Investment Summit
1–4 February 2021

The February Investment Summit is an industry-critical briefing examining the state of the market and opportunities to drive growth in London, and across the UK.

In daily live webinars throughout the week, leading economists will discuss the year ahead, sharing intelligence around the impact of the crisis and new economic policies.

Government, city, and regional leaders will share their latest plans, present strategies for growth and explore how we can work together to drive recovery create a sustainable future.

With COVID-19, Brexit and the climate change agenda cities are facing huge challenges, both social and economic, as they look to drive change and build future resilience.

What are the global, regional, and local conditions we should be aware of? How can we enable the investment that we need to drive economic recovery? What will be the key areas for opportunity in 2021?

“It is vital that in the aftermath of this pandemic we seek to tackle with renewed urgency the underlying socio-economic problems that have been exposed and exacerbated by this crisis. The development sector will be central to this effort.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Monday 1 February 2021

State of the Market
Monday 1 February 2021
10:00–11:30

This session kicks off the summit, bringing together leading industry economists to review the state of the market and the year ahead. Our speakers will discuss the current global and regional conditions, big-picture trends, key policy changes and opportunities for growth across different sectors.

Panel
  • Alex Notay, Placemaking and Investment Director, PfP Capital (Chair)
  • Mark Allnutt, Senior Managing Director, Greystar
  • Emma Cariaga, Joint Head of Canada Water development, British Land
  • Ian Stewart, Chief Economist, Deloitte
  • Tony Travers, Director, LSE London

Inward Investment Strategies
Monday 1 February 2021
14:00–15:00

Speakers from the Department for International Trade, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, and Homes England present the policies and delivery models to support inward investment into the UK, enabling sustainable economic growth in our cities and regions.

Panel
  • Sara Bailey, Managing Partner, Head of Real Estate, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
  • Danielle Gillespie, Director of Cities & Major Conurbations, Homes for England
  • Emran Mian, Director General, Decentralisation and Growth, MHCLG
  • Naisha Polaine, Senior Adviser – Property & Capital Investment, Department for International Trade

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Opportunity London
Tuesday 2 February 2021
10:00–11:30

As we look ahead to 2021, there is a clear focus from public sector leaders on economic recovery strategies a both a London-wide and local level. Our panel discuss the findings from NLA’s Opportunity London report, which provides and overview of the key growth strategies across the London Boroughs. We will examine the challenges that lie ahead for public and private sectors and highlight key opportunities to facilitate investment.

Panel
  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London (Keynote)
  • Catherine Staniland, Director, NLA (Chair)
  • Laura Citron, CEO, London and Partners
  • Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development, Transport for London
  • Catherine McGuinness, Chair, Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
  • Cllr Darren Rodwell, Deputy Chair Housing and Planning, London Councils; Leader, Barking & Dagenham Council
  • Nick Searl, Joint Managing Partner, Argent

Manchester: People, Place, Prosperity
Tuesday 2 February 2021
14:00–15:00

Join Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester along with key private sector partners to discuss why Manchester has both the foundations and building blocks to re-establish its previous momentum as the UK’s premier growth city. The economic interruption of the pandemic has not diminished the city’s aspirations for a more inclusive and greener economy. Manchester is ready and able to play a leading role in the agenda to ‘level up’ the country’s economy. In association with Marketing Manchester & Manchester City Council.

Panel
  • Prof. Greg Clark CBE, Global Advisor on Cities (Chair)
  • Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council
  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • John Holden, Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects, The University of Manchester
  • Chris Oglesby, CEO, Bruntwood
  • Arlene Van Bosch, Development Director for Mayfield, U+I

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Liverpool: Levelling Up Post-COVID
Wednesday 3 February 2021
10:00–11:00

Liverpool will explore how the city and city region’s economic recovery is being spearheaded through 2021 and how the government’s ambitions to “level up” can be reflected in this agenda. How does the next lockdown halt and hinder the levelling up agenda and what do we need to do next to keep ahead in spite of economic pressures from both Brexit and COVID.

Panel
  • Alex Irwin-Hunt, Global Markets Editor, FDI Intelligence (Chair)
  • Jessica Bowles, Director of Strategy, Bruntwood
  • Raphael Miller, Co-Head of Investment, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Tony Reeves, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council
  • Barry Roberts, Managing Director, Morgan Sindall

West Midlands: Developing in Partnership
Wednesday 3 February 2021
14:00–15:00

What does the region need to continue to attract new sources of capital and new occupiers? How do we best articulate our competitiveness and sector strengths in a time of unprecedented change? These are some of the questions asked as the West Midlands Combined Authority defines its strategies for growth in partnership with the private sector through public sector. In association with West Midlands Growth Company.

Panel
  • Katie Kopec, Director – Strategic Development Consulting, JLL (Chair)
  • Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, L&G
  • Carl Potter, Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young
  • Neil Rami, Chief Executive, West Midlands Growth Company
  • Clare Wildfire, Global Practice Leader for Cities, Mott MacDonald

Birmingham: ‘Future Proofing’ the Big City
Wednesday 3 February 2021
15:30–16:30

This session will focus on Birmingham’s Future City Plan for that sets out strategies and directions of development in the city for the next 10 years. The next decade will see the arrival of High Speed Two in the city centre, the hosting of the Commonwealth Games and the delivery of major new mixed use and commercial schemes. We will also discuss the role of growth and knowledge intensive industries in driving city growth and how this can be fostered by the public sector. In association with Birmingham City Council.

Panel
  • Asha Devi, Midlands City Advisory, Arup (Chair)
  • Simon Delahunty-Forrest, Development Director, Birmingham City Council
  • Bek Seeley, Managing Director, Development Europe, Lendlease
  • Rob Valentine, Director, Bruntwood
  • Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council

Thursday 4 February 2021

Scotland: Enabling a Green Future
Thursday 4 February 2021
10:00–11:30

In this session, Katrine Feldinger, Deputy Director of the recently constituted Scottish National Investment Bank, will give an opening briefing to share Scotland’s economic growth strategy, its ambitious plans in the drive to net zero and how Scottish Government, cities and regional stakeholders are enabling a transformational investment agenda in the lead up to Cop26. The panel will discuss and take questions on how investment and real estate sectors are responding.

Panel
  • Dr Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise (Chair)
  • Katrine Feldinger, Deputy Director, Scottish National Investment Bank (Shareholding and Investment)
  • Nick Penny, Head of Scotland, Savills
  • Anna Stamp, Interim Programme Director, Edinburgh BioQuarter

London: Driving Growth
Thursday 4 February 2021
14:00–15:00

What approaches and strategies are being applied at a local level to facilitate partnerships and investment? What is the role of the private sector in unlocking potential and supporting sustainable growth? What are the priorities for the year ahead? How can we define and measure the value of new developments, socially as well as economically? Our speakers will respond to the London-wide picture set out in NLA’s Opportunity London Report, which provides an overview of key growth strategies.

Panel
  • Amy Till, Programme Director, NLA
  • Cllr Julian Bell, Leader, Ealing Council
  • Barbara Brownlee, Managing Director, Westminster Builds
  • Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader, Waltham Forest Council
  • Cllr Ravi Govindia CBE, Leader, Wandsworth Council
  • Geoff Pearce, Deputy Chief Executive, Swan Housing Group

Confirmed speakers

Mark Allnutt
Senior Managing Director — Europe, Greystar

Sara Bailey
Managing Partner, Head of Real Estate, Trowers & Hamlins

Cllr Julian Bell
Leader, Ealing Council

Jessica Bowles
Director of Strategy, Bruntwood

Barbara Brownlee
Managing Director, Westminster Builds

Andy Burnham
Mayor of Greater Manchester

Emma Cariaga
Joint Head of Canada Water Development, British Land

Laura Citron
CEO, London & Partners

Prof. Greg Clark CBE
Global Advisor on Cities

Cllr Clare Coghill
Leader, Waltham Forest Council

Graeme Craig
Director of Commercial Development, Transport for London

Simon Delahunty-Forrest
Head of City Centre & Design, Birmingham City Council

Asha Devi
Midlands City Advisory, Arup

Katrine Feldinger
Deputy Director, Scottish National Investment Bank (Shareholding and Investment)

Cllr Ravi Govindia CBE
Leader, Wandsworth Council

Pete Gladwell
Head of Public Sector Partnerships, L&G

John Holden
Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects, The University of Manchester

Sadiq Khan
Mayor of London

Sir Richard Leese
Leader, Manchester City Council

Katie Kopec
Director – Strategic Development Consulting, JLL

Catherine McGuinness
Chair, Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation

Emran Mian
Director General, Decentralisation and Growth, MHCLG

Raphael Miller
Co-Head of Investment, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Alexandra Notay
Placemaking and Investment Director, PfP Capital

Chris Oglesby
CEO, Bruntwood

Geoff Pearce
Deputy Chief Executive, Swan Housing Group

Nick Penny
Head of Scotland, Savills

Naisha Polaine
Senior Adviser – Property & Capital Investment, Department for International Trade

Carl Potter
Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young

Neil Rami
Chief Executive, West Midlands Growth Company

Tony Reeves
Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council

Barry Roberts
Managing Director, Morgan Sindall

Cllr Darren Rodwell
Deputy Chair Housing and Planning, London Councils; Leader, Barking & Dagenham Council

Nick Searl
Joint Managing Partner, Argent

Bek Seeley
Managing Director, Development Europe, Lendlease

Anna Stamp
Interim Programme Director, Edinburgh BioQuarter

Ian Stewart
Chief Economist, Deloitte

Catherine Staniland
Director, NLA

Amy Till
Programme Director, NLA

Tony Travers
Director, LSE London

Rob Valentine
Director, Bruntwood

Cllr Ian Ward
Leader, Birmingham City Council

Clare Wildfire
Global Practice Leader for Cities, Mott MacDonaldChief Economist, Deloitte