first_imgThe Build and Renovate Show which was hosted by the North West Renewable Energy Business Network, Ren Net, proved to be a great success last weekend at the Clanree Hotel.Sustainable energy industry experts, academics, and business people came together to host a two day trade show on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February that gave almost 1,500 visitors the benefit of their collective knowledge at this free exhibition.The Ren Net project has been delivered through Cross Border partnership, led by the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG). The partnership works together to develop the North West Region and is comprised of Donegal County Council , Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Magherafelt District Council, and Strabane District Council. Donegal County Council has been the Lead implementing Council for this particular project. The project is part funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IVA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Ren Net project has gone from strength to strength over the past two years culminating in a show that provided passionate and knowledgeable information through seminars, speeches, and one to one advice at the many exhibition stands that covers all aspects of sustainable technology designed for the construction industry.The show started with a conference on Friday morning which was officially opened by Donegal Chief Executive, Seamus Neely, and Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, John Campbell. Guest speakers at this event included Dr. John Doran, LYIT; Lis O’Brien, Limerick Institute of Technology; and John Flynn, SEAI, among others who were all warmly received by the sizeable audience. Project Officer, Joanne Holmes, talked about the success of Ren Net since its inception, providing supports to small businesses through various avenues of tailored mentoring, training and field trips to Britain and across Europe.After lunch, the Build and Renovate Show commenced and from the very outset it was apparent that there was considerable interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the North West.Almost 1,500 people visited the show over the two days. Many talks were delivered each day in the designated seminar area with great attendances at each. The supervised children’s play area also proved very popular with colouring, face-painting, balloons and complimentary goody bags being supplied to keep little minds busy while parents explored the vibrant surroundings.Exhibitors reported great interest in their products and services, with many follow-up calls arranged in the coming weeks, which will hopefully see continued growth in the sector of renewable energy and energy efficiency for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.For anyone who may be interested in joining the Ren Net group, a meeting will be held on the 11th March at 6.30pm in the Clanree Hotel to explore how the group will proceed going forward.All are welcome as the Ren Net believes that everyone has a part to play in developing a greener, cleaner way of living and doing business. OVER 1500 ATTEND BRILLIANT REN-NET BUILD AND RENOVATE EVENT was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeatureslast_img

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