HPP (Net)working and talking together.
‘Working’ together, ‘net’working together, and especially ‘talking’ to each other.
2016 has so far been characterised by a strong recovery in our sector, not just within our borders, but in other European countries surrounding us as well.
Deals are again being made, projects are under development, and investors and property developers, both domestic and foreign, once again see opportunities. The speed at which deals are being reached can be scary at times,
seeing that they slowly but inevitable lead to a changed market, one that is dominated by demand due to very limited supply, especially in big cities. Naturally, not all vacant offices or stores can be transformed into living accommodation, nor should they be. But transformation can in some cases be the best solution, seeing that it draws newly designated buildings and their occupants back into a much desired circular economy. Many players are therefore put under considerable pressure to not miss out on domestic and foreign investors.
But aren’t we forgetting something?
Everyone talks about ‘sustainability’, but our sector is not particularly inclined to invest in sustainable relationships. Despite the fact that major foreign investors have been active in the Netherlands for many years, we often have to conclude that we do not really know them, and that playing the occasional round of golf does not really constitute a sustainable relationship. The EU, supposedly a “collaboration” between countries, and the “communications” with their respective constituencies lay bare what happens if there is a general lack of sustainability and transparency. The apparent lack of believing and investing in long-term relationships can easily lead to events such as the recent ‘Brexit’ and intense discussions between the various Member States.
What can our sector learn from all this?
Holland Property Plaza has set a clear course, which is to ‘work’ together, both at the local and international level. ‘Networking’ together at all levels, which starts by ‘talking’ together!
Throughout the year, HPP organises activities for the purpose of facilitating its participants and business relations, and enabling them to meet and especially talk to each other. No computer or application, whether LinkedIn or Facebook, has so far been able to replace personal contact.
Talk to each other!
We look forward to meeting you at the HPP stand or another location for a constructive conversation.
Director & Founder Holland Property Plaza