Take a look at the agenda for this year's Industrial & Logistics, designed with a late start and early finish to accommodate ease of travel and maximise networking opportunities, including our informal evening event. This is your chance to hear the latest developments within the industrial and logistics industry - what better way to make the most of your time away from the office! 

Registration & networking
Welcome from the Chair
Home Editor
Macro-economics and the impact on occupational and capital markets

Like so much across the industrial and logistics sector, uncertainty also means opportunity. Hear the latest snapshot on the global macro-economic forces and its influence on the industrial and logistics market. Consider the developments in yields over the last 8 months, capital markets, and the investment appetite.

  • Making the right decisions in difficult times - how the industry is cutting its cloth?
  • Perspectives on the movement of yields, land values, re-evaluations and the deals 
  • Where do the rental growth opportunities lie and how do we sustain investor appetite? 
  • From lease agreements to employee centric sites: How can we improve and innovate in a climate of austerity
  • Modern warehousing: The good, the bad and the questionable as the market moves forward

Moderated by: Kevin Mofid

Head of Industrial Research
MD Europe
Director, Head of Logistics
Trammell Crow Company
Senior Acquisitions Manager
M7 Real Estate
Keynote: Responsible SEGRO framework – insights into community investment plans that are benefitting UK society

The provision of the industrial and logistics sector supports local communities and functioning of the UK economy. This session will share SEGRO’s priorities and work in helping young and disadvantaged people into employment, supporting the growth of local economies and delivering projects that enhance biodiversity and the local environment.

Moderated by: Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC 

Managing Director – Group Operations
Empowering your path to decarbonisation

With regional inconsistencies in access to power, and risks around capacity guarantees, the UK electricity grid is struggling to support industrial & logistics demands. Today, energy is a scarce resource that we are all competing for. Consider how you can, at any stage of your project, design in a dynamic and flexible approach to your energy requirements on-site.

  • A race for power: How to create a balanced power plan that is financially rewarding and doesn’t leave you wanting more
  • Building on-site capacity whilst ticking ESG boxes on our path to net zero by 2030 – diving into the practicalities of how and where the ROI lies
  • Integrating solar, battery and beyond on-site: Understanding the flexibility you have and how to leverage it
  • Find, capture and keep: How to use your existing data touchpoints to feed in-house decision making
Business Development Director
Lunch, networking and meetings
Interactive round tables

The interactive Round Tables provide a unique opportunity to connect with industry colleagues about what matters to you most in an intimate group. Join a discussion where your expertise is relevant or where you’d like to gain deeper insight and perspective on a topic. Choose a topic and a table and get connected. Each table will bring together 10-12 of your peers.

        1. Build costs and how can we address the barriers to development?

Host: Paul Hanley, Partner, Bridge Industrial

        2. Women in logistics – tackling the important issues

Host: Ruth Waring, Founder, Women in Logistics

        3. Creating diverse and equitable workspaces within our warehouses

Host: Clare Bottle FCILT, CEO, UKWA 

        4. Smoothing the legal collaboration process: How to efficiently balance input, knowledge and cost

This roundtable will share insights from the coal face on how to create efficiencies through improved collaboration with your law firm and legal department. From asking the right questions, to understanding stakeholder workflows and timelines explore how you can save time, resource and money through a few tweaks.

Miri Stickland, Head of Knowledge, Forsters LLP

        5. Pathway to net zero: What opportunities and income can be considered with Solar PV

Host: Mark Hampson, Director, Hollis 

& Stuart Patience, Head of Solar PV and Energy and Utilities Sector, Hollis 

        6. How do we address ESG requirements and demonstrate value on the road to net zero carbon by 2025?

Host: Hazel Gillings, Technical Director, Transactional ESG & Group Internal ESG Lead, Delta Simons 

& Graham Duffield, Client Services Director – Advisory, Delta Simons

        7. Where are you on your renewable energy journey?

Host: Tim Read, Head of International Sales, Alfa Energy (an Edison Energy company)

& Jonathan Bell, Director, European Clean Energy Advisory, Altenex Energy (an Edison Energy company)

        8. Rising stars and charting promising career in Industrial & Logistics

This roundtable is a space to connect, network with fellow rising stars, and discuss the factors that young people consider when taking roles within the Industrial & Logistics sector, generation logistics, and how they plan to futureproof their skillsets as they advance their careers.

Host: Daisy Sheerman, Policy & Research Analyst, UK Warehousing Association

       9. Planning: How can we influence and drive improvements and where are we falling behind?

Host: Angie Fenton, Director, Quod

& Andy Hunt, Senior Director, Quod 

Afternoon refreshments and networking
Use case: Changing the face of urban industry and logistics – the Bloom story

Hear from warehouse developers who are evolving the future of warehousing in ultra-urban locations. Creating diverse and equitable warehousing spaces that promote wellbeing and developing infrastructure to quick commerce tenants and beyond. Consider if this is where we are headed and how they have created something quite different.

Moderated by: Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC

Partner and Co-Founder
Bloom Developments
Partner and Co-Founder
Bloom Developments
The Developers Panel: What is being built, delivered, and required over the next 18 months
  • Improving supply - what is being built, delivered and is speculative development off the cards?
  • Unlocking opportunity, sourcing sites, and best practice in today’s market
  • Planning: How do we collectively move the needle forward toward smooth and measurable change?
  • Improving the sustainability of estates: How embedded carbon, installing solar PV and renewable energy initiatives, and achieving biodiversity net gain is being addressed
  • The availability and access to utilities and the infrastructure required – can we get enough?
  • The future of specialist delivery for developers – from multi-level, multi-use projects and last mile

Moderated by: Victoria Towers, Partner, Co-Head of Logistics, Forsters LLP

Forsters LLP
Managing Director
Managing Director
Head of Logistics, Director of Economics
Keynote: The energy challenge and the future strategies towards a low carbon economy

This keynote will share the outputs of UKWA’s recent research into the benefits and barriers of solar PV on warehousing rooftops amidst a backdrop of climate emergency, the utilities rates increase, and drive towards decarbonisation. Sharing hot of the press industry research, debunking barriers to adoption, financing options, leading innovation and initiatives to help the industrial and logistics sector get ahead of the energy challenge.

UK Warehousing Association
Networking drink reception

19:00 Evening event - Live at the Plaza

Join us for a unique curry and comedy dining experience that scales up your opportunity to network, have fun and catch up with your peers.

Registration and Networking
Welcome from the Chair
Keynote: Looking ahead to the opportunities for modern warehousing and logistics

This keynote will look ahead to the opportunities for modern warehousing and logistics, predictions on what the future might hold for our roles in supporting UK businesses and local communities to thrive.

Interviewed by: Ruth Waring, Founder, Women in Logistics

Managing Director
St. Modwen Logistics
Women in Logistics
Panel: What are occupiers looking for?

The word of the occupier has seen a growth in influence in today’s market. Despite an opportunistic market ripe for the picking, there are also an almost insurmountable array of challenges. Hear from our expert panel on the key factors shaping decisions, changing viewpoints, and new initiatives.

  • What are occupiers looking for in today’s market, what locations, and for what use?
  • The evolution in workspaces, talent management, employee centricity and the collective impact on industrial & logistic site thinking
  • Futureproofing business – the appetite for stacked industrial, urban logistics, and multi-use
  • From rising rates and utilities bills, planning use classes, leasing agreements, EPC, and environmental requirements - what measures are being taken?
  • Considerations taken on near-shoring versus re-shoring in light of the need for cost efficiencies

Moderated by: Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC

Global Director of Real Estate & Workplace
Vice President of Business Development
Last Energy
Morning refreshment break

Panel: Urban logistics and the race for space

E-commerce has fundamentally changed consumer buying habits and their expectations for delivery. This session explores the broader master planning required, opportunities and challenges for urban and city industrial and logistics. 

  • Urban space: Where is it and how do we get a hold of it?
  • The growth of e-commerce and same-day delivery/ quick commerce requirements - why a granular approach is needed to ensure diverse and sustainable urban intensification
  • Catering for the last mile logistics play and unlocking value in our cities – how can we do this best, can we achieve a consolidated service, and is lighter industrial the answer?
  • How ULEZ and other incoming urban low emissions and air quality zones are influencing the hybridisation and electrification of industrial and logistics transport
  • Is there a way to make things better for logistics landlords, developers and occupiers in the planning process?

Moderated by: Ruth Waring, Founder, Women in Logistics

Director - Greater London
Head of UK investment
Valor REP
Vice President
Keynote: Consumer trends and the ecommerce roadmap – interpretations for our sector

The industrial and logistics sector is not immune to the uncertainties in changing consumer trends and wider ecommerce factors. Be inspired by learning from the latest in consumer trends, the momentum of the retail and ecommerce environment and behaviours of the industry players, whilst you digest cross-sector insights to keeps one step ahead.

Business Futurist and Founder
What’s Next
How do we accommodate the changing nature of industrial and logistics development?

The old definition of industrial property has changed. Where once we had factories and warehouses, technology and changes in consumer habits are driving demand for large scale data and distribution centres. With over 5.47 million UK private sector small and medium businesses operating in the UK, we cannot afford to ignore their needs. This session explores the conflicting demands of manufacturing, both large and small, logistics and the wider property market and how the public and private sectors need to work together try and satisfy the demands. Exploring:

  • Understanding the need for a new definition of industrial and logistics that recognises the diverse occupier market, new societal trends such as online retail and do we need to worry about the disappearance of so much industrial land?
  • The potential for more creative mixed use - is it possible for maker space, large logistics facilities and residential to co-exist? 
  • The role of planning authorities/combined authorities in deciding between these different uses – how can we support a smooth path on this and should there be mandates on land use?
  • How do we best facilitate creative land use and the intensification of site use?
  • The impact of the new style logistics and industrial development on societies and communities – how do we garner their support?

Moderator: Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC

Chair of Trustees
Centre for London
Managing Director
Potter Space
Kaymet London
Closing comments and conference roundup
Farewell lunch: Final refreshment and networking break before the close of the event