Sheds Conference :: Agenda

Welcome to the Sheds Conference

Thursday 27 April 2017


Welcome address by Property Week


Shedding light on the sector

We will open with a one-hour session, focusing on the key markers of the sector - the economic and political landscape, shifting demographics and technological advances - and their cumulative impact on the future of business and consumer. 


Ripping up the rule book: the UK post-Brexit economic outlook

Where we are now and what lies ahead as the UK faces economic headwinds post-Brexit. Where does the UK stand in the global context, and is there a silver lining for UK businesses as the global centre of gravity moves eastwards?  On a domestic front, what is consumer confidence going to be in a tighter economic climate, and how it may impact on spending and in turn on business performance?

James Knightley, Head of Economics, ING

In with the new: what technology trailblazers can tell us about the new world order

From blurring virtual and offline, smart data, robotics and AI, how is technology being turned into competitive edge? How is it transforming not only the means of production, but also consumer expectations?  Who are the true technology trailblazers, how they are driving the change and challenging our preconceptions of the world and our place in it?


The business of changing demographics

From the future availability of labour and ageing population, to balancing the needs of digital natives and the analogue generation, and accelerated urbanisation, the global population is going through seismic changes.  How are these huge shifts impacting on societal, business and economic trends, and how do we as a society adapt to it? 


Coffee and Networking break


Connecting the dots: a 21st century supply chain

Through a series of mini-panels we will explore three main industry segments – mega-sheds, industrial and urban logistics - and specific challenges and opportunities of each.  From growth drivers, market segments opportunities, to how these are driving types and sizes of sheds, we will hear the collective ‘experience’ from three different verticals.


Opening Remarks

Andy Gulliford, COO, SEGRO

Panel: Mega-sheds

Nigel Harris, Senior Asset Manager, John Lewis
Ian Henderson, Property Director, Wincanton

Panel: Industrial

Martin Meech, Group Property Director, Travis Perkins
Dan Gallagher, Joint Managing Director, Stoford Properties
Kevin Harrington, Real Estate Manager, Siemens Real Estate

Panel: Urban Logistics

Tim Robinson, CEO & founder, Doddle
Tim Johnson, Development Director, Chancerygate

Panel: Joined up thinking: the land debate

The panel will explore key issues surrounding delivery of more suitable land for shed developments. We will explore planning hurdles and competing uses, how to release surplus public land, and crucially how to find more effective ways for developers and local authorities to create a dual objective - to help propel the industry, while providing a net contribution to local economies. 

Michael Hughes, CEO, Verdion (iPort, South Yorkshire)
Ian MacLeod, Assistant Director Regeneration, Birmingham City Council
Alex Verbeek, Senior Vice President & Regional Director - UK, IDI Gazeley
Moderated by: Kevin Mofid, Director Commercial Research, Savills

Lunch and Networking


Market Overview

Key statistics in market trends and developers over the last 12 months and key future projections 


Closing the infrastructure gap

We will look at issues around capacity, planning and investments, and how the public sector and the industry can join forces to accelerate much-needed developments. We will also address how this ties into social infrastructure, i.e. access to and availability of labour, as well as how to create conditions to attract skilled workforce. 


Panel: Infrastructure and Connections

Paul McMahon, MD, Network Rail Freight
Mike Garratt, Chairman, MDS Transmodal
Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway
Nick Smith , Fund Manager AIPUT, Aberdeen Asset Management

Panel: Jobs, skills and labour

Guy Battle, Chief Executive, The Social Value Portal

Panel: The shed funding conundrum

Willingness by developers to build speculatively is hampered by risk-averse investors despite the pent-up occupier demand. How to solve this opportunity/risk equation? We will explore investment appetite across different segments, outline how developers can attract finance and what the industry can do to mitigate risks for investors.

David Hughes, Director, Strategic, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Bank
Paul Crosbie, Head of Industrial Team, M&G

Coffee & Networking


Opportunities in Europe

Which European countries offer best growth opportunities and why? We will hear from a key European developer about emerging industrial hubs on the continent, regions with the strongest occupier appetite, and any challenges to consider when developing in specific countries. 



Panel: The shape of sheds to come: innovation and technology

The session will focus on how the quest for speed and efficiency is driving changes in shed size, design and location. In what way are robotics and automation transforming physical specifications, and how in turn are they impacted by the need for an ever-faster, smoother delivery? With technology in all its guises placing huge demands on energy output, how to adapt to a more energy efficient, sustainable operation?  From clicks to bricks, analogue to digital, the sector has seen a huge shift over the past decade, which will only accelerate as new trailblazing technologies enter and disrupt the market. Watch this space!

Jonathan Fenton-Jones, Operations Director, Baytree
Emile Naus, Technical Director, LCP Consulting

Presentations: Veruca Salt (Willy Wonka), Warehousing and Logistics – the rise of the ‘I want it now’ consumer

Getting products to consumers in an ever shorter time is becoming the norm - the next day is now “standard”, and same day deliveries are transforming the market.  How do you compete with the Amazons of today and their unrelenting innovation?   How to disrupt disruptive giants and profit from smart technologies?  Show a bit of technology backbone in the talk on adapting to the new age of retail!

Mark Thornton, Head of e-Commerce Maginus, Technology Advisory Board Lead,United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA)

Closing Remarks


Networking Drinks

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.

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