The 30th edition of real estate conference MIPIM officially opened yesterday, and as one of the leading voices on London, I began my day at the London stand sharing my expectations for the week and the opportunities available in the UK’s capital. Watch my vox pop by clicking below:
I was invited to the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) reception where guests heard from Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Greater London Authority (GLA). He championed the ‘London is Open’ message, calling on all businesses to collaborate with the public bodies to ensure the capital remains globally competitive.
For lunch I joined the members of Westminster Property Association (WPA) and City Property Association (CPA) at the combined London Property Alliance’s annual event. The newly elected Chairman of WPA, Craig McWilliam, Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, gave the opening address, outlining the capital’s role as an international centre for business. Ben Rogers from the Centre for London announced some new research, which they have conducted in partnership with WPA & CPA, examining the scale and character of London as a global HQ city. It’s an another interesting read from the think tank, who we worked with recently on a report exploring how London can better connect with the wider UK.
After this I attended the MIPIM keynote opening address by the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon. In his speech he addressed the issue of how upcoming generations will live and work in increasingly populated urban environments and championed sustainable development. His words set the tone for this year’s MIPIM, looking to a future of collaboration and environmentally conscious development.
Later on I attended the City of London evening reception hosted by Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair of the City of London Corporation, in partnership with CPA and LCCI. On the day when MPs vote on the UK’s Brexit deal, it was great to hear how the City of London Corporation was working towards ensuring London remains a retail and cultural hub after we leave the European union.
I ended my day at the ‘London Government’ dinner hosted by London First, the advocacy group for London. It was a great opportunity to meet with senior representatives from both the GLA and London Councils and to speak to them about how public and private sectors might better collaborate in London to continue to make the city the number one place in the world in which to do business.