The Wycombe Social was an excellent opportunity to understand the professionals and opportunities in High
The event began with various beverages alongside a serving of obligatory networking. This was followed by a warm welcome from Hiren Gandhi, a partner at our host Blaser Mills. Matthew Battle (UK Property Forums Managing Director) went on to give an enthusiastic introductory speech setting the scene for Andy Jansons (Janson Property Managing Director). Andy provided an informative overview of various markets in the Thames Valley while taking the opportunity to question the recent growth of serviced operators and discussing the slow office Market in High Wycombe. He stated, “I think there is just this dour perception of Wycombe from a business perspective”. Andy emphasised further by highlighting the fact High Wycombe does not appear on occupiers’ lists. A solution soon followed using Aylesbury’s investment into their public realm as an example.
Andy’s controversial perspective on High Wycombe was a fitting segway into a panel discussion alongside Michael Garvey (Managing Director of Chandler Garvey), Jonathan Lilley (Managing Partner at Blaser Mills) and Charles Brocklehurst (Head Of Housing and Environment, Wycombe District Council). The final section of the event saw the launch of the BucksPropFest, a festival dedicated to celebrating the value of property across the area of Buckinghamshire. The festival will take place on 6th June with an award ceremony at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
In the end, the Wycombe Social was a great opportunity to understand the ongoings in High Wycombe as well as form new relationships. We look forward to the BuckPropFest!