Experts to explore new UK’s housing crisis solutions at IFB2016’s International Property Forum

Property leaders including Melanie Leech, CEO of the British Property Federation (BPF), will debate the future of UK housing at a special session held as part of the International Property Forum 2016.

The debate is one of many specialist sector sessions taking place at the International Property Forum 2016 in Liverpool on 21-22 June.

The conference will feature insights from some of the UK’s leading names in property, and has attracted a stellar speaker line up including sector leaders such as Lord John Prescott, Sir Howard Bernstein, and Lindsey Ashworth of Peel Holdings.

Matthew Battle, CEO of UK Property Forums, said:

“The UK Housing Debate will provide an opportunity to hear from some of the most influential people in property looking at new, innovative, creative and resourceful ways of tackling one of the most challenging issues the UK faces.

“Our conference programme will provide fresh, stimulating and thought-provoking content from specialists across the public and private sector, all against the vibrant backdrop of the world’s biggest business festival.”

Melanie Leech will chair a panel including keynote speaker Jack Brereton, Cabinet Minister for Regeneration at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, exploring the solutions, models and development opportunities that could be used to tackle the UK’s housing crisis.

Jack Brereton will present details on the landmark Northern Gateway partnership, a collaboration of seven local authorities and the Cheshire and Warrington and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) which aims to unlock major new growth and investment opportunities that could deliver more than 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040.

Mr Battle added:

“Melanie and Jack are two fantastic examples of speakers who’ll really get our audience thinking, provide them with inspirational insights, and alert them to opportunities that they may not have previously been aware of.

“The Northern Gateway is one of the most exciting projects being pursued in the UK, with great opportunities for businesses to tap into and realise the potential inherent in the regions involved.”

Speakers will also explore and debate key issues including ‘Global Forces at Work – How to attract capital flows into UK Markets’ ‘Enterprising Britain – exploring the UK’s Enterprise Zones’ and ‘Tech UK and the Office of the Future’. The event will include a key focus on the China market.

Hosted at IFB2016’s central performance area in the new Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, the International Property Forum is the only property event being held during IFB2016, the world’s biggest business festival running from 13th June to 1st July and due to attract over 30,000 delegates.