The Canary Bar at UKREiiF, Marketing Manchester, p Marketing Manchester

Expect to learn more about Greater Manchester's investment opportunities at The Canary Bar during UKREiiF. Credit: via Marketing Manchester

Greater Manchester unveils UKREiiF programme

Greater Manchester is once again taking over the Canary Bar in Leeds for the duration of the property convention, working alongside Opportunity London to shine a spotlight on all the two cities have to offer.

UKREiiF will bring more than 12,000 property professionals together by the Royal Armouries in Leeds for three days of panel sessions, workshops, and networking socials starting on 21 May.

Marketing Manchester is once again running Greater Manchester’s programming at UKREiiF, this time under its Manchester Invest Partnership brand.

Victoria Braddock, managing director of Marketing Manchester, teased a bit of what we can expect from Greater Manchester at UKREiiF.

“Last year, we took a strong partnership alongside Opportunity London to The Canary, and we are looking forward to replicating that success, creating invaluable opportunities for our partners to talk to investors, facilitate collaborations, and further discuss all the good work that is currently underway in Greater Manchester,” she said.

“This will include a laser-like focus on promoting the city region’s key investable propositions, including sites like Atom Valley, ID-Manchester, and upcoming Mayoral Development Zones.”

Here’s a brief look at where you can expect to see Greater Manchester local authorities out and about at UKREiiF – beyond just at The Canary.

You can find the full list of programme activity at 

Tuesday 21 May

  • 8:30am: Greater Manchester and Opportunity London welcome reception at The Canary.
  • 9:30am: Planning For Places: What Kind of Planning Reform Can Support Long Term Regeneration and Economic Growth? with Wigan Council director of place Aidan Thatcher, GLA director of spatial planning Lucinda Turner, Royal Town Planning Institute president Lindsey Richards, and Harworth Group regional head of planning Joanne Neville. Event held at The Harworth Regeneration Pavilion.
  • 11am: Creating Communities Through Brownfield Regeneration with Salford City Council chief executive Tom Stannard, Leeds City Council director of city development Martin Farrington, Moda Living managing director Tony Brooks, Cabinet Office deputy director for property programmes Angela Harrowing, Birmingham City Council strategic director of place Philip Nell. Event held at the Places for Life Pavilion.
  • 11:20am: Energy Security, Resilience and Place: Balancing the Scales Between Policy and Practicality with Manchester City Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig, UK Infrastructure Bank chief strategy and policy officer Kate McGavin, National Grid deputy director for external affairs strategic infrastructure Tom McGarry, IFM Investors director of sustainable investment Amanda Latham, Asper Investment Management principal Adriana Rodriguez Cobas, and Department for Energy Security and Net Zero deputy director John Allison. Event held at the Bury Theatre at Royal Armouries.
  • 1:15pm: Demographics and Economics – How the Living Sector is Meeting the UK’s Diverse Housing Needs with Manchester City Council chief executive Joanne Roney, Aviva Investors head of UK Funds Imogen Ebbs, Vigo Group chief executive Tariq Shah, HUB managing director Damien Sharkey, and CBRE Investment Management director Ann Xu. Event held at the Bury Theatre at Royal Armouries.
  • 3:30pm: Strategic Place Partnerships: Going for Growth with Manchester City Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig, London Borough of Hounslow chief executive Niall Bolger, Southampton City Council Leader Cllr Lorna Fielker, Legal & General group social impact and investment director Pete Gladwell, and North Somerset council chief executive Jo Walker. Event held at the Newsroom Stage at Royal Armouries.
  • 4pm: Greater Manchester and Opportunity London drinks reception at The Canary.
  • 5pm: Connecting Communities and Places Through Electric Transport with the Mayor of Greater Manchester. Event held at the Bibis Restaurant off Sovereign Street.
  • 6:45pm: Sixth Annual Chamberlain Lecture with Manchester City Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig. Event held at Cratus Group Hustings in the Pavilion Zone.

Wednesday 22 May

  • 8:30am: De-Risking Planning With Community-Led Development with Stockport Council chief executive Caroline Simpson, Office for Place chair Nicholas Boys Smith, and UCL chair of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute Yolande Barnes. Event held at the Bidwells Pavilion along Pavilion Avenue.
  • 9:30am: Housing Partnerships – The Value of Housing Stock in the North West with the Mayor of Salford City Council. Event held at the Royal Armouries Exhibition Hall.
  • 11am: Delivering Successful Public and Private Partnerships in the North with Manchester City Council strategic director for growth and development Becca Heron, Warrington & Co managing director John Laverick, and Bruntwood chief development officer Chris Roberts. Event held at the Wates Pavilion in the Pavilion Zone.
  • 11:30am: How Do We Make BTR & Operational Living a More Attractive Investment? with Salford City Council strategic director of place John Searle, Re:shape managing partner Jermaine Browne, Bidwells research director Sue Foxley, Apache Capital Partners investment director Ashley Perry, and Packaged Living chief operating officer Mark Woodrow. Event held at the Bidwells Pavilion along Pavilion Avenue.
  • 1pm: Homes for Key Workers –Single Family Rental Solutions & Public/Private Sector Collaboration with Manchester City Council strategic director for growth and development Becca Heron, Homes England chief executive Peter Denton, NHS Homes Alliance chair Sarah Hordern, Greater London Authority deputy mayor for housing and residential development Tom Copley, MAN GPM managing director Shamez Alibhai, and Placefirst assets and strategy director Anna Hwang. Event held at the Dockside Pavilion in the Dockside Zone.
  • 3pm: Launch of the Public Sector Forum Guide – “Working in Partnership” with Salford City Council chief executive Tom Stannard, Local Partnerships chief executive Adele Gritten and director of place Ingrid Hooley, UK Innovation Corridor chair Jackie Sadek, and Harrington Review of FDI Lord Richard Harrington. Event held at the Tournament Galleries at Royal Armouries.
  • 3:30pm: Estate Renewal in the ‘New Era of Regeneration and Housing Delivery’ with the Mayor of Salford City Council, Homes England director of affordable housing grants Shahi Islam, In Communities chief executive Rachael Dennis, Schroders Capital fund manager of positive impact investment Chris Santer, and Livv Housing Group director of development Yvonne Westhead-Fyles. Event held at Dockside Pavilion at the Dockside Zone.
  • 3:30pm: Creating Healthy Towns and Cities with Stockport Council director of development and regeneration Paul Richards, Muse director project of project management Phil Marsden, Walker Sime director of regeneration delivery Cathy Palmer, Make It Happen Birkenhead chief executive Amy Butterworth. Event held at Rethinking Places Pavilion in the Pavilion Zone.

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