dagenham, Richard Cowell of Birmingham City Council and Paul Beardmore of Manchester City Council, was led by Colin Stanbridge of London Chamber of Commerce.  It was a fascinating and very thought-provoking discussion and one of the most talked about MIPIM highlights.
MIPIM week is wonderful with so much going on and lots of business being done.  I was struck again that in a world where so much work is done online and technology has enabled us to be so well connected, but that nothing can replace a face to face meet. Trust is built face to face, ideas are shared face to face, more connections are made, more experiences shared and more relationships built.  For the 2019 I will be taking a bigger team out with me to organise events during this week.  Should you wish us to organise an event for you next year, do get in touch.  Let us take the headache away, allowing you to focus on what is important.  With venues in Cannes already taking bookings for next year, do give me a call soon to discuss any event ideas.