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.

Simon Bedford

Simon Bedford - Partner, Deloitte Real Estate

Simon leads the local government development team at Deloitte Real Estate. With more than 25 years in practice Simon has advised on major regeneration and development projects across the UK and further afield. Simon leads an 18 strong team operating across the country on development viability, land acquisition/CPO, developer procurement and strategic development projects. Over a varied career Simon has worked in local government, for an urban development corporation and a number of private practices including Jones Lang LaSalle and Building Design Partnership. Prior to joining Deloitte in 2008 he was managing director of a 40 strong economic development and consulting business with offices across the UK. Simon is a specialist in development strategy and delivery. He has led a number of large scale development advisory projects across the UK and also led on developer procurement, particularly on behalf of the HCA.

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