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Next Generation Thinking

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 for Sprint 1 & 2 are now closed.

Working with 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 95 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.

Our Mentors

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 both virtually and at relevant Wincanton sites. Each start-up will have opportunities to pitch for investment from both Wincanton and L Marks.

Ian Keilty

Chief Operating Officer

Ian joined Wincanton in November 2018 as Managing Director – Retail and Consumer and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2020. He was previously Vice President, European Supply Chain, at Sysco and Chief Operating Officer at Brakes, the UK’s leading foodservice supplier. Ian has also held various positions on the operating boards and executive committees at Booker Group plc and Iceland Stores. Prior to this Ian worked in engineering and supply chain roles for Mars, British Gas and Nissan, and holds an MBA from London Business School.

Paul Durkin

Managing Director - W2 Digital & eFulfilment

Paul leads the W2 Digital & eFulfilment business at Wincanton, responsible for growing our customer delivery propositions across all sectors including Retail, Consumer, Grocery and Construction. Over the past 10 years Paul has established Wincanton as a market leader in one and two-person home delivery and carrier management services with clients such as IKEA, M&S, Wickes and Screwfix. Before joining Wincanton, Paul spent 16-years in third party logistics services in the UK and Asia. He has a passion for developing people and Chairs the CILT’s ASPIRE foundation.

Sally Austin

Chief HR Officer

Sally joined Wincanton in August 2019 as Chief HR Officer and a member of the Executive Management Team. Sally was previously the Group HR Director with Costain Group plc, a British technology-based construction and engineering company, where she held a variety of HR roles and became Group HR Director in 2014. Prior to Costain, Sally began her career in HR at BAE Systems followed by Coopervision and latterly Eaton Corporation where she held a number of HR management roles across Europe at EMEA. Externally Sally is a Foundation Governor at Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, Chair of Governors for King’s High School, Warwick and is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Jo Pick

People Director - Operations

Jo joined Wincanton in February 2019 and is the People Director for Operations covering the UK & Ireland.  Jo leads a team of circa 125 HR professionals who support the 19,100 Wincanton colleagues. Previously Jo worked as HR Director in both the food industry and healthcare at Greencore and Johnson & Johnson respectively. She has a strong HR generalist and business partnering background, undertaking a number of transformational change initiatives including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Additionally Jo is a Non-executive board member for Selby Educational trust.

Areas of Interest

Timeline

27 Nov 2020

Sprint 1 - Dark Storestarts 14 Sep 2020

Applications

14 Sep 2020 — 18 Oct 2020

Sprint 1 - Dark Store

Applications

14 Sep 2020 — 18 Oct 2020

Applications close at 11:59 GMT. We'll review all the applications received and get back in touch. Successful startups will be invited to Pitch Day.

Pitch Day

01/12/2020

Sprint 1 - Dark Store

Pitch Day

01/12/2020

Programme Live

18 Jan 2021 — 26 Mar 2021

Sprint 1 - Dark Store

Programme Live

18 Jan 2021 — 26 Mar 2021

The ten-week intensive collaboration starts here. We'll set key objectives for what you want to achieve in collaboration with Wincanton and you will receive mentorship from senior leaders and external experts to help you towards these goals.

End of Lab Demo

29 Mar 2021

Sprint 1 - Dark Store

End of Lab Demo

29 Mar 2021

A chance to demonstrate what has been achieved during the lab and present your proposal for future engagement with Wincanton.

Innovation Summit

Jul 2021

Sprint 1 - Dark Store

Innovation Summit

Jul 2021

The innovation Summit will bring together all the startups from the three sprints for a celebratory Demo Day to mark the end of this edition of W² Labs.

Sprint 2 - Peoplestarts 14 Sep 2020

Applications

14 Sep 2020 — 18 Oct 2020

Sprint 2 - People

Applications

14 Sep 2020 — 18 Oct 2020

Applications close at 11:59 GMT. We'll review all the applications received and get back in touch. Successful startups will be invited to Pitch Day.

Pitch Day

01/12/2020

Sprint 2 - People

Pitch Day

01/12/2020

Programme Live

18 Jan 2021 — 26 Mar 2021

Sprint 2 - People

Programme Live

18 Jan 2021 — 26 Mar 2021

The ten-week intensive collaboration starts here. We'll set key objectives for what you want to achieve in collaboration with Wincanton and you will receive mentorship from senior leaders and external experts to help you towards these goals.

End of Lab Demo

29 Mar 2021

Sprint 2 - People

End of Lab Demo

29 Mar 2021

A chance to demonstrate what has been achieved during the lab and present your proposal for future engagement with Wincanton.

Innovation Summit

July 2021

Sprint 2 - People

Innovation Summit

July 2021

The innovation Summit will bring together all the startups from the three sprints for a celebratory Demo Day to mark the end of this edition of W² Labs.

Sprint 3starts 25 Jan 2021

Applications

25 Jan 2021 — 28 Feb 2021

Sprint 3

Applications

25 Jan 2021 — 28 Feb 2021

Applications close at 11:59 GMT. We'll review all the applications received and get back in touch. Successful startups will be invited to Pitch Day.

Pitch Day

March 2021

Sprint 3

Pitch Day

March 2021

Programme Live

26 Apr 2021 — 2 Jul 2021

Sprint 3

Programme Live

26 Apr 2021 — 2 Jul 2021

The ten-week intensive collaboration starts here. We'll set key objectives for what you want to achieve in collaboration with Wincanton and you will receive mentorship from senior leaders and external experts to help you towards these goals.

End of Lab Demo

5 Jul 2021

Sprint 3

End of Lab Demo

5 Jul 2021

A chance to demonstrate what has been achieved during the lab and present your proposal for future engagement with Wincanton.

Innovation Summit

July 2021

Sprint 3

Innovation Summit

July 2021

The innovation Summit will bring together all the startups from the three sprints for a celebratory Demo Day to mark the end of this edition of W² Labs.

About W2 Labs

The first-class mentorship on offer means successful start-ups and partners will have the chance to learn from experienced subject matter experts, who will be on hand to help both virtually and on site. Participants will also have the opportunity to access data, gather insights and test their product(s)/service(s) in a live customer environment.

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.

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

Wincanton is the largest British logistics firm, providing supply chain solutions to some of the world’s most admired brands across a wide range of industries including retail, construction, defence and energy.

As a trusted and respected business partner, we design and implement services and solutions that range from setting up and operating distribution networks through to bonded warehouses, technology hosting, container transport and storage. We strive for operational excellence in everything we do.

We work hard to understand and respond to our customers’ needs, build long term relationships and use our skills and expertise to deliver a smarter, added value service, every day. Our customers rely on us to make their businesses operate more efficiently and to gain a competitive advantage in their sector.

Improved stock visibility and availability, reduction of lead times, collaborative warehousing and transport models, and an absolute commitment to continuous improvement, are just some of the reasons why many of our customer relationships extend to more than 20 years.

www.wincanton.co.uk

L Marks are transforming world-leading organisations through integrating pioneering technologies and inspiring an entrepreneurial ethos. Founded with a mission to create purposeful change and with an appreciation that collaboration is the accelerant for authentic transformation, L Marks is the engine powering innovation programmes across various sectors and has launched over 60 initiatives across the UK, Europe, Israel, Asia, and the US.

Working with partners that include BMW, Lloyd’s of London, and Arsenal FC, L Marks has created the UK’s largest network of corporate innovation labs and is now recognised as a leader in business change. L Marks collaboration programmes establish innovation as a key characteristic of their partners’ businesses, driving a dynamic culture and, ultimately, fuelling growth.

Through creating these relationships and experiences, L Marks is achieving rapid transformation across industries, accelerating the businesses of the future and making change happen today.

lmarks.com