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Next Generation Thinking

Wincanton’s W2 Labs has been designed in partnership with L Marks. This twelve 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

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 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.

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 at the dedicated programme office at Wincanton’s headquarters. Each start-up will have opportunities to pitch for investment from both Wincanton and L Marks.

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.

Marcos Hart

Group Transformation & Risk Director

Marcos was appointed Group Transformation & Risk Director on 1 July 2018, having held senior management positions at Wincanton since joining the company in October 2014. In his role he leads health & safety, business optimisation, innovation, transformation and Group risk management across the organisation. In addition, Marcos is responsible for management of the GDPR compliance programme and Chair of the Group Risk Committee.


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.

Richard Gifford

Chief Information Officer

Richard Gifford is responsible for driving the IT and digitised strategy of the business whilst also ensuring that IT continues to support its successful growth and operational requirements. Richard joined Wincanton from Carillion plc where he was CIO of their Construction Services and Group business units having previously held senior IT positions in other large plc and public sector organisations.

Areas of Interest


18 October 2018

Applications Close

Applications close at Midnight GMT. We’ll review all the applications received and get back in touch with successful applicants to invite them to Pitch Day.

16 November 2018

Pitch Day

Pitch Day is your start-up’s chance to pitch to a Wincanton senior leadership team 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.

07 January 2019

Programme Start

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

27 March 2019

Demo Day

Demo Day is where you’ll show us what your start-up has achieved over the 12 weeks and present your proposal for future engagement with Wincanton.

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.

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.

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 Arsenal FC, 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-ups to test and grow their product with a major partner.