Olympia London Show June 13th 2019

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The National Landlord Investment Show returned to Olympia London on June 13th for the second of the season's three shows in the Capital. By all metrics it was a resounding success.

Highlights of the day

With the concentration of private rental landlords in the South East, the LIS London shows are always going to be a draw. By population figures alone there's over 16 Million people living in the stretch between Cambridge and the Isle of Wight. And with the move towards rented homes becoming the norm, that's a lot of people with an interest in the buy-to-let property market. This was reflected in the footfall of over 3.5k registered attendees in a single day at Olympia London on June 13th.

The Olympia Show Panel Debates are always part of the attraction and the Three sessions at the event did not disappoint. Kicking-off with The Future of the UK Housing Market Debate, Andrew Neil expertly chaired the myriad questions with excellent responses from the panel which consisted of: former London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, Knowledge and Product Editor of the MailOnline's This is Money, Sarah Davidson, Less Tax 4 Landlords Founder, Tony Gimple and Managing Director of Mortgages for Business, Steve Olejnik.

A general consensus was quickly reached that successive governments have failed chronically to build anywhere near the number of new homes required to meet demand. No huge surprise maybe, but it was sobering to hear the cold, hard facts and figures. Not to mention hearing of the culture and sociological factors which fueled the housing shortfall, especially from the former London Mayor. 

There was also a unanimous view that the future of the Private Rented Sector and buy-to-let landlord is bright, despite the many challenges.

The Women in Property Debate was frank, open and refreshing. Chaired by TV Presenter and Property Expert, Sara Damergi the panel consisted of LIS Founder, Tracey Hanbury, Royds Withy King Senior Associate, Zainab Dakhil, George Ellis Property Founder, Marie Parris and Mortgages for Business Sales Director, Jeni Browne.

The panel fielded some excellent questions and encouraged the audience to share their own stories. There were a couple of negative experiences shared, mostly where dealing with aggressive tenants were concerned. However, the overwhelming message was that the private rental property market is very much a meritocracy, and that anyone with the requisite drive, skills and knowledge can succeed regardless of gender. 

The UK Development Hotspots Debate was hugely interesting given the majority of investors were looking for opportunities beyond the Capital. Chaired by Nova Financial Group Founder Paul Mahoney, the panel featured High Street Residential MD, Gavin Fraser, Paul Nicholson of Luxor Group and John Howard of 

John Howard Property Consultants. All speakers brought highly insightful expert knowledge to the discussion with excellent points made regarding how to overcome the perceived difficulties of managing a buy-to-let property purchase in different parts of the country.

Back on the exhibitor floor, the space was bristling with interested landlords, both existing and potential, hungry for the assistance of the specialist services on offer from the 110 exhibitors present.

You can view pics of the day in our image gallery

Remember, remember the 5th of November

We're delighted that another hugely successful show was delivered from both sides of the table and look forward to our return to W14 for the last Olympia London Show of 2019 on November 5th. Prior to that we're in Manchester, at the hallowed ground of Old Trafford, home of Manchester United FC. To register for free admission to either show visit www.landlordinvestmentshow.co.uk/2019-shows.

If you couldn’t make it to the June show, you can watch the panel debates in full on the Landlord Investment Show website - www.landlordinvestmentshow.co.uk/videos.

Finally we'd like to extend a massive thank you to all the exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and attendees who made the day such a resounding success.