More big names sign up for ERT Turning Point Summit

Panasonic, LG and Glen Dimplex Consumer Appliances are the latest big names to sign up as supporters of the ERT Turning Point Summit – a free, one-day event to debate the future of the industry and the independent retail sector.

Retailers who are confirmed to attend include Hughes, Stellisons and Purewell.

Appliance manufacturers Blomberg, Electrolux, Miele and Smeg are also partners for the event, as are audio brands Convert Technologies, Pure and Roberts.

Custom installation distributor AWE, charity Electrical Safety First, training company T21 and trade associations Amdea, Retra and techUK are also supporting the summit, which is being held on February 2 at the techUK offices in London.

Said ERT editor Sean Hannam: “I’d like to thank all of our event partners. It’s great to see them demonstrating their support for Turning Point and also their commitment to the independent retail channel. Our industry is at a turning point and, as the top magazine in the sector, we are leading the debate. The summit is your chance to show your support for the independent electrical retail market and debate the future of the sector with leading retailers, manufacturers and suppliers.”

Guest speakers and panellists who have confirmed for the event so far include Andy Griffiths, chief executive of Glen Dimplex Consumer Appliances; Robert Hughes, managing director of Hughes Electrical; Owen Watters, chief executive of Roberts; Steve Scogings, managing director of Stellisons; Roy Dickens, sales director, specialists, Sony UK and Ireland; Stuart Tickle, managing director of AWE; Ashley Shorey-Mills, general manager of Hughes Smart Home; Ed Griffiths, operations manager of Purewell Electrical; Simon Grantham, managing director of Miele GB; Retra chief executive Howard Saycell; techUK operations director Paul Hide and GfK’s account director, retail world, Paul Carrington.

For details of the Turning Point Summit, including an agenda and information on how to register for the event, please go to

The website will be updated regularly over the next few weeks, as more speakers and event partners are confirmed.