A collective from Russell-Cooke's commercial property team recently attended MIPIM 2012, including Peter Dawson, Matthew Garrod, Rachael Beaumont and Elizabeth Dawes.

MIPIM is the world's leading property trade event which takes place every year in Cannes. This event attracted over 19,000 property professionals and 4,200 real estate investors from all over the world, including clients and contacts of the firm.

UK cities were represented in greater numbers than previous years with enterprise zones and development projects being the hot topics. The London Pavilion, with its seafront position and sunny outlook, provided a venue for many useful meetings and for much discussion of regeneration with presentations on behalf of  Croydon, Ealing, Nine Elms, Newham and the Olympics site. 

The question on everyone's lips was of course funding and finding innovative solutions to this conundrum remains a big challenge. Overall the Russell-Cooke team found a very positive atmosphere with delegates keen to talk, do business and to let the world know (in the words of Sir Edward Lister, Boris Johnson's Deputy) that London is open for business!

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