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Driving Innovation

Wincanton’s W2 Labs has been designed
in partnership with L Marks.
This ten week programme will enable you to trial your products at scale and receive expert mentoring and funding from
Wincanton and L Marks.

Applications are now closed

About Wincanton
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About Wincanton

Wincanton is a leading third party logistics (3PL) and supply chain solutions provider in the UK and Ireland. We work in industry sectors as diverse as defence, milk, energy, retail, consumer goods and construction, supporting customers at every stage of their development. Whether they are a small niche retailer, a growing brand or a multinational corporation, we add value through our supply chain expertise and our innovative approach to logistics challenges.

We started life delivering milk in 1925 and although we have never forgotten our heritage and are still transporting milk daily, we now deliver so much more. For over 90 years we have entered new industry sectors, ventured into new geographies, broadened our services and used technology to manage the increasing pace and complexity of the supply chain.

Today, we are focusing on our roots in the UK and Ireland and are concentrating on what we do best – delivering market leading logistics solutions. Our aim is to bring fresh thinking to the supply chain, responding intelligently to business change and developing agile, flexible logistics solutions that deliver to our customers’ needs.

The first class mentorship on offer means successful start-ups will have the chance to learn from experienced subject matter experts, who will be on hand to help at the dedicated office at Wincanton’s headquarters. Each start-up will have opportunities to pitch for investment from both Wincanton and L Marks.

W2 labs Key benefits:

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Collaboration
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Strategy Development
About W2 Labs

The first-class mentorship on offer means successful start-ups will have the chance to learn from experienced subject matter experts, who will be on hand to help at the dedicated office at Wincanton’s headquarters. Each start-up will have opportunities to pitch for investment from both Wincanton and L Marks.

Zero equity is taken in exchange for joining W2 Labs. However, where we see a business opportunity together, and we want to work with you over the longer-term, we may offer a financial investment in exchange for a small share of your company.

Wincanton and L Marks have allocated capital to invest in the start-ups invited to participate in W2 Labs.  Prior to joining the programme, terms will be agreed to invest a capped amount of capital in return for a mutually-agreed equity level.   We do not take a minimum level of equity as W2 Labs is open to teams at all stages of business.

Collaboration is central to W2 Labs, and we believe alignment is central to successful collaboration. If you have other questions about investment, take a look at our FAQs or Get in Touch.


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“We started life delivering milk in 1925 and although we have never forgotten our heritage and are still transporting milk daily, we now deliver so much more.”
Areas of Interest
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Improving Utilisation of our Assets

We’re looking for technologies which can help Wincanton better utilise and manage the thousands of customer and Wincanton-owned assets. These assets cover a variety of mobile and static assets both onsite at warehouses and offsite in the form of vehicles. We’re looking for solutions which deliver more value, improve asset utilisation, reduce waste and which can provide more diagnostic information.

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Accessing and Brokering under-utilised space and transport assets

We’re looking for solutions which enable Wincanton to act as a broker or interact with other brokers for available space in warehouses, trucks, vans, containers or workshops and monetise that under-utilised space.

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Connected Cab and Driver

There are increasing numbers of telematics systems available but what other connected technology could have an impact on the current truck driver experience and effectiveness? We’re looking for solutions which could enhance the combination of a vehicle’s intelligence and its ability to interact with the driver.

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Data Challenges

Wincanton is gathering a wealth of data on customers and operations but this data isn’t being used to form a competitive advantage for the company. The 2 challenges are:
1. Visualisation of Data – How can Wincanton map and visualise data which tracks sold products, their destinations and commodities?
2. People – How can Wincanton support employees to better own their data, measure productivity etc.

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Wildcard

We want to hear from the technologists and entrepreneurs who are transforming customers’ lives to identify how their innovations could apply to the logistics industry.
Surprise us!

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The Mentors
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Tim Lawlor
Chief Finance Officer

Tim joined the Company on 28 September 2015 as Group Finance Director and an executive Director on the Board. Tim was previously Director of Finance and Strategy with Serco Group plc, the international service company, where he has also held a number of senior operational and group roles. Tim was Group Financial Controller at Sea Containers Limited. He is a chartered accountant and also a non-executive director of the Institute of Directors.

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Nick Eades
Chief Marketing Officer

Nick Eades is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Wincanton, joining to lead the core proposition development team as well as the pricing and sales process work streams. In 30-year career, with market leading and game-changing technology, telecoms and fintech businesses, he has lead overall strategy, commercial proposition development, partner programmes, etc. as well as brand and media reputation. These companies include global corporations such as IBM, Dell, BT and Avaya as well as mid-sized business, Psion, the iconic British mobile innovator.

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Jane Davies
Group Human Resources Director

Jane joined Wincanton in November 2016 as Group Human Resources Director with responsibility for HR activity across the Group, both at a strategic and operational level. Prior to joining Wincanton, Jane worked for Galliford Try plc as Group HR Director and previously held senior HR positions with Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services GmbH and Spirit Group and has also held HR positions in Boots Healthcare, Electrocomponents plc and Speedo, having originally started her HR career at Northern Foods plc. Jane has a degree from Nottingham University. She is a member of the Executive Management Team.

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Liam McElroy
Managing Director - Retail and Consumer Goods

Liam joined Wincanton in October 2006 with responsibility for the B&Q, Argos and Sainsbury’s contracts. After becoming Operations Director of the Manufacturing business, he was then appointed Operations Director of Retail in April 2011, with responsibility for contract logistics and transport operations across the retail portfolio. Prior to joining Wincanton, Liam worked for DHL Exel, Tesco and Christian Salvesen.

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Chris Fenton
Managing Director - Industrial and Transport

Chris was appointed Managing Director on
1 April 2016 having previously served as the Operations Director for Manufacturing and Group Business Transformation. Chris previously led Wincanton’s change management function, with responsibility for new business implementation and continuous improvement programmes. Prior to this, he held a number of senior operational and key account roles across a number of manufacturing, retail and industrial accounts. Chris holds a degree in International Transport from Cardiff University and a MBA from The University of Warwick.

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Marcos Hart
Business Optimisation and Transformation Director

Marcos was appointed Business Optimisation and Transformation Director on 17 April 2016, having been the Project and Risk Director from October 2014 to April 2016. Marcos leads health and safety, sustainability, business optimisation, transformation, efficiency and innovation across the organisation. Prior to joining Wincanton Marcos held senior positions in Carillion, Fujitsu and Severn Trent Water.

“The first-class mentorship on offer means successful start-ups will have the chance to learn from experienced subject matter experts, who will be on hand to help at the dedicated office at Wincanton’s headquarters.”
Timeline
9 April 2017

Applications close

12 May 2017

Pitch Day

Pitch Day is your start-up’s chance to Pitch to Wincanton senior leadership to win a place on the programme. You’ll have the chance to expand on your application and convince the panel that you’re right for the programme.

5 June 2017

Programme Starts

The 10-week intensive collaboration starts here. Over this time, we’ll set key objectives for what you want to achieve in collaboration with Wincanton us and get mentorship from senior leaders and external experts to help you towards these goals.

5 September 2017

Demo Day

Demo Day is where you’ll show us what your start-up has achieved over the 10 weeks and present your proposal for future engagement with Wincanton.

Investment

Collaboration is central to W2 Labs, and we believe alignment is central to successful collaboration.

Zero equity is taken in exchange for joining W2 Labs. However, where we see a business opportunity together, and we want to work with you over the longer-term, we may offer a financial investment in exchange for a small share of your company.

Wincanton and L Marks have allocated capital to invest in the start-ups invited to participate in W2 Labs. Prior to joining the programme, terms will be agreed to invest a capped amount of capital in return for a mutually-agreed equity level. We do not take a minimum level of equity as W2 Labs is open to teams at all stages of business.

We welcome discussions concerning investment throughout the 10-weeks, however we tend to make final decisions about funding towards the end of the programme and our period of collaboration.

If you have other questions about investment, take a look at our FAQs or Get in Touch.

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L Marks is a corporate innovation specialist and early- stage investor. They build bridges between large corporates seeking to innovate more quickly with young companies with disruptive technologies, products and services. Founded in 2012 by serial entrepreneur Stuart Marks, they run bespoke start-up partnership programmes across industry sectors, supporting rapid innovation and connecting them with the best start-ups.

They work with clients such as John Lewis, BMW and International Airlines Group (IAG) to identify where they believe the challenges are in their businesses and then turn these into opportunities for improvement and innovation. Each programme is tailored to deliver real solutions to the corporate partners and create real opportunities for start-up to test and grow their product with a major partner.


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