With many reports projecting numbers 10,000 down on pre-pandemic MIPIMs, there is certainly some debate about how MIPIM 2022 will fare. But, the sentiment from our client base and industry contacts suggests there remains significant enthusiasm about returning to Cannes and about the opportunities this unique conference offers.

17,000 visitors from 70 countries represents a vast opportunity for deal making, profile raising, connections and alliances, in anyone’s book. We are excited to be sending our delegation to learn and link across borders.

Our trio of attendees – Debbie Cracknell, Tom Belger and I – has a packed diary of press engagements, reception events and cafes-au-lait plotted in, but please do drop us a line if you’re also MIPIM-bound and keen to catch up. The industry has certainly bounced back from lockdown life; projects and developments are progressing with new vigour, and the Redwood team is excited to be involved in a number of them. These include the City Centre Transformation Project for Newcastle City Council; Tiger Developments’ Guildford Plaza scheme, which we recently helped achieve planning consent for, and various development projects for Winchester City Council including the Central Winchester Regeneration opportunity.

We have all seen, to varying degrees, after the on-off return to the office of recent months, the value that face-to-face working offers. I, for one, have relished my IRL meetings post-Covid in a way that I would simply not have anticipated in 2019.

Commercial operations have become ever more global since the real estate industry last landed in Cannes and, with news this month from Ukraine serving as a stark reminder of what can happen when nations act in silos, I would argue that reinforcing links and doing business across borders is as relevant and valuable now as ever.

See you at MIPIM.