Trade economist to address AGM

Michael Dall, lead economist at property industry researcher Barbour ABI, will provide the opening address at this year's Place AGM.

Dall will provide a detailed overview of planning decision trends and construction pipeline in the UK and North West in particular. Barbour ABI supplies data to the Office for National Statistics as well as property and construction companies to help them develop new business.

Place AGM will be a half-day free-to-attend afternoon event, due to take place at City Tower in Piccadilly, Manchester on Thursday 22 May. The theme of this year's event will be opportunities presented by the recovery and how to take advantage of them.

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Other presenters confirmed so far include:

Mike Banton, managing director, Artez, construction company based in Bolton, founded in 2010 by ex Urban Splash and Artisan director Banton

Dan Crossley, investment partner at WHR Property Consultants, the Manchester-based independent surveying practice which advised on the sale of 101 Barbirolli Square and Towers Business Park among many others

Stuart Stead, partner, and David Rainford, property finance director, Cowgill Holloway Property & Construction, providing financial services to the property industry, with offices in Bolton, Manchester and Liverpool. The finance team work with many North West developers and investors to assist at all stages of a project from funding and exit strategies to bank negotiation. Cowgills also provides a full range of financial and business advisory services from structuring and cashflow assistance through to tax advice, including BPRA, and wealth management.

The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer panel discussion. The presenters will be joined for the panel by David Leviten, partner and head of commercial property at Clough & Willis, the Bury-based legal firm.

Place AGM 2014 is sponsored by Clough & Willis, Cowgill Holloway, WHR Property Consultants and Kingsley Associates.

Shefali Talukdar, managing partner at Clough & Willis, said: "It's been widely reported that both the commercial and residential sectors are picking up and gaining momentum which is great to see. It feels like the market has turned a corner over the past 12 months but there are, of course, still challenges ahead. The speaker line up is fantastic so I hope this year's event will be a forum for debate and analysis from the leading figures operating in the North West property community."

Place AGM 2014

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