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Derby Property Summit: Meet keynote speaker Ken Ford

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An advisor to Cale Street – the firm that owns the Derbion shopping centre – has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers at the forthcoming Derby Property Summit.

Ken Ford will speak at the event, set to take place on Wednesday, 14 July, which will showcase the city’s investment pipeline and future opportunities.

During the pandemic, Derby received a significant vote of confidence when major investors reaffirmed their commitment to ploughing almost half a billion pounds into key schemes in the city.

Among those investors was Cale Street – the London-based Kuwait Investment Fund – which last year took full ownership of the Derbion shopping centre from Intu.

Ken Ford

It has pledged further investments in the centre to enhance the customer experience.

To date, the branding has been changed to reflect the centre’s new name.

And despite the challenges on the high street, Derbion has continued to attract significant new names, such as Tommy Hilfiger.

At the Derby Property Summit, Ken will explain why the fund was drawn to Derby as a place to invest – and outline some of its future plans.

Registrations are now open for the Derby Property Summit, which this year will be a hybrid event.

Once again, business journalist Declan Curry will assume hosting duties – and will be joined by speakers, including Paul, along with Derby City Council chief executive Paul Simpson, as well as a representative from Cale Street.

The networking element will take place in the award-winning Market Place Al Fresco Dining Experience, with the conference held in the comfort of the QUAD cinema.

For safety and to facilitate quality networking, numbers will be limited to 120 delegates attending in person, with unlimited numbers online.

Tickets to the live event and face-to-face networking area are limited to event sponsors. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities e-mail Katie Wells at

For more information or to book your place at the Derby Property Summit please click here.

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