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The first coverage of the Women Installers Together Conference 2017 was published by Builders Merchants News on Thursday.

The magazine heralded the unique event a success.

Engaged Delegates at the first Women Installers Together Conference

Engaged Delegates at the first Women Installers Together Conference

Hosted by Stopcocks Women Plumbers and supported by partners Polypipe Trade and Heating and Plumbing Monthly plus sponsors: Vaillant UK, Home Solutions from John Lewis, Roca UK, Spirotech, Fernox, Bristan, James Hargreaves and Williams & Co the event was free to attend.

Delegates included representatives of the trade press from HPM, PHPI, HVP, PHAM and Gas Engineer in addition to BMN.

Delegates and Sponsors Networking at WIT Conference

Delegates and Sponsors Networking at WIT Conference

Everyone attending, women installers, press and sponsors alike, expressed their enjoyment of the event which was very different to the usual plumbing shows. It began with a workshop on Managing Conflict at Work by Jazz Jones from Polypipe and an insightful presentation on Personal Branding by Katie Beesley from SLG. After lunch host Hattie Hasan told her personal story and what it took for her to Make it in a Man’s World, during which as Corine Kujipers from Spirotech tweeted you ‘could hear a pin drop’!

After a short break for cupcakes bearing the sponsors’ branding, delegates and sponsors were free to mingle, giving all attendees an opportunity to meet other women installers, some for the first time. Everyone chatted to the sponsors to discover more about their products and opportunities.

WIT & Stopcocks branded cupcakes at Women Installers Together Conference

WIT & Stopcocks branded cupcakes

Comments ranged from ‘thank you for providing such interesting speakers’, ‘Thought-provoking and inspirational’, ‘Fantastic!’ and ‘We’re definitely coming next year’ to ‘Well worth missing a day at work for’.

First prize in the raffle, a weekend for four at the luxury Polypipe cabin in rural Yorkshire, complete with underfloor heating and hot tub went to Joanna Martin of Able Girl Plumbing in Edinburgh. She told Becky Appleyard-Kelly from Polypipe “How great, I can bring my whole team of Able Girls!”

Plans for next year’s women installers event are already afoot. The date will be announced early 2018 so you can make sure you get it in your diary and not miss out.