Organiser: Place North West
Location: The Villa, Preston North End Football Club, Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, PR1 6SB
This special event, in partnership with the Preston, South Ribble & Lancashire City Deal, will update on progress three years into the £400m deal, and examine Central Lancashire as a place to live, work and do business.
The free half-day conference on Thursday 1 March will showcase key areas of growth, and update delegates on the major developments coming forward in the heart of Lancashire, providing a briefing ahead of the international property exhibition MIPIM, which takes place in Cannes from 12 March.
The event will centre around three points of discussion:
- The policies and economic influences shaping the Central Lancashire area
- Preston and South Ribble as a place to live, work and do business, including city living, developing skills, and transport connectivity
- A ‘scheme spotlight’, examining the progress and potential of the 160-acre Cuerden site, being delivered in a joint venture between Maple Grove, Brookhouse Group, South Ribble and Lancashire County Council
Speakers so far include:
- Cllr Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council and LEP board director
- Jim Carter, chairman of the City Deal
- Karen Hirst, development director at Maple Grove
- Caroline Baker, director at Cushman & Wakefield
- Lawrence Kenwright, chairman of Signature Living
- John Chesworth, executive chairman of Harrison Drury
- Heather McManus, chief executive, South Ribble Borough Council
- Lorraine Norris, chief executive, Preston City Council
- Charles Quick, professor of public art practice, University of Central Lancashire
- Tom Roberts, senior transport planner, Mott MacDonald
- Stephen Proudley, head of retail, Lambert Smith Hampton
- Jon Thorne, partner, B8 Real Estate
- Steve Modric, strategy manager, Homes England
- Ben Scandrett, surveyor, Brookhouse Group
Conference chaired by Jessica Middleton-Pugh, editor of Place North West
Invest in Central Lancashire will be hosted at The Villa at Preston North End. The event will begin at 8am for networking, with an 8.30am start to proceedings. The conference will end at noon for lunch.
The event is free to attend, and all refreshments are included, but registration must be made in advance.