George Clarke and amendment 3 changes attract crowds to NICEIC Live
More than 600 electrical contractors filled out Epsom Downs for NICEIC and ELECSA’s annual Live South event.
TV presenter George Clarke was this year’s headline presenter and he enthralled the audience with his talk on the importance of lighting in architecture. The upcoming amendments to the BS7671 wiring regulations also proved to be a popular discussion point for many of the attendees.
Clarke, who is best known as TV’s Restoration Man, encouraged the audience to challenge the traditional forms of building and lighting design.
“As an architect we are dependent on a lot of people to deliver great buildings including electricians” commented Clarke.
“Lighting can bring buildings to life and you have the skills to influence those issues when it comes to design and installation. Commercially we are doing some interesting things, but domestically we have a long way to go. As technology moves on and becomes more widespread it becomes cheaper and this will help future design.”
Tony Cable and Darren Staniforth also presented a series of seminars on the upcoming changes to BS7671 and were joined on stage by Mark Coles from the IET.
The changes, which are released in January next year and come into operation next July, provoked great debate amongst the crowd with NICEIC and ELECSA’s technical team of experts on hand to answer many of the delegates’ questions.
“Contractors showed a great appetite to learn all they could about the upcoming changes and how they will affect their day to day to work,” said NICEC and ELECSA’s Head of Group Marketing, Mark Smith.
“There was a real thirst for knowledge and a desire to ensure electrical installations are carried out safely and in accordance with the regulations.”
Other speakers on the day included Geraldine Fleming from Knowles, who spoke about the importance of contract law, Jonathan Elliot from Electrical Safety First who discussed consumer unit fires and Dominick Fullwood from NQA who spoke about the benefits of management systems to win contracts. Steve Davies from NICEIC also gave a talk on the opportunities surrounding the Renewable Heat Incentive.
In addition, attendees met a host of suppliers and top names from the industry in a packed exhibition hall. Lead sponsors WF Senate, Peugeot, The Scolmore Group and esp offered some great deals and were joined in the exhibition area by representatives of Ansell, Dehn, Danlers, Fluke, Hager, Megger, Metrel and many more.
Smith added: “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.”