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Aico invites supply chain members to ‘Build a Safer Future Together’

20 March 2023

HOME LIFE safety systems developer Aico recently hosted four events designed to explore how the supply chain can work collaboratively to build safer futures for residents of the UK, in turn welcoming 400-plus industry professionals to its headquarters in Oswestry.

In order to support the company’s mission statement of promoting Best Practice and delivering safer homes, Aico invited customers from all areas of its supply chain to these events, among them electrical contractors, distributors and registered social landlords.

Held throughout February and March, the events combined insights and evidence into how connected homes can create safer and healthier properties for all, from improving fire safety right through to reducing the risk of poor indoor environmental conditions (such as damp, mould and poor air quality).

Aaron Hamilton from the Southway Housing Trust, who attended one of the events, observed: “All of the presentations were really good and informative. The thing that impressed me most was how Aico is run and the fact that the business is constantly evolving and trying to improve.”

Jason Parker, electrical supervisor from Chesterfield Borough Council who also attended an event, concluded: “The whole event was slick and well presented, notably so in terms of the technical topics. I gained a great deal from the event, which was very enjoyable.”

Engaging workshops

Members of Aico’s expert team delivered a range of engaging and impactful workshops to drive a synergistic approach towards building safer futures.

Beginning with an insight into Aico’s past, present and future, national sales managers Daniel Little and Tony Boyle set the scene by examining the organisation’s products, technology and training initiatives.

National account manager Alex Parker examined new research, conducted by Cebr on behalf of the Housing Safety and Well-Being Taskforce, into the economic impacts of fire safety standards and regulation.

Jordan Toulson, product manager for HomeLINK, examined the plethora of data and insights available through Aico’s HomeLINK Connected Home Solution, focusing in particular on the recently released structural versus environmental insight, which enables social housing landlords to pinpoint the root cause of damp and mould.

Further, product development manager Michael Wright continued the theme of technology and innovations by exploring how Aico’s range of ever-evolving hardware and software can ensure residents have access to safe and healthy living spaces.

Tour of headquarters

Attendees also took a tour of Aico’s modern headquarters and participated in a workshop led by Lee Duffy, operations and learning and development manager, that concentrated on achieving high-performance teamwork.

To close each event, the groups involved  merged for an ‘Ask the Panel’ Q&A-style session, duly affording guests the opportunity to share feedback or ask questions.

Daniel Little was delighted with the events: “Over the last two weeks,” enthused Little, “we’ve welcomed 400-plus people to our Centre of Excellence in Oswestry. Promoting Best Practice, engaging with our communities and delivering safer homes have been the core themes. The ‘Build a Safer Future Together’ events were designed to bring together professionals from all over the country and from every part of our supply chain. Pleasingly, there has been a real buzz around the building.”

*Further information is available online at www.aico.co.uk