Stylish start for PlaceEXPO conference and exhibition

More than 100 property professionals from across the region joined Place North West at No 4 St Paul's Square in Liverpool last night for a drinks reception to mark the launch of PlaceEXPO, the dedicated property and construction pavilion for the International Festival for Business.

There was an upbeat buzz in the room as guests enjoyed a preview of the pop-up venue which will host the North West's dedicated property programme for IFB this month and next.

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Attendees were welcomed by Paul Unger, editor of Place North West, and Anna Heyes, managing director of Active Profile, joint organisers of PlaceEXPO. Elwyn Edwards, partner at headline sponsor Hill Dickinson also took to the stage alongside Liverpool Vision chief executive and IFB chairman Max Steinberg.

Attendees included representatives from Peel, CBRE, Arup, Kier, the University of Liverpool, Muse Developments, Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council.

PlaceEXPO occupies No 4 St Paul's Square in Liverpool's commercial district throughout the seven weeks of the International Festival for Business 2014. The Festival officially runs from 9 June to 22 July.

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PlaceEXPO will feature a series of nine industry conferences echoing the wider themes of the international business festival. Property professionals will also hold a number of other fringe events at the hub and IFB partner venues including Booths Hall in Knutsford and Chester Zoo.

At Place EXPO, the exhibition hall will be open on conference days featuring stands from Kier Construction, Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East Councils, Form, Marketing Cheshire, Sigma Capital,, Hill Dickinson, Claremont Group Interiors, Liverpool Vision, Sutcliffe and Warrington & Co. As well as stands and events there will be a coffee shop and networking area for visitors to use for meetings and as a drop-in base during IFB.

In addition, PlaceEXPO will include the use of the Hill Dickinson client suite on the seventh floor of No 1 St Paul's Square, with views out to the Mersey and the Port of Liverpool, for seminars and private business meetings.

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