The year 2014 is set to be an interesting one for the Private Rented Sector. With changes occurring on many different levels. In London we will see the introduction of the London Rental Standard which hopes to gain momentum from the date of its launch on May 28th, 2014. Government have already announced that all letting agents in England will be required to follow Compulsory Redress and be part of an approved Ombudsman Scheme. Finally, the Welsh Assembly will fully regulate letting agents and landlords in Wales starting April 2015.

Our conference this year will focus on Education, Standards & Excellence. Each year we try to provide something different at our annual conference and once again, this year will be no exception. At the Guild we do not underestimate the value of our delegates, sponsors and exhibitors having the opportunity to engage with one another and network.

Our speakers will bring a range of experience and will provide you with motivation, guidance, practical ideas and support to ensure that during this significant period of change you can be head and shoulders above your competitors. We will focus on the Legal, the Technical, the Managerial, and the Motivational.

Our keynote speaker will not only inspire and motivate, but also cause you question the way in which you embrace your personal and professional life.

Matthew Ahmet, Shaolin Warrior and Disciple of Abbot Shi Yong Xin is the only non-Chinese Shaolin Disciple of the Shaolin Temple to perform in the famous Shaolin ‘Wheel of Life’ show worldwide. Matthew has performed in several international tours spanning Europe, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, the latter for an audience of over 10,000.

Matthew was awarded the Buddhist name Shi Yan Wu in 2006 and was given the role of Coach at the Shaolin Temple Training Ground in 2007. In 2007 Matthew led his students to be filmed for the National Geographic TV channel.

On his return to the UK he has continuously participated in charity-based work, raising over £50K. As part of these various projects he has given free mentoring to over 20,000 UK youths between the ages of 16-21, offering young people an insight into the beauty of Shaolin philosophy and how the simplicity of a culture unknown to Westerners can offer an inspirational answer to stop violence, knife and gun crime, which has become a growing issue in the UK. This important work has attracted major media attention, with Matthew appearing on BBC London News, ITV News, BBC Breakfast News, on BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, Radio 1 and in the press including the Daily Mail and the Independent.