TV presenter George Clarke was the star attraction at this year’s NICEIC and ELECSA Live North show in Liverpool.
The event saw more than 400 contractors cram into Aintree Racecourse, the home of the Grand National, for all the latest news, advice, and technical updates related to the electrical contracting industry.
Clarke, who presents TV’s The Restoration Man and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, got things under starters’ orders with his seminar on building design.
He spoke about the need to be more creative when it comes to building new homes and the demand to incorporate new technology which works in accordance with how people use their home.
“I believe that homes in the future will almost be entirely controlled by wireless technology. More and more of the equipment we use, whether it’s heating or lighting, can now be managed over wireless networks and as electrical installers you will be in a great position to benefit from that and advise people about how they can make the most from their home.”
He also spoke about the importance of apprenticeships in shaping the future of the construction industry. He started off his career with an apprenticeship at a local architect and said more must be done to encourage young people into the industry.
“Apprenticeships in the construction industry are falling dramatically. We are being left behind by other sectors which are doing more to attract young people.
“I have enjoyed a great career in the building sector but we are facing a huge skills gap in the future.
“I want others to see the benefits that learning a trade at an early age can provide.”
NICEIC and ELECSA’s Tony Cable and Darren Staniforth provided the latest technical advice including the implications of the third amendment.
Other talks included how to make the most of your business through digital marketing by the Federation of Small Business’s David Miles, the benefits of LED lighting by Isotera CEO Paul Hampton and an explanation of the wiring regulations by the IET’s Mark Coles.
Billy Byrne, the resident electrician on TV’s DIY SOS was also in attendance and shared his experiences with contractors in a packed exhibition hall. Attendees were able to chat with representatives from some of the industry’s biggest suppliers including headline sponsors Bosch Power Tools, Elite Security Products, Scolmore and WF Senate.
They were also able to get their hands on the latest kit and take advantage of various special offers with up to £250 worth of discounts.
Mark Smith, Marketing Director at NICEIC and ELECSA, said: “This was the second time at Aintree and it was great to see so many returning faces alongside those visiting one of our events for the first time.
“The event has always been designed with the contractor in mind and we feel the mix of technical seminars, business advice, information and access to some of the biggest names in the industry was the best it has ever been.
“It has now firmly established itself as the leading event in the electrical contracting industry and a chance for electrical contractors to enjoy a fun and informative day out which will ultimately help them with their business.”