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Green Deal Discussed At Retro Expo

Lima Curtis

THREE days, a variety of stands and a plethora of top speakers , it could have only been Retro Expo.

Hosted in Midlands’ exhibition hot spot Birmingham NEC, people travelled from all over the country to discuss the latest low carbon refurbishment news and developments form October 30 to November 1.

The event, which saw about 3,000 visitors was supported by a range of key industry bodies, and was delivered in partnership with the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the BRE.
In the seminars experts from the DECC, housing associations and universities all spoke on the practicalities of the Green Deal
on a small and large scale.

Traders I spoke to noted the calibre of both those attending and displaying.

One said to me: “It looks like there is a low footfall, but the quality of the guests is incredible, there aren't any of the ‘look don’t buy’ you usually get. It’s not as busy as some of the big solar shows, but then you didn't get nearly as much interaction there.”

And traders were really trying their best to grab the attention of consumers. One hardware sales team had roped in England darts player Arron Monk.

The 22-year-old was pitted against passers-by, those who could beat him left with a shiny new set of darts, those who didn't a signed photo. By a sheer fling of fluke, I managed to leave with both.

There was lots of buzz about the Green Deal with many companies offering training, finance or at least some recognition of the government incentive

Representatives all seemed keen to speak about, learn about and discuss the incentive, with one company director admitting it would be foolish for businesses to turn their back on the government’s initiative.

He said: “It could take a couple of years before we see any real movement with the Green Deal, but if we don’t get involved now, we could miss out on a whole host of finance initiatives.

“Part of our job is letting people know it exists. It can be tough. But it is here and the government has targets to hit and we need to hit them for them.”