Last month we hosted the Southampton Property Association annual CPD event at our office in Southampton Centre. The event proved to be very popular with the SPA members and their guests with all the tickets selling out.  A big thank you to the fantastic line up of speakers and to Simpson Hilder Associates who helped us organise the event. 

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The event started with Nella Pang, Chairwoman for the SPA providing an overview of the markets, followed by Dawn Baxendale the Chief Executive of Southampton City Council who updated us on all the exciting developments and opportunities on offer here in our city.

David Eminton, Head of Property Litigation at Paris Smith and Allan Hilder, Director of Simpson Hilder delivered a joint talk on landlord and tenant litigation, highlighting key points for our members on commercial lease renewal and disrepair issues.

Tom Flatau from Teamworking International flew in from Dubai that morning to deliver an engaging talk on negotiation skills. Tom shared with us much of the psychology behind negotiation, explaining how our “Fight, Flight or Freeze” response to stress impacts the way we enter into agreements. To watch a video of Tom’s talk click here.

The Managing Director of E3 Consulting, Alun Oliver gave us a snap shot of some of his top tax tips property professionals should be aware of, concentrating specifically on community infrastructure levy and VAT. Finally our insight to industry guest this year was Michael Scott Services who closed the event by providing us with the key benefits of using LED lights.

The event which commenced with breakfast provided by Paris Smith was an excellent opportunity for networking amongst the SPA members and the speakers and this continued at the regular Friday Frolic lunch which was held directly afterwards at the Tapas Barcelona bar sponsored by Michael Scott Services.

We hope everyone who attended found the morning beneficial. If you are interested in speaking at one of our events or have any feedback please contact Nicola Davies.