Greater Manchester to attend UKREiiF 2023

Greater Manchester has confirmed attendance at The UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF), which is set to take place between 16 -18 May in Leeds.

Following a successful inaugural presence in 2022, the Manchester @ UKREiiF 2023 Partnership – coordinated by Marketing Manchester – will return to The Canary venue on Leeds Dock and will be joined by the team from Opportunity London. The Canary space will be a hub for both regions to share their opportunities with UKREiiF’s delegation of investors, developers, other local authorities and occupiers.

UKREiiF aims to connect people, places, and businesses, to accelerate and keep a spotlight on the Levelling Up Agenda, whilst seeking to unlock sustainable, inclusive, and transformational investment across the UK. The event runs for three days, bringing together the public sector – including representative from every core UK city and region – with Government, investors, funders, developers, housebuilders and more.

Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, said: “We are delighted to be returning to UKREiiF in 2023. Last year we took a strong partnership to the pop-up pavilion at The Canary, and it provided a great opportunity for our partners to talk to investors, facilitate collaborations and bang the drum for Greater Manchester.  

“This year is set to be even more exciting, with many significant developments and openings across the city-region. We hope to showcase Greater Manchester as a leading city for culture, innovation, sustainability, and investment, giving our delegation the chance to share their plans for the future of Greater Manchester and communicate to a wider audience why they should join the city-region on this exciting journey.”

The Manchester @ UKREiiF 2023 Partnership will be led by Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority and will be comprised of Local Authorities and private partners working in collaboration to support and strengthen Greater Manchester’s position as a leading place for investment, innovation, sustainability and thought leadership, through engagement with the international real estate business community.

Companies and organisations joining the Manchester @ UKREiiF 2023 Partnership include ADP Architecture, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, Bury Council, Civic Engineers, Euan Kellie Property Solutions, Far East Consortium, Gallager (AJG), Glencar Construction, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greengage, Harworth Group, Hawkins\Brown, HBD, Manchester City Council, MIDAS, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, OMI Architects, Place North West, Rochdale Development Agency,  Salford City Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Trilogy Real Estate, U+I, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, and Zest UK.

Greater Manchester will host a drinks reception at The Canary on Tuesday 16, whilst across the event leading voices from the Manchester @ UKREiiF 2023 Partnership will join conversations around UKREiiF’s key themes, including participation in the following programme events:

Tuesday 16 May

– Greater Manchester and Opportunity London welcome reception (08:45-09:15)
– Does The Planning System Need Radical Reform? with key speakers from Harworth Group (09:30-10:30)
– Going Beyond Net Zero – Key Steps for Investible, Clean Growth with Tom Stannard, Chief Executive at Salford City Council (09:35-10:15)
– Transforming Transport and Futureproofing Infrastructure – Connecting Places, People and Business While Creating World Class Places To Live with Andy Burnham, Mayor at Greater Manchester Combined Authority (11:15-12:15)
– Live Roundtable: Creating Better Places and Environments for Work with Aidan Thatcher, Director of Place at Wigan Council (11:30-12:30)
– Levelling Up Through Leveraging Heritage Assets with Julian Jackson, Director of Place at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and Paul Lakin, Executive Director of Place at Bury Council (12:45-13:45)
– The Future of Construction with Tom Stannard, Chief Executive at Salford City Council (13:00-14:00)
– The UK on the Global Stage – Sharing International Ideas for Regeneration and Economic Growth with Cllr Bev Craig, Leader at Manchester City Council (14:00-15:00)
– The Power of Road and Rail Infrastructure to Unlock Regeneration with Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive at Greater Manchester Combined Authority (14:00-15:00)
Devolution 2.0: What Can We Learn from Greater Manchester’s Experience Ahead of the Next Generation of Devolution Deals? (INVITE ONLY) with Andy Burnham, Mayor at Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Tom Fenton, Project Director at Far East Consortium (15:30-15:30)
– Reviving Industrial Heartlands with Lynda Shillaw, Chief Executive Officer at Harworth Group (15:15-16:15)
Greater Manchester and Opportunity London drinks reception (16:00-17:30)

Wednesday 17 May

– Effective Ways to Fund Sustainable Development with Kitty Patmore, Chief Financial Officer at Harworth Group (11:00-12:00)
– Live Roundtable: Putting Heritage at the Heart of Place – Challenges and Benefits with Caroline Simpson, Chief Executive at Stockport Council (11:30-12:30)
– Key Cites and Net Zero: Levelling Up, Emissions Down – Leaders Networking Lunch (INVITE ONLY) with John Searle, Strategic Director of Place at Salford City Council (13:00-14:00)
– New is Good, But Old is Better – Why Retrofit is Fundamental to Achieving Net Zero with Becca Heron, Strategic Director for Growth and Development at Manchester City Council (13:00-14:00)
– Rethinking Regen: How Can We Deliver for Our Communities? with Mike Hood, Managing Director at U+I (14:00-15:00)
– What are the Factors in Delivering Sustainable Industrial & Logistics Developments? with Peter Henry, Director of Sustainability at Harworth Group (14:00-15:00)
– Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation: Announcement Joint Venture Partner for Stockport8 with Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair at Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation and Caroline Simpson, Chief Executive at Stockport Council (15:30-16:30)
– Is Everything You Thought About Consultation Wrong? with Bryony Carter, Neighborhood Officer at Manchester City Council (15:30-16:30)
– Designing From District to Doorknob – The Realities of Delivering Net Zero at Every Level with Stephen O’Malley, Chief Executive at Civic Engineers and Ewan Graham, Partner at Hawkins\Brown (15:30-16:30)

Thursday 18 May

Bolton’s Breakfast with MasterChef Winner Simon Wood, and the Bolton Food & Drink Festival with Bolton Council, Peel L&P and Simon Wood (08:30 – 10:00)
Does Mixed Tenure Unlock Inclusive Communities with James Crow, Director of Mixed Tenure, Harworth Group (10:45 – 11:45)
Implementing Nature and Biodiversity into Real Estate with Laura Percy, Development Director U+I (11:00 – 12:00)
15 Minute Cities: Connecting Places to People with Mike Hood, Managing Director of U+I (13:30 – 14:15)
The Bolton Blueprint – A Bold Vision for 2040 and beyond with Sue Johnson – Chief Executive Bolton Council (13:45 – 14:45)

The full programme of events is available to view here.