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Wheels of change bring industry decision-makers together

Our second Professionals’ Day saw a wide range of experts share their insight and ideas at the networking event at the Falkirk Wheel





The Falkirk Wheel made a suitably dramatic backdrop as SELECT held its second face-to-face networking event for a wide cross-section of experts from across the industry. Senior figures from a range of organisations gathered at the iconic landmark on 20 September to take part in discussions on solar PV and battery storage systems led by our Director of Technical Services, Bob Cairney.


This year’s event was held in partnership with our fellow trade body, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), who also delivered a presentation on all things heat pumps.


Speaking first were Andy Fogarty from SNIPEF member firm James Frew Ltd and Steve Dean of Vaillant. They outlined current issues and developments, answering questions on everything from pipe sizes and power options to successful retrofit. They were followed by Bob, who took to the stage to deliver the electrical viewpoint on solar PV systems and electrical energy storage systems (EESS).


Once again there was plenty of debate and discussion as Bob ran through the pros and cons of both systems and what professionals should be aware of when preparing for installation.


Guests included architects, surveyors, specifiers and project managers, with delegates including Sharon Miller of the Scottish Government, Gordon Nelson from the Federation of Master Builders, Iain Davies of Changeworks and William Forrest of Forth Valley College. Representatives from Falkirk, Fife and Clackmannanshire Councils also attended.


Information on innovation and products was also supplied courtesy of exhibitions by SELECT Associate Member Luceco and SNIPEF Associate Members Electric Heating Company, Richmonds, Grundfos and Vaillant.


Hosting the event with SNIPEF took this second event to a new level and we were extremely pleased with how the day went. We’re now planning Professionals’ Day 2024, where we’ll again share our expertise and allow senior industry figures to network and exchange ideas.





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