EDA Summer Event – all aboard!

July 7, 2015

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by since our last Summer Event! And as always, this popular, nautical, event saw EDA members and Affiliates out in force, having a great day out but most importantly the opportunity to liaise with industry colleagues under one roof. 

To view pictures from the day click here.

The day began with coffee at the Guoman Hotel, just near St Katherine’s dock. This presented guests with the ideal opportunity to meet past EDA presidents, and for Tom Jones, the current EDA president to proudly present them with their newly minted EDA badges to recognise all the hard work and dedication that each served during their terms.

Later in the morning it was time for all to board The Dixie Queen, a 19th Century paddle steamer, hired exclusively for our guests. Once on-board, guests enjoyed a champagne reception, followed by a delicious lunch as The Dixie Queen made its way to the Thames Barrier.

Following lunch Tom Jones, EDA President and Divisional Director of Lockwell Electrical, presented the past presidents with champagne by way of a small thank you. He also spoke about the importance of the essential relationship between wholesalers and manufacturers, both now and in the future. In addition Tom asked “where will we be as in industry in 5, 10 or 15 years’ time?” with relation to product non-compliance, and online sales. See Tom’s speech in by clicking here.

Guests were also given the chance to raise a glass to two new EDA Affiliates – NVC Lighting and Termination Technologies.  Having joined in June this was their first opportunity to experience the enjoyment of an EDA event and we look forward to seeing them at future events.

Once the Dixie Queen had turned around and started the journey back to Tower Pier, Margaret Fitzsimons, EDA Director thanked all that attended and for making the day so successful.

As has become tradition with this event, those who wished to, went on to The Dickens Inn to continue enjoying the day and catching up with friends and colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year. Invites will be sent out in Spring 2016.

In the meantime should you have any questions regarding our Summer Event please contact Lynn Ellis on 01892 619990.