Coolair’s Annual Golf Day helps swell the coffers for key workers’ charity

Schneider Electric has partnered with Acorn Integrated Systems Ltd (AIS), the dedicated Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) maintenance and energy solutions company, to supply its EcoStruxure Building Automation and Control solutions.

COOLAIR Equipment Limited have raised more than £2,500 for frontline key workers at their annual ‘Nick Parker’ Golf Day. The event, which took place at Mere Golf Resort & Spa almost two months after originally scheduled, saw tournament winners receive accolades but no prizes. Instead, money usually spent on prizes was donated to The Care Workers’ Charity which provides support and guidance to those working in the care sector and whose dedication has been so vital over these past few challenging months. Coolair’s annual Golf Day has been a firm fixture in the Coolair calendar since 1986 and was due to be one of the highlights of the firm’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

However, the impact of the global pandemic forced the event to be postponed. But thanks to the combined efforts of Coolair and Mere Golf Resort & Spa in making the event Covid-19 safe, 70 Coolair clients and company representatives were able to take to the course for a relaxing, informal round of golf followed by a celebratory barbecue.

Neil Gibbard, Managing Director of Coolair Equipment Limited, said: “I am thrilled we were eventually able to host our annual Nick Parker Golf Day. “While it might not have been the big event we had originally planned, it was a very enjoyable

day and gave Coolair staff the chance to reconnect with the clients who have continued to support us.”

The event, which looked a little different to previous Golf Days due to additional health and safety considerations, saw players enjoy a hot bacon roll before the Shotgun Start at 1pm. Lunch and refreshments were served on the course and a barbecue on the terrace brought proceedings to a close. The event was organised by Coolair’s Paul Evans, a Senior Sales and Design Engineer. He said “We have worked with Mere Golf and Spa for many years now and the whole team who looked after us have excelled themselves.

“Due to changing government guidelines the event had to be pulled together at very short notice and every possible effort was made to ensure that everyone attending was safe and comfortable.” Helen Sharratt, Coolair’s Finance Director, said: “This year more than ever, we wanted our annual Golf Day to be a huge celebration of our fantastic staff and clients.

“To say our 40th year has been the strangest to date would be an understatement. However, we want to try to restore some normality and reconnecting with our clients is paramount.” CIBSE’S flagship event moves online

Build2Perform, the central learning opportunity for building services professionals, will be hosted entirely online for 2020, CIBSE has just announced. Now in its fourth year, Build2Perform is established as a key resource for anyone involved in designing, regulating or managing the performance of buildings. Traditionally hosted at London’s Olympia, it will surprise no-one that the decision has been made to move to a virtual format.

“Cancelling was simply not an option” declares Rowan Crowley, MD of CIBSE Services. “The event has really become central to the CIBSE’s objective of enhancing and sharing the latest knowledge on key issues of the day.”

Buoyed by the success of the organisation’s recent online Technical Symposium and the hugely popular Grow Your Knowledge webinar series, CIBSE sees advantages in the online format, particularly in increasing the immediate availability of the programme for visitors around the UK and the world.

Keeping to the original dates of 23-26 November, Build2Perform 2020 will focus on priority themes identified by CIBSE’s Knowledge Management Panel. These include: • Net zero carbon • Health, Wellbeing and Safety • Climate Adaptation • Retrofit and refurbishment • Circular economy • Digital engineering • Smart Buildings

Alongside these broad themes there will be discussion on topical issues such as: new policy directions, competency and skills demands and the challenges posed by COVID 19. A detailed programme and list of speakers will be published shortly on the CIBSE Build2Perform website and the event, is as ever, free to attend. Go to for more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact

LuxLive Digital Festival 1112 November

Taking place during the original LuxLive dates of 11 and 12 of November, the LuxLive Digital Festival will be representing the most ambitious and comprehensive digital education programme ever seen in the industry, focusing on a central theme of Health and Wellbeing. The festival will be made up of four strands, with their sessions split over the two days: Emergency Lighting, Smart Lighting, Workplace and the Lightspace Festival, focusing on lighting in architecture.

In addition to the headline acts, the festival will also offer sponsored keynote presentations as well as case studies and interactive learning.

Furthermore, there will be plenty of opportunity for networking with one-to-one meeting facilities, round table discussions, video presentations, live polling, and Q&A sessions throughout.

The popular Lux Awards will close the festival as it makes its digital debut edition in the award’s celebrated history.

The adoption of Schneider Electric solutions further enhances AIS’s ability to create tailored solutions based on client’s specific needs, be that maintenance provision, 24/7 support, building performance management, energy management solutions or building analytics.

The addition of AIS provides

another boost to the Schneider Electric EcoXpert partner programme. AIS are equipped to deliver bespoke solutions in Schneider Electric’s key market segments, making the

partnership clearly beneficial to both sets of customers.

“The experienced team here at AIS take pride in offering the very best advice and guidance to our customers, backed-up by first class delivery, class leading innovative solutions and award- winning services,” said Mike Witchell, Managing Director of Acorn Integrated Systems Ltd. “AIS are delighted to announce our new partnership with Schneider Electric. The business


Schneider Electric partners with Acorn Integrated Systems Ltd

not only delivers excellent products and coherent solutions but are also a strong cultural fit with our business and our values. Going forwards and, as an EcoXpert Partner, I’m excited what to see what the future holds.”

Westley Thurley, Channel Leader BMS System Integrators and Mechanical Consultants, at Schneider Electric commented, “we’re delighted to have brought the Acorn Integrated team onboard. The partnership will strengthen our EcoStruxure solutions offering and widen our range of customers. We are confident this will be a successful and long-term partnership.”

Ideal Industries makes new connections with the IBA Buying Group Ltd

Ideal Industries has signed a supply agreement with The IBA Buying Group Ltd*, making the company’s entire product catalogue available across the IBA’s national network of 87 independent wholesalers across 120 Branches.

Amongst the products that will now be available from IBA member independents are Ideal Industries’ In-sure Push-In and Lever Connectors, which provide a faster and simpler cable termination method than traditional terminal strips. The agreement makes Ideal Industries a preferred supplier of wire termination connectors for the IBA wholesaler network following a rigorous approval process by IBA Buying Group’s commercial committee, which included a review of product samples. Paul Jenner, chief operating officer at IBA Buying Group explains: “Our members were keen to work with a supply chain partner that offers wire termination connectors because this installation method is popular with contractors. Ideal Industries’ global reputation, reliability of supply, product quality and technical support made the company the right choice of connector supplier and they are able to offer our members high calibre products across a huge range, along with competitive pricing, even for small volume orders.” Following the deal, IBA member wholesalers will be able to offer their customers any of 325 Ideal Industries products from across the company’s wire installation, termination and management solutions,

stripping cutting & fastening range, electrical safety and testing portfolio, lighting components, data tools and accessories, and hole making and cutting equipment. The huge range includes Ideal Industries’ innovative FT-45 Feed-Thru modular plugs and Crimp Tool for data installations, its globally recognised electrical lubricants range, and its safe isolation kits.

Ideal Industries has appointed a dedicated sales and customer service representative, Adam Garside, to work with IBA members as part of the company’s commitment to serving the independents in the buying group and helping them maximise the potential of the company’s product range.


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