University hosts event to share supply chain expertise.

Posted on 4th June 2013

A new collaboration of business, educational and professional bodies is being launched later this month at the University of Chester’s Warrington Campus.

The Warrington School of Management (University of Chester), Warrington Collegiate, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (North Wales and Cheshire), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (North West), together with the Birchwood Forum are working together to create a forum to share best practice on supply chain operations and allow businesses to discuss commercial opportunities.

A  breakfast event on June 25 will consider the streamlining of supply chains, with an expert panel discussion following presentations by Aidan Manley, Executive Director of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership support team and Nick Smart, UK Supply Chain Director for the Brakes Group. The latter is currently in the process of establishing large-scale operations at the new Omega site.

Professor Lawrence Bellamy, Associate Dean of the Warrington School of Management said: “Supply chains are at the heart of the economic success of the Cheshire and Warrington region and if the region is to continue to prosper it needs to stay ahead of the competition. This forum will provide a platform for businesses to get involved by sharing knowledge and discussing best practice.”

Susan Spibey of the Birchwood Forum in Warrington, who originally identified the need for a strong regional supply chain forum added: “We are not just here to consider supply chains and how to get the best from them, but also to encourage businesses to do business by sharing their opportunities with participants. We will be inviting leading regional businesses to talk about their achievements and also to say how other businesses can work with them at future events.”

Forthcoming events will be hosted by forum founders and business participants and will be based on areas of essential knowledge such as legislation, technology, strategy and resource management. Anyone interested in attending should contact wsm@chester.ac.uk for further information on this first event.