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Growth Board takes Thames Estuary investment opportunities to UKREiiF

13th May 2022

The Thames Estuary Growth Board will be showcasing the UK’s number one government-backed growth opportunity at UKREiiF, the country’s biggest real estate and infrastructure conference taking place in Leeds from 17 to 19 May.

Led by, Kate Willard OBE, Estuary Envoy and Chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board, a first-class team of private and public sector Board Members and Executive Directors will champion the region and its myriad opportunities at the conference.

During this three day event, the Growth Board team will engage actively with investors, developers and partners to promote the region’s investment opportunities in order to unlock good, green growth that benefits people and businesses of the Estuary and the national economy.

The team will also continue to build pan-regional and partnerships to help accelerate and build innovation and share best practice.

Kate Willard, who recently received her OBE for services to transport and infrastructure, said “We are really excited to be at UKREiiF. As the UK’s biggest built environment event, it’s only natural that the Thames Estuary, the UK’s biggest growth opportunity, is showcased here.

We are looking forward to conversations with other like-minded teams who are focussed on getting great stuff done. We have a portfolio of compelling investment opportunities to share including the Thames Estuary hydrogen ecosystem, waterborne freight on the Thames and other key infrastructure projects.

We’re in a good place for investing. Join us.”

Meet the team at UKREiiF

From 17 to 19 May, attendees will be able to meet our team at conference events and on our Thames Estuary narrow boat in Leeds Dock. The boat has been newly restored in partnership with local non-for-profit Canal Connections, who promote social regeneration by engaging people with the waterways.

The Growth Board will also present some of the Estuary’s most exciting opportunities to delegates at an evening drinks reception on Wednesday 18 May.

Investors will have a further opportunity to learn more about the region’s potential and neighbouring projects at a bespoke networking event on Thursday at 11am hosted jointly with East London boroughs.

Hear from the team at UKREiiF

Delegates will be able to hear Kate Willard OBE on the levelling up stage on Tuesday 17 May at 1.15pm where she will be part of a high-calibre panel discussing ‘Building Net Zero UK – What Are We Doing and What Should We Do Better?’ exploring how explore how the built environment industry can play its part in creating net zero UK.

Lyn Carpenter, CEO of Thurrock Council, shortlisted for UKREiiF’s Public Sector Pioneer of the Year award, will represent the Growth Board in a panel discussing the unique challenges facing places that already carry the perception of affluence on Tuesday 17 May at 1pm in the Wellington Suite.

Helena Anderson, the Thames Estuary Growth Board’s Hydrogen Specialist Advisor from Ikigai, will be joining experts to speak about ‘Making the UK a World Leading Hydrogen Economy’ on Thursday 19 May at 1pm in the Building Better Communities Pavilion.

Catch our partners at UKREiiF

Key Estuary partners at the event include:

  • Creative Estuary, represented by Emma Wilcox, at the ‘How do Historic and Heritage Places Level Up?’ session on Tuesday at 11:15 in the Industry Insights Pavillion.
  • Creative Estuary on Thursday 19th May, 10-11:30am, Newsroom Stage where Emma Wilcox will be chairing a Roundtable on ‘Creative places create value: Culture’s Role in Levelling-up’.
  • Thames Freeport, where Chair Ruth Kelly will be speaking on Thursday 18 May at 09.45 about ‘Freeports: One Year On – Examining Their Fledgling Role In Unlocking Development, Jobs, and Inward Investment’

Delegates will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from our Estuary partners at our evening reception.

Join us

To arrange a meeting with one of our team or for more information about investment and development opportunities in the Thames Estuary contact