The mood on the evening was extremely positive with Sean Giffney and Jimmy Egan from APHCI, along with Paul Clancy and Vincent Broderick from PMI, making presentations that were both enlightening and encouraging. Main guest speaker was meant to be Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan TD. However, he was unavoidably delayed but Minister of State Ciaran Cannon, TD, proved a more than able deputy.
In addition to presenting an overview on legislation in relation to water and the practical roll out of water meters, as Minister of State with special responsibility for Training and Skills (Department of Education & Skills) he also demonstrated an understanding of the key issues in relation to the training and registration of gas installers.
The format for the event also proved extremely successful. PMI laid on an excellent food spread for contractors as they arrived, including a bar, so by the time they sat down for the formalities everyone was comfortable. Between them Paul Clancy and Vincent Broderick kept the product presentations concise and to the point, outlining the strengths of Baxi and Potterton domestic and commercial gas boilers, Myson Controls and gas and electric water heating solutions simply and directly.
They also presented details of PMI’s Works Installer Loyalty Programme, and gave €50 in points against contractor’s first boiler purchase to all new members signing up on the night.
A very important part of the evening was the opportunity to get “hands-on” experience of the vast PMI range which was professionally displayed, with PMI technical personnel on hand to discuss any questions/queries. This part of the evening included a “Myson Controls Challenge” where installers could win PMI Heating Controls Zone Packs. All in all this proved a very successful event and augers well for the forthcoming series which will continue to take in the same Dublin venue, along with other major locations throughout the country.