Exclusive Coventry and Warwickshire transport and logistics roundtable event drives the future of the region


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In Summary

General | 1st October 2020
Over 40 local business leaders across the transport and logistics sector logged on to attend a virtual roundtable event this week on Tuesday 29th September

In Detail

The exclusive, free to attend event, was held online by Serco, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), CWLEP Growth Hub and local business representatives through the new business network FinditinCW. 

Over 40 local businesses joined the conversation and give their opinions on future trends, the impact of automation and the driving forces in the industry.

The group of senior figures thrashed out the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector, the area’s recovery plans and the ways in which firms can develop and adapt to collaborate, innovate and upskill for a more sustainable future.

Sarah Windrum, Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Board Director opened the speaker line up with an information-packed presentation about the advancement of automation and infrastructure for the future.

She highlighted the importance of collaboration with the digital sector, and the urgent need for firms to address their current digital skills needs and link up with the award-winning, local digital cluster. View Sarah's presentation >

Serco representatives, Rob Matts, Head of Skills Support for the Workforce and Brian Walsh, Capture Director, reiterated the importance of skills, and illustrated the support available through Serco’s SSW programme and the direction of travel for skills and training in transport and logistics. View Rob’s presentation > View Brian’s presentation >

Rob Matts said: “Serco is committed to supporting the skills agenda in Coventry and Warwickshire, to ensure businesses have access to available funding to train their workforce, fill skills shortages and support business growth.

“The Transport and Logistics Sector is a key sector for growth, and this roundtable event was a great opportunity for the sector to hear about how Skills Support for the Workforce can support their business, and how they can participate in live research into the future skills needs of the sector as it embraces automation.”

Brian Walsh added: “The roundtable was a great event and provided us with an opportunity to understand the direction of travel for the sector.

“Serco is committed to holding further discussions with both stakeholders and employers involved with the Transport and Logistics sector, to ensure the future training needs are considered and residents in the region benefit from the funding available”

The event also featured innovative case studies from local business, Exact Logistics Ltd and Siamo Group Ltd based in Birmingham.

Information about local business support available in the region was shared by Phil Peak, Operations Director at CWLEP Growth Hub and Karen Shuter, Chair of Rugby Branch CW Chamber of Commerce.

Guest speaker, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee completed the event's speaker showcase. Mick Wright, Executive Director for Games Services and Workforce, announced that St Nicholas Park, set in 64 acres of stunning landscape with views of the world-famous Warwick Castle, will provide the picturesque backdrop for approximately 160 cyclists taking part in the planned men’s and women’s road race events.

Mick highlighted the current opportunities for the Games within the transport and logistics sector, giving details of a ‘Core Logistics Provider’ tender up for grabs and a bus and coach procurement requirement. View Mick's presentation >

The informative presentations from all speakers set the scene for the 40-minute roundtable discussion, moderated by Advent Communications Managing Director, Adam Dent. Participants joining the event, were able to ask their questions and contribute to a proactive session.

You can watch the recording of the event here >

What is Skills Support for the Workforce?

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is part of Serco’s Employment, Skills and Enterprise (ESE) business unit – experts in the delivery of local employment, skills, training and business support services which improve the productivity of individuals and businesses and boost local economies.

It has been delivering the Skills Support for the Workforce programme across England since 2013 – supporting more than 7,000 businesses and 30,000 individuals to access and benefit from funded training to date.

This is the third round of SSW funding (2019-2023) that Serco is delivering across 16 regions of England, including Coventry & Warwickshire. It supports SMEs with less than 250 employees to access funded skills training in a number of sectors, including logistics. Serco manages the SSW programme in Coventry and Warwickshire, working with CWLEP to align delivery to support local priorities.

Any local businesses wanting to talk to Serco about training for their company can contact skillssupport@serco.com or get in touch with Laura Johnson on 07718 186442. You can find out more about Serco’s research project in Coventry and Warwickshire and how you can participate on the website here.

Are you interested in contributing to the future of the transport and logistics sector?

There are plans currently being developed to form a future roundtable cluster group, to continue the discussion around the topics discussed in this event, and to keep the lines of communication open with CWLEP, Serco, CW Chamber and the Growth Hub. If you are transport and logistics business in Coventry or Warwickshire, please get in touch to hear more and get involved by emailing claire@finditin.co.uk