As every Autumn draws to a close, it heralds the three day RenewableUK exhibition, which this year took place at the Manchester exhibition centre.
After suffering the cancellation of their intended Virgin train from Euston (great start) David Elliot-Rose and Dave Cole went straight to the exhibition hall from Manchester Piccadilly station whereupon the Nsure exhibition stand was set up without incident.
Monday evening was a reserved affair – following unpacking at their hotel David and Dave set off to explore the restaurant selection of Manchester, soon locating Chinatown and enjoying an excellent Thai meal.
Arising bright and fresh on Tuesday morning, following a hearty hotel breakfast, the stand was manned by 9.30 a.m. and introductions to the surrounding exhibitors were made,. Sadly the first day was a little bit of a disappointment – it was rather quiet with a lighter footfall at the Nsure stand than was anticipated. Matters improved considerably with the exhibitors reception later on in the afternoon, with many converging on the various stands offering a splendid choice of liquid refreshments. Special mention to the Parsons Brinckerhoff stand with their selection of real ales and ciders.
On Wednesday morning Nsure managing director Phil Bristow arrived to assist at the Nsure stand and meet fellow exhibitors. Dave Cole attended the morning conference session showcasing the Rt. Hon. Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey. Mr Davey presented the successes achieved by Renewable UK, the continued work being undertaken by his department and DECC in support of renewable energy, but also the political challenges faced by the renewable sector as a general election approaches.
Wednesday was a far busier day with many old friends passing by and a solid number of new enquiries being discussed. The day passed by quickly and Phil, David and Dave were rushed to prepare themselves for the gala dinner in the evening.
Thursday proved to be an equally busy 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 Willie Mullins of Kirby Developments.
Dismantling of the stand commenced around 3.30 pm and by 4.00 it was time to say goodbye to exhibitor-neighbours and acquaintances with wishes to see each other in a year’s time in Liverpool.