The Future in Focus

An agenda for forward-looking businesses

See your future through a clearer lens at Industrial & Logistics.  Our 2019 agenda charts a clear path through the uncertainties of Brexit, retail turmoil, emerging technologies, the evolution of urban logistics and more. 


Day one

Wednesday 8 May


17:00 Registration


18:00 Welcome and opening session with keynote speaker

At the start of this year’s Industrial & Logistics Conference, we will assess the bigger picture, looking at how your sector is being impacted by issues beyond your control and considering solutions to the challenges faced.          

We begin by looking at the future of the High Street with veteran retailer, Bill Grimsey. Is its decline terminal? Or is a bright new future within our grasp? 

Next, join us for a full and frank discussion with those that matter most; occupying companies that look to the commercial property world for support at a time of unparalleled change.


High street in decline or opportunity for regeneration?  What’s really happening in the world of retail?

Bill Grimsey, veteran retailer, turnaround specialist and author of "Sold Out Who really killed the High Street”


Campaigns to ‘save the High Street’ seem as inevitable as taxes and come along as regularly as Black Friday and the January sales.  But they don’t seem to be working and, frankly, is there any point? Not according to veteran retailer, Bill.  He argues that the High Street is dead and even the kiss of life won’t save it.  In “Sold Out Who really killed the High Street and his own Grimsey Reviews 1 & 2 he calls on Government and industry to face up to the urgent need for urban regeneration and retail transformation. Get ready for some straight talking; he’s going to tell us who killed the High Street, and why it’s time to bury the body and move on.

 Bill has spent more than 45 years in retail, starting as a 15-year-old butcher’s boy and ending as the CEO of store groups in the UK, South Africa and Hong Kong.  Along the  way he’s had leading roles at Tesco, masterminded the recovery of DIY group Wickes and saved Iceland and Booker from administration. He’s earned a reputation as a change master and turnaround specialist, and continues to be a highly vocal critic of Government policy regarding UK retail and the regeneration of the High Street.


Panel: What occupiers want

We’ve invited four of the UK’s most influential occupiers to outline their ambitions, home in on their challenges and lay down the gauntlet to the industrial & logistics sector. They’ll tell us how their world is changing; how it’s being challenged in the short term by Brexit and transformed in the long term by smart technologies, transport connectivity and by the rapid rise of online retail and home delivery. 


19:30 Networking drinks

A chance to network with occupiers and industry peers.



Day two

Thursday 9 May

9:00 Welcome and opening session with keynote speaker

How an AI-enabled world will work – reshaping supply chains, society and the global economy

Daniel Hulme, CEO, Satalia and TedX Speaker


As AI adoption accelerates, individuals, governments and businesses have to confront some fundamental questions: How will humans interact with technology – and with each other in connected communities?  How will we access global resources; how will we trade, buy and consume? Daniel explains how we can adapt our businesses to make sure we grasp the AI opportunity, rather than fall victim to the AI threat.

Daniel has been CEO of Satalia since 2008 and, since 2014, Director of University College London’s Business Analytics MSc  in both roles he pushes the boundaries of data science, optimisation and AI to solve some of the business world’s most pressing problems. He partners on AI and logistics with big UK retail brands, including Tesco.  He is the co-founder of ASI Data Science, has advisory and executive positions in several companies and holds an international Kauffman Global Entrepreneur Scholarship, and is passionate about finding new ways to use technology to govern organisations, facilitate trade and deliver positive social impact. He is an active promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation.


Key topics

Our detailed agenda for the day will be published shortly.  We’re pulling together authoritative speakers to address today’s pressing issues including:

Brexit and the life beyond:  As the political sands continue to shift, we’ll consider the long term impacts of Brexit and our industry’s future outside the EU

Consumer trends: How is changing consumer behaviour impacting our industry? What new demands do they place upon us and how are owners and occupiers responding?

What next for the warehouse? How will same and next-day delivery evolve in urban markets and what will this mean for warehouse design? How will warehouse space be optimised, calculated and – ultimately – valued?

Making the tech-tonic shift: What will the AI-enabled, warehouse of the future look like and what challenges will confront businesses as they embrace automated technologies?

Location, location, location: With the evolution of ‘last mile delivery’, retailers are looking for distribution centres outside The Golden Triangle. Which are the emerging regions, and what factors should you take into consideration when looking for the best location?

The £50 million drop:  We ask leading fund managers, if they had £50 million to invest in the sector, where would they spend it and why? 

Reshaping the industry from the inside: How can our industry attract new talent and drive diversity within the workforce?


17:00 End of Conference


19:00 Dinner and drinks

We get the evening underway with a drinks reception followed by a relaxed BBQ dinner. Mix and mingle, indoors and out, with colleagues, peers and many of our high-profile conference speakers. 

Special guest speaker to be announced!

With thanks to our 2019 event partners