Invest Newcastle, an inward investment agency that works within the jurisdiction of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, has been invited to attend UKREIIF – The United Kingdom’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum in May 2022.

The public and private sector gathered in central Newcastle to hear about the regional presence that will be heading to UKREiiF, a brand-new real estate and infrastructure event taking place in Leeds 17th – 19th May 2022.

Organised by the Built Environment Networking Group, the event will be held at the Royal Armouries on Leeds Dock bringing together the public sector, core cities and regions from across the UK alongside ministers, MP’s investors, funders, developers, occupiers and decision makers from across the country.

So far sponsors and supporters include Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, the North of Tyne Combined Authority, Newcastle University, Hanro Group, MonstarLab, Ryder Architecture, Northern Rail, Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), Pegasus Group, Naylors Gavin Black, Bloom, Cundall, Knight Frank, FaulknerBrowns and GSS Architecture, showcasing Newcastle and the wider region as a go-to destination for investment and to locate and grow a business.

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UKREiiF connects people, places and businesses to accelerate the Levelling Up Agenda, whilst unlocking sustainable, inclusive and transformational investment across the UK.  The three-day event, with 5,000 thousand attendees, over 100 exhibitors and 500 investors in attendance will include both an on and off-site events programme with more than 250 speakers as well as fringe events, roundtables and breakout sessions that will focus on key themes including social value, Net Zero, levelling up and the future of real estate.

Invest Newcastle will be hosting a range of on site and fringe events, including two events on the main stage that will look to profile investment opportunities for the ambitious Campus for Ageing and Vitality, highlight transformational opportunities and secure private sector investment to support the growth of the life sciences sector.

Transatlantic law firm WBD is sponsoring an event on the main stage that focuses on our regional proposition as a place to invest. 

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Nigel Emmerson, Head of the Newcastle office at WBD said:

“WBD is committed to playing its part in the future success of the North East by leveraging our breadth of resource, expertise and transatlantic connections so that the North East can continue to be amongst the best places in the UK to live, work and do business.

“UKREiiF is a key event in the calendar for us and we’re looking forward to a dynamic session where we can discuss how Newcastle and the wider region is uniquely positioned for continued investment in the years to come.”

Jen Hartley, Director of Invest Newcastle, is part of the UKREiiF Advisory Group chaired by Lord Kerslake, which focuses on maximising the potential of the event. She said: 

“UKREiiF is a real opportunity to profile the wealth of assets we have here in Newcastle. The calibre of attendees is also a fantastic chance to make sure that we have a seat at the table, and to ensure that the voices of the North East are heard.

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“We were one of the first cities to commit to UKREiiF and I’m happy to be working with the organisers to help make the first event a success.

“We’re looking forward to continuing the recent momentum that we’ve seen in regards to inward investment, and are confident that attending UKREiiF will add to our strategic pipeline for years to come.”

Pam Smith, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council, added:

“The Levelling-up Agenda is vital to rebalancing our economy and unlocking the great potential that exists in our communities. It’s going to be a great experience seeing sponsors from across the region come together for the benefit of our city and the continuation of economic development.”