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11th March 2021

Property events company, Built Environment Networking, has launched a new real estate and infrastructure event to support investment in UK and aid the governments ‘Build Back Better’ agenda. 

Aiming to be the sector’s must-attend annual event, the first UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) will be held in Leeds on 17-19 May 2022.

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 from the EU – with an annual networking event, exhibition, and conference 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 importantly 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 OBE – 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
  • Joanne Roney OBE – Chief Executive of Manchester City Council
  • Ghislaine Halpenny – Director of Strategy and External Affairs, British Property Federation
  • And organisations including Allied London, Scarborough Group International, Black Professionals in Construction, MEPC, First Base, Avison Young, the Royal Town Planning Institute, Capital & Centric, Willmott Dixon, Constructing Rainbows, Pagabo and CB Collier. 

Kate Willard OBE, Thames Estuary Envoy and Chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board, said: “I’m already looking forward to The UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) in Leeds in 2022. There is a huge amount of investment and development potential in the UK, including the Thames Estuary, the UK’s number one green growth opportunity. It makes sense to have an event of the highest calibre in this country.”

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.”

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