Heather Ashton, Chair, NHF Finance Policy Advisory Group and Group Director of Resources, Thirteen Group
"I am really excited about the Finance Conference move to Liverpool. I was sure that nothing could ever beat the Warwick venue and loved returning there each year, but the experience last year was not the best and I guess it prompted us all to think about moving on. The facilities at Liverpool look amazing and it is such a wonderful city, voted the 4th friendliest in the world no less! If nothing else can sway you to get your booking form complete for next March, then the accommodation offer surely will, I know we have all had a small moment of enjoying the feeling of being a student again when we first land at Warwick, but the thought of sleeping in a hotel bed, rather than a student bed, is very appealing. The Exhibition will once again be the place to congregate and catch up with consultants, colleagues and old friends alike, with the added benefit that it will all be under one roof, no hike back and forth from exhibition to seminar to plenary in 2016! I hope that you will all join me in signing up to what is always a fantastic event and look forward to seeing many faces old and new in Liverpool."
Katie Teasdale, External Affairs Manager, North West, National Housing Federation
"When beat poet Allen Ginsberg arrived in Liverpool in May 1965, he announced the city was “the centre of consciousness of the human universe”. For others it’s the original Northern powerhouse, New York’s little sister, a growing again port, digital hub and international tourist destination. Famous for its football teams, a little known act called The Beatles and for the charm of its natives, Liverpool is good craic. And it’ll be the perfect host for the Federation’s Housing Finance Conference. We’re well served by train, air and motorway links - not to mention, cruise ships and canal boats. We boast a unique sporting, culinary and cultural offer, which is affordable and within easy reach of the city centre. More than this, the city’s unique social and cultural history means you are assured of a very warm welcome in a city that really does understand the importance of housing and regeneration. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you!"
Steve Coffey, Chief Executive, Liverpool Mutual Homes
"Liverpool has a long history of social housing with the first municipal homes, St. Martin’s Cottages, being built in Silvester Street in 1869. That’s why I’m thrilled that the Federation have chosen it for the Housing Finance Conference and Exhibition 2016. We have a great UNESCO World Heritage water front on the doorstep of the conference venue. Not wanting to tempt delegates away from the great conference content I’ll avoid mentioning the fabulous shopping facilities at Liverpool One – just a short walk away. As a city we can offer great music, food, football, theatre, a warm Scouse welcome and even a spare cathedral. The stunning architecture attracts more filmmakers to Liverpool than any other city outside of London with many of the city streets and buildings doubling for global city locations including New York and Moscow. I am sure you will really enjoy the conference and I’m positive you will enjoy our City."