gathered for a day of networking and ideas exchange at the annual EDA Summer Event. Stearn Electric Company Ltd was named most engaged wholesaler, with

EDA announces engagement champions B

usinesses making the most of their EDA benefits in 2017 were announced when 150 senior wholesalers and manufacturers

Prysmian Cables & Systems Ltd, Deta Electrical Company Ltd and Gewiss UK Ltd sharing the top prize for the most engaged EDA affiliates. “Actively engaging with your Association will unlock business opportunities and member and affiliate engagement is a key KPI for us,” explained EDA CEO Margaret Fitzsimons. “It’s why we track and rank how actively our members and affiliates use their EDA benefits. From attending Forums through to subscribing to our training and apprenticeships service, this ranking gives every member and affiliate an engagement score, revealing our top performers. Members can find out how we measure engagement by giving us a call or visiting our website.” Alongside the engagement celebrations, there were presentations from sector

leaders, including Peter Smeeth, Director of the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) and Secretary General of the British Cables Association (BCA); Steve Davies, CEO at the LIA and Terry Rowbury, Member Services Director at BEAMA.

Moss Electrical tees off for The Dream Factory

contractors and manufacturers at The London Club in July for its annual Charity Golf Day. Moss dedicated the day in honour of Avril Mills’ charity, The Dream Factory. This registered charity was set up to grant wishes and dreams to children and youngsters aged three to 25, with life limiting and life-threatening conditions or severe disabilities. Managing Director Robert Moss hosted the annual Moss Golf Day, at the London Golf Club in Kent, and successfully met the donation target of £20,000. Guests were later treated to an evening of delicious food and wine, concluding with an awards presentation, a live charity auction and speeches hosted by special guest, former Premier League manager, Harry Redknapp. Winners were presented with an array of golf prizes with the overall winner taking home an impressive 5-night holiday to Belek, Turkey.


Left to right, Harry Redknapp, Avril Mills of The Dream Factory and Robert Moss.

Marshall-Tufflex announces plastics recycling drive


able management manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex is calling on specifiers and contractors to join it in driving up the sector’s eco credentials by specifying and installing PVC-U trunking solutions with a minimum content of 50% recycled plastic – and say no to single use plastics. The Hastings-based company wants to put plastics recycling at the heart of specification and purchasing to divert waste plastic from landfill and ease demand for oil-rich virgin PVC. “Our ultimate goal is for all PVC-U cable management specifications to state that

systems should be manufactured from a minimum of 50% recycled plastic,” said Marshall-Tufflex CEO Paul Hetherington. “We want to start the conversation throughout the supply chain, from architects

to end-user clients, encouraging everyone to make more informed decisions when selecting, buying, installing and using PVC-U trunking systems,” he added. Marshall-Tufflex has long used recycled and the company has been able to push

the recycled content of all its manufactured PVC-U products to 80% (latest annual statistics for May 2017 to April 2018), with some products produced from 100% recycled material.

oss Electrical was joined by a host of electrical

The Stearn winners: Charlie Lacey, MD at Stearn Electric Company Ltd: Simon Barkes, President of the EDA and MD at BEMCO; Fraser Ballantyne, Commercial Manager, Stearn, and Andrew Smith, National Account Manager at Stearn and EDA Education & Training Ambassador.

Kerridge Commercial Systems acquires EDP

soſtware, such as Vecta and Quantum, to merchants and other distributors. The K8 ERP solution, developed by KCS, is widely used in similar markets, where the company has more than 40 years’ experience and is a recognised thought leader in trading and management technology. During the past eight years KCS has grown rapidly, both


organically and through acquisition, to extend its geographical reach, add product capability and extend into adjacent vertical markets. The company now serves over 10,000 customers across Europe, South Africa and the United States. By integrating the EDP business with KCS, all customers will

be offered a more extensive product suite. Ian Bendelow, Chief Executive Officer of KCS, said: “The acquisition of EDP is a great opportunity to accelerate our strategy. It brings us greater presence in the UK and an increased platform for growth in our traditional markets. EDP is a high quality business with customer offerings that are highly complementary to KCS. We welcome EDP employees to the group and look forward to working with them.” Sir Michael Heller, Non-Executive Chairman of EDP, said: “The EDP and KCS businesses have been good competitors for many years, addressing the needs of customers in the same vertical markets. Accordingly the EDP directors believe that KCS’ activities provide a strong fit with those of EDP and that KCS is an appropriate partner to continue the development of the EDP business.”

John Lewis vouchers on their way to winner, Karl


he winner of £250 worth of John Lewis vouchers in our July competition with Marshall-Tufflex, is Karl Scalabrin,

Quotations & Projects Supervisor at Midshires Electrical & Lighting Ltd in Northampton. To enter this month’s competition to win a £250 giſt voucher with Timeguard, see page 50.

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erridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has acquired EDP, which supplies sales analytics and CRM/ERP

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