The build up to Ecobuild was huge so I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I can't believe it's the final day at the enormous sustainable design event! We’ve met lots of big company names, small contractor businesses as well as plenty of individuals over the three days, all looking to grasp opportunities for themselves in this lucrative industry and making this whole experience an insightful one to say the least.
We’ve received lots of questions about EPC’s and the Green Deal as well as enquiries about Plumbing and Heating renewable energy courses which sort of shows the way in which demand is going. Obviously the launch of the RHI and the Green Deal is a contributing factor to the expected surge which makes an event like this all the more worthwhile to a training company like ourselves. We can use all of the information gained during the event, to make sure we’re best positioned to offer the courses to meet the demand.
Image above: our team on tuesday 21st March 2012 doing their thing at Ecobuild
Needless to say we thought it is a worthwhile event to anyone interested in this working or investing in this industryand as the final day is in full swing and we’re already planning for next year.
Highlights so far:
• Finally meeting all the great people (partners & contacts) we speak to on a day to day basis in person.
• Being able to talk to plenty of people about what they think of the FITs, RHI etc. and getting their honest view about the industry as a whole.
• Being greeted with ‘I’ve heard great things about your training,’ and ‘I’ve come all this way to see you guys,’ at our stand. It makes those long hours on our feet all worthwhile!
Favourite moment has to be:
• Seeing our colleagues image printed on the Di-log exhibition stand as he modelled one of their products on our solar PV training roof!
Images Below (Di-Log stand and our colleague with the stand!)
Today is our first day at Ecobuild, so if you're going to the world's biggest event for sustainable design & construction, make sure you visit us at stand S2715 and say hello!
We are located in the south hall by entrance S7 so nice and central as Ecobuild can certainly be a maze!
During the three day event, we'll have a rota of expert training staff & course advisors to make sure we're best placed to answer any questions you have about electrical or renewable energy training.
We have created two purpose built rigs complete with solar panels and inverters so that demonstration of the connection can be shown to those who are interested in finding out the specifics of the installation itself.
Visitors can also join us for a beer as we'll be giving away a free bottle of beer at our stand to those interested in speaking about electrical and renewable energy training! Who says exhibitions are boring? ;o)
We'll also be giving away a solar PV kit worth over £450.00, kindly donated by our sister company solarpvtools.co.uk so come and visit for your chance to win!
We’ve been busy designing and printing an updated brochure plus we’ve created a new co-branded flyer with our fabulous sister company Solar PV Tools.co.uk.
As this will be our first time exhibiting at this event, we’re making sure we’re making the most of it! During the three days at the Excel Centre in London we’ll be showcasing our expert knowledge at stand S2715 with a selection of purpose built rigs of electrical installations. Visitors will be able to test their understanding of electrics whilst joining our electrician training specialists for a beer and a chat about the latest developments in the electrical and renewable energy training world.
We’ll also be giving away a FREE solar PV tool kit worthy nearly £500.00 which has been kindly donated to us by Solar PV Tools.co.uk.
The event, taking place from 20th – 22nd March 2012, will be attended by anyone and everyone interested in renewable energy technology and would be a perfect way for those interested in progressing from the electrical world to visit to see what this industry could offer. We’ll be bringing our finest electrcial course advisors and course tutors from Trade Skills 4U, so that potential customers will have the opportunity to ask both general enquiries and specific in depth questions about the training on offer.
Our Managing Director is excited to visit too; "We attended as delegates last year and realised EcoBuild was a pivotal event in the renewable energy calendar. As the UK's leading electrical and renewable training provider we felt it essential to have a presence at such an important show. We want to meet our customers old and new so they can get a feel for what Trade Skills 4U is all about and how we stand out from other training organisations."
"We are not just at EcoBuild to exhibit our renewables centre. People often forget the importance of the electrical installer in the renewable energy market and how many of these people already possess most of the skills required to drive the workforce forward."
As you may know and have seen, we invested heavily in our renewable energy training centre making it one of the most advanced of its kind in the UK. Our customers travel from far and wide to take advantage not only of the centre but of the exceptional tuition on hand for renewable and electrical courses.
If you are heading to EcoBuild 2012 at the excel in London, don't forget to pay us a visit at stand S2175 for a chance to win a free solar PV tool kit, enjoy a free beer or simply have a chat with our instructors or course advisors.
What we thought of EcoBuild 2011
Ecobuild 2011 was set to be the biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, with over 1,300 suppliers attending, more than 130 free seminars and over a dozen interactive attractions. They did not disappoint.
The day itself breamed with information as we were handed a mass of brochures, leaflets and magazines that contained more information on renewable technologies than we could have dreamed of. Our time was spent visiting stands and seminars which demystified micro generation technologies to their finest detail and some of the stands hosted fantastic demonstrations of rainwater harvesting systems and other modern technologies.
Considering the type of event I expected to see a lot more effort made in reducing exhibitors carbon footprint by electronically distributing their information or producing their promotional materials from sustainable sources. Some companies used a modern initiative and adopted a barcode scanning system so that their customers can receive information via email whereas companies such as Dyson presented their hand drying creation the ‘Airblade,’ a product designed to dry your hands fast and effectively without the use of paper tissues, on a stand surrounded by a large wall of paper tissues which seemed to contradict the entire message they were conveying.
A down point, if this can be viewed as one, was that there was just too much information. We found ourselves overloaded by the amount of material available and not enough time to see it all. The numbering system on all the stands didn’t help as they seemed to lack any type of logic and could have been made a lot simpler.
Overall the event served its purpose by reinforcing the importance of sustainable design and proved to be paramount in demystifying such technologies so that they seemed less daunting to the potential customer, installer and any business looking to move into this fast growing market.
This expansion has led to an extension of their training family; ex-military man Mark Turner joins their team after his 23 year service ends this month. “Trade Skills 4U are a great training facility that practice what they preach.” They understand the need to employ great staff that can offer unbeatable teaching, especially whose background relates to those they teach.
“Those wanting a career change should grab opportunities like this, they’re courses equip you for the future whether you choose electrics or renewable energy. You’ll be glad you did it, I am” Says Turner.
Image source @ eco build