Attend the conference, and you will:

  • Discover how new technologies are shaping the future of industrial and logistics – from automation to autonomous vehicles – and how you need to futureproof your SHEDs
  • Take part in the great sustainability debate – understand occupiers’ priorities and the business case for change
  • Learn from our industry spotlight sessions exploring the biggest challenges facing retail and automotive
  • Gain critical insight on the latest thinking on last-mile delivery and ultra-urban logistic
  • Assess the impact of BREXIT, and its opportunities and constraints under a new trade proposition
  • Meet with occupiers and benefit from new business relationships 

Chair’s opening remarks
Home Editor
Brave new mixed-up world: Technological and economic singularities (and how to survive them)

Calum will look beyond property to the wider world we all inhabit, and how it’s changing. Within the next three decades, AI-powered machines will take over most human tasks, challenging how we as individuals earn our living and achieve self-worth. This is a change so radical that many pundits fear our economic systems won’t survive it and our societies will collapse. Calum takes the opposite view. His inspiring talk describes how, in a technologically enriched world, we might reshape our economies, transform our businesses and understand what this will mean for the sector.

Futurist, Journalist and Best-selling Author
A global overview: politics, pandemics and the economy

The World Health Organisation stated that the coronavirus poses a greater global threat than terrorism, ‘more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval that any terrorist attack’. What will the impact be on the worldwide economy? With much of the globe reliant on China, what is the new era for trade and how does that fit with the UK’s political will and BREXIT? And, inevitably, what does this mean for the property sector?

Market overview and outlook

Demand has been greater than supply for some considerable time, but is this all about to change This session will explore how the market is moving, and where demand is coming from. Which sectors are performing well and which regions of the UK are likely to benefit most? Where are we seeing regional growth and where is investment going?

Head of Industrial Research
Refreshments and networking
Afternoon keynote – Sustainability
Panel - The Great Sustainability Debate: Industry response

As the UK sets out to be at the forefront of sustainability, our panel of experts considers what the industry must do in the short to long term to meet global sustainability goals. As more investors put ESG at the heart of their investment decisions, we unpick the business case for sustainability - will it give you the competitive advantage? How much value do occupiers put on sustainability? What does it mean for the warehouse of the future and what investment do we need to ensure that secondary stock meets standards?

Group Director of Sustainable Business
Property Director
Euro Car Parts
Conference closes, end of conference day one
Welcome reception
Gala dinner and entertainment
Rescue breakfast
Welcome from the chair
Panel - BREXIT: What are the opportunities?

BREXIT will have an enormous impact on supply chain and logistics. Our panel of experts will explore the impact of the potential trade proposition and what mean for speed of movement, costs and location. What are the opportunities for logistics and industrial real estate? Could new tariffs increase demand? What are free ports and what role will they play? And what does BREXIT mean for the wider I&L workforce?

Chief Executive
United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA)
Managing Director and Head of UK Group
PANEL - Industry spotlight: Emerging sectors

The boom in ecommerce created huge opportunity for industry, but what and how will demand for space change next? Our panel take a look at the new emerging sectors that will fuel take up in the future.

Director, Food and Farming
Going underground: How Magway are delivering the future today

Magway, supported by Innovate UK, is preparing to build a network of Hyperloop-style pipes to deliver packages throughout the UK which will provide a sustainable and efficient solution to ultra-urban logistics and final mile delivery. Anna Daroy, Chief Executive of Magway, joins us to share their vision and ambition and what it will mean for the industrial and logistics industry.

Chief Executive
Refreshments and networking
Urban Logistics – delivering the goods

E-commerce continues to grow and consumer expectation for swift delivery sees some internet retailers offer 2-hour delivery windows. To compete and survive, retailers must continue to offer cheap and speedy delivery from depots located close to populations. With political pressure to build more housing and intensify industrial development, how must design of ultra-urban logistics real estate change in big cities where space is a premium?

Director South East Industrial Team
Industry spotlight: Automotive

The automotive industry has made up around a third of industrial occupiers in the past, but what does this look like now? Our industry spotlight session takes a look at how the automotive industry is changing and BREXIT’s potential impact on investment by international manufacturers in the UK.

Professor of Business Economics
Birmingham Business School
The £50 million drop

Back by popular demand, and with more cash to spend…How will our top fund managers look to invest their £1bn across their portfolio? Who will convince you they’ve got the best strategy with a futureproof plan? Use our interactive voting technology to cast your vote.

Barwood Capital
Farewell networking lunch
Event close

Please note: Information correct at time of publishing. Programme and speakers subject to change.