Our senior account manager and property PR expert Maria Murphy is heading to MIPIM for the first time this year. Read her thoughts on what she’s hoping to get from the experience.
I’ve worked in the property industry for the seven years I’ve been at Roland Dransfield, working with developers, agents, architects, investors and councils, and have had the opportunity to work with many fantastic clients. These not only include flagship brands that are investing in the buoyant Manchester lifestyle, including The Ivy, 20 Stories and Barry’s Bootcamp, but also visionaries who are transforming the face of our cities, including Schroders, St. Modwen, Genr8 Developments, Rushbond plc and Ask Real Estate. From the many connections I’ve made over the years, I feel I’ll know a lot of people at MIPIM, and am so excited to see the event first hand and build new relationships.
I’m particularly interested to see how the Manchester Pavilion performs, especially as it takes its place alongside major cities who’ve really invested in creating their property brand personality, such as London, Berlin and Stockholm. Manchester is renowned for challenging conventions, its work ethic and its spirit of creativity and I think we’ll hear some interesting conversations about sustainability, technology and sustainability in cites as well as towns across the North. Rochdale town centre, for example, is a project we are currently working on alongside Genr8, the developer is underway with a major transformation programme and I’m a huge believer in the value of keeping the town centre alive.
What I’m really looking forward to is hearing some of the speakers. Many of our clients will take to the stage so I’ll definitely be attending their sessions, and I’ll also be sure to go to Sir Richard Leese’s presentation looking at the next generation of cities. Manchester’s heritage in urban transformation has been inspired by the vision of our city council and pioneers like Tom Bloxham MBE driving world class development that has changed the way we live and work in our city.
I’ll also be sure to go to see Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester speak on Innovation District Manchester, putting the spotlight on the value of the North and the many long term investment opportunities the region offers.
If you’d like to meet up in Cannes next month, get in touch with me at Maria.Murphy@rdpr.co.uk. Alternatively, you can get in touch with my colleagues Lisa.Morton@rdpr.co.uk or Alex.Bell@rdpr.co.uk, who will be attending the conference with me.