The COVID-19 pandemic came at a time when the signs of an economic slowdown in Europe had led many to conclude that the real estate sector’s long period of expansion was over. Overnight, all that change as the coronavirus crisis brought the continent’s economy to its knees, throwing landlords, end users and investors into profound uncertainty. With the initial storm now easing, European countries have begun carefully opening up for business steps again, giving the property sector a chance to survey the damage. In many cases, what we’re finding is that the crisis has exposed existing weaknesses and sped up structural changes that were already underway. Investors will be anxious to find what fresh opportunities have been thrown up by the unexpected chaos, but putting a price on them will prove difficult. HOF Forum’s new programme will tackle these issues head-on with input from some of CEE’s most prominent and successful players in an event that anyone who needs to know what the future holds for property in this region should plan to attend.
HOF Forum 2020 will feature in-depth discussions on key issues facing the property sector in Central & South Eastern Europe. The HOF Forum takes advantage of the incoming top management from around CEE & SEE for the HOF Awards and presents them in discussion in each of the panels representing Office, Retail, Logistics and Investment. The HOF Forum offers insight into the state of the markets as a whole.
The HOF Forum 2020 program will be made up of a mix of presentations, moderated panel discussions and debate togther with ample networking-focused coffee breaks to meet panelists and delegates.
Home office looked great until the coronavirus made escape impossible. Flexible office space and huge co-working facilities took huge strides in popularity, but investors will now be taking a closer look at how they perform under pressure. Are the lessons from this Black Swan event too specific for what we all hope will be a once-in-a-lifetime event? This panel will discuss what we’ve learned so far about current patterns of office use and development, as well as how office use is likely to change in the future.
The only winners from the crisis we’re now climbing out of were grocery retailers and everything connected with online retail. Consumers have woken up to the fact that nearly anything can be delivered, while the retailers and courier companies that replaced brick & mortar for nearly two months beefed up their capacity and levels of service to meet the flood of demand. It’s already clear that not all retailers will survive this shock, especially since shoppers are in no hurry to flood the malls yet. But are the stores that survive more likely to expand their sales through new physical outlets or by stepping up to meet the online challenge?
Increasing tensions between the world’s trading blocks last year and this year’s devastating pandemic have shown how fragile manufacturing based on just-in-time delivery can be if your supply chain is stretched tightly from China to Central Europe. The West’s remaining industrial giants are now reconsidering how to strengthen their positions, which is likely to include placing production of more components closer to home. How well-placed are the countries of CEE to offer locations for these investments? How will their policies and success in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic influence the decisions investors will take when deciding where to build new capacity?
What happens when a long-term residential boom meets a sudden global pandemic? Will rising unemployment and falling GDP break the back of nearly ten years of price increases? Developers have insisted for years that the market is under-supplied, and if prices don’t stop rising after this crisis, it will be difficult to argue with them. This panel will try to put this still-unfolding situation into context while discussing innovative new selling techniques learned through social distancing, as well as what their short- and medium-term strategies are going forward.