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Management Awards from ECA president Diane Johnson in August. The region has recently had three other award winners among its membership. Bob Harris, of electrical contractors RT Harris & Son in Oxford, was awarded the first electrical Master Certificate as a result of a new craft certificate award scheme introduced by the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers and the ECA. Chris Lewis, from Chris Lewis


Fire and Security, was presented with the 2010 Security Excellence Award for making the most positive use of IT in the security industry. And Tony Morgan, from Wessex


Fire and Security in Shaftesbury, was presented with the 2010 Peter Greenwood Award from the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals for his work over many years in improving standards in the industry.


Future


The Central South region is keen to develop and maintain close relationships with client specifier groups, and has just completed its annual Client/Specifier Business Mornings, attended by approximately 150 delegates from a broad range of client groups. The regional office has strong


links with other bodies in the region, and are often called upon to talk at branch meetings for the RICS, CILA, and so on.


Along with the rest of the country, the Central South region is suffering from the downturn in the economy, and what were already difficult trading conditions have been further


exacerbated by the demise of ROK and Connaught, amongst others. This has unfortunately resulted in a number of good companies in the region being forced to close their doors. The Central South team will continue to offer training and business advice that will help members to consider new areas of business opportunity.


In difficult times, Central South region is still keen to maintain a social element to its activities, proving that business and pleasure can mix. Its annual conference in Norwich brought together members and colleagues from wholesalers and manufacturers to hear about a range of topics that affect business today, as well as providing an opportunity to enjoy a social programme. Earlier in the year it held its annual regional social event onboard the Princess Carolina down in the Solent. The venue for the Central South 2011 conference is yet to be announced, but the dates have been confirmed – from 8-11 September 2011. n For further information contact Tony Parish on 01635 237679 or email tony.parish@eca.co.uk


Your regional news


Let us know what you’re up to in your region, and share it with other ECA registered members. If you have any news of activities your region has been involved in, or details about forthcoming events, email mail@ecatoday.co.uk


Mark Beeston, West Midlands regional chairman and managing director of Gilks (Nantwich) Ltd


Spotlight on: West Midlands region


Chase, surrounded by 4.5 square miles of forest, with roaming deer and beautiful scenery. The West Midlands region has 250 member companies with a


T


he ECA West Midlands Regional Office is located in the Staffordshire countryside on the outskirts of Cannock


combined turnover in excess of £350 million, with four branches, Birmingham, Mercia, North Staffordshire and Shropshire, which also covers mid-Wales. Members in the region have a diverse range of skills, ranging from HV installations, fire and security, data communications control systems and more recently – due to the


How much do you know about electric storage heating?


FACT 5 The performance of a Dimplex static storage heater will not deteriorate over time. Surprised?


This is just 1 from a long list of little known facts. See them all at www.dimplex.co.uk/facts


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