Green technologies and the opportunities for wholesalers top the agenda at Reading Forum

June 14, 2024

Over 90 delegates from EDA Wholesaler Members and Affiliate Manufacturers, Solution Providers and Service Providers joined us at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Reading, for our second Regional Business Forum of 2024.

The green technologies opportunity

Diverse topics were discussed  from cyber security to how to use the EDA’s training programmes to get the best from your team.

Heat pumps, EV charing and battery capacity, the decarbonisation of heating and hot water, were all part of a general green technologies theme.

A panel of ECA contractors took questions from the audience on how wholesalers can contractors can work together to take advantage of the renewables and green technologies opportunity.

Chairing the proceedings is Tom Barton, Director of Supplier Relations, Edmundson Electrical Ltd
Tom Barton, Director of Supplier Relations, Edmundson Electrical Ltd
Taking questions from the floor: Paul Reeve, EDA Special Advisor, leads a panel discussion with contractors

Introducing the EDA and its work
Plus highlights from the latest EDA State of the Sector Survey
Margaret Fitzsimons, EDA CEO
Anne Vessey, EDA Head of Marketing & Communications

Margaret Fitzsimons, Reading 2024

How to get the best from
your team
Tracy Hewett
EDA’s Head of Education & Training

An Apprenticeship Programme
the Kempston Controls Way
Tom Jones
Channel Partner Director
Kempston Controls

VIDEO: Be inspired - hear from two apprentices at Kempston Controls on the opportunities that have opened up for them as they start their careers

EDATA data pool: free access to high quality product data that saves wholesalers time and money
Richard Appleton
EDA’s Head of Digitalisation

Agathos Chalice: EDATA Integration (live demo)
Phil Stapleton
General Manager
Agathos Systems Ltd

Why wholesalers shouold add heat pumps to their product offering
Iain Bevan
New Business Director – Renewable Heating, Daikin UK

Demystifying Cyber: how to protect your business from
online criminals
Detective Inspector Chris White
Head of Cyber & Innovation, The South East Cyber Resilience Centre


Enabling Net Zero and more: what contractors will need, and how you can help~
 Gary Parker
Head of Technical Standards


Decarbonisation of heating and hot water: how legislation and the drive to net zero presents an opportunity
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Product Director – Domestic, Atlantic


EDA delegates quiz contractors on the Green Technologies Opportunity

Panel discussion with Chris Sadler, Kimbletech; Stuart Smith, Stromtech; Gavin Hyde, Sulis Electrical Services, Panel Host: Paul Reeve

Advances in EV charging and battery technology are driving ‘the decentralisation of energy’: buildings become less dependent on a central source of energy (the National Grid) and instead generate and store their own. This is creating expansion opportunities for wholesalers.

Mark Simpson, Wholesale Key Account Manager, Eaton