Boiler and renewables manufacturer Vokera has formed a unique collaboration agreement with the APHC (Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors). Created to help contractors develop their businesses, the agreement will provide a range of benefits including discounted membership rates and free training.Signed on September 8 2011, the collaboration agreement enables installers who are registered with Vokeras Affinity scheme to receive an exclusive discount on APHC membership*, including access to discounted gas notifications. Meanwhile, any contractor joining the APHC will instantly receive 500 Vokera Affinity points (worth £35)**.
Affinity registered installers earn points each time they purchase a Vokera product, which can be exchanged for thousands of rewards, including shopping vouchers, experience days, games consoles and sports/leisure equipment. As part of the collaboration agreement, a contractor can also use their Affinity points to renew their APHC membership. Once registered with the Affinity scheme, APHC members can also take advantage of free product training on all Vokera products available at 11 centres across the UK.
Courses include high efficiency, fault finding and a renewables overview, worth £50 each. In addition, APHC members receive 15 per cent off all accredited courses, including the Hot Water Systems and Safety Certificate, Energy Efficiency for Domestic Heating and a selection of certified renewables courses. APHC members also have the opportunity to become a Vokera approved installer, providing access to extended warranties and Vokera marketing support, including dual branded clothing and literature, "approved installer van livery and access to enhanced Affinity rewards.
Tim Keeler, chairman of the APHC, said: "This collaboration aims to give plumbing and heating contractors a range of new benefits, in addition to the support they already receive from being a member of the APHC which includes advice and money saving services, access to technical, IR, business and legal helplines, downloadable business resources, a "find an installer online search listing and competitive trade insurance.
"Through this collaboration Vokera has gone much further than being an APHC supplier member offering contractors a range of discounts and offers that they will really benefit from."Steve Cipriano, managing director of Vokera, said: "Vokera is committed to our installer and contractor customers, and we think about them first and foremost in everything we do.
This collaboration agreement is another example of the support and benefits we offer. "In addition to the discounts and offers available through the collaboration agreement, Vokera and the APHC will also be organising joint events and further promotions.
For further information contact Vokera at www.vokera.co.uk or on 0844 391 0999, or the APHC at www.aphc.co.uk or 0121 711 5030.