Over 400 delegates including agents, developers, funds and occupiers attended the inaugural IAS Conference held yesterday (1st December 2016) at Twickenham Stadium.
The fully packed agenda included a roster of high-profile industry and motivational speakers to discuss and examine key factors and implications for the industrial and logistics agency market, future opportunities and challenges.
Speakers and topics included, Eleanor Winton, Director, Head of KPMG Future Institute on “the future is not what it used to be” - Andy Street CBE, Conservative candidate for Mayor of the West Midlands on “the Midlands engine” - Dr Walter Boettcher, Chief Property Economist, Colliers International – on “the Northern powerhouse” - a panel discussion and audience Q&A with members of the British Property Federation Industrial Committee and “the big industrial debate” from leading researchers from JLL, Savills and Gerald Eve.
Motivational presentations came from Paralympic Gold Medallist, Marc Woods, on "making every member of the team important" - Former Director-General of the CBI & former Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment, Lord Digby Jones, on "the effects of digitalisation, changing demographics and Brexit on the business environment", and British journalist and presenter, Andrew Marr, on "the political landscape post Brexit”.
The day’s programme culminated in a champagne reception and gala dinner featuring entertainment from stand-up comedian Ed Byrne and the first winners of Gareth Malone’s 'The Naked Choir' on BBC2, Sons of Pitches.
IAS Chairman, Tim Clement, said: “I am really encouraged by the industry’s support for this event. The feedback we’ve received from delegates who attended yesterday’s inaugural Conference has been extremely positive and conveyed their enthusiasm for the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and celebrate best practice together under one roof. We plan to build on the success of yesterday’s prestigious event, which I’m confident will become one of the most important dates in the industry calendar going forward.”
The IAS chosen charity for 2016 is The Jack Rabbit Foundation and an emotional cheque presentation was made at the gala dinner to Nigel Rowe, former IAS Chairman and co-founder of the charity for £44,526
IAS Chairman, Tim Clement, said: “it has been the intention of the IAS to try and raise at least £40,000 during 2016 from its national and regional events. I was delighted to present this cheque to Nigel especially as it is very personal to everyone at the IAS. It has been a fantastic effort by everyone in the society and we are extremely proud of this achievement”
Nigel Rowe, said: “this is extraordinary, and not a little humbling for me on a personal level. Thank you so much for choosing us, the incredible work that has gone in over the year and perhaps most of all for caring. This is a lot of money by any measure and very gratefully received, thank you”
See this link for more on the charity www.shedshifters.co.uk/charity
Tim Clement announced that after two years of service he will be handing over the role of IAS Chairman to Ben Wiley, current Vice Chairman. Ben will take up the role of IAS Chairman from the 1st January 2017 for a period of two years. Ben Wiley also announced that Peter Freeman would be taking up the role of Vice Chairman
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