International Property Forum line-up unveiled

The chief executives of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle councils are among the figures set to take part at the International Property Forum, part of the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016).

Sir Howard Bernstein (Manchester City Council), Ged Fitzgerald (Liverpool City Council), Tom Riordan (Leeds City Council) and Pat Ritchie (Newcastle City Council) have been confirmed for the event, which will be hosted at Exhibition Centre Liverpool on 21 and 22 June 2016. Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, Argent managing partner David Partridge, and Peel Holdings’ Lindsey Ashworth will also feature.

Among those attending the conference will be a major delegation of senior business figures from Chengdu in China seeking property investment and collaboration opportunities.

The International Property Forum will be the only property event held during IFB2016, the world’s biggest business festival. IFB2016 takes place over three weeks in Liverpool in June 2016 and is expected to attract more than 30,000 delegates.

The conference will discuss key issues driving the UK property debate, highlighting ‘shovel-ready’ projects as well as UK Trade & Investment Regeneration Investment Organisation (UKTI RIO)-sponsored projects that are onsite for investment across the UK.

It is being hosted by UK Property Forums in partnership with the UKTI RIO, British Property Federation, Estates Gazette, the Confederation of British Industries, Liverpool Vision, Land Aid, Connect to China, and MIPIM UK.  Event sponsors include the Peel Group, Barton Willmore, Stoke-on Trent & Staffordshire, DLA Piper, Weightmans, Anglesey Enterprise Zone, and the Chengdu Commission of Commerce.

The event will feature keynote speakers representing the private and public sectors and a gala dinner with a keynote address from Lord Prescott.

Matthew Battle, chief executive of UK Property Forums, said: “The International Property Forum will provide a platform for people in the property sector to hear some of the UK’s most relevant and influential leaders debate and discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

“We’re particularly pleased to be welcoming a high-profile delegation of senior investors from the Chinese city of Chengdu, who will be providing a not-to-missed overview of the region and the investment opportunities available to UK businesses.

“Our conference programme will provide fresh, stimulating and thought-provoking content from specialists across the public and private sector, all against the vibrant backdrop of the world’s biggest business festival.”

Ian Pollitt, of Peel Holdings, said: “This is one of the most impressive property industry events ever convened in the UK with a heavyweight line-up of industry experts, politicians and international organisations and which gathers at a crucial time for the sector.

“Prioritising future major infrastructure projects in the UK, public-private partnerships, investment in the Northern Powerhouse, [and] the EU referendum are among the many hot topics of the day, all of which will impact on the sector.”

Source: Insider Media Limited

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