Manchester is a booming city. The first three months of 2022 have kicked the city off to a strong start and expectations are that this year will deliver some of the biggest take up Manchester has seen in several years. So, as the two-year anniversary of Boris Johnson’s first work from home order whizzes by and the crippling impact of the pandemic starts to wane, EG is gathering experts from across the built environment to take a deep dive into what the real estate market needs to do adapt to changing working practices and ensure that leasing activity and the economic health of the city continues to thrive.

While the world is slowly returning to normal, with more and more individuals happy to head back to the shops, bars and restaurants, office occupation – according to the latest figures from Remit Consulting – appears to have plateaued at around 25%.

As EG returns to it’s first in-person event in Manchester since the pandemic began, we’ll be asking whether the above statistic represents the new normal and what that means for the provision and operation of office space. We’ll also take a look at what both businesses and the built environment need to do if they want to boost this percentage back to more normal pre-pandemic levels.

5pm: Registration and Networking 
6pm: Discussion Begins
7pm: Drinks Reception
8pm: Close 


Caleb Parker, founder, Bold

Parker has served as founder, board member, adviser, investor and consultant to numerous start-ups and small businesses, and has a keen focus on innovation and technology, with interests in the MICE market, space-as-a-service, and the future of work. He is one of the first licensed commercial real estate agents to speak on the flexible working trends and the rise of flexible workspace and has been quoted in numerous publications.

Dan Hyde, development director, NOMA

Hyde is development director at MEPC, the asset and development manager for NOMA, a 20-acre mixed-use neighbourhood in central Manchester. His role at MEPC is focused on overseeing the delivery of a new business district at NOMA, including 4 Angel Square, a 200,000 sq ft speculative office development that will be operationally net zero carbon. He joined MEPC from Kier Property, where he was also a senior development manager and helped deliver a number of landmark office projects such as 3 Sovereign Square in Leeds and Eleven York Street in Manchester. Before Kier Property, Hyde had held senior roles at GVA Bilfinger and Knight Frank.

James Evans, national head of office agency, Savills

Evans is a director at Savills and is national head of office agency, and has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the North West market. He specialises in disposal work, acting for local property companies, developers and larger institutional clients, and providing acquisition advice to a number of key regional and national clients. As part of these ongoing disposal instructions, Evans is involved in providing advice on longer-term development sites.

Kirsty Black, partner, Shoosmiths

Black is a partner in Shoosmiths’ real estate disputes team. She specialises in all aspects of contentious real estate advice and is recognised nationally for advising all types of occupiers on their property portfolios. Her work includes advising on business lease renewals, rent reviews, restrictive covenant issues, rights of occupation, landlord’s consents, dilapidations and service charge disputes.

Simon Bedford, partner, FA – real assets advisory, Deloitte

Bedford leads the Deloitte Regional Real Estate business, where he is responsible for a 50-strong team working across Deloitte’s regional network. He is also responsible for the firm’s City advisory business, a role that sees him advise on major commercial real estate projects across the UK and further afield. In addition, he is member of the Manchester Sounding Board, an informal business advisory group established to support the post-Covid recovery planning being brought forward across the city region.

Tim Burke, deputy editor, EG

Burke joined EG as deputy editor in July 2019, before which he was property editor at Financial News, a Dow Jones publication. Earlier in his career he wrote for and edited magazines covering capital markets and businesses across developed and emerging economies, including titles at The Economist Group and Thomson Reuters.

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