MSS Presents: What's on at Material Source Studio 2023.

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After a stellar first year at Material Source Studio Manchester, in which time we've hosted close to 200 events - including 7 sell-out seminars, we are pleased to share our calendar of MSS Presents seminars for 2023.

All our seminars have now taken place, but stay tuned for our upcoming dates for your diary.

Past seminars in Manchester

Sustainability: Confusion. Action. Trust.

8th February 2023

With the clock ticking rapidly on net zero targets, our panel shared their thoughts on what companies need to be doing right now to help tackle the climate emergency.

Panel: Katerina Papavasileiou, Associate Director at Hermes Real Estate; Rebecca Lydon, Associate Director, Smart Energy & Sustainability, at Hydrock; Steve Connor, founder and CEO of Creative Concern.

With thanks to our supporters: Autex Acoustics, Concept Cubicle Systems, Karndean.

Read our write up here.


26th April 2023

To anchor the discussion, three themes were underpinned: Technology that Enables, Monitors and Controls. Harnessing its uses effectively can have significantly positive impacts on the people and places it serves. But all too often the general consensus is that it sits low on the list of priorities.

Panel: Atepheh Amid, Associate Director in AECOM Interior Design and Strategy team; Christian Anderton, founder and CEO of the property advisory platform, Node Technologies; Ann-Marie Spencer, Director of Technology, Innovation and Change at Yorkshire Housing.

With thanks to our supporters: Crosswater, Lutron, TopBrewer.

Read our write up here.

Manchester Property Outlook

7th June 2023

It seems not a month goes by without Manchester being named in the top echelons of a particular UK, European or worldwide poll. A report released just this week by CBRE - Which City? Which Sector? - highlighted Manchester as a top 5 growth city in the majority of the sector spotlights - from retail to hospitality and affordable housing.

With this, and many other studies clearly heralding Manchester as an investor's paradise, we put our burning regional property questions to our panellists.

Panel: Nicola Rigby, Principal at Avison Young UK; Ashley Perry MRICS, Investment Director at Apache Capital; and Tim Smith, Vice President of Development at EQ Group.

Read our write up here.

With thanks to our supporters: Cosentino, Crown, Scanomat.

Workplace: Then, Now, Next.

11th October 2023

What is workplace? It's a question that has gained much significance following the enormous global shift to hybrid work during the pandemic. If we can work from anywhere, what is the purpose of the office?

Panel: Tom Crame, head of global workplace, Amnesty International; Clare Bacchus, global lead workplace, Barclays; and Simone Fenton-Jarvis, workplace strategy and change consultant & author of "The Human-Centric Workplace".

Read our write up here.

With thanks to our supporters: CDUK, Concept Cubicle Systems, Forbo.

Past seminars in Glasgow


22nd March 2023

There couldn’t have been a more fitting venue for a thought-leading discussion on sustainability as we headed to the home of COP26 and Glasgow to debate this crucial topic.

Panel: Atelier Ten Director, Peter Kerr; NatWest Senior Design Manager, Hazel Houliston; Glasgow City Council Manager, Duncan Booker.

With thanks to our supporters: Crown Paints, Crosswater, Forbo.

Read our write up here.

Glasgow Property Outlook

20th September 2023

For our second Glasgow-based MSS Presents seminar, we turned our attention to the city that's soon to be home to Material Source Studio Scotland, inviting a duo of well placed panellists to discuss its property outlook, with a focus on the good, the bad and the future.

Panel: Clare Bailey, director in commercial research, Savills, and Jamie Clyde, director of innovation services, Bruntwood SciTech.

With thanks to our supporters: Autex, Crown, Karndean.

Read our write up here.

To check out the upcoming events from our partners, head to our What's On page.