SME Masterclass: Rebalancing the Supply Chain in COVID Recovery

DATE: 29 June, 2021


START TIME: 2:00 pm END TIME: 3:30 pm

Are you an SME looking to understand the impact of COVID-19 on your business and find the road to recovery? Do you to identify opportunities for resilience and forecast for possible disruptions to your business operations?

Join Connected Places Catapult on Tuesday 29 June as we look at how small businesses can harness COVID Recovery Trends and rebalance the supply chain. From SMEs to corporates, all businesses have been impacted by these global disruptions and as we emerge towards recovery, it is important to take the time to re-assess for resilience.  

Attendees will hear from experts Richard Miller (Associate Director, Connected Places Catapult) and Dr Daniela Paddeu (Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England Bristol) who will share their insights and research through this interactive session. In addition learning about harnessing post-COVID recovery trends and implementing sustainable solutions in the transport sector, attendees will get the opportunity to implement their learnings in an interactive workshop with the speakers and fellow SMEs.  

Space is limited for this Masterclass, so we encourage you to book your place now 

Please note, this is a free masterclass, but we will be selecting the final cohort of SMEs to participate from the registration list. Your responses on the questions provided during sign up will be important for us to assess whether this masterclass is best match to your needs. 

Richard Miller

Richard Miller

Associate Director

Connected Places Catapult

Richard Miller has over 40 years’ practical experience in innovation and sustainability across multiple sectors. He is a Director of consultants Miller-Klein Associates Ltd, and Associate Director of the Connected Places Catapult. He worked with Innovate UK, developing and implementing their built environment and urban living programmes.  

Richard’s current focus with Connected Places Catapult is the net-zero transition, post-pandemic places and delivering homes and buildings fit for the future that are low-carbon, desirable, adaptable and resilient to climate change. 

Dr Daniela Paddeu

Dr Daniela Paddeu

Senior Research Fellow

University of the West of England Bristol

Senior Researcher in Transport Studies at UWE, Bristol. Civil Engineering studies and European PhD in Sustainable Freight Transport. Specialised in innovative, sustainable transport systems. Led a Foresight freight technology review for Government Office for Science and involved in a series of reviews for the Department for Transport on decarbonising future transport systems. “I am proud to contribute to the knowledge, understanding, and design of innovative and sustainable transport futures”. 

Alison Nicholl

Alison Nicholl

Head of Construction Excellence


Alison has a background in knowledge transfer, driving innovation and change into the construction sector both in the UK and oversees.  Alison is currently Head of Constructing Excellence, where she works with its members and wider movement to drive positive change in the built environment.  Alison has a passion for transforming the construction sector into a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable industry. 



14:00 – 14:05

Connected Places Catapult Opening

14:05 – 14:15

Harnessing COVID Recovery Trends

Richard Miller,  Associate Director, Connected Places Catapult


Disrupting the Supply Chain

Alison Nicholl, Head of Construction Excellence, BRE 


Building a Resilience Transportation Supply Chain

Dr Daniela Paddeu, Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England Bristol 


Q&A with Audience


Supply Chain Activity

Small Breakouts and Group Reflection


Closing remarks

Connected Places Catapult

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