Multimodal 2021

FREE EVENT | 19 - 21 October | NEC, Birmingham

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Multimodal is back for 2021!


The three day free to attend event will take place from 19th to 21st October 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham.





Multimodal 2021 celebrates fourteen years of putting shippers, retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and exporters in front of exhibitors who offer the latest logistics and supply chain solutions.  Multimodal is firmly established as the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event.   

Whether you are a 3PL, BCO, shipping line, logistics provider, haulier, pallet network, port or warehouse owner, Multimodal offers a unique opportunity to make valuable face to face contact with new prospects and existing companies.   ​Year on year, shippers and cargo owners attend to improve their businesses; by finding ways of moving their products more efficiently and by meeting new suppliers. 

Multimodal represents every logistics sector under one roof, and is characterised by key vertical sectors, including manufacturing, retail, agribusiness, chemical, automotive, electronics, FMCG, food & drink, fashion, pharmaceuticals, construction, aerospace, energy, real estate, recycling, paper/print and perishables, amongst others, whilst horizontally, the show covers all modes of transportation, including sea, road, rail, air and inland waterways.



Seminars 2021

Logistics UK has teamed up with Multimodal to produce a three-day series of panel discussions and key note speeches focused on the theme of sustainable logistics.

Thought leaders from across the industry will look at how tech innovation, modal shift, and people power are shaping resilient supply chains. 

Places are on a first come basis, so please indicate your interest when you register to attend.


Day 1 

The morning plenary session is relevant to all and will focus on our action plan as an industry, for the year ahead.

Port of Tyne Theatre


Opening Plenary with Keynote – Logistics Report 2021: The resilience of our sector across all modes

The Logistics Report contains data from a wide range of national and international sources including government departments, NGO’s and industry bodies across rail, road, air and sea and includes bespoke analysis commissioned by Logistics UK on business costs, business sentiment and the challenges facing the industry.

  • David Wells, Chief Executive, Logistics UK 


Plenary Panel – The state of logistics in a post Brexit and COVID world

The combination of COVID-19 on top of Brexit has created unprecedented challenges for businesses of every size, in every market. Against this backdrop, the logistics industry is facing an era of unprecedented change as digitisation takes hold and customer expectations evolve. Our panel takes a look at the lessons learnt from the last 18 months, how best to plan ahead and what the future industry will look like.

  • Shanker Singham, CEO of Competere (chair)
  • David Wells, Logistics UK
  • Chris Warn, Global Logistics Director, Pentland Brands Limited
  • Juan Manuel Santiago Mendez, Senior Manager (GSP/OGU) Mercedes-Benz, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics UK Ltd., Head of Parts Logistics United Kingdom & South Africa
  • Paul Durkin, Chief Customer & Innovation Officer, Wincanton
  • Frank Dunsmuir, Head of Customs and International Trade, Fujitsu


Port of Tyne Theatre

Multimodal Theatre


Road Freight – Key Policy Issues

A look at topical issues such as the HGV Driver shortage, as well as a look forward to include Net Zero and Autonomous vehicles.

  • Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK (Chair)


Sustainable lighting, can you afford to ignore it?

Zumtobel Group has extensive experience in providing lighting solutions for the logistics sector. From understanding the well-being of employees, how lighting can optimise organisational efficiency and using sustainable solutions we have the offer for your environment.

  • Neil Raithatha (Head of Marketing)
  • Sophie Parry (Technical Application Consultant)


What’s next for trade after Brexit?

A review of the impact of Brexit so far, and a look ahead to the introduction of import controls for trade from the EU in January 2022. The panel will look at the best ways to prepare for the first of January 2022 learning from lessons this year to limit errors down to lack of preparation.

  • Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK (Chair)
  • Peter MacSwiney, Chairman of ASM (UK) Ltd Trade Chairman of the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) & EU Transition Sub Group
  • Robert A Windsor, Director-Policy and Compliance, BIFA

Creating inclusive workforces

  • Caroline Barber, Chief Executive, Transaid (Chair)







Day 2

Port of Tyne Theatre

Forth Ports Theatre


Covid Recovery – Logistics UK Covid Report presentation

The logistics industry stepped up to deliver for the nation in 2020, despite facing a worsening shortage of HGV drivers, economic and financial hardship, and significant disruption to operations.  Logistics UK’s COVID-19 Logistics Report provides a detailed overview on how the pandemic has affected logistics businesses and the steps they have taken to overcome these challenges.

  • Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK (Chair)

Tech innovations – Lessons from COVID

COVID 19 has put huge pressure on the logistics industry, accelerating a digital transformation already driven by changing customer behaviour, unpredictable demand, supply interruption and restricted movement. From blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and smart data, disruptors are harnessing the power of tech to rebuild a more efficient, reliable, transparent supply chain.

  • Jeremy Haycock, Managing Director, Europe, NYSHEX (Chair)
  • Marcus Campbell, CTO, Hermes Logistics Technologies
  • Tristan Koch, Chief Commercial Officer, Awery
  • Steven Holmes, Director Sales, Blujay Solutions
  • Rickie Cole, UK TransitNet Manager, SGS United Kingdom


Maritime, Ports, and Inland Waterways – Key Policy Issues

A strategic session to discuss challenges and opportunities in water freight.

  • Tim Morris, Chief Executive, UK MPG

Creating value for logistics services buyers by Post-Coronavirus Supply Chain Resilience

Creating customer value is becoming increasingly important for the providers of logistics services. But there is still a lack of understanding about the actual values that logistics service providers can  offer to their customers to make them better off, especially during the times of crisis and uncertainties imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. This seminar will look at the roles and approaches of post-Coronavirus supply chain resilience in delivering superior multiple values to the business-to-business buyers of logistics services.

  • Alexandre Metreveli (PhD, MSc, SFHEA, CMILT), Assistant Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Course Director for BSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship), School of Strategy & Leadership, Coventry University (Chair)


Rail Freight - Key Policy Issues

A focus on how rail freight can support the UK supply chain. Topics to include the impact of COVID on passenger rail and what this means for freight; the Williams-Shapps review and targets for freight growth; and infrastructure developments.

  • Alex Veitch, General Manager – Public Policy, Logistics UK
  • Maggie Simpson, DG, Rail Freight Group

How 5G will drive efficiencies at ports - panel discussion   

5G technology allows more data to be handled, at faster speeds and from more devices. As a result, new opportunities are arising around smart solutions which enable ports to manage freight more effectively. This panel discussion will draw on experience from two live projects funded through DCMS’s 5G Testbed and Trials Programme. The 5G Logistics and 5G Ports projects are testing 5G-enabled cargo tracking, condition monitoring, crane maintenance and port security. As well as looking at technological solutions, the motivations for using 5G and considerations prior to investing in private networks will be tackled in the discussion. Opportunities for audience views and questions will make for a lively and needs-focused session.

  • Prof. Andrew Potter, Professor in Transport and Logistics, Cardiff Business School (Chair)
  • Karen Poulter, CIO Europe Division & Head of ISD Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd


Warehousing - Key Policy Issues

A look at the capacity of warehouses in the UK – what can be done to improve the situation; how is warehousing adapting to Brexit, and how to ensure Warehouses are fully supported in planning policy.

  • Alex Veitch, Chair

People Power – how to build a diverse Next Gen workforce and put mental health wellbeing top of the agenda

  • Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, Health and Work Branch, HSE (Chair)
  • Corinne Lamoureux, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Mental Health Switch
  • Jennifer Swain, Road to logistics


Day 3



Panel Discussion Apprenticeships – how to implement an effective apprenticeship scheme

  • Carl Hobbis BIFA (Chair)
  • Colin Smith, Metro Shipping
  • Bethany Windsor, Career Ready


Plenary Panel – What the Next Gen want from a career in logistic


Stand visits and talk to recruiters