On the day


Event details

SMMT Meet the Buyer: Tuesday 19 October 2021

Time: 08:00-17:00

Location: Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly Ricoh Arena)

Arena Retail Park, Classic Dr, Coventry, United Kingdom, CV6 6AS


Parking information

Guests for this event will park in Car Park C. Car Park C is located adjacent to the stadium and can be accessed from Jimmy Hill Way.


Event agenda

08:00-09:00     Registration opens and coffee

09:00-09:45     Plenary Session

09:45-10:00     Coffee & Networking

10:00-12:30     Meet the Buyer meetings/ Seminars/ Networking/ Exhibition

12:30-13:30     Lunch

13:30-17:00     Meet the Buyer meetings/ Seminars/ Networking/ Exhibition


Plenary session (located in Theatre)

09:00-09:10     Industry update – Mike Hawes, CEO, SMMT

09:10-09:25     How the Purchasing & SQA team intends to support its Horizon 2030 Business Strategy - Marcus Bjorn, Purchasing Director, McLaren Automotive

09:25-09:40     Introduction to Arrival’s Supply Chain – Daniel Bonilla, VP Procurement, Arrival

09:40-09:45     Q&A


Seminar programme (located in Sports bar)

10:30-11:30    Opportunities around electrification

  • Dan Bunting, APC
  • Jon King, DERIC

11:30-12:30    Investment and finance for growth

  • Martin Wood, DIT
  • Mark Parsons, Shawbrook Bank

13:30-14:30    Trade and internationalisation

  • Matthew Ogg, SMMT
  • Phill Potter, UK Export Finance


Exhibitors (located in Hall 3)

To view the list of exhibitors click here.


COVID information

All attendees must complete the Personal Covid Declaration in order to attend Meet the Buyer. This will be sent by email and is mandatory for attendees.

We recommend that all attendees take a lateral flow test before attending the event and once they have returned home from the event. We recommend that attendees wear their facemask when not eating or drinking.