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Monday at MIPIM seems to have become a really productive work day over the last few years. Perhaps that owes something to the early flight out of Liverpool which has become increasingly popular.

So what’s to look forward to this year at MIPIM?

Well firstly I don’t think I remember stronger programmes from the North West than we will see this year. Both Lancashire and Cheshire have brought out strong delegations, Liverpool is being led by Steve Rotheram, who will put on a very strong Merseyside programme and I don’t think I can remember better content than that being put forward by Manchester this year, so much to look forward to.

Despite Brexit headwinds the UK regions are doing well, the Deloitte Crane Survey recently published points towards record construction levels in the regional centres and increasing confidence across the core market areas. We will hear much this week that reinforces the message that major regional centres offer a very viable and attractive alternative to London.

From a Deloitte perspective Monday was a big day for us. Alongside meetings with the leadership teams from Edinburgh, Coventry and Liverpool we hosted our first European Cities Dinner. With the help of our strategic advisor, Sir Howard Bernstein, we launched our newly formed European Cities Practice which focuses initially on 12 Cities across the continent where we already have substantial business connections. In due course we plan to extend the business as the markets expand.

From a personal perspective I am delighted that we will run this business from Manchester, and grow an already burgeoning export market from the city. With guests having joined us from Stockholm, Munich, Lisbon, Barcelona, Rotterdam to name a few as well as many of the UK regional city leadership teams it was a productive day and a cracking start to MIPIM 2018.

100Simon Bedford - DJD

Simon Bedford- Partner, Deloitte Real Estate 

Simon is a partner with Deloitte Real Estate and leads our local government development advisory business across the UK. He leads dedicated team able to advise on all aspects of major development projects, particularly those being proposed by local authorities. Simon is interested in city strategy and the future of the high street. He is a member of the Deloitte public sector industry partner group and an independent board member with the Greater Manchester Planning and Housing Commission.

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