Scottish property industry descends on Edinburgh to discuss the importance of global capital in driving local economic growth

1 Mar 2017

Around 200 property professionals representing over 100 organisations from across the UK will be in Edinburgh next week (8 March) to attend the Scottish Property Federation’s 10th annual conference, to be hosted by well-known political broadcaster Michael Portillo.


The conference, themed on Global Capital, Local Growth, will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 11.30pm-4.30pm.


Broadcaster and Former Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown MSP and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP will headline the conference


The Conference is set to hear from policy makers at UK, Scottish and local government levels on how they plan to drive local economic development in towns and cities.  There will also be interactive opportunities to enable delegates to question the speakers on their perceptions and insights of the property markets, global capital and local development.


SPF chairman, Paul Curran said


“We’ve announced an exciting line-up of speakers who can draw upon a wealth of experience in real estate and politics so it’s shaping up to be an informative day.”


“The SPF conference is well timed, not only as it coincides with the release of the UK Budget, but also given the fact that recent commercial sales figures and investment volumes are showing that Scotland’s real estate industry could be at risk of going through a period of stagnation or even falling activity levels which is not good news for the economy.”


“Scotland’s real estate sector has a positive story to tell and if we can deliver competitive tax and regulatory policies that attract investment then we can continue to contribute not only economically, but also socially by delivering great places to live, work and enjoy.”



Notes to Editor


For further information contact Melissa Clark at Indigo PR on 0131 554 1230. Members of the media are welcome to attend and should contact Gail Hume at SPF on 0131 220 6303 should they wish to attend.


Amongst those attending:

         Rt. Hon Michael Portillo, broadcaster and former UK cabinet minister
         Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work
         Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives
         Paul Curran, SPF Chairman and MD of Quartermile Developments
         Andrew Sutherland, SPF Vice-Chairman and Joint MD, Miller Developments
         Tony Danaher, Capital Investment CEP at the UK Department for International Trade
         Clive Wilding, Investment Director, Artisan Real Estate Investors
         Nick Peet, Santander UK
         Cllr. Frank Ross, Depute leader of City of Edinburgh Council
         Cllr. George Redmond, Executive Member for Jobs, Business and Investment, Glasgow City Council
         Cllr. Barney Crockett, Aberdeen City Council

About Scottish Property Federation

As a membership organisation the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) is the voice of Scotland’s real estate industry.  Established in 2007, SPF represents 185 organisations operating in Scotland.   We include among our members: property investors including major institutional funds, developers, landlords of commercial and residential property, and professional property consultants and advisers.  The SPF works closely with those who advise and decide on public policy in Scotland to ensure that they are aware of the consequences of their decisions for the property industry and wider economy.  

As part of the British Property Federation we also benefit from close links with the leading UK property companies and investors in the UK as well as the BPF's contacts with Westminster.

For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @ScotPropFed.