On Thursday 5th December 2013, more than 300 delegates met in Stratford upon Avon for the National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference.

The conference was opened by the NIA’s Chair Tony Hardiman MBE, and an introductory presentation was delivered by Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA. Essex Insulation’s Sales & Marketing Director, Mike Easdon, who chairs the NIA Market/Business Development Group, set out NIA’s plans for 2014 to support its members in maximising business opportunities.

On behalf of the NIA, Mike is actively involved in a DECC review panel and has delivered a number of Green Deal and ECO presentations at conferences throughout the UK. Essex Insulation is a leading participant within a number of trade bodies and regularly liaises with Government and other key stakeholders on current energy efficiency legislation and schemes.

The proposed changes to the ECO scheme were the hot topic of discussion at this year’s conference. The day also included a wide range of high profile external speakers including Dave Sowden, CEO of the Micropower Council, Claire Curtiss-Thomas, CEO of the BBA, Paul King CEO of the UKGBC, Lawrence Slade, Chief Operating Officer of Energy UK and Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association.

Speaking of the day, Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, commented: “This year’s Annual Conference focussed on providing our members with details of our plans to support them to maximise business opportunities in 2014 and ensure they had the most up to date information, advice and guidance on the proposed changes to the ECO and Green Deal. It also provided the opportunity to consider future opportunities in the ‘Tomorrows World’ section with our external speakers delivering a number of informative and thought provoking insights into the future for energy efficiency.”

He added: “The NIA and its members are at the forefront in the delivery of the Government’s energy efficiency schemes and we will be working closely with Government and other external stakeholders and consumer groups in ensuring that the changes to the ECO and Green Deal deliver the maximum support to consumers in combating rising energy bills and tackling fuel poverty.”