NIFHA (the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations), has put out a call to all Derry based construction, maintenance and product suppliers to attend its first Development and Asset Management conference and exhibition on Wednesday 14th June, in St. George’s Market, Belfast.

The event, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, will combine a wide variety of suppliers to the social housing sector distributed throughout the historical venue along with an impressive list of guest-speakers offering an insight into the social housing sector.

Examples of exhibitors on the day are RICS, Garden Escapes Ireland, Creagh Concrete and Glen Dimplex, who will host stands showcasing their businesses and engage with key influencers within the sector. The event will also act as a key networking opportunity for development and asset management leaders. For professionals supplying to the social housing sector, the conference offers an unrivalled opportunity to connect with NIFHA members.

NIFHA has highlighted that this is a particularly important time for the sector. Ben Collins, NIFHA Chief Executive said: “This is the first time an event like this has been organised in Northern Ireland and it comes at a crucially significant time for us as our members continue to strive to meet the challenges of constructing almost 2000 new homes each year. Against a backdrop of continued instability in the local and European political environments, this event will offer an ideal space for those developing and managing social housing across Northern Ireland to engage with suppliers bringing forward new and innovative products and services

“We see this conference as a real opportunity for those who are involved in the social housing sector, whether it be an asset manager; a contractor or a supplier of goods, to come together to avail of the relevant information on offer as part of the day. Delegates will be treated to a host of guest-speakers specialising in this sector, who are set to provide guidance on the sector as it currently stands.”

The event is sponsored by Ulster Bank. Gordon Davidson, Relationship Director, Ulster Bank, said: “The work of our local housing associations is of vital importance in powering housebuilding and meeting demand right across Northern Ireland. Having continued to actively support the sector in recent years, Ulster Bank has seen at first hand how associations have adapted to changes in their operating environment.

“NIFHA’s first Development and Asset Management conference is an excellent opportunity to share best practice and showcase the innovative thinking and planning that is well underway in the sector – meeting needs now and in the future.”

For any Derry suppliers wishing to sign up as an exhibitor, or to attend the day as a delegate, visit NIFHA.org for further information.

The event is also supported by fire and CO detection company Aico; and maintenance and housing development software firm M3 Housing.

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