Future of Supply Chain Labs 2

Taking place at PROTO in Gateshead on Wednesday 9 November, the Future of Supply Chain Labs will help SME manufacturers to discover how to leverage digital technologies and to develop smarter digital supply chains.


UK Manufacturing is facing a supply chain crisis. Rising prices, transport delays, materials shortages and working capital pressure. All sectors are being impacted, with small and medium sized manufacturers in the frontlines, squeezed by customer requirements and supplier challenges.

The Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub is a digital innovation ecosystem that empowers individuals and organisations to work together to make supply chains smarter. Developed by Digital Catapult and funded by the Made Smarter Innovation challenge at UKRI, the Hub will transform UK manufacturing by accelerating digital innovation – making supply chains more efficient, resilient and sustainable.

The hub is designed to tackle supply chain difficulties head on – by accelerating innovation of digital technologies to target bottlenecks and pinpoint unnecessary waste.

Click the button below to express your interest in the Future of Supply Chain Lab.

Future of Supply Chain Labs

The Future of Supply Chain Labs flagship programme is being led by Deloitte and EDGE Digital Manufacturing and funded by the Hub to help SME manufacturers to explore and realise the potential of digital technologies to increase productivity and competitiveness by digitising supply chains.

Through structured workshops and one-to-one support Future of Supply Chain Labs will help you to discover how to leverage digital technologies and to develop smarter supply chains, as well as the wider support and funding available for digital technology innovation and adoption. The Labs will provide you with a creative space to explore and learn new ideas and digital technologies which can directly improve your supply chains; and to design, test and experiment with new approaches; outside of your day-to-day environment.

Future of Supply Chain Labs will provide you with ideas and approaches to:

  • Improve forecasting and demand management
  • Improve visibility of real-time data, tracking and traceability
  • Manage disruption and the impact on lead times
  • Measure carbon footprint, emissions and reduce energy use.
  • Improve stock control, reduce waste and manage materials price volatility
  • Improve after sales service and customer satisfaction

Our labs will comprise of of interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

As spaces are limited we are taking registrations of interest for the Labs.

Register your interest

Participation in a Future of Supply Chain Lab is fully funded for UK-registered SME Manufacturers.

We have now confirmed our first lab date – Wednesday 9 November, 10:00 – 15:30.

This event will be held at PROTO, Abbott’s Hill, Baltic Business Quarter, Gateshead NE8 3DF

Please be aware places are limited.  Please register your interest for Future of Supply Chain Labs using the button below.