GOOD morning ladies and gentlemen … we're not all doomed! All of a sudden it's conference time when we can scare ourselves witless with forecasts of gloom and doom ahead or look for the opportunities going forward.
I’ve always been a glass-half-full man and determined not to talk the market down by word or deed.
So I’m expecting great things next month from the RICS Annual North East Summit, which takes place on November 27 at Newcastle Civic Centre.
It sports a cracking line-up and I know they will be walking tall and facing things head on – it’s what we do in the North East.
Conferences are a way of seeing the big picture and predicting where the smart money is going to be. If you are in the property game then it’s essential you know the plans and strategy of the big spenders in the region. The RICS North East Summit will have that in spades.
We’ll first hear about the future political agenda from Lord Bates, North East-based Conservative shadow minister for cabinet office, communities and local government and Coun Ron Beadle, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Newcastle North. Unfortunately, no one from the Labour Party is currently available – we have asked repeatedly – but I’m sure the Regional Minister Nick Brown will not let us down.
Later in the morning we have Melanie Laws, chief executive of the Association of North East Councils.
Putting the North East’s property sector into a national context will be Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist for the RICS.
Incredibly, all that’s before lunch! Afterwards we focus on regeneration with speakers representing two of the region’s most influential organisations, Pat Ritchie, regional director North East of the Homes & Communities Agency and David Cramond, director of capital development at One North East. As a crucial counterpoint the conference will also hear from Chris Brown, chief executive of Igloo Regeneration, and Kate Welch, chief executive of Acumen Community Enterprise Development Trust – an organisation that regenerates from the ground up by helping people to help themselves.
Last but not least we have John Goddard, deputy vice-chancellor and professor of regional development studies at Newcastle University. Best of all the day will be chaired by yours truly!
But remember this is no theoretical talking shop, this is where you will see the big picture and hear the plans that will have far reaching implications for all our lives - and for your future business strategy.
Kevan Carrick is partner in JK Property Consulting LLP and policy spokesman for RICS North East.