12,000 attendees anticipated for UKREiiF 2024

The housing sector is set to take centre stage at this year’s UKREiiF, as the event anticipates a turn out like never before.

A successful year is anticipated for the three-day UKREiiF 2024 event in Leeds | PBSA News
A successful year is anticipated for the three-day UKREiiF 2024 event in Leeds.

Major investors, developers, and social housing providers are set to be involved in the UK’s leading platform for the built environment, The UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF), as they look to deliver better housing solutions and communities through the power of innovative and sustainable development.

Almost 12,000 domestic and international attendees will head to Leeds in May this year for the three-day event, where UK cities and regions will highlight opportunities and ambitions across numerous sectors, with a special emphasis on housing, alongside advanced manufacturing, life sciences, technology, healthcare, energy, retail and high streets, infrastructure, leisure, hospitality, industrial and more.

“UKREiiF tells me that the UK is open to business and as an investor that is a fantastic message. The event brings together Government ministers and officials, people from Whitehall, local authorities, investors and developers – it’s a phenomenal representation of the real estate sector.”

President of international investors, Amro Partners

Almost 50% of the audience are from ‘client’ based businesses including local authorities, government, housing developers, investors, funders, occupiers and end-users. Key players in the housing sector set to have a presence in the form of speaking or exhibition space include Legal & General, Moda, Greystar, The Developers Club, Muse and TfL’s recently re-branded property arm Places for London.

Over 700 speakers will be involved across 30-stages with speakers from local authorities, developers, and investors in addition to end users such as Warner Bros, Essar and Toyota. Having grown from 3,500 attendees in 2022 to 7,500 in 2023, this year’s event is set to attract over 12,000 people. Alongside this, the event is set to attract a further 3,000 people to the city to enjoy the fringe events – with £20m set to be generated for the local Leeds community. The event generated £2.25m in social impact in 2023 for the local economy.

“UKREiiF brings together all the different parts of the equation that are needed to regenerate regions and the economy successfully. And it’s changing people’s view of the industry world.”

Alastair Campbell, Former Director of Communications, No.10 Downing Street

The UKREiiF event has already been lauded across the UK by many cities and regions – with Torbay Council recently confirming a major £100m investment into the seaside destination, which is set to create jobs and homes whilst revitalising the leisure offering in the region, all happening directly because of the event. There are several other schemes totalling over £500m of investment known to be in the pipeline across other cities following direct facilitation and introductions at the event.

“Being at UKREiiF has enabled Torbay to have discussions with investors, developers and occupiers, and from these discussions we’ve announce the preferred development partner to work with us on four key development sites worth over £100m to the local community, and that investment is a direct result of being involved in UKREiiF.”

Alan Denby, Director of Pride in Place, Torbay Council

During UKREiiF, international and domestic investors, developers, and occupiers will be invited to meet and greet with other attendees and local Government, helping them to understand their requirements and see if there are any natural collaborations and partnerships that can be brought forward. This provides a huge opportunity for those in the housing sector to be at the heart of the conversations early.

Around 1,500 delegates are expected from overseas, including a trade delegation from Asia headed up by the Department for Business and Trade. European capital investors and developers will be in attendance, attracted by the strength of the UK’s market, especially in new and emerging sectors such as Agri-Tech, Life Sciences, Aerospace, EV and Data Centres.

“I was unsure of the opportunities UKREiiF would bring, but I decided to attend, and our council was pleasantly surprised. There was a lot of learnings to have, but the dedicated investment and development facilitation sessions were excellent, in which we had five prospects come from this which has led to follow up meetings in North Northamptonshire.”

Greg Ward, Principal Regeneration Office for Economic Development, North Northamptonshire Council

International cities and regions are also signed up – with those registering early including Illinois State, New York Economic Development Corporation, Choose Paris, Business Iceland, and the Municipality of Genoa, with many more set to announce their attendance.