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ECA News Renewables Roadshow

The ECA and ELECSA Renwables Roadshow will continue to tour the regions over the winter months. The Roadshow demonstrates to contractors the product solutions available and offers practical advice on how to take advantage of the opportunities opening up in the renewables sector. It covers: n Energy management building control n Smart home control solutions n Integration of multiple renewable technologies n Air Source Heat Pump with tank in tank storage, Solar Thermal and advanced web accessible controls

n Solar thermal integration with high efficiency boiler and control system

n Ground Source Heat Pump with low temperature heat distribution systems

n Commercial and Domestic n Photovoltaic and Inverter installations n Software solutions for estimating performance of renewable technologies n Wind Turbine and Inverter installation

As part of the Roadshow, Renewables seminars are also being held in various regions, providing straightforward, practical advice from industry experts. To register, simply email roadshow@ with your details to confirm your place. The current schedules for the Renewables Roadshow and seminars are as follows:

Central South region Roadshow dates: n Thursday 2 December - 7.30am - 3.00pm Edmundson Electrical Ltd, Unit 2, Southcote Road, Central Bus. Park, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3SJ

n Friday 3 December - 7.30am - 3.00pm Walsall Electrical, Unit 39, City Industrial Park, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1HG - TBC

n Monday 6 December - 7.30am - 3.00pm Edmundson Electrical Limited, Nevil Shute Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO3 5SL - TBC

South East region Roadshow dates: n Tuesday 7 December - 7.30am - 4.00pm Edmundson Electrical Ltd, Unit 5, Crompton Fields, Crompton Way, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 9EE

n Wednesday 8 December - 7.30am - 4.00pm Edmundson Electrical Ltd, 418 Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1SW

n Thursday 9 December - 7.30am - 4.00pm Edmundson Electrical Ltd, Unit B1, Isis Business Park, The Courtyard, Orbital Business Park, Ashford, Kent TN24 0GA

n Friday 10 December - 7.30am - 4.00pm Newey & Eyre Ltd, Unit 1, Cotton Rd, Wincheap Industrial Estate, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3RB

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Greater London region Roadshow dates: n Monday 13 December - 8.00am - 5.00pm Edmundson Electrical, 30 &32 Factory Lane, Croydon, CR0 3RL

n Tuesday 14 December - 8.00am - 5.00pm Edmundson Electrical, Units 4 & 5, Alfreds Way Industrial Estate, Alfreds Way, Barking, IG11 0AW

n Wednesday 15 December - 8.00am - 5.00pm Edmundson Electrical, Unit 1, Mill River Trading Estate, 67 Suez Road, Enfield, EN3 7Q

n Thursday 16 December - 8.00am - 5.00pm Edmundson Electrical, Alpha House, 59-61 Park Royal Road, Park Royal, NW10 7JJ

n Friday 17 December - 8.00am - 5.00pm Edmundson Electrical, Unit 2, Imperial Park, Imperial Park Road, Watford, WD24 4PP

North West region Roadshow dates: n Monday 17 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm Edmundson Electrical Limited, Calder House, 121 Moor Park Avenue, Bispham, Blackpool FY2 OLZ

n Tuesday 18 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm Edmundson Electrical Ltd, Unit 3 Coronation Point, Coronation Street, South Reddish, Stockport SK5 7PL

n Wednesday 19 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm Daton Electrical, Unit E10 Moss Industrial Estate, St. Helens Road, Leigh WN7 3PT

n Thursday 20 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm Edmundson Electrical Limited, Unit 3 Widnes Trade Park, Dennis Road, Widnes WA8 0YQ

n Friday 21 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm Calverley Deakin, Unit 3, Junction 8 Business Centre, Rossmore Ind Est, Ellesmere Port CH65 3AS

A Renewables Seminar is due to be held: Monday 24 January 2011. Doors open 3.00pm for 4.00pm start. Finish 6.30pm. Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton le Willows, Merseyside WA12 0HQ

Simply email with your details to register your place at this seminar.

South Wales region Roadshow dates: n Tuesday 25 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm Newey & Eyre, Morfa Industrial estate, Lanore, Swansea SA1 5JR

n Wednesday 26 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm L.H.Evans, Villiers House, Neath Abbey Road, Neath SA10 7BR

n Thursday 27 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm Newey & Eyre, Magellan Court, Beigin Close, Ocean Park, Cardiff CF24 5PB

n Friday 28 January - 7.30am - 4.00pm Edmundsons Electrical, Unit 1A Albany Industrial estate, Aragon St, Newport NP20 5NS


by Carol Wrench, PR and public affairs manager

Fallout from the Comprehensive Spending Review remains the hot topic of debate. While we are encouraged by the Chancellor’s pledge to protect infrastructure spending, by committing £30bn to key projects such as Crossrail – as well as investment into the regions - we remain concerned about the plan to build just 150,000 affordable homes over the next four years. The new target, averaging 37,500 homes each year, will seriously impact jobs and opportunities within an already hard-hit construction industry. Furthermore, while we welcome the promise of training support, particularly for SMEs, and an increase in investment into adult apprenticeships by £250m a year by 2014-15, we are anxious about the possibility of government asking employers and employees to make a greater contribution towards training. We are also concerned about planned changes to the CRC, which could cost participating companies well over £600m per year. We will be watching closely as more details emerge and will be responding to those issues which directly impact upon our members and their businesses. Progressing in a positive vein, ECA has enjoyed some notable successes. Most recently, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was present at the EAS (Electrotechnical Assessment Specification) Committee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), where agreement was reached on raising standards within the domestic sector. BIS officials were so impressed that this was reported to the Skills Minister as an example of the industry working together towards a solution. We also met with the Better

Regulation Executive to input into Lord Young’s review of health and safety legislation and were delighted

to see our comments reflected in his recommendations for consolidation. Having been instrumental in setting up and contributing to the PAS 91 task force, it was also rewarding to see the launch of the PAS 91 ‘Pre-Qualification in Construction’ document in October. This is a great start and the good work continues to further reduce the costly burden associated with pre-qualification.

Continuing with the good news, our lobbying strategy has allowed ECA to become much more proactive and vocal with the media. Responding to topical news stories and driving publicity on our key business, skills and sustainability issues has played an important role in helping us to significantly raise our profile with national broadcast and print media. As such, I am pleased to report that ECA has secured in excess of £900,000 worth of PR exposure in the past year! As part of our drive to increase activity on business-related issues, we have looked at projects around the country and mapped members to MPs – especially those with an interest in our key stances – and will be engaging with members to roll out local public affairs and public relations activities starting early in 2011. This exciting grassroots campaign will pave the way for more detailed long-term engagement with local MPs. We look forward to getting the ball rolling in the regions to promote ECA members to government and the wider community.

n Carol Wrench is PR and public affairs manager for the ECA. For more information on the ECA’s engagement strategy and details of meetings and consultations with government ministers, MPs, opposition leaders and leading civil servants, visit

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