Hun­dreds at M.E.N. gath­er­ing


Manchester Evening News - - BUSINESS - By LUCY ROUE lucy.roue@trin­i­tymir­

HUN­DREDS of the re­gion’s top prop­erty pro­fes­sion­als came to­gether to hear a mes­sage of re­silience and hope at the 2017 M.E.N. Prop­erty Lunch.

Held at Manchester’s Mid­land Ho­tel, the an­nual event was spon­sored by lead­ing prop­erty de­vel­op­ers Cap­i­tal & Cen­tric and Bolton Coun­cil.

Manchester coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Joanne Roney gave the opening ad­dress, re­flect­ing on her first six months in the role and the task ahead.

Jok­ing that she didn’t know where the time had gone, she spoke of Manchester as be­ing a global hub and ranked as one of the best cities in the UK to live.

How­ever, she added: “We are not done yet. We are not fin­ished. Look­ing for­ward we have a huge vi­sion for this city over the next 10 years.”

Ad­dress­ing some of the chal­lenges ahead, she ac­knowl­edged the need for more ser­vices in the city cen­tre to sup­port the rapid growth of res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments.

She said: “We want to be a com­pet­i­tive and dy­namic city but also a sus­tain­able one. “Ev­ery sin­gle part of Greater Manchester has a real part to play in tak­ing this for­ward.” Al­lud­ing to the shake up in lo­cal pol­i­tics she added: “There may be some new peo­ple play­ing on the pitch but the game hasn’t changed.” Stick­ing to this theme Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burn­ham gave a rous­ing speech after con­ced­ing it has been ‘a chal­leng­ing year’ so far. How­ever, de­scrib­ing this as a piv­otal mo­ment, he said: “Greater Manchester has the most pow­er­ful de­vo­lu­tion deal of any­where in the coun­try. We now have this win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to put our re­gion where it wants to be ahead of the rest.” The keynote speaker for the event was renowned ar­chi­tect Ian Simp­son – the man who built Manchester its first sky­scraper. Cel­e­brat­ing the com­pany’s 30th an­niver­sary Ian, who is one of the founders of Simp­son-Haugh and Part­ners, took to the stage and spoke about Manchester’s jour­ney and its fu­ture.

Greater Manchester has the most pow­er­ful de­vo­lu­tion deal of any­where in the coun­try

Ar­chi­tect Ian Simp­son

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