Ideas in Practice Supply Chain Summit 2017

09:00 - 16:00
Conference Suite, Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP
Who can attend:
Manufacturers, supply chain managers and directors, procurement and purchasing leads, planners and strategic roles related to supply chains, transport and logistics managers and directors, technologists serving the supply chain industry
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Strategy, Innovation and Performance: Helping the Northern Region

The 2017 Supply Chain Summit is co-hosted by Leeds University Business School and Squire Patton Boggs.

The focus of the 2017 Summit is on the evolving nature of global supply chains and how businesses in Yorkshire and the northern region can ensure that they are well-placed to tackle future challenges and take advantage of opportunities. Key industry speakers will tell their stories and give their perspectives on issues around supply chain strategy, innovations such as block chain and management practices that lead to better performance. 

Part of this picture is the alliances and collaborations between business and academia, and there will be an opportunity to get a quick overview of what expertise are present in the region with which businesses can engage. While we are proud of our regional strength in manufacturing and logistics, we need to keep in mind that businesses both large and small are part of global networks of supply of goods and services. The current highly volatile and competitive environment means that we need to be geared up for taking advantage of new opportunities, e.g. in emerging markets. 

The focus is primarily non-sector specific however we expect to have speakers from the utilities, construction, food, fintech, engineering and automotive industries.

Event format

9.00amRegistration and refreshments
9.20amWelcome from Leeds University Business School and Squire Patton Boggs
9.30amKeynote speaker - Stephen Wardle - Ernst & Young LLP
Keynote speaker - Gregg Barton - Director - Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend
Q&A and discussion
10.30amTea/coffee break
11.00amPanel Discussion: ‘Vision for the next five years: how to be competitive in times of uncertain futures’ - Simon Garbett, Squire Patton Boggs and overview presentations from the universities of Durham, Huddersfield and York
12:00pmKeynote speaker - Block Chains
12.30pmNetworking lunch
1.30pmKeynote speaker - Construction/Engineering/Manufacturing
2.00pmPanel Discussion and overview presentations from the universities of Liverpool, Bradford and Leeds
3.00pmWrap Up Session: Professor Chee Yew Wong, Leeds University Business School
3.30pmNetworking & refreshments
4.00pmClose of the summit

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