The future of the UK's commercial property market - responding to policy reform and Brexit

This conference will discuss the future for the UK’s commercial property market.
Date: 16th January 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Central London

This conference will discuss the future for the UK’s commercial property market, assessing the impact of the changing environment and Brexit on investment and stability - and how the sector is adapting. 

Bringing together stakeholders with key policymakers, the agenda looks at the implications for the market of Government policy, including the impact of the 2017 Business Rates re-valuation, and uncertainty over the future of the 100% business rate retention policy for councils - and what the Industrial Strategy could mean for the sector’s growth following the expected publication of the white paper later this year.      

A further important area for discussion is the creation of the Government Property Agency, which will take responsibility for the public sector property portfolio and the Government’s plans for the future management and disinvestment of its real estate assets. There will be a keynote address by Sherin Aminossehe, Executive Director - Head of Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office.

The seminar also takes place in the context of the FCA’s response to its consultation on illiquid assets and investment funds, and its review of property funds and risks.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Brexit - including its potential impact on market stability, and the role of commercial property in attracting inward investment from non-EU markets; 
  • Government policy - latest thinking on the implications of business rates reform, regional devolution and the Industrial Strategy;
  • Public sector assets - market opportunities presented by the rationalisation of the public sector property portfolio; and  
  • Growth and investment - including options for speeding up commercial property transactions and mitigating the impact of the growth in e-commerce and remote working.

The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Business Forum. Follow us @WBFEvents for live updates. 

Speakers:

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from: Sherin Aminossehe, Executive Director - Head of Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office.

Further confirmed speakers include: Rachel Kelly, Senior Policy Officer, Finance, British Property Federation; Daniel Van Gelder, Founding Director, Exemplar and Ben Habib, Chief Executive, First Property Group.

Additional senior participants are being approached, but if you or a colleague would like to be considered as a speaker at this seminar, please contact us at speakeroffers@forumsupport.co.ukspecifying the event and session where you would like to speak and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are offering to speak yourself please don’t fill in the booking form, as this will be taken as an order and you will be charged for a place subject to our T&Cs.

 

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