Business and political figures from across the UK have today (Wednesday 10th March 2021) announced the launch of The UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF), with the first UKREiiF networking event, exhibition, and conference to be held in Leeds on 17-19th May 2022.
Led by property events company Built Environment Networking UKREiiF will bring together the public and private sectors to support the ambition for the UK to Build Back Better following the pandemic and the UK’s exit for the EU – with an annual networking event, exhibition, and conference the showpiece of the forum which will connect investors from the UK and overseas to development opportunities within our shores. The forum will attract inward investment, generate economic growth, and drive a more sustainable and inclusive culture within the property and construction industries.
A number of influential senior figures and businesses have already announced their commitment to UKREiiF including:
Lord Bob Kerslake – Chair of the UKREiiF Advisory Group, Chair of Peabody, Chair of Be First and Chair of the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation
Kate Willard – Thames Estuary Envoy and Chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board
Gagan Mohindra MP – Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Regeneration and Development and MP for South West Hertfordshire
Ghislaine Halpenny – Director of Strategy and External Affairs, British Property Federation
Other private sector organisations alongside Scarborough Group International include Allied London, MEPC, First Base, Avison Young, Black Professionals in Construction, Capital & Centric, Willmott Dixon, Constructing Rainbows, Pagabo and CB Collier.
Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair of UKREiiF Advisory Group and former Chief Executive of the Homes & Communities Agency, said:
“I was really keen to join this initiative that will bring together the public and private sector along with companies large and small. It’s becoming increasingly odd for the UK’s property and regeneration industries to travel to the South of France annually to meet people you can do just as easily and effectively in the UK.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has given us an opportunity to pause and reflect, an opportunity to ask ourselves what the future should look like in terms of a conference that brings these industries together. Such a conference is needed – to connect and network, learn from each other and highlight new opportunities, and this new UK based forum will be really important. UKREiiF is a new future that we should embrace. A new UK property and investment event can and must have a much greater focus on sustainability, inclusion and a healthy environment.”
Nicola Bulley, Commercial Executive at Scarborough Group International, said:
“As one of the most-active, privately-owned real estate developers in the UK, we are honoured to be part of the group responsible for shaping the agenda for the newly-established UKREiiF. As a business our philosophy is to create thriving places for people to live, work and enjoy and we look forward to working with the diverse range of public and private sector partners to aid the Government’s Build Back Better agenda.”
For further information regarding UKREiiF visit the website.