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UK Property Forums is the official property conference of IFB 2014

1st & 2nd July 2014

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Princes Dock, Liverpool

Final Programme Now On-Line!

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The Festival is now in full flow with many events successfully completed and feedback from delegates very positive. As  the UKPF enters its final week before the start of our 36 Hours to celebrate the Business of Property which will culminate in three events – Tour:Dinner:Conference spread over two days on 1st / 2nd July.  For delegates we suggest that you look at the tabs below for more information.

What is the International Festival for Business?

The International Festival for Business 2014 will accelerate your global business growth by connecting you with the smartest entrepreneurial minds and best business opportunities in the world. IFB2014 will feature hundreds of world-class events from June to July 2014 in Liverpool, attracting 250,000 visitors from across the globe, and bringing £100 million worth of investment into the UK economy. It is being held for the first time in Liverpool during the summer of 2014 and will be a unique opportunity for people to transfer knowledge, exhibit and network with other business leaders. See www.ifb2014.com for more information and update on the programme of events.

UK Property Forums

As part of the IFB knowledge, professional & financial services themed week to be held during w/c 30th June 2014, UK Property Forums will provide a national and international platform for property developers, investors, agents, architects and end users to consider the latest industry trends. The property industry comes together at this summit event at a critical time in the recovery of the UK and international property markets and will discuss and debate some of the key issues driving the business of property and how it can generate growth across the UK Regions + Cities.


Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council confirms he will be speaking at the UK Property Forum conference on 2nd July 2014.

David Fairclough Known affectionately as Supersub because he was a talented goalscorer who rarely started matches for Liverpool, but frequently came into the match as a substitute to make an impact. David will join a panel of other ex-football superstars, Howard Kendall ex-Everton Manager and Arthur Albiston, ex Manchester United. The panel will be  compered by John Keith, radio presenter of the weekly talk show “Strictly John Keith” on City Talk and all held ate the Crowne Plaza Liverpool on the evening of the  Tuesday 1st July, 2014.

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Event Information: Whats happening and who is attending?

Tour Details



2pm, Tuesday on 1st July and will finish at 4pm with drinks in the Panoramic Restaurant for drinks with unique views across the City of Liverpool. We shall be transported by two executive coaches however part of the tour is on foot and all project descriptions will be given by a Liverpool property consultant.


Hotel Reception, Crowne Plaza, Princes Dock, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1QW 0151 243 8000 and http://www.cpliverpool.com/


The Liverpool City Centre Property Tour will take in a special tour of the City of Liverpool, designed and put together by Stuart Keppie, Partner, Keppie Massie and many of the key property consultants working across the City of Liverpool. Companies include Mason Owen, ES Group, Mason & Partners, Hitchcock & Wright, Grosvenor, Matthews & Goodman, CBRE, Panoramic and Alphabet Design. Delegates will be given a Tour Map which will explain the route and all projects will visited will have an appointed Property Consultant to explain the scope of the development and opportunity.


We are expecting around 40 attendees. A list will be uploaded before the end of this week on this page with all the attendee names.


Contact Amy Charles or Matthew Battle 07768 377172  



DRESS           Business Casual

DRINK           Hotel cash bar is open and win is available on the table. We suggest this is pre-ordered.

FOOD             Three course meal will be served with coffee served. Any dietary requirements email ASAP.


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Princes Dock, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1QW 0151 243 8000 and http://www.cpliverpool.com/

DRINKS     18.30 – 19.15 pm

DINNER    19.15 – 22.30 

Dinner to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel with Key Note Speakers for 100+ people, including sponsors and conference Partners. We are also very aware it is World Cup week and will be creating a program to reflect the interest in the World Cup qualifying rounds and matches. Speakers will take a light hearted view after dinner in a panel format of the World Cup and Premiership when we will encourage questions from the floor and we hope that it will be informative and amusing.


John Keith, City Talk


David Fairclough, Ex-Liverpool FC Player

Howard Kendall, Ex-Everton FC Manager

Arthur Albiston, Ex Manchester United FC Player



We will post the names of the attendees for the dinner at the end of the week but currently we have around 110+ confirmed with many of the Keynote speakers and panellists attending the conference on 2nd July will be at the dinner.


UKPF does the World Cup!

Dinner will involve a panel discussion with past Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United football heroes and compered by John Keith who is the presenter of the weekly talk show “Strictly John Keith” on City Talk which features guests from sport, media and show biz. I am also Merseyside football correspondent for Ireland’s national radio and TV service RTE

We are pleased to announce the line up for the dinner which included three famous ex-footballers and a Manager from the North West.


David Fairclough  now works as a pundit and also on the after-dinner circuit, he also writes a weekly column on the official Liverpool Football Club web-site. David is still a firm favourite amongst the Anfield faithful and was voted in at No.18 on the 2006 poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop. The poll was conducted by the Reds official web-site, 110,000 supporters worldwide took part listing their favourite 10 Liverpool players of all-time. Ironically, David’s 18th place was higher than John Toshack’s 34th and David Johnson’s 77th positions, two of the players that prevented David from gaining more Liverpool appearances.


Howard Kendall  is a former English footballer and Everton FC manager. He is most famous for his connection to Everton, a club that he both played for and managed. He also played for Preston North End, Stoke City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and managed Athletic Bilbao,Manchester City, Xanthi, Notts County, Sheffield United and Ethnikos Piraeus. His uncle Harry Taylor played for Newcastle United and Fulham in the 1950s.


Arthur Albiston joined Manchester United as an apprentice in July 1972, turning professional in July 1974.[2] He made his debut in a League Cup Third Round match against local rivals Manchester City in 1974. He made 485 appearances in 14 years, playing at left back, and scored six goals. He helped the club win the FA Cup in 1977, 1983 and 1985.

In his professional career, he made 464 appearances and scored seven goals. He also later joined non-League sides Sittingbourne, Witton Albion and Droylsden. Albiston also earned 14 caps for Scotland, making his debut on 28 April 1982 against Northern Ireland. His total includes one game at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, a 0–0 draw against Uruguay on 13 June 1986.

Following his retirement from playing, Albiston managed Droylsden (1996–97), was a junior coach at Manchester United (2000–04) and has also worked as a radio summariser for Manchester Independent.[2] He currently works for MUTV, Manchester United’s official television channel, acting as match summariser during live coverage of the club’s reserve and academy teams.


John Keith, author, broadcaster and stage presenter, has covered football since the 1960s and has written more than 30 books, including biographies of Dixie Dean, Bill Shankly, Colin Harvey, Billy Liddell, Ian Callaghan, and collaborated with Kevin Sheedy on his just published autobiography .

John’s acclaimed official biography of Bob Paisley, released in 1999, has been revised and updated and re-published this summer to mark the 40th anniversary of Paisley succeeding Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager .  After more than 30 years as a Daily Express staff sportswriter John is now Merseyside football correspondent for Ireland’s national broadcasting service RTE.

Following a decade as host of BBC Radio Merseyside’s Saturday Football Phone-In he was invited to present his own chat show Strictly John Keith on City Talk 105.9, which is broadcast three times a week featuring personalities from sport, entertainment and the media, his guests including Kenny Dalglish, Howard Kendall and Ken Dodd.

John is also producer and presenter of football stage shows The Bill Shankly Story and The Dixie Dean Story, which have been performed since 2006 and 2008 respectively. His latest show, Bob Paisley: Reluctant Genius, opens at New Brighton Floral Pavilion in September 2014 featuring several Liverpool FC legends live on stage. He also presents a series of “An Audience With” theatre shows, interviewing stars including Neville Southall, Ian St John, Kevin Ratcliffe and Ian Callaghan.

Conference Program



The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Princes Dock, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1QW

0151 243 8000


Wednesday 2nd July

8.15am      ARRIVAL Conference + Pop Up Exhibition Open

9.15am      Welcome to the Business of Property in Liverpool

Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Ian McCarthy, Programmes Director, International Festival for Business

Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

10.30am       UK City Leaders & Developers Talk Property

Can the investment and the development of UK Cities + Regions create ‘real’ business growth? What examples are there of success and how can Cities keep evolving to ensure that demand is maintained?

Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette (Chair)

David Partridge, Senior Partner, Argent Services

Chris Oglesby, CEO, Bruntwood

Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Ian McCarthy, Programmes Director, International Festival for Business

Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council

10.30am    The BPF@The IFB 

Can investment in property help to redress the balance between London and the UK Regions? What role can the property sector play in this process as the UK economy improves and spreads North?

Liz Peace CBE, Chief Executive Officer, British Property Federation (Chair)

Richard Yorke, Director and Head of UK Research, DTZ (Speaker)

Sir Michael Bear, Chairman, UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation

Bill Hughes, Managing Director, Legal & General Property

David Marks, Co-Managing Partner, Brockton Capital

John Keyes, Head of Manchester Office and Public Sector, DTZ

11.15am    MORNING COFFEE + Chance to Visit Pop Up Exhibition

11.45am    RIO comes to Liverpool

What does the UK Trade & Investment RIO (Regeneration Investment Organisation) mean for the UK property, design and construction sectors. This session will include an overview of one of the selected RIO projects, Liverpool Waters including the Atlantic Gateway.

Garry Banks, Director, Arup (Chair)

Sir Michael Bear, Chairman, UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation (Speaker)

Lindsey E. Ashworth, Development Director, Peel Holdings (Land + Property) (Speaker)

Bernard Molloy, Global Logistics, Unipart and Chair of Super Port

12.30   UK Property Forum Feedback Session from the Floor

Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums (Chair)

13:00    LUNCH + Chance to Visit Pop Up Exhibition

14:00     Transport Needs

Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool

Can a transport hub define a City Region and what is the property vision for HS2, Airport City and other major transport projects planned for the UK? And are we about to experience a massive shift towards sustainable transport nodes as a catalyst for future business growth?

Julian Lipscombe, Director, Bennetts Associates (Chair)

John Atkins, Managing Director, Airport City Manchester (Speaker)

Duncan Sutherland, Non Executive Board Member, HS2 (Speaker)

Wang Weibo, Director, Beijing Construction Engineering Company

14:45    The Big Debate: Future Areas of Property Growth and Demand?

Digital North West: Tomorrows Silicon Roundabout? How will the North West and other locations outside of London’s ubiquitous Silicon Roundabout compete as a location to provide a digital offer and create future real estate opportunities ?

Mark Eltringham, Founder and Publisher, Insight Publishing (Chair)

Andrew German, Partner + Director of Practise, Sheppard Robson + IDSR (Speaker)

Steve Wild, Managing Director, Media City UK (Speaker)

Colin Sinclair, Director of Property Marketing, Bruntwood

15:30      Housing Residential Britain: Growth of PRS, Mixed Use and MMC? 

Housing Residential Britain: Is the growth of PRS (Private Rental Sector) Mixed Use Developments and MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) a solution to Britain’s current housing crisis?

Nick Mullins, Director, CBRE (Chair)

Tim Healey, Director, Capital + Centric plc (Speaker)

Cllr Ann O’Bryne, Executive Member Housing, City of Liverpool

16:15   Afternoon Tea + Chance to Visit Pop Up Exhibition

16:30     Close Conference and to the Bar!

Pop Stand Details


We are pleased to confirm that we have more than 20+ confirmed Exhibitors at the UK Property Forums conference. These include: Argent Services, Airport City Manchester, Abacus Trust Company, BCC Link to China, Burnley BC, Conveyancing Risk Solutions, DWF LPP, Estates Gazette, EC Harris, JB Leitch, Nottingham City Council, City of Liverpool LEP, Liverpool Vision, Santander, SSD, Scottish Cities Alliance, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, Weightmans LLP, Wates and more.


Hotel contact : Bernard Finkle

Crowne Plaza, Princes Dock, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1QW  0151 243 8000 and http://www.cpliverpool.com/


Tuesday, 1st July from 5pm and break down from 4.30pm on 2nd July 2014.


matthew@ukpropertyforums.com or  07768 377172

The Hub Details: Remember to Sign Up!


Delegates are free to join and benefits include a 20% discount on Virgin Rail.  Delegates can register at: http://www.ifb2014.com/register.aspx or alternatively we can arrange to have delegates automatically enrolled.  Take the opportunity while they are in Liverpool to visit it at Mann Island www.ifb2014.com/Hubdirections

Benefits of the IFB Hub available to Business Club members include:

  1. Exhibitors and Professional Advisors available to provide free advice.  Exhibitors include UKTI, ICAEW, The Law Society and International Promotion Agencies such as CBBC and UK-ASEAN:www.ifb2014.com/HubExhibitors If Business Club members would like to book a free meeting with an advisor for while they are here they can contact akerwin@liverpoolvision.co.uk or just drop in to the stands at the Hub or the drop in business clinic: www.ifb2014.com/Hubclinic
  1. The virtual office, a place where business club members can plug in and work while they are in Liverpool:www.ifb2014.com/HubVirtualoffice . Business Club members can also book meeting rooms in the hub, this can be done via akerwin@liverpoolvision.co.uk
  1. The Networking lounge: there is free tea and coffee during the day www.ifb2014.com/Hubloungeand at 5.30pm the area turns into ‘Pub in the Hub’ where IFB Business Club members can relax with colleagues over a free glass of wine or beer. www.ifb2014.com/Pub-in-the-hub

Finally there is an IFB daily update available at: www.ifb2014.com/Hubdaily which I hope will be of benefit to you all while you are here next week.

Other Events @ IFB

The Global Economic Forum 2014  16 – 18 June 2014, Crowne Plaza Hotel Liverpool.

The Global Economic Forum 2014 provides an excellent platform to explore global economic challenges as well as strategic business, trade and investment opportunities worldwide in the quest to set global economic growth back on track. In addition, the forum will provide the gateway for prospective investors interested in exploring global FDI climate and opportunities with the added bonus of direct contact with worldwide policy-makers and businesspeople. To register click on the link and for all enquiries please email events@ibde.org.


MIPIM UK,  15th-17th October 2014, London Olympia.

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Held in London, MIPIM UK is the 1st UK property trade show gathering all professionals looking to close deals in the UK property market: investors, developers, local authorities, occupiers, hotel groups, agents and business service providers. To register for the event, click here

Speakers, Panelists and Advisory Board Members for the UK Property Forum conference

Joe Anderson

Mayor of Liverpool

Joe was born in 1958, the son of a merchant seaman and an office cleaner. One of six children, he….Read More

Sir Howard Bernstein

Chief Executive Manchester City Council

Sir Howard Bernstein has been Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since 1998 and was knighted for….Read More

Sir Michael Bear

Chairman, UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation

Sir Michael Bear is Chairman of the UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation and Co-chair of the….Read More

Liz Peace OBE

CEO, British Property Federation

Liz became CEO of the British Property Federation in 2002, following a long and varied career in the MOD. During her time…Read More

David Marks

Co-Managing Partner, Brockton Capital and BPF President

David co-founded Brockton Capital in 2005, after leaving the Blackstone Group, where he had worked….Read More

Ian McCarthy

Director of Programmes, International Festival of Business 2014

Born in Liverpool and brought up in Warrington, Ian’s background is in Town Planning…Read More

Lindsey E Ashworth

Development Director, Peel Holdings

Lindsey is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Architectural Technologist – MRICS & MCIAT responsible for the...Read More

David Partridge

Managing Partner, Argent LLP

David joined Argent in 1990, he was appointed Joint Chief Executive in 2006 and Managing Partner of ….Read More

Colin Sinclair

Director of Property Marketing, Bruntwood

Colin joined Bruntwood in June 2010 to work on the diversification of Bruntwood’s portfolio in Manchester….Read More

Stephen Wild

Managing Director, MediaCityUK

MediaCityUK has risen to be the leading creative and digital destinations within Manchester since its….Read More

Matthew Battle

Director, UK Property Forums

Matthew Battle is the Director of The UK Property Forums… Read more…


Chris Oglesby
Chief Executive, Bruntwood

Chris grew up in Manchester before studying at the London School of Economics and City University, London…Read More

Damian Wild

Editor, Estates Gazette

Damian Wild became editor of Estates Gazette in September 2009. Before joining, he….Read More

Karl Jackson

Head of Real Estate Team, Weightmans

Karl is Head of the Real Estate team. He specialises in all aspects of commercial property law…Read More

Richard Osborn

Real Estate Partner, Weightmans

Richard joined Weightmans as a Real Estate Partner and is primarily based out of our Leicester and…Read More

Nahid Majid OBE

Chief Operating Officer, Regeneration Investment Organisation RIO UK Trade and Investment UKTI

Nahid is a Town Planner/Urban Designer and has worked across the public and private sectors, leading….Read More

Bill Hughes

Managing Director, Legal and General Property

Bill joined LGP in November 2007 having previously held the position of UK Head of Real Estate at RREEF, the Real….Read More

Ian Pollitt

Investment Surveyor, Peel Holdings Ltd

Ian is a Chartered Surveyor, who joined Peel following their acquisition The Mersey Docks and….Read More

Julian Lipscombe

Director, Bennetts Associates’

Julian has been at the core of Bennetts Associates’ evolution during his 22 years with the practice.  He has developed…Read More

Bernard Molloy FCILT

Global Industrial Logistics Director

Bernard a Mechanical Engineer; Global Industrial Director for Unipart Logistics…Read More

Richard Yorke

Director and Head of Research, DTZ

Richard has over 15 years experience assessing local economies and property markets, identifying and…Read More

Paul Chapman

Partner, Westbourne Communications

As a Partner at Westbourne Communications, Paul leads the Transport and Infrastructure practice and uses his knowledge of working…Read More

Howard Kendall

Former football player and manager

Howard is a former English footballer and manager. He is most famous for his connection to Everton...Read More

Garry Banks

Director, Arup

Garry is a chartered electrical engineer and a Director of Ove Arup & Partners Limited…Read More

Duncan Sutherland

Non Executive Board Member, HS2

Duncan Sutherland has undertaken a number of senior development roles working with Local Authorities…Read More

Mark Eltringham

Mark studied European Business Studies at Humberside University and the Fachhochschule Münster and has worked…Read More

Nick Mullins

Senior Director, CBRE North West

Nick is a Senior Director based in the North West office of CBRE and has worked for the company for 15 years. Nick specialises in…Read More

Tim Heatley

Founder, Capital & Centric Plc

Tim is the founder of Capital & Centric Plc, an award winning property developer based in Manchester…Read More

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