Supply Chain Forum launch success

Posted on 27th June 2013

Over 50 Warrington-based organisations attended the breakfast launch of the new Supply Chain Forum at the University of Chester’s Warrington campus this week.

L – R -  Aidan Manley, Executive Director, Cheshire and Warrington LEP; David Stonley, Senior Manager, Peel Ports; Susan Spibey, Director, Birchwood Forum; Nick Smart, UK Supply Chain Director, Brakes Group; Brian Hardacre, CIPS; Neil Caldwell, CILT; Professor Bellamy; Peter Crompton, Direct BE Group and Chairman, Warrington & Co. and Phil Kerr, Business Development Manager, Warrington Collegiate.
L – R - Aidan Manley, Executive Director, Cheshire and Warrington LEP; David Stonley, Senior Manager, Peel Ports; Susan Spibey, Director, Birchwood Forum; Nick Smart, UK Supply Chain Director, Brakes Group; Brian Hardacre, CIPS; Neil Caldwell, CILT; Professor Bellamy; Peter Crompton, Direct BE Group and Chairman, Warrington & Co. and Phil Kerr, Business Development Manager, Warrington Collegiate.
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.
Professor Lawrence Bellamy

The Forum is a collaboration between the University’s Warrington School of Management, Warrington Collegiate, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (North-West branch), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (North-Wales and Cheshire branch) and the Birchwood Forum.

The aim of the group is to share best practice on supply chain operations and allow local businesses to network and discuss commercial opportunities. The first event discussed streamlining supply chains and included presentations by Aidan Manley, Executive Director of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and Nick Smart, UK Supply Chain Director for the Brakes Group. The Brakes Group is currently in the process of establishing large-scale operations at the new Omega site in Warrington.

Professor Lawrence Bellamy, 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.

I am delighted that our first forum was such a success; we will continue to build on this by providing a regular platform for businesses involved in supply chain management to share knowledge and best practice."

Forthcoming forums will include discussion around topics such as legislation, technology, strategy and resource management.

Anyone interested in attending future events should contact Warrington School of Management at wsm@chester.ac.uk