Crowds flock to Live South


TV stars Charlie Luxton and Billy Byrne were the star attractions at this year’s award winning NICEIC and ELECSA Live South event in Epsom.

The duo, who are regulars on the hit BBC show DIY SOS, were joined by around 700 electrical contractors keen to find out more about the latest developments in the industry.
As the keynote speaker Luxton, an architect by trade, spoke about the requirements for building sustainable homes. He encouraged electricians to challenge designers and look at alternative ways of integrating traditional electrical systems into new developments.
“It is an exciting time in construction, but low energy housing needs everyone pulling in the same direction,” commented Luxton. “It can be very hard on a building site where everyone is busily working away, but it needs everyone working as a team.”
He also warned contractors to be wary of the additional work required to ensure an electrical installation meets its low carbon aims, and to price accordingly.
Byrne, who is the regular electrician on DIY SOS posed for pictures with guests and tried out all the latest equipment in a packed exhibition hall which featured some of the biggest names in the industry including show sponsors Bosch, esp, Peugeot, Schneider Electric and the Scolmore Group.
With contractors now starting to implement Amendment 3 of the latest wiring regulations, the talks by Tony Cable, Darren Staniforth, and Mark Coles of the IET were very popular.
Tony and Darren presented a seminar on the regulations regarding consumer units and gave an interactive demonstration of how to install the new metal units currently coming on to the market.
Other speakers on the day included Paul Hampton from Isotera, who spoke about contactless LED lighting, Keith Smith from BEAMA who discussed how BEAMA are working to support installers and enhance electrical standards in the UK.
Ivan Gill from WF Senate and Martyn Allen from Electrical Safety First also presented talks while Iain Dilley from UK Power Networks spoke about its role in supplying power to the south east of England and the busy central business district of London.
NICEIC and ELECSA’s Marketing Director, Mark Smith said: “This was the busiest live show we have ever put on and it has now become a permanent fixture on the industry calendar.
“The amount of attendees returning to the show year after year highlights not only the growing success of the event but also the opportunities it presents to contractors.”
NICEIC and ELECSA will now be putting the finishing touched to its second version of the event - Live North - which will take place at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool on November 26.
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