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RenewableUK Annual Exhibition

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As every Autumn draws to a close, it heralds the three day Renewable UK annual exhibition and conference, which this year took place in Birmingham at the NEC.

David Elliot-Rose and Dave Cole arrived at their hotel towards the end of the Monday afternoon and after a late lunch, went to set up their stand.

Having both driven from their Worthing office to Birmingham, the exhibition equipment was carried in the vehicle. It was then considered appropriate to wheel and carry the stand and supporting pieces from the nearby hotel to the NEC.

This first part of the journey was relatively quick and painless but finding the relevant exhibition hall within the NEC was something of a trek – and really quite exhausting – The NEC is really quite a large place! A little later on one of the NEC marshalls did comment that the distance, if one walks from one end of the NEC to the other, going around the interior of every separate hall, is 11km.

The Nsure exhibition stand was set up without major problems, but as per last year, the appropriation of some double sided sticky tape from another exhibitor was necessary – this being an essential (carelessly forgotten) accessory.

Arising bright and fresh on Tuesday morning, following a hearty hotel breakfast, the stand was manned by 9.30 a.m. Introductions to the surrounding exhibitors were made, many old faces stopped by to say hello with some new relationships being forged during the day.

Dave Cole attended a presentation with Ed Davey who does possess a genuine belief in battling for the renewable energy sector and climate change, despite the proposed Green Levy review and growing investment behind 'fracking'. Davey outlined a proposed package for offshore by announcing the government's pledge of £66 million to the sector, and that the government's renewable energy strategy would not change.

A little later on the exhibitors reception commenced with many converging on the various stands offering liquid refreshment.

On Wednesday morning Nsure managing director Phil Bristow arrived to assist at the stand and meet fellow exhibitors. Wednesday was a busier day.

Thursday proved to be an even busier morning, possibly due to the fact that it is free-entry and a goodly number of people stopped by to enquire about the Nsure service and ask some general and some more technical, insurance questions. Amid some excitement, the draw for the Nsure Kindle took place shortly after lunch with the winning card belonging to Simon Wannop of REG Windpower.

Dismantling of the stand commenced around 3.30 pm and by 4.00 it was time to say goodbye to the SECC and exhibitor-neighbours and acquaintances with wishes to see each other in a year's time in Manchester

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