Introducing EDA Data Services

Supporting your digitalisation journey

In the UK, B2B ecommerce lags behind B2C, but things are changing – and fast. None more so than in the UK’s electro technical sector. For businesses looking to bolster their ecommerce channels, access to rich, high-quality data is a strategic linchpin.

It’s why EDA Data Services Ltd was launched in early 2020. This independent not-for-profit business set up by the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA), was created to champion initiatives to support the digitalisation of the UK’s electro technical sector.

Driving change in three areas

Led by General Manager, Richard Appleton, (pictured right) with 25 years of product data expertise under his belt, EDA Data Services’ independent status is important.

It means that manufacturers and wholesalers, who are not Members or Affiliated Members of the EDA, also have full access to our work, which you can see summarised alongside.

Industry-led governance

EDATA Founders 10 wholesalers and 15 manufacturers

Who’s who on the EDA Data Services Board? Find out further down this page.

Chaired by Edgar Aponte, CEO of Rexel UK Ltd, EDA Data Services is led by a Board of six:

  • two wholesalers;
  • two manufacturers; and
  • two members of the EDA team.

You can view the current members of the EDA Data Services Board further down this page.

The Board is supported by a Steering Group of 25 Founder Members who have each made a three year commitment to use the EDATA data pool.

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Drive the adoption and development of ETIM, the international product data model, across the UK.
EDATA
Develop and manage EDATA – the ‘by the industry for the industry’ data pool – which has ETIM at its heart.
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Educate, support and advise businesses on data and digitalisation issues.

Wholesaler Founders

bemco
bed
cef
eel
erf
kew
lew
R_M-Electrical
rexel
stearn

Manufacturer Founders

ABB
aico
ansell
deta
eaton
electrium
glen-dimplex
hager
ledvance
luceco
prysmian
signify
schneider
scolmore
ventaxia
ETIM-UK lead at the EDA, Richard Appleton

Richard Appleton 
General Manager

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Javier Garcia, Onboarding and Product Data Manager, EDA

Javier Garcia
Data & Onboarding Manager

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Kiera Greenwood of EDA Data Services

Kiera Greenwood
Business Systems Coordinator

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Edgar Aponte from Rexel UK Ltd

Chair: Edgar Aponte
CEO
Rexel UK Ltd

George Brickwood of Schneider Electric

George Brickwood
eCommerce Director UK & I
Schneider Electric Ltd 

Richard Sherin

Richard Sherin
Group Commercial Director
R & M Electrical Group

Michael Wright of Aico

Michael Wright
Product Development Manager
Aico Ltd

Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA

Margaret Fitzsimons
CEO
Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) 

ETIM-UK lead at the EDA, Richard Appleton

Richard Appleton
General Manager
EDA Data Services