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Freeports & Free Zones; Sponsored by BDB Pitmans

Friday, 22nd January 2021 1145hrs – 1330hrs

The development of Freeports and Free Zones is set to be one of the most in vogue built environment and economic growth related topics of 2021.

The UK government has opened the bidding process which is likely to see a high volume of submissions for parts of the UK to gain Freeport status. As part of this exclusive event, experts in the field share their knowledge and insight into bid submissions, the ingredients of success and how the awarding of Freeport privileges will act as a catalyst for multitude of property and construction projects.

With the application process set to close on 5th February, this webinar will get delegates ahead of the curve with latest market intelligence.

Speakers for this event include:

Richard Ballantyne,
Chief Executive
Halina Davies,
LEP Programme Manager for Freeports
David Mundy,
  • British Ports Association – an expert in the development of Freeports and a figurehead in the Ports industry, Richard is better placed than most to unpick the complexities of Freeport applications. He will join this session to share market intelligence on various bids and be on hand to answer audience questions.
  • BDB Pitmans – David is a parliamentary agent authorised to promote private bills in Parliament. He specialises in consents required for transport infrastructure schemes including hybrid bills and orders under the Transport and Works Act. He also advises on the promotion of Orders under the Harbours Act 1964 authorising port development. He advises on constitutional and EU law issues including the European (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the EU Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020. David will be speaking on the topic of Freeports and associated legal issues including the need for and authorisation of infrastructure and associated planning issues.
  • Greater Lincolnshire LEP – By spearheading the Humber Freeport proposals, Halina and her team are working tirelessly to secure freeport status and thus unlock a plethora of associated development projects. She will be on hand to update delegates on the process Lincolnshire LEP are going through as well as the challenges and opportunities they are facing ahead of the February submission deadline.

Our online webinars will merge our face-to-face events with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, an exceptional panel discussion and debate, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall. The programme and agenda for the event will run as follows:

11:45-12:00 – Networking & Exhibition

12:00-13:00 – Main Stages: Speakers, Discussion & Debate

13:00-13:30 – Networking & Exhibition

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online webinars…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where the webinar will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.


Just like a real event you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.


Tickets are not currently available for this event.


Friday, 22nd January 2021

1145hrs – 1330hrs


Online – Hopin

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