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Manchester event shines a light on roofing’s issues and solutions

by Matt Downs

Old Trafford Football Club, Manchester, played host to the North West installment of Contractor’s Day, sponsored by Quantum Insulation, which brought together over 50 of the leading manufacturers, suppliers and associations from the roofing, cladding and associated sectors.

“Have to say it was the best one of these I’ve ever been to. Good to catch up with everyone and some really interesting discussions going on”

Aaron Hepworth, Primeseal Roofing

Visitors were able to get up close to the latest solutions from the leading players, see demos of new tools and systems to assist them on projects plus pick the brains of the experts on stands.

This year’s regional event also featured three Technical Hubs; EJOT’s Cladding & Sheeting Technical Hub; Brett Martin’s Rooflights Technical Hub and the RoofCERT Technical Hub. The Hubs were a hive of activity and provided an invaluable opportunity for visitors to get their queries answered and take part in demos including EJOT’s hands-on advice regarding screw guns and best installation techniques to prevent over-screwing.

Visitors to the RoofCERT Technical Hub were able to test their knowledge and sample some of the questions roofers will have to answer to gain accreditation, as well as find out what’s involved in becoming accredited and how it will impact them as individuals and businesses going forward. Roofer Darren McGhee, of DMG Roofing  and recently crowned Screwfix Tradesperson of the Year 2019, was up for testing his skills again and tweeted a pic of him taking the test at Contractor’s Day, saying: “Here’s myself and Kevin trying to test ourselves on all aspects of roofing.”   

“Our Head of Design & Technical Neil Talmage thoroughly enjoyed #ContractorsDay2019 We value and utilise these opportunities for networking within the flat roofing market and it gives us a fantastic insight into new products & developments within our sector”

Tapered Plus @TaperedPlus

Another key attraction for visitors was the Kingspan Skills Zone where members of Kingspan Insulated Panels’ Field Services team were demonstrating the installation enhancements for the RW and DLTR products. Visitors were able to get up close to the products and quiz the Field Services team on all aspects of project installations.

Alongside the exhibitors, demo / skills zones and Technical Hubs, visitors were also able to hear from a brilliant speaker line-up from across the roofing and wider construction industry in the SIG Roofing seminar theatre. Topics up for discussion included product advice on modular rooflights from Brett Martin, as well as Innovation in the inverted roof insulation market from Headline sponsor Quantum Insulation, business advice including guidance on issues such as Reverse charge VAT from the joint Tax committee, winning business through great marketing from SIG Roofing, and an informative talk on top tips for tendering and procurement from Lancashire Bids. Visitors were also able to get updates and advice on the latest working practices with talks from NASC on what roofers should look for in a scaffolding company, the NFRC gave an update on reducing risk in hot works through Safe2Torch, and SPRA outlined their latest guidance on windload protocol. 

“Thanks for another great event bringing people from across the #roofing #construction sector together”

Midland Lead @MidlandLead

Undoubtedly the key presentation was from Jon Vanstone and Richard Miller from RoofCERT which attracted a large crowd. The team outlined how roofers can become accredited and showed how far the accreditation scheme has come since their talk at last year’s Southern Contractor’s Day event at Twickenham.

We all know how difficult it is to justify time away from site, but with the challenges the roofing, cladding and wider construction sector continues to face, from time to time it’s vital to step back and take a look at the developments within your market, network, talk to like-minded individuals and look at where you can perhaps make slight changes, develop your offering or find that solution that can assist you on site or as a business going forward.

“A very informative day. Well worth the visit. Many thanks”

Holfords Roofing @holfordsroof

Contractor’s Day offers all this and so much more – as visitor Aaron Hepworth, Senior Estimator at Primeseal Roofing, stated: “Had a day off today and took myself down to the Contractor’s Day at Old Trafford. Have to say it was the best one of these I’ve ever been to. Good to catch up with everyone and some really interesting discussions going on.”

So next time Contractor’s Day is in your area, take a break from your normal working day and don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity to get to grips with the future of your industry.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Headline sponsor Quantum Insulation, Technical Hub sponsors Brett Martin Daylight Systems, EJOT and RoofCERT, plus our Skills sponsor Kingspan Insulated Panels, as well as all the speakers and of course the visitors who took time out of their busy schedules to help make the North West instalment of Contractor’s Day such a success.

“It was a great day.  Thanks to everyone we spoke with!”

Avenir Roofing @Avenir_Roofing

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