Making the most of MIPIM


Making the most of MIPIM


This year has been full of firsts for us as a company, the latest was the annual Property Conference; MIPIM. Mattinson Partnership was well represented this year with myself, our Director, David, and Head of Architecture, Freddie Bell, all going along for the fast-paced, four day event. Now MIPIM isn't just a sunny week in the south of France, Thursday proved that by supplying one of the worst rain storms I've witnessed.


What did we learn... 

Comfortable shoes are a must! - People had advised me to take comfy shoes, I'd seen it on countless articles and posts by others offering advice on MIPIM. When you break down the numbers of steps it truly does speak volume, we averaged 50,000 steps over the duration of the event!

Don't fill your diary! - Some of my best 'meetings' were chance encounters. Be it waiting at a bar, or somebody sitting adjacent to me at a restaurant or a familiar face on the train home on Saturday, there really is nothing like it.

10 Minutes is all you need! - It only really takes 10 minutes to have a meaningful chat about business or have a catch up with an elusive contact. Both parties are busy and MIPIM is the place for a lot of efficient but productive, 10-minute meetings.

Bring an umbrella! Thursday showed us just how bad the weather can get, from beautiful sunshine to rain in a matter of hours. - The ride to MIPIM bus was rather wet!


London to Cannes is a long way. It's hard to not be impressed by those who cycled from London to the south of France in a matter of days, a few of whom I congratulated first-hand.

If you haven't been to MIPIM before and you're considering it, I couldn't recommend it enough! It truly is like nothing else, you can walk down the street and notice faces you've met before or spoken to over the phone. Almost everyone there is happy to have a chat about what you do and the services you provide. See you next year?!


George*no longer works for the company*

We will definitely be going again next year and hope to continue working with our clients that we met and to grow our early relationships with new contacts. If we missed each other at MIPIM, please feel free to reach out to me. I joined Mattinson Partnership in December 2017. Prior to that, I worked for a Property Specialist Recruitment firm, primarily focussing on Property Management. My background and education revolving around coaching gives me a unique consultative style of recruitment. Outside of work I can be found in 3 places; the rugby pitch, the gym or anywhere that sells good food.

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London Wildlife Trust.

We are proud partners of The London Wildlife Trust, a charity dedicated to protecting the wildlife and wild spaces of London by driving environmental projects throughout the city. Our team often get involved at ground level in Wild Workdays by helping to maintain and restore treasured spaces and land… we love to get our hands dirty! We also run multiple interactive workshops, providing their conservation trainees with invaluable career advice and insights into the environmental sector to prepare them for employment. Most recently, we worked with young people taking part in their Keeping it Wild programme, which engages young people from backgrounds currently under-represented in nature conservation.

Royal Town Planning Institute.

The RTPI represents planning professionals in the UK and Ireland and aims to encourage the development of vibrant and prosperous places and communities. Our Senior Consultant Freddie enthusiastically attends the annual Planning Convention, and we host several events throughout the year to show our support, including drinks networking and a literal pub quiz. We also keep in close contact with our friends down under, at the Planning Institute Australia and New Zealand Planning Institute. In addition, we sponsor the London Planning Summit, an event designed to address the biggest challenges facing the industry. This is our opportunity to stay on top of the latest changes in town planning by meeting with other key professionals in the sector, while celebrating our achievements.

Land Securities Group Plc.

One of our clients, LandSec, are the clever people behind Girls Can Do It Too, an initiative designed to encourage girls to consider a career in construction. Currently, only 11% of the construction workforce are female, and LandSec are attempting to increase this number by providing education and engagement projects and workshops for girls aged 11-13. Featuring workshops on demolition and tower building, as well as challenging the girls to design a planning project of their own (with a focus on budgeting and environmental considerations), LandSec have proven their dedication to addressing the need for diversity in this very male dominated industry. Ruth assists the project by sharing her fascinating insights into the industry and is even on the project judging panel!

Urban Land Institute.

In partnership with Urban Land Institute we are able to play an imperative role in creating a larger and more diverse pool of candidates within the planning & property professions. Working in schools we take part in the Urban Plan Educational workshops programme, which has now reached more than 2,500 pupils in 100 schools since its launch. Alongside more than 200 industry volunteers engaged across the country, we provide invaluable industry & careers advice to students while guiding them through their workshops and helping judge their presentations.

Carbon Footprint.

Carbon FootprintTM works to help organisations offset their CO2 through tree planting and community projects worldwide. By partnering with Carbon FootprintTM, we have planted native trees and shrubs such as Whitebeam, Hazel, Field Maple, Silver Birch, Rowan, Beech, Blackthorn, Holly and Dog Rose to create a Mattinson Forest that spreads across South East England. Carbon FootprintTM work in conjunction with the Florestal Santa Maria Project (FSM-Redd Project), designed to reduce deforestation in the Amazonian Rainforest. So, for every tree we plant in the UK we guarantee a tonne of CO₂ offset in Brazil too. Carbon FootprintTM have allowed us to not only do our bit for the environment but also commemorate moments of growth for our clients and candidates.