The Automotive Supply Chain Roadshow

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Thursday, 22 November, 2018 - 08:00 to 17:00

The Automotive Supply Chain Roadshow


The Voice of Automotive Business


Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel & Spa
Main St, Brandon, Coventry CV8 3FW
United Kingdom

Welcome to the The Automotive Supply Chain Roadshow November 22nd 2018 

Our Agenda:

  • 08:00 Registration & Morning Refreshments
    • Roadshow kick off with Chair Mr Christopher Plant, The Voice of Business
    • Welcome the Slovak Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr Lubomir Rehak 

The Central & Eastern European Regional Market Update

Opening Plenary Session: Keynote Speech:

  • An overview of the Central and Eastern Europe – Setting the Scene:
  • Business opportunity / Industrial overview / Doing Business in the CEE
    • Speaker: Andrew Dickson, Director at Grant Thornton based out of Prague working across CEE

Panel Discussion with our CEE Representatives 

  • Introduction to the Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Hungary & Poland
  • Looking at Automotive in these V4 countries in the CEE.
  • Opportunities in the Region / State Aid - Tax, incentives, universities, R&D


  • Czech Republic: Mr Andrew Dickson, Director, Network Capability Europe
  • Hungary: Mr Janos Kovago, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton Hungary
  • Poland: Mr Prem Polaczek, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton Poland 
  • Slovak Republic: Ms Eva Duricova, Senior Trade Advisor, British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic

Coffee break

Panel Discussion: 

  • Automotive & British Business Expert Panel
  • Discussion on how they expanded business into the CEE and Slovakia.
  • Panel discussion led by Christopher Plant 

Our Guests:

  • Mr Les Ratcliffe MBE, Voice of Automotive Ambassador & CSR Expert
  • Mr Neil Barrell, Partner, Global Head of Automotive Grant Thornton, UK.
  • Mr Christopher Black, Global Sales Director of Automotive Business Development, TR Fastenings 
  • Mr Keith Jackson, Plant Manager, Arlington Automotive
  • Mr Chris Baumann,  CEO, Aktrion Automotive Group
  • Mr Craig Humphrey,Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub

12.45 Buffet networking lunch – Meet the Sponsors 

Import & Export Support:

  • Meet the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce & the Growth Hub
  • Speaker: Mr Ajay Desai, Trade Director, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Importers & exporters support via the international trade service. 

Case Study Section:

  • Speaker: Marián Christenko, CEO KOSIT: Looking at the environmental impact  of Waste Management in Automotive in the CEE.
  • Speakers: Hakan Guzel and Andrej Štefánik, CEIT 4.0 Technology and advanced engineering in Slovakia.
  • Speaker: Vlastimil Mazal, SSC Slovakia, Competent IT Services: A Look Beyond Simple Outsourcing

Business Development Workshop 

  • Speaker: Alan Henderson
  • Starting the conversation – The hardest thing to do, The Voice of Business business development experts
    • Presenting the best solutions on the market from the #CEE
    • Using automation to bring customers to you
    • Social Selling - how social media has changed business development
    • Public profiling / Brand awareness and Lead generation
    • B2B vs B2C models - tailoring marketing for B2B campaigns
    • Automation v Humans - how is AI changing the roles humans excel at.

B2B Networking Meetings

  • Meet a representative from Jaguar Land Rover Slovakia at our b2b meetings. Mr Paul Goff, Global STA Director, Interiors & European Operations

Networking Sessions

  • An opportunity to meet all of our guests and our CEE delegates

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