Lunch with BLP
Our Thought Leadership Regional Lunches are hosted by our CEO, Kim Vernau, and other senior representatives from BLP. They are limited to a small number of selected guests, enabling us to assemble a key group of industry peers each of whom enjoy unrestricted opportunities to participate in the interactive discussions and put questions to renowned guest speakers.
This presents our guests with an opportunity to network with other senior executives who are also charged with formulating corporate strategies, creating innovative products and services and facing the challenges of business transformation in a digital age, whilst contending with complex and ever expanding regulations.
Guests hear ideas in the making and feel the pulse of our industry. We hope to enable them to enrich their own thinking by hearing how others perceive the business, shape their competitive advantage and plan for uncertain futures. These events are held over lunch, in exquisite surroundings and an atmosphere charged with creativity to deliver mutual benefit.
Birmingham, 23 November 2017
BANK Restaurant | Guest Speaker: Andrew Stanford
"Have we mastered build-to-rent yet?
In April 2013 the Coalition Government signalled the importance of the role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK’s housing market with the launch of the PRS taskforce, with a view to stimulating the supply of and investment in purpose built rental development (build-to-rent).
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance, highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the evolution of the build-to-rent sector. Guest speaker Andrew Stanford, head of Residential at LaSalle Investment Management, reflected on his two year tenure heading up the PRS Taskforce and posed the question as to whether as an industry and country we have mastered build-to-rent yet, presenting his views on land supply, notions of how to attract global investment and the economic and political climate affecting the sector.
Video: Have we mastered build-to-rent yet?
Marlow, 9 November 2017
Danesfield House Hotel | Guest Speaker: Liz Peace CBE
"Is urban regeneration worth the effort?"
The UK’s housing crisis continues to plague policy makers, with ongoing discussions around different solutions to meet the challenge of shortages in housing supply. Regeneration offers the government and broader housing sector the opportunity to address this fundamental issue, while also reviving parts of the UK by driving growth, creating new jobs, and redistributing the population to address overcrowding.
Kim Vernau, CEO at BLP Insurance, highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on whether regeneration can really work in practice to alleviate pressure on the housing market. Guest speaker Liz Peace, CBE and Chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, provided valuable insight on the merits of urban regeneration versus starting from scratch elsewhere, also highlighting the complex range of public policy issues now on the agenda around housing and infrastructure funding.
Video: Is urban regeneration worth the effort?
Watch the short film of our first six lunches:
London, 18 May 2017
The Zetter | Guest Speaker: Richard Saxon CBE
"Construction in crisis: is off-site manufacturing the answer?"
The London housing market is feeling the brunt of skilled labour shortages in the construction industry, in the absence of a much needed government push towards research, development, and training. In comparison to other countries such as Japan, the UK is lagging far behind.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance, highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on offsite construction as the solution to an industry in crisis. Guest speaker and Non-Executive Director, Richard Saxon, provided a reality check into how skills and innovation gaps in the UK are limiting progress and why a top-to-bottom shake up is required if there is going to be any sign of a recovery.
Manchester, 30 March 2017
King Street Townhouse | Guest Speaker: Paul Beardmore
"The value of modular construction in revitalising the housing market"
Housing in Manchester is experiencing a significant turnaround, with an overall rise in residential developments demonstrating a new confidence in the market. Despite this growth, there is still significant undersupply to meet demand, presenting a major opportunity for investors and developers to embrace alternative methods of construction and new partnerships to bring forward development.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the value of modular construction in revitalising the housing market. Guest speaker, Paul Beardmore, director of housing at Manchester City Council, provided an engaging insight into the council’s approach to residential growth in the city, and the essential need for collaboration and shared vision between the development and construction industry and key policy makers.
Cambridge, 23 February 2017
King's College | Guest Speaker: Dr Jennifer Schooling
"The role of sensors and data in informing sustainable design, construction, and management decisions within the built environment"
Ageing and inadequate infrastructure, which fails to meet our society’s changing demographics and lifestyle needs presents an increasing challenge for the future of our UK cities.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the role of sensors and data in informing sustainable design and management decisions within the built environment. Guest speaker Jennifer Schooling, director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University Cambridge, provided an engaging insight into the world of engineering and advances being made to harness information more effectively in infrastructure projects.
Bath, 19 January 2017
Lucknam Park | Guest Speaker: Charles Secrett
"The drivers for sustainability in construction and the urban environment"
At a local, national and global level business as usual simply isn’t working when it comes to construction and the urban environment, and the cost of inaction is becoming increasingly clear.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the drivers for sustainability in construction and the urban environment. Guest speaker Charles Secrett, co-founder of The Robertsbridge Group, led the thought provoking debate on the essential roles and responsibilities for insurers, construction professionals and city planners to help accelerate a sustainable and prosperous future.
Birmingham, 10 November 2016
BANK Restaurant | Guest Speaker: Mark Farmer
"The burning platform for construction"
The UK construction industry faces irreversible decline over the next decade unless industry leaders, market participants and the government take fundamental steps right now to change how the industry works.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlighted these key points at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the uncertain future of the UK construction industry, due to its growing skills shortage. Guest speaker Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consultancy, led a call to action, discussing the need for the adoption of more pre-manufacture led construction, with a greater use of automation, leading to a changing skills mix for the future which embraces digital engineering.
London, 27 September 2016
The Zetter | Guest Speaker: Paul Fletcher
"The fourth industrial revolution and the built environment"
The evolving nature of how people live is creating a much needed catalyst for change in the built environment industries.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion on “Building as a Service” organised for industry peers. Guest speaker Paul Fletcher led the thought provoking session, providing the context for change and posing the question of just how smart do we need to be to meet the needs of an agile society. If Smart Buildings are dependent on the internet of things are those ‘things’ good enough and are the buildings we create any better? Indeed, how is combining them ‘smart’?