Our annual conference, Turning Points, will be held at the QEIICC in Westminster, London, on Tuesday 16 June 2009.
This year’s conference will examine the turning points in the global recession and its impact on the UK property industry. Our session speakers and panellists will look at what went wrong and how we will put it right.
How would a Conservative government have handled the global recession? How long will it be until normal lending levels are restored? Where is the smart money being invested? Should planning rules be relaxed to make development easier?
12.00 to 14:00
Sponsored by Frogmore Property Company
Welcome: Francis Salway, President, BPF
A party political perspective
After lunch address by: the Rt Hon Michael Portillo
What lessons should have been learned from previous recessions? Is the Labour government a busted flush? How would a Conservative government do things differently?
14:00 to 17:40
The conference sessions
Facilitator: Sarah Montague, Journalist and Presenter, BBC Radio 4’s
14.00 to 15.00
Credit and debt regulation – where’s the money gone?
What is going to happen to the availability of credit in the long term? What steps need to be taken to get banks lending again? How has the growth of regulation affected the industry? Our two session speakers will provide the answers.
Speaker: Lord Myners, Financial Services Secretary to HM Treasury
Speaker: Stephen Hester, Chief Executive, Royal Bank of Scotland Group
15:00 to 16:00
Investing for the future
Where should fund managers be looking to secure a good return on their investment? What is the outlook for equity under the new regime? Our expert panel will recount their experiences and give their opinion.
Panel session chaired by: Nick Ritblat, former BPF President
Panellist: Rupert Clarke, Chief Executive, Hermes Group
Panellist: Robert Parker, Vice Chairman of Asset Management, Credit Suisse
16:00 to 16:20
Tea and coffee
16:20 to 17:20
How can we kick start development?
These are diffi cult times, but even so, some development is still going on. What challenges do developers face to get their projects completed? What needs to be done to kick-start development?
Speaker: Sir Simon Milton, Deputy Mayor of London for Policy and Planning
Panellist: Peter Freeman, Founder Argent Group
Panellist: Robert Tincknell, Managing Director, Treasury Holdings UK
17:20 to 17:40
Speaker: Francis Salway, President, BPF
Speaker: Liz Peace, Chief Executive, BPF
17:40 to 18:30
Post-conference drinks reception
Event write up
Over 250 guests and delegates attended Turning Points, the BPF Annual Conference 2009, at the QEIICC on 16 June.
Many thanks to our sponsors Aviva, BPN Paribas Real Estate, Eurohypo AG, Frogmore Property Company, Planning and Regeneration and Renewal, for their support at this event.