Economist, writer and broadcaster Tim Harford examines, in front of a MIPIM UK audience, the future of economic forecasting.

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Working together is the key to delivery of new homes and commercial space, says Tim Bowles the first metro mayor for the West of England.

Elected in May, alongside five other metro mayors across England, the former business development manager will preside over a £1bn budget. This will be drip fed over 30 years for transport, housing, planning and education for the Greater Bristol region, incorporating Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils.

Speaking at MIPIM UK about the combined authority he said: “We are working together both with our joint spatial plan and our joint transport strategy and studies to make sure we are identifying opportunities for new homes.

“We are making sure we are providing transport and other infrastructure to make those sites viable and deliverable.”

 

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Roger Marsh, chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, dismisses the gloomy outlook of some to highlight the potential of investing in the north.

“There are challenges out there but challenges always present opportunities,” he says.

 

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Frogmore’s investment director Patrick Smith talks about how Brexit uncertainty is raising short term UK investment risk and what the firm’s strategy will be in mitigating that risk.

“We feel with all this uncertainty the premium we need for the risk is obviously impacting on pricing. This is short term instability caused because of Brexit and the political make up. We are very positive about the long term future there are some fundamental aspects of UK real estate that are here to stay.”

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An expert panel at MIPIM UK weigh up the risks and the rewards of investing in real estate in UK cities.

The panel included:

Sara Bailey, Head of Real Estate, Trowers & Hamlins

Tony Bray, Area Director - West Midlands and South West England, Cities & Local Growth Unit, HMG

Tony Brown, Chief Investment Officer, M&G Real Estate

Abid Hussain,Senior Investment Manager, MBU Capital

Stacey Meadwell, National & Sector editor, EG

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Charles Hecker, senior partner at independent, global risk consultancy Control Risks casts his projections on the future state of geopolitics, global security and macro economics, bringing together analysis from colleagues in 36 locations around the world. He was speaking at MIPIM UK.

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How did London office take-up bounce back after the referendum and are we starting to see it slip again? James Lock, managing director at Blackstone Group International Partners, explains why the rebound might finally be slowing down.

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With the Cheesegrater sold in the City’s second biggest investment deal, Brexit negotiations becoming a normal fact of life and the snap election safely behind us, London’s leasing market bounced back in the second quarter of the year. Can the momentum continue? And to what extent are flexible office providers responsible for the uptick?

Experts discuss at an EG panel at MIPIM UK.

The panel included:

Presentation by: by Graham Shone, Senior Data Analyst, EG

Jonathan Evans, Office Leasing Director, Almacantar

Ross Blair, Senior Managing Director and Head of Hines UK

Mike Wiseman, Head of Office Leasing, British Land

Stéphanie McMahon, Research, BNP Paribas Real Estate

James Lock, Managing Director, Blackstone

Chaired by Damian Wild, editor, EG

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MIPIM UK had a distinctly tech feel to it this year, so TechTalk Radio co-hosts Emily Wright and Samantha McClary took their mics to Olympia in west London to talk tech with the masses. There were discussions on how tech is transforming the agency world and the world at large and a rather surprising experience in a little green room – you would have had to have caught EG’s Instagram story for that. And, EG editor Damian Wild makes his debut on the podcast.

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Stuart Woolgar, director of security at Global Guardians reveals that commercial property landlords are losing hundreds of thousands of pounds salvaging their properties occupied by squatters when 'smart, savvy' people in need of affordable accommodation could be looking after them instead. Woolgar also talks to EG about how how guardianship is coming into the 21st century with a new proptech platform.

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