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Industry big hitters get behind women’s conference

Next month (July), the Women Installers Together Conference will celebrate women working in the plumbing and heating industry.

The conference aims to raise awareness of a career in plumbing and heating, and to establish a firm and equal footing for women who want to be part of the industry. Only around 500 women are Gas Safe registered.

Headline speakers at the conference, organised by Stopcocks and its partner Polypipe Building Products, will be Olympian and World Champion kayaker Anna Hemmings MBE, and Hattie Hasan, founder of women-only national plumbing company Stopcocks.

An intensive training session will be provided by Polypipe’s Jazz Wilson, and female attendees will be encouraged to be ‘famous for five minutes’ and tell their own stories.

Big industry names have got behind the conference too, including plumbers’ merchant Graham, Vaillant, Fernox, Redrow, Kier Gas Training, and Impey.

Rachel Smith, general manager of Polypipe Underfloor Heating, says: “We’re really happy to be the event partner for the Women Installers Together conference for the second year running. Last year, we had a fantastic turnout from women plumbers from all over the UK and we hope to build on that success.”

Vaillant’s marketing director Alice Woolley adds: “It is vital that we as an organisation do as much as we can to show our support for Stopcocks and encourage more women to join our industry. We are delighted to be a part of the Women Installers Together event and look forward to seeing everyone there.”

• The Women Installers Together Conference takes place on 4 July at The Building Centre in London WC1. Women in the plumbing and heating industry are very much encouraged to attend and free tickets are available at https://2018witconference.eventbrite.co.uk

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