Tag Archives | Gill Marshall

A riotous end to a tumultuous year

The UKR Christmas party on Monday was a suitably riotous affair. Our entire professional team attended lunch in the private room of Villandry St James, where the kitchen and waiting staff seriously did us proud. As ever. An eclectic mix of folk – planners, surveyors, designers, comms-types, hangers on, liggers and laggers – gathered for […]

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Still the best bet for Sandfields

I haven’t blogged for some time about UK Regeneration. But that doesn’t mean that we’ve been idle. Oh no! At the end of May I left Her Majesty’s Government  (after my exciting year at the Cabinet Office and then my three months at UK Trade and Investment, being EVER so important) and I have been […]

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I’ve only gone and said Yes, Minister…

Certain readers of this blog (basically, those enjoying the sunshine in France right now) will know by now that something amazing and wonderful has happened to me.  Amazing and wonderful.  And wonderful and amazing.  In a somewhat surprising development, Greg Clark, the Minister for Cities and the Constitution has asked me to join his Cabinet […]

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Flying down to RIO…

I was at a great event at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office last Thursday. It was the launch of the Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO) which will be administered by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), with an independent advisory board comprised of “big hitters” (their words) from British business and government; and chaired by the former […]

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Never mind conferences, RE:Fest is a ‘happening’ happening

I was up with the lark this morning as I prepared to trail down to Newport for this year’s RESI 2013. This will be about 1,000 of my closest friends sitting in serried ranks in the windowless ballroom of the (quite, quite extraordinary) Celtic Manor, being spoken at, by all the big bananas in the […]

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Building on Bill’s big ideas

The wonderful Bill Grimsey (EG columnist, and a bloke who never goes at less than 100 miles per hour) continues to make huge headway with his Review of the Future of the High Street. He is making serious waves and people are becoming seriously impressed. The team are working away to hit quite an onerous deadline.  […]

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Urbanistas offer an inspiring vision for the future

I was at a most inspiring event this week. I have written before of the Urbanistas, the emerging network of women working in regeneration and the built environment, and it was their First Birthday Event on Wednesday.  The group has grown to such proportions in its first year that the venue they had in view […]

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Cork is a corker

Last week UKR visited Cork. There was Gill Marshall (Head of Love and Laughter for UKR) resplendent in her slingbacks (with strong family connections there), Tim Garratt of Innes England (aka the Hon Urbanist, never EVER a grubby agent, it was him that took this photo) and me. We were there as the guests of […]

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The moment we’ve been waiting for

Tuesday in MIPIM. And if it’s Tuesday for UKR it must be… Nottingham. 12 March 2013 is possibly the most auspicious date in the UKR calendar since we formed in September 2010. It will go down in history.  The sun was shining. And Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council was on track (ha!) to […]

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Nottingham’s breathtaking arch is an inspiration

Wednesday is Nottingham day for UKR (most weeks anyway). Gill Marshall (UKR Head of Love and Laughter) and I clambered aboard the East Midlands line as usual yesterday morning for an action-packed field trip. It started with a cup of tea and a Twix, as usual (sold to us by Beverley) and culminated in a […]

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