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Under the spotlight

Beneath the skin of the MediaCityUK project

MOVING ON UP Change at the top: new

group CEO for the ECA – first interview

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elcome to the second issue of ECA Today, and thanks for all your positive feedback on our launch issue.

SWITCHED ON Cashing in on greener lighting

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GRABBING OPPORTUNITIES From smart metering and home automation to new media and rail

ADDING VALUE Boosting your business with the ECA

As we went to press, the details of the government’s comprehensive spending review were still to be announced. It’s fair to say that no one expects good news for our industry, as public sector budgets are slashed. It’s been an extremely challenging time for the industry, and will no doubt continue to be so in the immediate future. Nonetheless, despite this gloomy picture, the ECA has been working hard to help members identify opportunities for their businesses, and to offer guidance for fi rms looking to move into new potential growth areas. For instance, the electrical contracting industry has a vital role to play in the green agenda, if the UK government is to meet its carbon reduction targets. As the ECA’s incoming group chief executive offi cer, Steve Bratt, explains in an illuminating interview (p31), the drive to reduce carbon offers tremendous opportunities – using the skills and knowledge members already possess to be at the forefront of the sustainability agenda.


Elsewhere in the magazine, we look at how low- carbon initiatives are boosting opportunities in the lighting sector (p18), while targets for smart metering

installation could also generate fresh business for members (p40). Other opportunities are highlighted in articles covering the rail industry infrastructure boom (p53) and the growth in home automation (p48). The sustainability agenda was also one of the key themes at the ECA Electrical Industry Conference 2010 in Tenerife, and here we look at some of the highlights of this summer’s event (p36). Our cover feature focuses on the prestigious

MediaCityUK project in Salford, Greater Manchester. We showcase ECA members’ expertise in action on the devlopment of this state-of-the-art media hub and urban regeneration project (p22).

Change It’s a time of change for the electrical industry – and for the ECA itself. Group chief executive offi cer David Pollock recently announced his retirement from the role he has fi lled since 1997, and he will be succeeded by deputy chief executive offi cer Steve Bratt on 1 October. You can read David’s refl ections on his achievements over 13 years in charge – and his thoughts on the challenges ahead – in his column (p13). It makes for an interesting read. Everyone at ECA Today wishes him all the very best for the future.

Phil Lattimore Editor

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play an important role in this marketing activity, and can become ambassadors for the association by proudly displaying the registered member logo on stationery, leafl ets, advertisements, and so on. Furthermore, the ECA provides an extensive

range of van stickers (decals), which can also be used for site boards, in different sizes and colour versions, which are FREE to registered members. From October 2010 onwards, ECA staff will

be looking out for registered member’s vans and vehicles displaying the logo, and sending the details to the marketing department. ‘Spotted’ registered members will be featured in future editions of ECA Today, and will be entered into a monthly prize draw for items such as digital cameras, MP3 players, SatNav systems and much more.

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