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Electrical Business Forum - Programme Overview

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Access to all talks
Access to "Meet the suppliers" exhibition
Breakfast, lunch and refreshments
Online access to all presentation slides after the event

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THE VENUE

The Innovation Centre 3M, Bracknell, Berkshire. 
Access via the M4, M25, M40 & M3.

THE SPONSORS

Thank you to all our partners that make the Electrical Business Forum  possible.

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All talks will be held at the Granville headquarters at Madison 36th, New York City.

Our industry spans the entire electrical, electronics, renewables, and environmental sectors.  We are installing products and systems for energy generation, grid and network management, factory and commercial buildings as well as technology for the smart home. 

Despite some reticence, the construction industry is on the cusp of a technology revolution which has the potential to reshape its future. Disruptors such as BIM, off-site manufacturing and smart technologies are here and here to stay. 

The Government’s Industrial Strategy reflects this allowing disruptive technologies to compete,  new sectors to flourish and enabling growth across the country. 

It really could mean ‘modernise or die’.

Steve Martin, ECA Head of Technical

Mark Farmer

Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become a recognised commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues. He is active across all residential market segments including affordable housing, build to rent and later living. He is also dedicated to influencing and leading the construction industry modernisation agenda through the greater use of pre-manufacturing combined with the application of new delivery models. 

 A member of the RICS, Vice Chairman of the ULI UK Residential Council, a member of the BPF Build to Rent sub-committee and co-chairman of Constructing Excellence. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’.

THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Hear the thoughts of leading industry experts and get involved in the conversation with three interactive panel discussions.

8:15 AM

Doors Open

Join us for a networking breakfast.

9:15 AM

Welcome Message

Steve Bratt, CEO, ECA

9:20 AM

The Real Opportunities of Smart Cities

10:20 AM

Coffee Break and Networking

A chance to network and meet our manufacturer partners.

10:40 AM

Post Brexit Business Challenge deal or no deal: what the outcome means for electrical contractors

Tackling post-Brexit labour and skills shortages. Implications on: construction materials; red tape; infrastructure; planning
                                  

Panel to include – Unite, JIB, Manufacturer, Specifier

Risk Management

• Will exit from the EU be harmful or beneficial to our industry?
• Product labelling – where does Brexit leave compliance?
• The Hackitt Review – next steps for a new regulatory regime on design, specification, safety and competency.

Chair: Howard Porter - CEO BEAMA

Panel to include:
Alan Reynolds - CEO, Fegime
Chris Ashworth - MD and founder, Competitive Advantage
Gary Gundry - Technical Consultant

• Retentions, disputes, and payment.
• VAT Anti-Avoidance – Reverse charge VAT rules – How will they impact your business?
• Making Tax Digital: a sea change for businesses?
• Skills and competency in contracting – overcoming the constraints of cost, time, quality and safety.

Chair: Rob Driscoll, Deputy Director of Business Policy and Practice, ECA

Panel to include: 
Rudi Klein - CEO, SEC Group
Steve Brawley - CEO, JIB
Paul Allan - Managing Partner, F W Berringer

12:00 PM

Addressing the real issues facing businesses today – late payment; mobile workforce management from security to leadership; reverse charge VAT, and all you need to know about the digital tax system.

Chair: Rob Driscoll, Deputy Director of Business Policy and Practice, ECA

Panel to include – ECA, Credit Specialist, Manufacturer, BEW

11:40 AM

Coffee Break and Networking

A chance to network and meet our manufacturer partners.

1:00 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:45 PM

Prizes Drawn

Multiple prizes will be available on the day

• Drivers for digital innovation, and sector opportunities.
• Solving the EV charging conundrum.
• Digital master plans and how contractors can benefit.
• Next steps for smart city development taking account of local strategic priorities, local government commissioning and the supply chain.
• What’s needed in policy development, regulation, and leadership around investment, procurement, and collaboration.

Chair: Luke Osborne - Energy & Emerging Technologies Solutions Advisor, ECA

Panel to include: 
Daniel Brown - Policy Manager, Renewable Energy Association
Alex Calnan - Managing Director and founder, Electric Blue
Jeremy Yapp - Head of Flexible Energy Systems, BEAMA
Oliver Johnson - ABB

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The Programme
Hear the thoughts of leading industry experts and get involved in the conversation with three interactive panel discussions.

Insight | Knowledge | Growth
Electrical Business Forum, 
22nd May 2019 
3M Centre, Cain Rd, 
Bracknell 
RG12 8HT 

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WHO ATTENDS

This is a high-end business event, which is aimed at progressive organisations in our industry and is perfect for 

The Electrical Business Forum will inform you of the emerging topics affecting electrical contracting.

Selected panels of experts will discuss and debate topics which impact you and the sector, in a format that unites top business minds and luminaries from electrical installation.

Three panel debates will take place during the morning of 22nd May in Bracknell 

1. ‘The Real Opportunities of Smart Cities’ - is EV charging for you and how can energy efficiency be an opportunity?

2. ‘Post-Brexit Business Challenge’ - how will your business ben effected? What will the impact be of the Hackitt Review on the installation environment?

3. ‘Risk Management’ - how to overcome late payments? Are you ready for digital tax system? 

Engage with industry experts and influencers alike, while taking advantage of a great networking forum for you to learn new tools, tactics and expand your network of contacts.

Plus, we are giving away over £2500 worth of tools on the day!

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Chair
Luke Osborne, Energy & Emerging Technologies Solutions Advisor, ECA

Luke Osborne heads up the ECA’s technical team’s work on setting out advice around energy and emerging technologies. His brief is to give ECA members stronger insight into developments around energy storage, renewable technologies .......

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The Real Opportunities of Smart Cities

Panellist
Daniel Brown, Policy Manger, Renewable Energy Association 

Canadian-born and London-based, Daniel is an experienced professional with a passion for clean energy public affairs, analysis, and business development.
With a background steeped in environmental matters and sustainability....

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Alex Calnan, Managing Director, and founder, Electric Blue

Alex Calnan founded Electric Blue in 2015 upon the philosophy of ‘doing good profitably’. Electric Blue’s mission is to install and operate a national vehicle charging network powered completely by renewable energy ....

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Jeremy Yapp, Head of Flexible Energy Systems, BEAMA 

Jeremy Yapp holds two degrees from the Australian National University, one in geography and anthropology and another in music. He has managed an independent retail business, edited Hansard in the Australian Parliament ....

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Panellist
Oliver Johnson, ABB
 
Oliver Johnson works in business development for major clients at ABB. He was previously sales director at Emerson Electric Company where he executed a highly successful B2B sales strategy....

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Chair
Howard Porter, CEO, BEAMA 

Dr Porter is the Chief Executive Officer of BEAMA, the UK trade association for the electrical manufacturing sector. He previously headed up the energy sector of BEAMA and served as its marketing director ....

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Panellist
Alan Reynolds, CEO, Fegime

Alan Reynolds is the chief executive officer of Fegime UK. He has many years of experience in the electrical industry having worked in each segment of the supply chain....

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Post Brexit Business Challenge deal or no deal: what the outcome means for electrical contractors

Risk Management

Chair
Rob Driscoll, Deputy Director Business Policy and Practice, ECA

Rob Driscoll is a qualified solicitor and mediator with extensive construction and FM experience, obtained in private practice and trade associations....

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Panellist
Rudi Klein, CEO, SEC Group

Rudi Klein is Chief Executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, an umbrella body representing the interests of 60,000 firms in the specialist engineering sector....

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Panellist
Steve Brawley, CEO, JIB
 
Steve Brawley is chief executive of the Joint Industry Board (JIB) having been in post for 10 years this year....

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Paul Allan, Managing Partner, F W Berringer
 
Paul joined the firm in 2002 after qualifying at a firm in Canterbury. He became a partner in 2005. His particular areas of specialism within the F W Berringer are business consultancy and planning, accounting and auditing....

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Chris Ashworth, MD and founder, Competitive Advantage

Chris Ashworth has more than 35 years sales and marketing experience in the construction industry. He is one of the leading authorities on specification strategy and the drivers that influence this....

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Gary Gundry, Technical Consultant
 
Gary Gundry has more than 25 years of extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of electrical installations, including emergency lighting and fire alarm systems – and has two books published on the first two subjects....

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Fluke T150 Two Pole Voltage and continuity tester

BM21 Label Printer

GLM 120 C Professional Range Finder

2 x 13 66 180 – KNIPEX StriX

Panellist
Jim Currie, Head of Operations, Electrium 

Jim is responsible for planning and making processes for the Electrium business. Electrium are the market leader in the UK for residential circuit protection and number two for wiring accessories. 

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Panellist
Alan Wilson, Acting Manager, SELECT
 
He has worked in the construction industry for nearly 40 years and within trade associations for 32 years. Alan is also the current National Executive Officer for the Scottish branch of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group....

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