Westminster Business Forum

The UK commercial property market - policy priorities, opportunities and market stability

Morning, Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Central London


This conference will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the future for the UK’s commercial property market - including the impact of Brexit and the development of Government’s Industrial Strategy.

It follows the creation of the Government Property Agency, which will take responsibility for the public sector property portfolio - and attendees will discuss the Government’s plans for the future management and disinvestment of its real estate assets. 

Delegates will also consider implications of Government policies for the market, including the impact of the 2017 Business Rates re-valuation, and uncertainty over the future of the 100% business rate retention policy for councils.  

Further sessions will discuss investment and growth opportunities for the sector post-Brexit, as well as following the FCA’s response to its consultation on illiquid assets and investment funds, and its review of property funds and risks.

Speakers and delegates are expected to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with commercial property lettings and management companies, developers, local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, business associations, public sector estate holders, the associated legal and financial services sectors along with interested consultancies and economists - as well as members of the national and trade press.

Guest of Honour

Sherin Aminossehe

Executive Director - Head of Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office

Guest of Honour

Sherin Aminossehe

Executive Director - Head of Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office

Keynote Speaker

Christophe André

Senior Economist, OECD


Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

Chairman, OLIM Property

Mark Prisk MP

Member, Communities and Local Government Select Committee


Jon Neale

Head of Research - UK, JLL

Rebecca McDonald

Analyst, Centre for Cities

Jackie Newstead

Partner and Global Head of Real Estate, Hogan Lovells

Speaker confirmed from RICS

Rachel Kelly

Senior Policy Officer, Finance, British Property Federation

Ben Habib

Chief Executive, First Property Group

Rt Hon John Redwood MP

Chief Global Strategist, Charles Stanley

Toby Baines

Chairman, Citygrove