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Contents News and opinion


6 NEWS


News from the industry, including uncertainty in the construction sector, a warning on the skills timebomb, a bright performance for solar power and BEAMA’s anti- counterfeiting drive


11 ECA NEWS


Notes, information and updates, including ECA initiatives and the latest on parliamentary lobbying


13 EXECUTIVE OPINION MAKING A MARK


ECA group chief executive officer David Pollock reflects on the last 13 years and identifies future challenges


15 INDUSTRY OPINION


HOME TRUTHS The most important home improvement is energy efficiency, says executive director of the National Home Improvement Council Andrew Leech


17 PRESIDENTIAL VIEW


FIRST THOUGHTS Diane Johnson reports on her first few months as ECA president


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Regulars 44 REGIONAL VIEW


Across the nation – news from around the ECA regions: this issue, the North East and East Midlands in focus


56 Q&As Problems with contracts, issues with clients or other legal questions you want answered? Our legal questions and answers section can sort it out


60 SHOCKING WORK When installations go wrong, property and lives can be in danger. ELECSA inspectors present examples of poor practice and shoddy workmanship


68 CLASSIFIED DIRECTORY Latest products and services


70 COMPETITION Win a selection of great prizes, courtesy of Electricfix


18 4 ECA Today Autumn 2010


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