ASSESSORS ATTEND LANDMARK MEETING

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Members of Midlands Energy Professionals have become the first energy assessors ever to meet with leading HVAC manufacturers Worcester Bosch.

More than 20 members of the Midlands group attended a half-day session today at the company’s factory in Cotswold Way, Worcester, on the day that the company learned it had been named as the most reliable gas boiler brand in the UK in a Which? magazine survey.

The visit was arranged after MEP committee members Sue Cole and Rob Evans met with Worcester Bosch Head of External and Governmental Affairs, Neil Schofield, (all three are pictured left at Worcester Bosch, with MEP Chair Adrian Jevons in the centre).

The assessors attending included several committee members of MEP’s GDAO offshoot, Green Deal Advice Midlands.

The group was welcomed to the company’s HQ by Worcester Bosch Managing Director Carl Amtzen (see picture below), who told them: “This is the first time I have talked to a group of energy assessors. We are primarily involved in the retrofit market rather than new build, which is where much of your work is done, so we have a lot in common.”

The assessors’ group was provided with facilities to hold an hour-long monthly meeting, before a very well received two-hour CPD session by Worcester Bosch trainer Rob Davenport, on the company’s approach to the development of energy efficiency in condensing boilers and ground and air source heat pumps, and the practical issues around installations in these markets.

Rob told the group that he normally spends his time training Worcester Bosch installers, but he is also a man who practises what he teaches, since he has installed a heat pump system in his own off-the-gas-grid home, having needed to borrow a van from work to get it there in two trips.

MEP members were able to chat over lunch with company staff, before members of the committee went into a session with executives to thrash out strategies for the two organisations to work together in the future.

MEP President Glen Neville said after the meeting: “We were delighted to witness the great strides forward that Worcester Bosch have made to ensure that the quality heating systems we need as a nation are available, and can be installed by better trained installation engineers.

“We thank Worcester Bosch for inviting MEP members to their Training Facility and are delighted that Worcester Bosch wish to make the commercial links between our respective organisations stronger”.

MEP Chair Adrian Jevons said: “Our visit to the Worcester Bosch training centre was very informative and gave our members an interesting insight into the world of boiler manufacturing. This visit also illustrates MEP’s commitment to enhancing our members’ expertise and knowledge, thus giving clients confidence in their professionalism and advice”.

Neil Schofield, Worcester Bosch Head of External and Governmental Affairs, said: “Worcester Bosch were delighted to host the MEP members meeting and CPD session.

“It became very clear over the course of the day that the two organisations have a lot in common, in particular, wanting the householder to get a good deal. We look forward to developing ideas further, to the mutual benefit of both parties”.