GeoVation’s Chris Parker participated in the Supply Chain Innovation and Excellence Forum (SCIE) hosted at Ford Dunton, Ford’s European Technical Centre. SCIE is a collaboration between government, businesses, and academia working together to develop leading edge thinking, and innovative products, services and business models in addressing supply chain excellence. SCIE is focussed largely on Essex, Kent and East Sussex.
Essex Council leaders open and closed the forum, emphasising its importance in developing the regional economy. The Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser to Department for Transport Professor Brian Collins set the economic, social and environmental context. There followed a number of excellent examples of how SCIE initiatives are already gaining traction. Check out, for example, Abby Couriers electric delivery vehicles
GeoVation’s current challenge: “How can we improve transport in Britain?” was presented, together with a number of other funding opportunities.
A stimulating afternoon session generated ideas in three areas: low carbon, last mile and informed logistics, and multi-modal which capped an informative event with plenty of time to learn of others stimulating initiatives.
GeoVation’s current challenge closes on 11 February.