19 October 2017

WPA and our sister organisation, City Property Association, attended MIPIM UK on Wednesday 18 October to promote our campaign for closer partnerships between London and other UK city regions.

UK collaboration was pillar one of the joint City & Westminster Property Associations (CWPA) Manifesto for Growth: Post Brexit. We believe that closer partnerships between UK cities, more devolution and greater investment in regional infrastructure are vital for creating national economic growth.

We were pleased to organise a series of events at the conference in partnership with Sheffield Property Association (S-PA): the first property association of its kind to be set out outside of the capital.

Our first key event was facilitating the Mayors & Political Leaders’ lunch, where senior local government and private sector leaders discussed key principles for a UK cities framework.

Our guests included Steve Rotheram (Metro Mayor for Liverpool City Region), Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe (Leader of West Yorkshire Combined Authority), Jules Pipe (Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration & Skills), Joanne Roney (Chief Executive from Manchester City Council), Melanie Leech CBE (Chief Executive of the British Property Federation), Professor Tony Travers (LSE London) and Patricia Greer (Chief Executive of West of England Combined Authority).

Immediately following the lunch, CWPA’s Executive Director Charles Begley chaired a panel discussion at the London Stand for NLA on London’s Estates. WPA Chairman James Cooksey (Director of Central London for The Crown Estate) and Anna Bond (Director of Development at Grosvenor) represented the capital’s historic ‘Great Estates’, alongside newer placemakers Anna Strongman (Partner at Argent, responsible for the transformation of Kings Cross) and David Lockyer (Head of Broadgate at British Land). The panel also included Sherin Aminossehe (Head of the Government Property Unit) who discussed the future of Whitehall and GPU’s plans to release public sector land for new development.

CWPA and S-PA were delighted to be the subject of a Department for International stand briefing on the role of property associations in ‘connecting the private and public sector.’ Chaired by WPA Chairman James Cooksey, representatives from the City of London Corporation, CPA, Sheffield City Council and S-PA discussed the value of these associations in facilitating dialogue and driving inward investment.

Our final event was a fascinating panel discussion on ‘the role of city collaboration: how can cities drive regional growth in the national interest?’ The seminar, chaired by James Cooksey, comprised Sir Richard Leese (Leader of Manchester City Council), Catherine McGuiness (Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Policy & Resources Committee), John Mothersole (Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council) and Pat Ritchie (Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council). This high profile panel discussed a range of issues including the devolution agenda, the role of branding regions such as the Northern Powerhouse, infrastructure investment, as well as skills training and migration in post-Brexit Britain.

CWPA’s events at MIPIM UK were kindly sponsored The Crown Estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and S-PA.