Merseyside Property Dinner – Steve Morgan 22/3/12

28 Mar

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This was the TENTH year of the Insider property dinner in Liverpool and I’ve hosted each one – and it has frequently been incident packed. There was the very first event when Wayne Hemingway stunned everyone with a horrible series of mistimed jokes, bad slides and poor attempts at challenging the audience. Then there was comedian Jason Manford sitting on the loo while I was introducing him – I had to fill for five minutes and it felt like five hours. Then there was me having kittens worrying if Frankie Boyle would behave himself, and the time when an unknown Scouse comic took the mickey out of Sir David Henshaw, the chief executive of the council. Some lad called John Bishop, we only paid him £500, wonder what he’s doing now?

Choosing the speaker is important and we got it right this time. Steve Morgan is a down to earth bloke who has done amazingly well for himself in construction and housebuilding. Whatever he had to say people listened. He was provocative, he was funny and he did use slides! But he could pull it off very effectively.

There was another issue to sensitively deal with. Many people in the room will have known Paul Rice who sadly died recently. I really wanted to pay a tribute to Paul and chose to do so in my opening remarks – he was a lovely guy, hard working and dedicated to Liverpool where he ran the city centre management company. I was pleased at the response and hope it was a fitting memorial to him.

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One of the other factors in this and every other business dinner is the relationship with the sponsors. Brabners Chaffe Street have been with the event since the start and have been terrific. The dialogue with partner Jeff Gillbanks (pictured, above left) is honest, the aspirations are clear and hopefully that’s reflected in how the whole presentation of the event is conducted.

The coverage of the event is here.

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