Homes England is working alongside fellow conference speaker Wirral Council on a 1,600-home scheme in Birkenhead. Credit: via Bentley Communications

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Duncan Inglis, director of the North at the government’s housing and regeneration agency, will join CBRE’s Will Church and Westmorland and Furness Council’s Angela Jones for a discussion on viability, funding, and partnerships during the conference.

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From Cumbria to Lancashire, Merseyside to Greater Manchester – Place North West will bring together leading voices in local councils who are ready to share where the region’s next great development hotspot is and what sort of investment they’re looking for. Expect to hear why towns like Leigh, Bootle, Birkenhead, Barrow, and more should command your attention.

North West Emerging Development Hotspots is a do-not-miss event for anyone looking to make that next great investment. The half-day conference will be held starting at 8am on 15 February at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. It is sponsored by Wigan CouncilMorgan Sindall ConstructionJMW, and Mansell Building Solutions.

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Expect a series of informative presentations, as well as the networking opportunities we know are important for your business. In addition to the pre-programme breakfast, you can also expect breaks in between sessions and a post-programme lunch.

What you’ll take away from the conference

  • Insight into where emerging development hotspots are in the North West
  • Chances to network with local authorities
  • Knowledge regarding funding pathways and programmes
  • An investor’s perspective on developing in a regenerating area
  • New contacts for your business

Confirmed speakers

Sarah Ashurst, Salford City Council, p Salford City Council

Sarah Ashurst is the strategic lead for investment at Salford City Council. Last year, Salford City Council spoke about Eccles. This year, they have a new area up their sleeve. Ashurst will shed light on the next great development hotspot in the city and outline what investment the council is after.

Will Church (x)Will Church is an executive director of investment advisory at CBRE. CBRE is the advisor to the £840m investment arm of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, as well as the manager of the £140m North West Evergreen Fund. Church’s team has, within the past 12 years, deployed more than £1.6bn into debt investments in the North West and Yorkshire. Church will share his insight as to what projects these funds are looking to support.

Nick Gerrard x

Nick Gerrard is the growth and prosperity programme director at Blackpool Council. He leads the team responsible for implementing Blackpool’s £2bn transformative growth & prosperity investment programme. Gerrard will be delving more into what’s in store for Blackpool.

Duncan Inglis (x)

Duncan Inglis is director of the North at Homes England. Homes England is the government’s housing and regeneration agency and, as such, has been a key strategic partner in some of the largest development schemes in the country. Inglis will share information regarding how Homes England is working with places to drive housing and regeneration.

Angela Jones (x)

Angela Jones is the director of thriving places for Westmorland and Furness Council. The recently created Cumbria authority encompasses Barrow-in-Furness, South Lakeland, and Eden. Barrow-in-Furness, in particular, has already attracted the attention of Whitehall, with secretary of state Michael Gove saying he wants to turn the town into a “new powerhouse for the North”. Expect Jones to share what all the hype is about, as well as where opportunities lie for growth.

Christian Rogers (x)

Christian Rogers is the assistant director of place commercial at Sefton Council. Bootle’s regeneration was part of the council’s successful Levelling Up Fund bid, with £20m reserved for transforming the Bootle Strand shopping complex. What will this mean for the future? Rogers will have the details.

Paul Stuart (x)

Cllr Paul Stuart is the leader of Wirral Council. “The Future is Birkenhead” proclaims a neon pink sign outside the town’s Future Yard venue. Cllr Stuart will delve into why those words are prescient, and what the council is up to in order to make that slogan a reality.

Aidan Thatcher (x)

Aidan Thatcher is the director of place at Wigan Council. Wigan is an ambitious council that is decidedly open for business. Thatcher will be highlighting Leigh and why this is the next great community for a borough that is dedicated to delivery.

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