BCA Conference 2016: The Speakers

At BCA Conference 2016 it was the speakers that drew the crowds, as well as the fantastic array of exhibitors and delegates.

For those who could not attend the QEII Exhibition Centre last Thursday, you can still get a flavour of the Conference speakers by watching our short vox pops, recorded during the event

Justin Urquhart-Stewart, the infamously witty financial commentator, opened Conference. Looking at the flexible space industry from a macro-economic perspective, Justin informed delegates of the local, national and global context.

Next up Ben Munn, the new Managing Director for Consulting Services at Instant Group, talked to Conference about the flexible space sector, its challenges and opportunities.

Chuka Umunna MP, the former Shadow Secretary of State for Business, discussed the EU Refendum with delegates. A difficult but important topic, that members of the flexible space sector are watching with interest.

Before lunch Miles Gibson, Head of Research at CBRE, presented the findings from his report on the flexible space sector. Commissioned by the BCA, the report analyses some of the trends in the industry.

The Muse of Marketing, Allyson Stewart-Allen, discussed with Conference the importance of differentiation within your brand.

Microsoft UK’s Chief Envisioning Officer, Dave Coplin, offered the penultimate topic of discussion. Dave discussed technology, how it can improve our lives, but also when it was time to put it away and engage on a human level.

The final session of the day involved a panel discussion; ‘Is co-working the new serviced office?’

Colin Sinclair, Director of Workspace Development at Bruntwood, discussed how co-working could learn from other industries, such as science parks.

Steve Jude, CEO of Citibase, outlined research by Cushman and Wakefield, which predicts only 50,000 co-working seats by 2018.

Mike Ashton, who also expertly MC’d Conference, moderated the discussion. He offered input from his experience in the hotel sector.

The wealth of topics discussed at Conference this year was second to none, and delegates left buzzing with new ideas. At the BCA we are already looking forward to 2017, for yet another dynamic Conference that will continue to provide real value for those that attend.

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