ILC-UK is delighted to announce that FirstPort has joined our Partners Programme. The partnership will see FirstPort support ILC-UK events and research over the next year.

FirstPort will join forces with the ILC-UK to deepen and contribute to understanding of the retirement sector. FirstPort currently has over 1,500 retirement properties under its management and will build on this experience through access to the ILC-UK’s world-leading research and expertise into the challenges and opportunities of housing in an ageing society. In early July FirstPort is supporting ILC-UK at the launch of a ‘fact-pack’ looking at the issue of accommodation for older people.

Commenting on the new partnership, Nigel Howell, FirstPort’s CEO said:

“As a world-respected authority on older populations and demographic change, I can think of no better partner than ILC-UK to help FirstPort explore the theme of housing in an ageing society. We look forward to gaining a fresh perspective and new insights from ILC-UK into longevity and ageing. 

FirstPort has a long history in the retirement property sector and this partnership will help us continue to deliver for residents, both in our retirement developments and more broadly. We have already adopted the Barclay’s Digtal Eagles programme to help residents navigate the online world. This new partnership will help us better understand the challenges and opportunities that our residents face and ensure we continue to provide relevant services of the highest standards now and into the future.”

Baroness Greengross, CEO of the International Longevity Centre, said:

“It’s great to add FirstPort’s support to our Partners Programme. We help our partners make sense of and plan for changing societal trends. Our work can aid understanding through the latest available research and data on ageing and longevity from in the UK, EU and the rest of the world.

We have an exciting programme of events and research planned and we look forward to working with FirstPort over the next year.”


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