July 2023 - The IFT

IFT Webinar: Construction Update with Ian Aldous of Mace

Construction in the UK is a critical sector and a key enabler for economic growth and development. It supports the UK economy by circa £100bn per annum, employs 3 million people and supports 20% of self-employed workers.

This webinar will explore some of the major challenges it is facing as a sector, and some of the stressors the supply chain are experiencing. It will then look at regional optimism and the wider outlook.

Ian Aldous is the Director for the North at Mace, a leading global construction and consultancy business with over 7,000 employees. He is a board member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, an External Examiner for Salford University, and a panel member for the Building Cost Information Service. Mace have 400 people working across the northern region, delivering over £5bn of construction projects and supporting 40 apprentices and graduates.

Breakfast Briefing: Demystifying Insolvency with Adrian Cudby – IFT Specialist Member

In this session, Adrian will demystify the different insolvency processes available to businesses, banks and insolvency professionals. He will also examine HMRC’s role as a preferential creditor.

Adrian is a specialist in restructuring, risk and commercial lending and runs the financial and business training company That Was The River. He is the author of Commercial Lending: Principles and Practice and is a Specialist Associate of the IFT.


Join us on July 11th to hear to a group of industry experts discuss the effects of the current economic climate on transactional activity, the major challenges operators are facing, the significance of ESG & EPC, and the pressing issues facing the hospitality sector.



Debt & Funding Landscape with Blazehill & Macfarlanes

Join us at this IFT London event for insights into the current debt markets – in particular understanding the strategies and credit appetite of private debt funds compared to traditional commercial lenders. Steven Chait of Blazehill Capital will be discussing this landscape with Adam Caines, Banking Partner at Macfarlanes who predominantly acts for debts funds and lenders, and Paul Keddie, Restructuring Partner at Macfarlanes with significant experience advising all classes of lender, directors and advisers. The conversation will be chaired by Amy Walker, Senior Associate at Macfarlanes.