After a week in MIPIM, EG’s Damian Wild, Sam McClary, Emily Wright and Louisa Clarence Smith pick through the week’s most important discoveries from diversity to tech, market sentiment to lunches on secret islands, and from the growth of urban farming to Freddie Flintoff’s development plans. And the team answers the big questions. Will Sadiq Kahn make it to MIPIM one day? And just what is an impression of a fish soup?


Unless London’s delivers world-class digital connectivity, the city will lose fast-growing businesses to other parts of the world, warned experts from LendLease, WiredScore and Cluttons at a debate this week at MIPIM in Cannes.


West Midlands Mayor Andy Street talks to EG editor Damian Wild about the funding announced in the Spring statement for the combined authority.  


The only thing we can truly be certain of in real estate at the moment is that we are navigating uncertain times, says Yolande Barnes, Savills’ head of world research.

But there are destinations around the world that have strong enough fundamentals to remain relatively low risk when it comes to making investment plays.

Ahead of the launch of the EG Global Investor Guide at Mipim next week, Barnes joined us for a podcast to talk about the star cities set to see the strongest growth across key sectors including residential, tech and luxury retail.


Waterstones head of property Katie Rees explains why our love affair with the printed word means the time is right for the bookseller to expand. Find out what she’s looking for in a location, why she wants to take Waterstones into airports and train stations and what lease terms she wants from landlords.


EG invited four experts of the planning world to give a hopefully simplified and certainly on point view of what was in the revised NPPF, and what the industry needs to know.

It was joined by

  • Ian Fletcher, director of policy (real estate) at the British Property Federation
  • Philip Barnes, group land & planning director, Barratt Development
  • Jonathan Stoddart, head of London planning, CBRE
  • Iain Painting, partner, Barton Wilmore

In this episode of TechTalk Radio Samantha McClary and Emily Wright bring you not one but two interviews in the run up to Mipim week. First they talk to David Twohig, the former chief development officer of Battersea Power Station who created new consultancy Wordsearch Place in January to help developers deliver successful projects. He discusses how the real estate sector can work with the likes of Google as its urban innovation arm sets its sights on building cities “ from the internet up” but warns that in 10 years’ time the property industry will not be able to get away with “racking and stacking” projects. In this episode we also speak to EG Rising Star Etienne Cadestin of Longevity Partners about Shrove Tuesday, sustainability and a rather long cycle ride.


While many braved the snow to attend the first TECHTALK Live event of the year, brought to you in partnership with KPMG, LGIM Real Assets, CBRE, Wiredscore and Metaprop NYC, not everyone was able to make it.

Those of you that couldn't make it missed one of the best events in real estate, with practical advice on how to properly futureproof your business. That advice came from experts across the real estate sector, from those who have done the hard work to get it right and from leaders outside of our industry.

A note to listeners that quality of sound may not be as high as EG's studio recorded podcasts, but the content is just as good.

Listen in to hear from: 

Dr Rick Robinson, Leader of Digital Property and Cities, Arup

Emma Long, Head of Corporate Strategy, LGIM Real Assets

Anton Ruddenklau, Partner & Head of Digital & Innovation, Financial Services, KPMG

Charlie Wade, UK managing director, TVS

Alex Price, chief executive, Palmer Capital

Darryll Colthrust, head of innovation, Palmer Capital

Alice Newton-Rex, vice president of product, WorldRemit





William Newton and Tom McClellan of WiredScore feature in this special extra episode of TECHTALK RADIO to talk about the company's expansion into Scotland, its rapid growth journey, plans to expand outside of the offices sector and, oddly, how sewers and sewage have had a role in its growth.

Listen in to find out more.




John Griffiths, head  of development in Birmingham, Savills, on the unheard of levels of optimism in the Birmingham property market. 


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