Plumb and Parts Center’s network of more than 500 branches are set to become smart controls hubs over the coming months and, to kick-start the initiative, Honeywell and Nest are touring the country to offer hands-on training in every branch.
From now until January, the merchant will be hosting trade mornings from 8am to 1pm where installers can ask experts about new technologies as well as receive advice on how to upsell and introduce the features to their own customers.
Plumb and Parts Center will also be training staff across the network during the tour. Branch staff will complete 12 training modules before being given a working smart controls demo for customers to trial in their local branch.
Simon Allan, category director for smart controls at Plumb and Parts Center, said: “The popularity of smart controls is set to continue to grow, opening up a striking market opportunity in the heating sector. Installers already own the skills to capitalise on this shift, they just need the support to go out and sell.”