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Workshop by Prof. Lenny Koh in Thessaloniki

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College in Thessaloniki, Greece organised a successful workshop regarding “Green development in businesses’ supply chains” on the initiative of Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at the Management School.

The event took place on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 at the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industries Conference Hall. Within the thematic framework, Professor Koh presented the ‘SCEnAT- Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool’ to representatives of Greek companies and organizations. The methodology and functionality of the tool were explained in greater detail by Dr. Andrea Genovese, Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, who also gave some illustrative work example for the practical implementation of SCEnAT.

The event was organized in cooperation with the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI) and the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (F.I.N.G). Both Mr. Emmanuel Vlahogiannis, the Vice-President of TCCI, and Mr. Athanasios Savvakis, the Secretary General of FING, pointed in their speeches to the critical economic environment for Greek businesses and emphasized the necessity for political support of the private sector to overcome the current crisis. All speakers of the event, including also Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis, Vice-Principal of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College, and Mr. Andreas Baresel-Bofinger, Lecturer at CITY College, welcomed the availability of such tools as SCEnAT resulting from applied science in order to make enterprises more sustainable and stressed the importance of bridging the gap between academia and business with such initiatives. Green development, as it was emphasized, should not be considered any longer just an option but a necessity for enterprises for future competitiveness. Times of crisis may serve as an opportunity to rethink strategic objectives.

In two lively question & answer sessions the tool and its implementation were further discussed.

This innovative, cloud-based decision support tool for reducing the carbon footprint of a company’s supply chain has been developed in close collaboration with industry partners comprising large multinational organsiations, including prestigious names, such as Rolls Royce, as well as local SMEs. SCEnAT ( ) is the result of a research project undertaken by the University of Sheffield in partnership with the University of Hull and the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, funded by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF). An inter-disciplinary team of academics from several disciplines (including Supply Chain Management, Environmental Science, Social Sciences) is ensuring the continuous enhancement of SCEnAT. The team is led by Professor Lenny Koh.

In Greece green innovation in supply chain management is increasingly being recognised as a major factor in today’s business environment, although development and implementation are progressing at a relatively slow pace. The workshop provided the audience with knowledge on an excellent practical tool to measure, evaluate and finally reduce the environmental impacts of their supply chains. The workshop also aimed at contributing to executives’ understanding the importance of green innovation in their efforts to become more modern and innovative companies able to better compete in international markets.

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6th CITY – Sheffield Business Challenge 2008

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The 6th CITY – Sheffield Business Challenge competition took place on the 16th June in Thessaloniki. The competition pitches teams against each other asking them to identify a business idea and to turn it into a detailed, analysed and justified business proposition. The teams present their business proposition to a panel of judges and answer questions from the other teams and judges.

It was another fabulous competition between the two partners with the addition of a new competing team from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University from the FYR of Macedonia. The competition was held for the first time in the grand hall of the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce.

This year our competing team of Cara Hyde, Duncan Godding, and Lora Middlemass (pictured) presented a sales and marketing consortium that was designed to represent and sell English wine on the continent and particularly to France. It was an ambitious concept – some of the judges described it as ‘brave’ but the team carried off the proposition to great effect and did an excellent presentation of the idea with a great advertisement they had made to persuade the French to buy English wine. In a narrowly contested decision the judging panel awarded this year’s competition prize to City who had developed a mobile hotel concept, with Sheffield coming second out of the three competing teams. Dr. Luke Pittaway the academic adviser to the Sheffield team said: “I was delighted with our team, we didn’t win, but the presentation was outstanding, by far the strongest in my view and the team had come up with a really innovative and ambitious concept that was really challenging conventional thinking”.