2017 will easily be remembered as the year SPR underwent significant ‘structural’ changes. A new website, a new logo and new faces on the team – none have been straightforward or without their difficulties but we are nevertheless now moving in the right direction. I am pleased to highlight a number of Society updates below, the most important being the SPR 30thanniversary conference on 7th September – we very much look forward to your participation on this landmark day.
SPR Property Research course in Cambridge on 4-5th December 2017: Thank you to Charles Conrath for insisting we offer the course once again and particularly Colin Lizieri and his team for hosting us. Bookings should be made directly with the Institute of Continuing Education at Cambridge.
Employee changes: We have identified someone who will take on both the vacant membership secretary and event coordinator roles. The handover from Fiona Trott will start shortly and include website maintenance responsibilities – further details to follow. We have also hired Taylor Bennett, a professional event management company to deliver the 30th anniversary conference.
New website: Although later than planned, the new interactive website will be launched in September and we are busy getting to grips with it – please bear with us, and any teething problems that might occur! In future you will be able to register yourselves online for events and in due course renew your subscriptions and update your personal details! (But the fact that you are reading this blog means that we are now live!!)
New logo: After careful consideration of various different colour/font combinations, the committee settled with the current image. We very much hope you like it!
30th anniversary conference sponsors: We are delighted to announce that we have a full line-up of sponsors for our anniversary conference. Thank you all for supporting the event that will help propel our members into the next 30 years of the property research profession:
· Priority sponsors: CoStar, Datscha, Fidelity Investments, Real Capital Analytics
· Standard Sponsors: Grosvenor, Macrobond
Lastly, I wish you all a peaceful summer break and I hope to see many of you at our popular summer drinks event kindly sponsored by Cobalt and Real Capital Analytics. I hear several of you have signed up to the Gin Infusion Masterclass – sounds dangerous. Enjoy!