Greater Manchester will be showcasing the region's investment potential at UKREiif. Credit: Marketing Manchester

Greater Manchester announces UKREiiF plans

Metro Mayor Andy Burnham, Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig and Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett are among those speaking at the event in Leeds.

UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum takes place 17-19 May in and around Royal Armouries in the city. More than 3,500 property professionals and local authorities are slated to attend the event.

In addition to the names mentioned above, other key speakers from Greater Manchester include Stockport Council chief executive Caroline Simpson, Salford City Council chief executive Tom Stannard, and Bolton Council corporate director of place development Garry Brough.

Greater Manchester has teamed up with Liverpool City Region to take over The Canary, a bar and social hub in Leeds dock, for the conference. The Canary will be the go-to place to meet and network with both the key partners and local authorities for those regions. It will also be the site for a drinks reception on 17 May.

GM and Manchester are utilising UKREiiF as a chance to showcase the potential of the region.

“As we recover from the pandemic, it’s important to re-establish Greater Manchester’s position as a leading place to invest and take opportunities to show the scale of development and future investment opportunities in our city-region,” said Greater Manchester Combined authority chief executive Eamonn Boylan and Manchester City Council chief executive Joanne Roney, in a joint statement.

Later, the statement added: “Attending UKREiiF is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the UK the exciting partnerships unfolding in Greater Manchester, to showcase the incredible projects and innovations our sponsors have in the pipeline, and to give our local authorities a chance to showcase future opportunities across the city-region.”

Marketing Manchester will be spearheading GM’s activity at the conference in its role of promoting the region as a place to visit, invest, meet and study.

Sheona Southern, managing director of Marketing Manchester, said: “We’re delighted that Greater Manchester is attending UKREiiF with such a strong partnership that will continue to showcase the city-region as a place of choice to invest in and do business. This is the first in a series of place marketing events that Greater Manchester will attend in 2022/23, and we look forward to sharing further details with partners in due course.”

Place North West is the official media partner for Marketing Manchester during the event and will be on-site, providing the latest news about the city region from both the conference and The Canary.

In addition to Place North West, the partners for Greater Manchester include:

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Arup
  • Bruntwood
  • Bolton Council
  • Bury Council
  • Capital&Centric
  • Civic Engineers
  • Deloitte
  • Exterior Architecture
  • FEC
  • HBD
  • Manchester City Council
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Oldham Council
  • Property Alliance
  • Renaker
  • Rochdale Development Agency
  • Salford City Council
  • Stockport Council
  • Trafford Council
  • U&I
  • Wigan Council

Greater Manchester is not the only North West authority represented in UKREiiF’s speaker line-up. Also on the roster are:

  • Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram
  • LCR chief executive Katherine Fairclough
  • LCR freeport director John Lucy
  • LCR executive director of investment and delivery Aileen Jones
  • Liverpool City Council chief executive Tony Reeves
  • Carlisle City Council corporate director of economic development Jane Meek
  • Carlisle City council head of regeneration Stephen Robinson
  • Blackpool BID managing director Sue Grindrod,
  • Blackpool Council growth and prosperity programme director Nick Gerrard

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