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The new exhibition, the new Resource

Date: 17/02/2014 | Author: Resource exhibition

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Resource is a free to attend conference and exhibition at ExCeL London, 4-6th March.  Over 100 speakers, twelve focused workshops, and a truly international audience of over 3000 professionals will be at the show.

The event is the brainchild of Stephen Gee and Ed Lawson, previously involved in a major waste and recycling event. What’s the idea behind the event?

“We’re driven by our belief that resource scarcity is the driver of new models of design, manufacturing and recovery. To create a circular economy requires unprecedented collaboration, sharing and understanding across the supply chain. Until now, there was no one event that brings all of these organisations together to connect the resource loop. Resource provides that opportunity,” says Stephen Gee.

The show is definitely different. It’s backed by companies from across industry who have seen the opportunity within a circular economy. Major sponsors of Resource include DS Smith, SITA, Biffa, P&L Software and PE International. The event is supported by the design community through the RSA and the Great Recovery Project, through to the European Commission and the UK’s Technology Strategy Board.

Another thing about the event is that it shows how seriously major retailers and manufacturers are about resource scarcity and the new profit opportunities of the circular economy.

The number of speakers at Resource hailing from big name brands includesJaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Marks & Spencer, Kingfisher, H&M, Cisco, P&G, HP, National Grid, eBay, IKEA, Ecover, Nokia, BAM, Akzo Nobel and Virgin.

Resource content director Ed Lawson says: “We wanted to move away from a staid conference format. We’ve put together panel discussions of experts with a lively, knowledgeable chairperson to ensure visitors hear a spectrum of opinion, debate, and discussion around the topics that will shape the future of a move to a more efficient, resourceful economy. Ultimately, the retailers often shape and influence markets, so it’s for this reason you see so many market makers on our programme.”

The event’s keynote is the recently appointed Parliamentary Undersecretary of State of Resource at DEFRA Dan Rogerson. Other keynotes include forefather of the cradle to cradle approach – Walter Stahel of the Product Life Institute, and Michael Pawlyn who will discuss his vision of how businesses should look to replicate nature’s approaches to resource and recovery: biomimicry.

Stephen Gee points out that Resource focuses on new profit models, new approaches to recovering resource and an increasingly varied approach to repair/reuse. “Resource is most definitely a networking event that looks at the challenges of material price fluctuation and the business opportunities for all retailers and manufacturers who embrace new thinking. We expect visitors from large and small businesses – from multinationals with massive supply chain challenges, to smaller disruptive businesses who only lease their products, disrupting the traditional linear economy,” he says.

For that reason, the event offers themed speed networking, pan-European matchmaking and evening events. “We’ve already registered over 3000 visitors from around the globe – the potential to meet new clients and partners is exceptional,” adds Stephen Gee.

“We’re inviting you to join us to learn more, do business and help shape the evolving circular economy envisioned by businesses and government in the 2013 waste prevention plan.”

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