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Greater Manchester Property Group Celebrates 2018

We’ve had a lot to celebrate in 2018.

Manchester is changing the way it is working: on a macro-level, with devolution; on an industry level, with technology; and on a workplace level, with the rise of coworking.  And of course, Manchester is building: cranes are everywhere, places are being made and plans are being mastered.

It’s been a busy year.

The partners in Greater Manchester Property Group (GMPG) have been part of this busyness which is why it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the year with some of the clients and contacts we have worked with in 2018 at our Christmas celebration at Dirty Martini on Thursday 22 November.

We will be talking tech: after all, we’ve been talking tech all year.  Luma Marketing has been working with clients using modern methods of construction and BIM to deliver quality constructions.  GMPG partner Knight Frank released a report on the impact of technology on real estate needs, which echoed the sentiments of GMPG’s September event speaker Prof Cathy Parker who talked about how big data is changing our high streets.  How we work is changing.

Where we work is changing.  Luma experienced the benefits of coworking before the lure of a coat hook and the desire for working heating became too strong.  However, done right, it’s perfect for today’s workforce, increasing collaboration and reducing business infrastructure costs.  At our last count we found 6 coworking spaces in Stockport, 4 in Bolton, 2 in Salford, 1 each in Trafford, Bury, Rochdale and Ashton and over 15 in the city centre.  We are indeed friendly up north.

And Manchester is changing.  We’re truly Greater Manchester.  Our tram system no longer merely connects Manchester city centre to other boroughs: it now better connects our boroughs to each other.  The Northern Gateway has grabbed the masterplan headline in 2018 but our clients and contacts are also talking about the Stretford, Trafford Oldham and Mayfield masterplans.  No wonder GMPG partner Gorvins Solicitors opened an additional office in Greater Manchester this year.

We’ve no doubt the rest of 2018 and 2019 will be busy and buzzing and we look forward to celebrating with our clients and contacts at GMPG’s Christmas celebration on 22 November!

PS: Do we get a prize for writing an article about the property sector in 2018 and not mentioning placemaking or the rained-out Manchester@MIPIM stand?

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