Electrical Contracting News (ECN) April 2017 - Page 24

FEATURE ELECTRICAL DESIGN & INSTALL EXPO 2017 FILLING THE VOID David Kitchener, managing director at All Things Media, explains how he spotted a gap in the electrical industry’s event calendar, and tells us why the ED&I Expo is primed to fill it. Having purchased another publishing company in late 2015 giving us ownership of Electrical Contracting News (ECN) amongst other titles, with ECN being the jewel in the crown, it became apparent to me during my due diligence when buying the company that this industry does not have a national exhibition. It’s quite clear that there are several regional trade shows but no national show. This is a fact I raised with many in the industry and in particular the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), which shared my vision for such a show. I am well aware that this has been tried in the past without great success, but magazine publishing and exhibition organising is what we do. With such a void in this area the aim is to bring everyone involved in the installation, design, specification, inspection, manufacturing and distribution of electrical products together under one roof, in the shape of Electrical Design and Install (ED&I). The ECA was keen to get onboard from the start and agreed to become the headline sponsor for the next five years, with the option of extending that further. The ED&I Expo represents a real watershed moment in the electrical sector, allowing everyone involved in the industry to get together, share ideas, unearth new business opportunities and drive the industry forward. We expect to attract visitors from all over the UK and are extremely confident that the event will quickly become the ‘must attend’ exhibition for senior level decision makers, contractors, specifiers, consultants, architects and designers, distributors, training providers, facilities managers and other key influencers. ED&I will offer a unique opportunity to learn about and interact with the latest products and innovations, hear from industry experts and network with thousands of industry professionals. The show will be shaped around discovering new technologies and services that can help businesses to grow. Comprehensive seminars will offer valuable insights into the latest industry opportunities and trends, and the latest on policy and legislation. Comprehensive seminar theatre The synopses of the seminar theatre topics will be announced in the coming weeks, however, we can share with you the topic headings as at the time of going to press. There will be a panel session on both days chaired by the ECA with the topic being ‘The 18th Edition Prophesy’, in which the panel will discuss before an audience the 18th Edition of BS7671. Other topics will include: Electrical safety – The hidden perils. Fire alarm systems – The relationship between part 1 and part 6. Emergency lighting – Don’t be left in the dark. ‘ED&I will offer a unique opportunity to network with thousands of industry professionals.’ The emerging marker for energy storage. Intelligent buildings – Smart opportunities. Practical CDM for contractors. Keeping on the right side of HSE. Risk assessment on the edge. KNX – The hidden gem. Whilst we are working closely with the ECA as headline sponsor, we are in talks with all the other major associations related to this industry with a view to them not only exhibiting at ED&I, but also promoting the show on a regular basis to their members. Keep an eye on the ED&I website in the coming weeks as more announcements are made. The ED&I Expo will be held on 6th- 7th September 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham. To find out more about the event, please visit www.edandiexpo.com Headline Sponsor ED&IEXPO Electrical Design & Install Expo | NEC, Birmingham, 6 - 7 September 2017 24 | April 2017