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Developing Gigafactories – Supporting Britain’s Net Zero Ambitions

Monday, 8th November 2021 1345hrs – 1530hrs

The transition to electrification has generated a rapidly increasing demand for battery cells and packs powering electric vehicles (EVs). Within the UK, it has been estimated that by 2040 there will be demand for 130GWh in battery cell capacity, equivalent to eight gigafactories, signalling a gap between supply and demand which will have to be met either with expensive imports or by building new facilities.

At the moment, the Nissan plant in Sunderland is the only UK facility manufacturing lithium-ion cells at scale with further investment into the UK’s automotive industry being crucial. The UK has a wealth of knowledge and experience in battery chemistry and cell design which needs to be harnessed to provide competitive next generation products. 

This webinar will explore the potential of gigafactories to support Britain’s Net Zero ambitions with the organisations at the forefront of these major job creating developments revealing details on their projects.

Speakers for this event include:

Peter Rolton,
UK Chairman
Claire Pearce,
Director of Planning & Economic Development
Cllr Jim O’Boyle,
Dr Sheena Hindocha,
Knowledge Transfer Manager
  • BritishVolt – the UK’s first gigaplant got backing from the government at the back end of 2020 with battery technology investor Britishvolt acquiring exclusive rights to a site in Blyth, Northumberland. The gigaplant will be built on a 235-acre site, formerly the site of the Power Station in Blyth with the total investment coming to £2.6bn – the largest industrial investment in the North East since Nissan’s arrival in 1984 and one of the largest-ever industrial investments in the UK. By 2027 the plant is set to employ up to 3,000 highly-skilled people, producing more than 300,000 lithium-ion batteries for the UK automotive industry with a further 5,000 jobs expected to be created in the wider supply chain. Peter will join the session to give more intel on this exciting scheme and discuss the potential of gigafactories to drive economic growth and power the UK’s motor industry for the coming decades.
  • This is Gravity – Gravity is bringing forward fresh plans for a smart campus which will create 4,000 jobs and attract international investment into the UK. Claire, Gravity’s Director for Planning and Economic Development, is working with stakeholders to drive opportunities into the South West, and is re-imaging a new consent through a Local Development Order which is focused on economic transformation and clean growth. Gravity has previously stated its aim to attract “world-leaders in advanced manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence and electric vehicles” and with Elon Musk rumoured to have considered putting a Tesla Gigafactory there it’s clear the site has great potential. Clare will talk about gigafactories potential to support the UK’s Net Zero ambitions, create 1000s of skilled jobs and drive economic growth.
  • Coventry City Council – As one of the senior voices behind the proposed £2bn West Midlands Gigafactory, Cllr O’Boyle joins the event to give delegates an exclusive update on one of the most important projects for the whole of the UK. With a preferred site confirmed at Coventry Airport, the council believe 6000 high quality jobs could be created from the scheme, notwithstanding the opportunity for supply chain during the construction of the 5.7 million sq ft facility.

Associate your brand with this Webinar and position your brand at the forefront of the discussion around the future development happening in this sector. We have various partnership packages available, including opportunities to speak on the webinar, allowing you to present your message to your target audience and receive maximum brand awareness and impact. Packages available include:

Package Chair/ Speaking Opportunity VIP Access Cost (+VAT)
Webinar Partner Yes Yes £1,500 View Details
Exhibitor Partner Yes £500 View Details

Webinar Partner


Be at the forefront of the webinar – with a speaking slot on the panel and prime branding throughout the webinar and post/pre event communications. This package will elevate your brand and drive awareness, loyalty and trust in front of industry leaders. This is the ultimate package if you’re looking to be seen as a leading figure within the industry. Benefits include:

  • Be positioned as the ‘Webinar Partner’ and have your company name in the title of the event
  • Sponsor an existing event or work with us to develop a bespoke title/agenda/panel of speakers
  • Request Built Environment Networking to invite speakers of your choice to join the panel
  • Targeted marketing campaign aimed at attracting your target audience to the event – whether it be company types, regional companies or job titles/level of attendee.
  • Chair or speak on the panel
  • Option to do a 5-minute introduction to the panel or deliver a thought leadership presentation
  • Included within pre-conference speaker communications including speaker briefing calls
  • Direct access before and after the sessions to the speakers and panellists, and excellent way to establish rapport and build relationships
  • Exhibition space
  • 15 tickets for the webinar for your business or client contacts
  • Access to the video footage from the webinar
  • Branding: on the webinar, website, press release, emails promoting the event and more
  • One editorial or case study shared through our website news section and social channels
  • Chairman’s thank you in the opening and closing speech on the webinar

Exhibitor Partner


Become an exhibition partner for this event to get exhibition space and branding before, during and after the event with benefits including:

  • Exhibition space at the interactive webinar
  • Five tickets for your business or client contacts
  • Access to the VIP speakers room – connect with the speakers before and after the event
  • Access to the video of the webinar
  • Branding including on the webinar, on the website, all emails prior to the event and more.
  • One editorial or case study shared on our news section and promoted through social media
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the opening and closing webinar speech

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where our ‘Programme’ will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.

Networking Area

Just like a real conference you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.


Event Ticket: Developing Gigafactories – Supporting Britain’s Net Zero Ambitions £40.00

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Attendee ticket price: £40

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Monday, 8th November 2021

1345hrs – 1530hrs

£40 – £40


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