Delegates who responded to the series of questions were overwhelmingly of the view that the one-day event at EventCity, Manchester, had been a valuable use of their time.

An electronic survey was issued to the 1,500 visitors, seeking to understand which aspects of the event had worked well and which might need adapting further to ensure next year’s event meets business aspirations even more effectively.

The event, supported by the NDA and all its Site Licence Companies (SLCs), was launched in 2011 to provide a business networking forum and improve the visibility of opportunities for suppliers, particularly those in the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) community. It is now believed to be the largest of its kind in Europe.

Ron Gorham said:

“Informal feedback on the day suggested that the event had been extremely successful and we are thrilled that the survey confirms this. However, we are keen to listen to views about what could be better and will build additional refinements into the next event.”

He added that consideration was being given to a number of developments including expansion of the Innovation Zone into a more prominent feature, increasing the number of smaller focus events and revising the format of the annual award categories.

The date and venue for next year’s event will be finalised early in the New Year – so watch this space!

Meanwhile, editing of the video from the 2014 event is now complete and available for viewing on the NDA’s YouTube channel: Supply Chain Event 2014.