Training & events

RICS Commercial Property Conference

Conference London, 7 Dec 2017

Stay on top of the trends and issues driving the real estate market

Uncertainty has been a word most closely associated with the commercial property market over the last couple of years. With a new government and Brexit talks ongoing - uncertainty will continue to plague the market. Despite this, it hasn’t stopped the commercial property market from continuing to adapt and survive during this time of continued change.

The RICS Commercial Property Conference offers exclusive insights into the key industry developments to ensure you understand where the market is in the current cycle, future opportunities and latest investors and occupier’s demands. 

Hear from those leading the industry

A stand-out feature of this year’s conference is the CEO forum, which brings together industry leaders to discuss how they are responding to the market and pressing issues facing their business including:

  • Brexit talks and new government policies: how to remain agile to respond to market conditions
  • Data protection and cyber-attacks: steps they are taking to protecting company data
  • Disruptive technologies: engaging with technology to enhance your business
  • Diversity: steps and initiatives to increase diversity in the sector attract the next generation of surveyors

Gain crucial insights and updates

The event will also see the return of the highly popular assets spotlight session.  These talks will provide crucial updates on how the office, leisure, industry and retail sectors are performing across the UK.

Hear from and join fellow agents, occupiers, investors and lenders to ensure you understand how to tackle the biggest issues facing the commercial property sector.

The benefits of attending

  • The chance to hear from leading CEO’s on their thoughts and analysis of the current market conditions and how they are adapting and thriving to current market conditions 
  • A keynote address from a leading individual on the theme of disruption
  • Two breakout sessions allowing you to personalise your day.
    Choose either:
    Investment – discover how the commercial sector is seeing a rise in niche and alternative investment assets.
    Occupiers – understand what is driving occupier demand 
“I am pleased to invite you to attend this year’s RICS Commercial Property Conference, which builds on the success of last year’s event.  The conference always attracts industry leaders and focuses on current, pertinent, topics and trends: this year is no exception and I look forward to interesting debates and thought provoking presentations. The break-out sessions have some focused discussions on more specialist issues, and the panel debate is great way to end the afternoon session. I hope you will join us for what is always an excellent event”


Standard Rate - RICS members £260 (Early bird £235) + VAT
Non members rate £351  (Early bird £317) + VAT

We’ve also got some great group discounts when you book your seats together with your colleagues:

  • Book three or more places and get 10% off
  • Book five or more places and get 15% off
  • Book seven or more places and get 20% off

As soon as you’ve placed your booking you’ll get an email from us confirming your place with further details on what happens next.

Video highlights from 2016

A great tool to make your day even more valuable

Last year we introduced the RICS conference app to enhance your conference experience, and it’s only available to people who register for the conference. In addition, our attendees receive access to content maps. Find out more about the benefits of the conference app and mind maps.

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2017 Conference Agenda

08:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:20 Chair’s Opening Remarks

09:30 UK property market: cyclical, political or technological

  • Outlook for the commercial property market
  • Future risks and trends

Walter Boettcher, Director of Research and Forecasting, Colliers

10:00 CEO Forum Hear from leading CEO’s on their response to post election and Brexit.

  • How to survive and thrive during a time of change
  • Data protection and cyber-attacks – protecting your business assets
  • How to increase diversity and attract the next generation of talent to the sector

Chair - Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation  
Alex Jeffrey
, Chief Executive, M&G Real Estate
Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive, GVA

10:45 Networking Refreshments

11:15- 12:45 Break-out 1: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Break-out 1A- Investment

11:15 Spotlight: the rise of alternative and niche investment assets

  • Are alternative assets becoming part of the mainstream?
  • How are non-traditional investment assets performing across Europe?

Eri Mitsostergiou, Director of European Research, Savills

11:40 Real estate and the tech sector

  • Direction of the digital world
  • How is real estate benefitting from the tech sector?
  • Prime locations for investment
  • The role of data centres, high tech manufacture and laboratories affecting real estate

Mark Callender, Head of Real Estate Research, Schroder

12:00 Panel debate – Which assets to invest in?

  • Which assets will deliver in the next 12 months?
  • Latest activity and trends in across European investment market
  • Pros and cons of investing in niche and alternative investments

Neil Blake, Chief Economist, CBRE (Chair)
Eri Mitsostergiou, Director of European Research, Savills
Tony Smedley, Head of Continental European Investment, Schroder
Eleanor Jukes, Property Strategist, Legal & General Investment Management

Break-out 1B: Commercial property assets

11:15 Using technology to deliver environmental solutions
Benjamin Kott,
CEO, EnergyDeck Ltd

11:45 Managing and adding value to a commercial property portfolio

  • What are occupiers looking for in today’s market?
  • Reducing your empty rates bill
  • Short term vs long term leases
  • EPC and their impact

12:15 Panel debate – Rates and retailers

  • How the business rate changes will impact on the future of the high street
  • How the rates affect online retailers and logistics
  • Occupier strategies
  • The rise of out of town retail centers

Chair - Mark Higgin, Partner, Head of Rating, Montagu Evans LLP
Paul Martin, UK Head of Retail, KPMG LLP
Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive, BRC

12:45 Lunch

13:45 The role of the professional and the institution

  • What it means to be a professional in the 21st century
  • RICS initiatives and guidance

    Matt Howell, Managing Director - UK Markets, RICS

14:15 Industrial

  • Get-up-to-date with the latest market conditions in the industrial sector
  • How the supply of stock has influenced occupier activity
  • What is happening in the investment market?

    Simon Pursey, Head of UK Investment, SEGRO

14:45 Innovation in retail

  • How the retail sector is performing in the current climate
  • The role technology will play in the changing face of retail

15:15 Networking Break

15:30 New leisure concepts

  • The rise of competitive socializing: what this means for leisure property?
  • How the tech and leisure sector interplay
  • All under one roof: impact on landlord, consumers and occupiers

Graeme Bunn, Managing Director, Fleurets

16:00 Office

  • Overview of current market conditions
  • London and regions overview: demands, stock, and rental expectations
  • Latest occupier demands for work space

Elaine Rossall, Partner, London Markets Research & Insight, Cushman and Wakefield

16:30 Keynote

17:00 Chair’s Close