Well MIPIM 2018 is over for another year. It was a very good show and yet again the North West shone. The programmes pulled together by both Liverpool and Manchester were the strongest I can ever remember. Liverpool majored on the waterfront with the port and the leisure / tourism sector again to the fore. Manchester presented a wide ranging programme but of particular note were the sessions on natural capital and global sport which added new dimensions to what was already a very diverse programme.

Looking back over the week there were a few things that I took away.

Firstly, our NW offering now transcends the European stage and in many areas we are front and centre. We had international speakers joining many of the platforms, where this used to be confined to London it is now very much part of our regional show.

Secondly, and perhaps ironically our European neighbours and friends have become closer associates than ever before. How does that work I wonder. Sharing best practice with our city colleagues from Sweden to Portugal and Spain to Belgium is par for the course. It wasn’t always like this and I think Manchester and Liverpool deserve great credit for developing their MIPIM programmes, having the confidence to showcase our real estate experience and then debating future strategies with cities that perhaps a few years ago we might have been slightly in awe of – not anymore. As this year’s Crane Survey amply demonstrated Manchester is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, and has over the last few years become a fully grown up part of the European family. Liverpool has developed a truly distinctive offer and in its waterfront is envied by many of its counterparts across the continent.

Thirdly, it was a great year for Deloitte. We launched our Cities Advisory business – a dedicated offer aimed at core cities across the continent, a business that brings the whole of our offering into the real estate market. It was good to spend the week talking to colleagues and clients in variety of places and make some good headway in finding opportunities for them to invest in new ideas and products.

Onwards and upwards I would say – despite the many headwinds the North West is in a good place.

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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