Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
"Sitematch is a fantastic initiative which allows public sector landowners to meet with developers to discuss all kinds of development opportunities in London, helping to build relationships and bring about deals. I strongly urge all those involved in property to get involved to help boost construction across the capital."
Sir Bob Kerslake, head of the Civil Service
"The governmentís focus is on accelerating the disposal of its surplus land to support economic growth and housing. There is great value in making information available about surplus government owned land with housing capacity to potential bidders, allowing engagement on development possibilities."
What local authorities say:
Lucy Taylor, director of regeneration at London Borough of Ealing:
"Some of the people we met at Sitematch London were people who we would be talking to anyway but they used Sitematch as a cost-effective way to get some time with us to discuss how to move a particular project forward, at the same time as meeting a lot of other councils."
"Sitematch enabled us to have initial conversations with several companies that had not done business in Ealing before. Some of them went on to bid for the Acton Town Hall project, and one of them has now been selected to purchase and develop the building."
What Sitematch London advisors say:
Sam Blake, director, BNP Paribas Real Estate
"We work with a lot of councils to help them release land and this is a great way of raising the profile of our work. We're really excited about its potential to encourage councils to release land. It is about getting economic growth in London going again. Anything we can do to oil the machine and get things built is good for everyone."
What Sitematch London delegates say:
Michael Auger, regional director, Muse Developments
"Sitematch is great - we can't get to France for MIPIM so this is a perfect way for us to meet the key London councils."
Alan Hill, director, Alan Hill and Co
"Sitematch is a great new idea which combines access to both councils and their advisors in a time efficient format. By being able to predetermine who we are going to meet, how long we are going to spend there and what we are going to talk about one can make the most of the event. It should be good value for money too and I am really looking forward to testing it out."
Tom Rigby, development manager, Rydon
"We have got good relationships with a number of councils but there are others we have not done so much work with and we want to invigorate those relationships but on the back of them having sites we might be interested in. The way Sitematch is designed suits that perfectly."
Susan Anderton, corporate development director, Sprunt
"It was a superb event with unexpected networking opportunities during the free time."
Simon Webster, managing director of real estate, Goodman Group
"What really impressed me was that in two hours I met senior representatives from five London boroughs. For someone trying to invest in London itís often very difficult but here the councils want your attention and they are here to do business. You can meet the person who can help you get through the door to meet other people in the borough, which is invaluable and difficult to achieve with a cold call."