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The Centaur Cheltenham, 13th September | Wembley Stadium London, 15th September | PARTNERS: September 2011 ECA Today 43


International Centre Harrogate, 20th September | SECC Glasgow, 22nd September


Grabbing new opportunities Meeting time


The East region REC will take place on 30 September, and will concentrate on the Construction Act coming into effect on 1 October 2011. This is an opportunity for regional members to remind themselves of the impact both on their businesses and the contracts electrical contractors are engaged in. This year’s East regional conference and dinner dance will take place on Friday 4 November at Dunston Hall, Norwich. All members and their guests are welcome. Contact the local regional offi ce for further details.


All the president’s men


The South Wales region has marked the appointment of ECA president Alun Pearson by staging a presidential dinner in Cardiff City Hall. Alun is only the second president of the ECA to have come from Wales in the association’s 110-year history. The event was attended by more than 250 guests, including eight past presidents, the presidents of SELECT and the HVCA, and the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Cardiff. As well as honouring the new president, the gala dinner raised £1,703 for Cancer Research Wales.


Although it’s been in business for 85 years, ECA East region member Playfords Ltd has embraced the opportunity for new business in the growing renewables sector by setting up a new solar photovoltaic division – Playfords Solar Energy. Having gained MCS accreditation in February 2011, the company’s new business is booming. Focusing on commercial and industrial clients, it reports exponential growth in demand for its services. It is initially investing in training personnel and setting up new supply chains with approved MCS accredited PV panel suppliers, and it is reaping the rewards – with success rates in securing new work beyond fi rst year expectations. ■ For more info, see www.playfords-solar-energy.co.uk


Bright Sparks in Northern Ireland Spark Change 2011, Northern Ireland’s fi rst electrical business


100 not out


East region ECA member R B Emerson Ltd is preparing to celebrate its 100th year in the electrical business in a few months from now. Established in 1912, R B Emerson has been a member of the ECA since 1926, and offers electrical, mechanical and computer services and interior refurbishment expertise, as well as air conditioning services through its subsidiary company Essex Electric Ltd. Emerson’s will be celebrating with a number of events throughout the year.


conference is set to take place at the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim, on 13 September 2011. The free event, which is hosted by ETT, offers a unique opportunity for ECA members to get together with industry experts, business advisors and other members of the electrical contracting industry to discuss the big issues affecting their business. ECA president Alun Pearson, ECA CEO Steve Bratt and the ECA’s Paul Reeve will also be in attendance. Spark Change is a half-day conference, running from 8.30am to 1pm. Areas covered include: training; health and safety; innovation and new business; people management and human resources; cashfl ow and retention; pre-


qualifi cation and tendering; economic forecasts; and licensing of qualifi ed electricians in Northern Ireland. Special guests and keynote speakers will also be present. To book your place, you can register online at www.ett-ni.org/spark_change_2011. aspx, call 02825 650750 or email amanda@ett-ni.org


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