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YEP at UKREiiF - 2024 Summary

Updated: Jul 2

One month on from UKREiiF 2024 and we are still buzzing! It was a fantastic few days, and we are pleased to share our key takeaways:

 

Last month saw the UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (‘UKREiiF’) return to Leeds for a third year in a row. The conference, which was attended by over 13,000 people, brings together professionals from every area of the built environment from across the public and private sectors, including local and national government, developers, housebuilders, and a full breadth of property consultancies, alongside funders and investors. Its aim is to ‘connect people, places, and businesses to accelerate and unlock sustainable, inclusive, and transformational investment’ and we certainly felt that these aims were achieved over the three days.

 

YEP was delighted that representatives across its nine Chapters were able to attend the conference which provided a valuable opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders of the property and construction industry.

 

With sustainability and net zero, technology and innovation, and social value amongst the key themes of the conference, it was an invaluable experience to join in with discussions around how we can address the big issues facing the built environment today. Collaboration was a key takeaway which came from these discussions and YEP was thrilled to have collaborated with some key industry players to explore these themes itself.

 

YEP’s preparation for UKREiiF 2024 kicked off in March when each of our YEP chapters collaborated to host a Hackathon with young professionals and students focused on attracting and retaining talent in the industry. We loved joining forces and couldn’t have asked for a better host than Moda!


We then returned in April for our pre-conference breakfast panel in collaboration with JLL which continues to be a really valuable event to help young professionals plan for the conference and make the most of the networking opportunities and platform UKREiiF provides! The cherry on the cake this year was being invited by UKREiiF to present our Hackathon findings and share our solutions on the Bury Theatre Stage on Day 1 of the conference. To find out more about these, take a look at our summary blog.

 

We then celebrated in style at our fabulous drinks reception at The Adelphi where we were joined by over 100 young professionals - a big thank you to the continued support of Carter Jonas, SLR Consulting and HAV Consult Limited Then last, but certainly not least, we joined forces with Caddick Construction Limited to host a networking lunch in their Places for Life Pavilion at the ‘Joining Forces Across Future Leaders’ lunch. We invited Isabelle Hease the Chair of the BPF Futures Board, who delivered an excellent speech talking about the importance of diversity and inclusion in our industry.


We’d like to take the opportunity to say a really big thank you to Nathan Spencer and the rest of the Built Environment Networking team for all of their support and giving YEP committee members the opportunity to return to the conference this year.

 

We’re already looking forward to UKREiiF returning to Leeds again in 2025!

 


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