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Positive reception to inaugural event

Over 3,000 visitors attended the three days of Retro Expo at the NEC Birmingham (30 Oct-1 Nov) to see and hear about the latest energy efficiency products and services from some of the biggest names in the industry.

British Gas, Ideal Heating, Corgi, Vokera, E-On and EDF Energy were on hand with nearly 150 other exhibitors to explain more about the Green Deal and what it means for the retrofit industry.

The co-located Green Deal Summit hosted by Birmingham Energy Savers and Carillion Energy Services proved to be enormously popular with many sessions packed and standing room only.

Across seven modules, 85 speakers took part with many major industry personalities explaining the Green Deal and ECO concepts in depth and detail.

The Retrofit Buyers Forum was also a huge success with over 150 meetings taking place between 62 participants, translating into significant new working relationships and wider market opportunities.

The four Knowledge Hubs saw a wide range of retrofit themes and topics discussed with enormous amounts of experience and advice available for those approaching their own retrofit and Green Deal journey.

The Retro Expo Awards celebrated Britain’s most inspiring retrofit products, projects and people.

The Awards Ceremony was attended by over 400 guests and was hosted by Birmingham Energy Savers and Carillion Energy Services and honoured 12 pioneering initiatives from across the UK.

The final award of the evening saw Penny Poyzer and Gil Schalom pick up the DECC Retrofit Pioneer Award.

Birmingham Energy Savers Project Manager Dave Allport said: “The Awards recognise those who will be at the cutting edge of low energy refurbishment.

“The innovations that they are making will help to improve the lives of countless people in fuel poverty.”

After just day one of the show, 100 installers and assessors had signed up to Travis Perkins’ Green Deal initiative to work alongside them and partners PPL Training and Toriga Energy.

These tangible signs of success were reflected in re-bookings that included Travis Perkins, Kingfisher, SIG, Greenworks, Plumb Center, Knauf and many other key brands.

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