Covid has made a mess of many landlords’ and agents’ plans since March last year but the problems are most obvious if you’re organising conferences and exhibitions, all of which have been forced to cancel or go online.

And that’s true for the property sector’s largest gathering which has now been delayed for a third time and now won’t take place until the end of the year.

ARLA Propertymark’s conference and exhibition was rescheduled from its original date of 24th March 2020 to 2nd September, and then later moved to 27th April 2021, but due to the ongoing pandemic, organisers are asking agents to save the new date of 7th December.


An ARLA spokeswoman says that the decision to postpone its popular networking event reflected continued uncertainty around the virus.

“Our hope is that by pushing the event back to much later in the year, we will all be in a position to safely come together for an informative and successful event,” she says.

“We can confirm that all existing conference registrations for delegates will be automatically transferred to the new conference date. We want to thank all of our exhibitors and sponsors for their patience and we look forward to collaborating with them to deliver a fantastic event.”

The event, which usually attracts more than 1,000 property professionals and 60 suppliers to the industry, will take place at ExCel in London’s Docklands, ironically the location of the London Nightingale Hospital, set up to accommodate Coronavirus victims.

Retail guru Mary Portas (pictured) and controversial head of the NHS test and trace programme, Dido Harding, are two of the speakers.

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