The Electrical Distributors’ Association hosted the first EDA Regional Business Forum in Belfast on May 16.
Margaret Fitzsimmons, EDA Chief Executive, said, “Belfast was the first EDA Regional Business Forum of 2018 and we were absolutely delighted with the turnout of almost 70 wholesaler members and manufacturer affiliates. Our guest speakers covered sessions as diverse as human centric lighting, through to advice on getting to grips with e-commerce. The feedback from our delegates has been most encouraging: they appreciated the opportunity to network and to catch up on all the EDA news and benefits. We hope to return very soon!”
Phil O’Shea, President of the Association of Electrical Wholesalers, was impressed by the event. “I was in attendance to learn from the great work of the EDA and see how we can replicate these experiences and actions in the Republic of Ireland. This was an extremely well organised event, with topical and relevant presentations delivered by industry experts. It provided everyone in attendance with plenty of thought- provoking ideas.”
The EDA Regional Forum in Belfast included a programme of informative and topical presentations aimed at adding value to the delegates’ businesses as well as networking opportunities.
In addition to an EDA update on training options, including apprenticeships, presentations included ‘The Future of Heating in the Connected Low Carbon World’ presented by Neil Stewart, Glen Dimplex; ‘Electrical safety improvements: setting out the impact and opportunity for the wholesaler’ by Chris Pack, BEAMA; and ‘The Ecommerce Opportunity: 5 things you need to know’ by Christian Hauzar, Schneider Electric. Presentations also included Pat Kelly, LED Group ROBUS on ‘Wake Up! Why human centric lighting gives you an opportunity to upsell to your customers’; and Gurpreet Singh, Philips Lighting UK Ltd, whose presentation was entitled ‘Building intelligence with lighting’.