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Newark and Sherwood District Council to hold free workshop for businesses to learn about logistics sector developments at Newark College

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A workshop is being held for businesses based in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to learn more about the logistics sector and how they can benefit from the latest trends, research and technological change.

Newark Logistics Workshop will take place on Tuesday at Newark College, from 8am to 10am and is free to attend.

It is being hosted by Newark and Sherwood District Council in partnership with Newark College, part of the Lincoln College Group, the University of Lincoln and Nottingham Trent University.

Newark and Sherwood District Council will be hosting the logistics workshop. (51541287)
Newark and Sherwood District Council will be hosting the logistics workshop. (51541287)

Keith Girling, council deputy leader, said: “We are committed to finding ways to support our businesses, increasing their skills, finding training opportunities for staff and recognising opportunities in the sector they operate in.

“Alongside our partners, we hope that our workshop will provide attendees with invaluable information about the future of logistics and the supply chain.”

Research was conducted at the start of the year by Nottingham-based FOCUS Consultants to understand the skills and training needs of logistics businesses in the area.

The findings will be presented as part of the workshop.

Feedback from the consultation will be used to inform what courses are needed by both Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln to ensure people are training to meet the needs of a new enterprise hub.

The Smart Innovation, Supply Chain and Logistics (SiScLog) Enterprise Area will not only create a centre of logistical excellence with regional and national reach but provide hundreds of jobs.

The enterprise area is one of nine priority projects outlined in Newark’s Towns Investment Plan, which was awarded £25m from central government in 2021 following its submission by the Newark Towns Fund Board.

The SiScLog will support innovation and growth in the transport, engineering and logistics sector by creating an industrial cluster that can benefit from its location in the East Midlands in terms of transport links and nearby assets.

The Towns Fund investment aims to unlock site infrastructure, commercial units and workspace suitable for new and growing businesses alongside a training provision.

Workshop attendees will also have the chance to see some of the developments at Newark College, including the recent construction college expansion and the temporary home of the Air and Space Institute, both of which also received Towns Fund investment.

During the workshop, both university partners will explain how they can support local businesses and attendees will have the chance to ask any questions and offer their thoughts on the recent FOCUS study during open discussions.

John Latham, director of DVC Projects at University of Lincoln, said: “The University of Lincoln is really pleased to work with the partners on this important project.

“Understanding the needs of the logistics sector and having the chance to explain how the universities and college can help them to respond to the challenges facing their business and the sector as a whole is vital.

“This workshop will help us to develop that understanding and is a great example of how higher education can work with businesses in the interests of the wider economy.”

To book place, email Will Park-inson at will.parkinson@newark- sherwooddc.gov.uk or call 07773 149 982.

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