• Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, teams up with ABB

    Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, teams up with ABB
    Rising energy costs, reducing emissions and meeting environmental targets all need a change in energy management. IfM Engage, part of the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge and ABB have teamed up to develop a blueprint for better ways of working that look at technology, challenges, processes and people to plan purposeful change.
    The World Bank warned in 2021 that energy prices were expected to average more than 80% higher compared to 2020 and remain at high levels in 20221. The
  • Aico host the Community Awards 2022

    Aico host the Community Awards 2022
    Aico has recently hosted the Community Awards at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.
    The ceremony was designed to recognise excellence within social housing and the local community, with 11 curated categories to provide entrants with an opportunity to showcase their inspirational projects and innovations. Aico also utilised the event to raise funds for the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC), which offer a range of vital support services to individuals, and their families, who serve
  • WiFi control of outdoor lighting and appliances

    WiFi control of outdoor lighting and appliances
    Now you can offer your customers full WiFi control of exterior lighting and outdoor appliances, using Timeguard’s new IP66 weatherproof in-line controller.Simply install the WF10 WiFi Outdoor Controller within range of the home router to extend app-based control to outdoor devices. All can then be controlled by a smartphone or tablet using the free, global TuyaSmart App, which also offers voice control via Amazon Alexa or Hey Google. Setting daily, weekly or countdown timing is straightfor
  • Trant Engineering meets Southern Water’s EDM programme

    Trant Engineering meets Southern Water’s EDM programme
    To meet the Environment Agency’s accelerated target that all Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) are fitted with EDM devices by 31 December 2023, Southern Water needed to install and/or upgrade EDM’s to 500 CSOs in AMP7 and have engaged Trant Engineering to develop a plan for their design, supply and installation.
    Southern Water needed a number of these planned outputs by 31 March 2022 to meet the National Environment Programme (NEP) deadline. Each EDM installation required a bespoke des
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  • Power company reaches out to better connect with farmers around safety

    Power company reaches out to better connect with farmers around safety
    UK Power Networks is working with the National Farmers’ Union to talk to farmers about the importance of electrical safety.
    The UK’s biggest electricity distributor will send safety advisors to a series of NFU-led events starting from 23 June to be held at farms across the East of England including Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire ahead of the harvest season.
    The company wants farmers to understand that contact with high voltage electricity cables can be fatal.
    The main ris
  • BGEN looking to recruit across its English and Scottish operations

    BGEN looking to recruit across its English and Scottish operations
    BGEN is looking to recruit 20 plus engineers across its English and Scottish operations on the back of several high-profile new business wins. In recent months BGEN has been awarded long-term framework contracts with National Grid and Scottish Water, adding to its impressive blue-chip roster of clients which includes BAE Systems, GSK, ExxonMobil and Johnson Matthey.
    “On the back of a successful six months we have a pressing need to add to our experienced team,” says Robin Whitehead,
  • Incentive gift voucher for indies attending Exclusively Show

    Incentive gift voucher for indies attending Exclusively Show
    Independent retailers interested in visiting the Exclusively Show this year can take advantage of a generous package of incentives – including a £100 gift voucher. The Show takes place at The Business Design Centre, Islington on 14-15 June. The Exclusively £100 voucher can be used towards any single order with a minimum value of £300 […]
  • Ansell Lighting and Bradford College join forces to support electricians

    Ansell Lighting and Bradford College join forces to support electricians
    Ansell Lighting has joined forces with Bradford College to support the building of a house for electrical installation students to practice on.The house, or Active Learning Area, has been built in the atrium of the leading West Yorkshire college and worked on by City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 students from a range of building services and construction courses, including electrical installation, plumbing, bricklaying and joinery.
    Ansell has sponsored the project, which has been named the Ansell
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  • Ansell Lighting and Bradford College join forces to support Electricians of the Future

    Leading lighting designer and manufacturer Ansell Lighting has joined forces with Bradford College to support the building of a house for electrical installation students to practice on.
    The house, or Active Learning Area, has been built in the atrium of the leading West Yorkshire college and worked on by City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 students from a range of building services and construction courses, including electrical installation, plumbing, bricklaying and joinery.
    Ansell has sponsored t
  • Woodward Group bolsters team with 10 spring hires

    Woodward Group bolsters team with 10 spring hires
    Woodward Group has added 10 new faces to its team this spring, including four senior hires, to meet growing demand for its services in the region.
    The new roles follow several project and client wins in the first half of the year for Woodward Group, a second-generation family business that provides electrical, fire, security, building and compliance services for commercial and industrial businesses nationwide.
    James Butler joins as Fire and Security Manager and will utilise his wealth of experti
  • Knightsbridge ups the power with 45W USB charging sockets

    Knightsbridge ups the power with 45W USB charging sockets
    As the demand for USB charging points increases hugely, so does the demand for the speed and power they can deliver and Knightsbridge has jumped ahead of the game with the release of its latest charging solutions, which offer up to 45W PD (Power Delivery) over a USB-C port and 18W QC (Quick Charge) over a USB-A port.For the first-time, power-hungry gadgets (like laptops) may now be charged straight from wall outlets using a 45W USB-C port and without the need for bulky adapters.
    The Knightsbridg
  • Costs down as well-paid sparkies take a well-earned break in April

    Costs down as well-paid sparkies take a well-earned break in April
    The cost of hiring a self-employed electrician dropped last month as “well-paid sparkies took a well-earned break” during the Easter holidays, according to Hudson Contract.
    Hudson Contract said average weekly earnings for electrical subcontractors fell by 7.8% to £1,031 in April and matched the same month in 2021.
    Ian Anfield, Managing Director of Hudson Contract, says: “As expected, earnings for April were affected across all trades as freelancers took their families awa
  • National Ventilation raises money for Young Lives vs Cancer

    National Ventilation raises money for Young Lives vs Cancer
    National Ventilation held a bake sale in their office to raise money for Young Lives vs Cancer. The ventilation company raised a total of £120. The bake sale marks one of a number of fundraising events that are being held by National Ventilation this year to support this organisation. Young Lives vs Cancer is the company’s charity of the year for 2022 as part of a group-wide initiative which has raised £2156 so far. The bake sale proved popular with many staff taking up the bak
  • National Ventilation holds Bake Sale to raise Money for Young Lives vs Cancer

    National Ventilation, a leading UK-based ventilation manufacturer and supplier, held a bake sale in their office to raise money for Young Lives vs Cancer. The ventilation company raised a total of £120. The bake sale marks one of a number of fundraising events that are being held by National Ventilation this year to support this organisation. Young Lives vs Cancer is the company’s charity of the year for 2022 as part of a group-wide initiative which has raised £2156 so far. The
  • Mitchell & Brown parent, TVD Group, prepares for ‘record year of growth’

    Mitchell & Brown parent, TVD Group, prepares for ‘record year of growth’
    Bolton-based TVD Group – home to British TV brand, Mitchell & Brown – has announced a new senior leadership structure as part of its ambitious growth plans. The Group, which celebrated its 25-year anniversary last year, achieved a record-breaking turnover of £18.7 million in 2021/22 having emerged from the pandemic in a position of strength. […]
  • Euronics to focus on sustainability with new campaign for 2022

    Euronics to focus on sustainability with new campaign for 2022
    CIH has launched a new campaign focusing on sustainability. This will run throughout the year and the buying group said it will form a foundation for the brand going forward. With rising energy prices and cost of living, plus consumers increasingly aware of climate change and the general health of the planet, the Government has […]
  • Machine learning speeds up search for new sustainable materials

    Researchers are looking for sustainable options, such as recyclable materials or biomass, to substitute the constituent materials in composites which are used in various applications including electrical and information technologies.
    Researchers from Konica Minolta and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan have developed a machine learning method to identify sustainable alternatives for composite materials. Their findings were published in the journal Science and Technology of Ad
  • CICV calls on Scottish Government to intervene on timing of planned UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark

    The Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) is calling on the Scottish Government to intervene and help address concerns raised by Scottish construction businesses over the introduction of the new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark.
    The unique trades organisation’s Post-Brexit and Trade Group has written to Business Minister Ivan McKee requesting assistance as CICV businesses grapple with new UKCA conformity assessment and certification arrangements that replace CE Marking after 31 D
  • TRILUX contributes to the BREEAM certification of DB Schenker Italia’s new facility

    TRILUX contributes to the BREEAM certification of DB Schenker Italia’s new facility
    DB Schenker Italia has developed a new multifunctional building for its Verona facility. Located in the Interporto area, the new logistics hub covers approximately 40,000 m2, connecting more than 20 destinations, including Germany, Austria, and France.Constructed in just ten months by Engineering 2K Spa, the site consists of a 2,100 m2 office and a wooden warehouse with 61 equipped loading bays covering an area of approximately 7,500 m2. The site includes over 100 parking spaces for cars, trucks
  • CLF skills portal opens the door to the built environment

    CLF skills portal opens the door to the built environment
    A detailed guide to courses and training for individuals and companies focused on Scotland’s construction industry has been launched by the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF).
    Officially known as the Built Environment Workforce Development Portal, the new guide will provide a breakdown of re-skilling and up-skilling courses by theme, occupation and region to allow users to search for training in emerging built environment approaches within Scotland.
    The directory (which is access
  • Willowdene Rehabilitation and Aico win award at the Business Charity Awards

    Willowdene Rehabilitation and Aico win award at the Business Charity Awards
    Willowdene Rehabilitation and Aico have won the Community Impact Award at the Business Charity Awards 2022, in recognition of how their partnership has delivered social value within their community.
    Taking place at the London Marriot Grosvenor Square Hotel, the Business Charity Awards recognise and reward the partnerships between corporate and not-for-profit organisations. The Community Impact Award focuses on the vital support an organisation provides to a charitable project within their local
  • Bureau Veritas urges commercial buildings to adopt smart grid technology

    Bureau Veritas is urging local authorities, commercial property owners and facilities managers to adopt smart grid technology, to ensure control of electricity during peak demand.
    Smart grid systems utilise photovoltaic panels (solar power) and battery energy storage (BESS) to provide bi-directional electricity, to enable a building to both produce and consume energy. This reduces reliance on the grid and avoids costly time-of-use tariffs during peak demand. When using power from the grid, utili
  • Brands support IFA Berlin

    Brands support IFA Berlin
    The IFA exhibition is making a large-scale and real-life return to Germany this year, taking place over five days, from 2 to 6 September, and bringing together global brands across consumer electronics and home appliances. Organisers have said that brands, manufacturers and retailers alike are queuing up to visit Berlin, following a two-year hiatus caused […]
  • Improving home safety, Aico launches AudioLINK+

    Improving home safety, Aico launches AudioLINK+
    AudioLINK+ is now faster, quieter, and more reliable than ever before. The second iteration of Aico’s award-winning AudioLINK technology makes it easy to access real-time data from alarms via the free AudioLINK+ app.
    AudioLINK+ extracts the same data as AudioLINK, but does this quicker and quieter than before to reduce disturbance and does not affect any other functionality of alarms. With the average time to take a report taking between four and seven seconds, AudioLINK+ technology makes
  • Alight here for Elizabeth Line on 24th May

    Alight here for Elizabeth Line on 24th May
    FUTURE Designs has created three bespoke lighting solutions: the IKON uplighter, IKON EMERGENCY luminaire and the PLINTH luminaire for Crossrail, officially known as the Elizabeth Line, which is due to open on 24th May.The £14.8 billion Crossrail venture is a new railway for London and the South East with 42km of new tunnels, connecting the East of the city to the West. The new service will speed up journey times, increase central London’s capacity by 10% and bring an extra 1.5 milli
  • Google and UK Power Networks develop world-first map software

    Google and UK Power Networks develop world-first map software
    Google’s artificial intelligence division is revolutionising hand-drawn maps of electricity cables in a move that could benefit the global utility industry.
    Google’s DeepMind engineers have partnered with UK Power Networks to create digital versions of maps covering more than 180,000km of electricity cables.
    The work involves new image recognition software scanning thousands of maps (some of which date back decades) and automatically remastering them into a digital format for future
  • Band of Builders appoints first CEO

    Band of Builders appoints first CEO
    Band of Builders has appointed its first Chief Executive Officer as part of ambitious plans to significantly increase the registered charity’s ability to help members of the UK construction industry who are battling illness or injury.
    The charity has appointed its former Chair of the Board of Trustees, Gavin Crane, into the newly created role as it looks to build on its solid foundations to expand its scope, reach and influence within the construction industry.
    Gavin explained that his fir
  • Mer gives EV drivers the choice to recharge at Blue Diamond

    Mer gives EV drivers the choice to recharge at Blue Diamond
    Mer has entered into an agreement with Blue Diamond to provide over 300 electric vehicle charge points at its 39 garden centres across the UK. The installation of Mer EV chargers gives Blue Diamond customers the option to charge their electric vehicles with 100% renewable energy. The roll out is due to start from September 2022.
    Choosing Mer as its exclusive EV charging partner reinforces Blue Diamond’s commitment to sustainability and provides fast, rapid (and in some locations) ultra-rap
  • Toolstation helps fund construction of space at Wembdon Village Hall

    Toolstation helps fund construction of space at Wembdon Village Hall
    Toolstation has announced its latest tie-up with the Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) social enterprise, helping fund a construction project at Wembdon Village Hall, based in Bridgwater. The project oversaw the creation of a dedicated youth space within the hall for local young community members to utilise for social activities and gatherings.Originally built in 2017, Wembdon Village Hall is a community centre that offers a wide choice of sporting facilities and event space capable of seating 180 gue
  • 3 quick tips to help improve cash flow in your electrical business

    3 quick tips to help improve cash flow in your electrical business
    The most easily neglected but arguably most important part of business management is cash flow. While it is easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day challenges running an electrical business, it doesn’t take long for cash flow mismanagement to catch up on you and create bigger problems. .
    In fact, a study from a US bank found that 82% of businesses put their failure down to poor cash flow management.
    Here are three tips to ensure that your electrical business runs smoothly and maintains pr
  • It’s been two months since a new amendment to the IET Wiring Regulations was published

    It’s been two months since a new amendment to the IET Wiring Regulations was published
    Do you work with electrical installations? We have some important news for you.
    Developed in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the British Standards Institute (BSI) has published BS 7671:2018+A2:2022, a new major amendment to one of the UK’s most important electrical safety standards.
    This newly launched amendment marks an essential update to the IET Wiring Regulations and forms the national standard to which all new electrical installations and addition
  • ‘Ready-to-go’ residential SPD boards support need for best practice surge protection installation to AMD 2

    ‘Ready-to-go’ residential SPD boards support need for best practice surge protection installation to AMD 2
    Paul Collins, Technical Training Manager from Hager, explains how the company’s market-leading surge protection device (SPD) boards for residential installations are offering electrical contractors a ‘ready-to-go’ integrated solution compliant with 18th Edition Amendment 2.
    Hager offers one part number for each common configuration of consumer unit with the main switch and surge protection device factory fitted, saving contractors time otherwise spent installing the individual
  • Travis Perkins welcomes findings into developing the next generation

    Travis Perkins welcomes findings into developing the next generation
    Travis Perkins welcomes the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG) SME House Builders report on improving skill levels and delivering more apprentices, including those entering the sector for the first time, or joining the industry at any age after career changes or breaks.
    The report follows a call for evidence from the APPG to ask how the UK can boost its delivery of improved skills and more well trained and motivated apprentices in order to help in the delivery of the
  • ETIM advances the product data conversation at Digital Construction Week

    ETIM advances the product data conversation at Digital Construction Week
    ETIM UK continued to highlight its contribution to building safety during a panel discussion at Digital Construction Week 2022. The expert panellists, representing both the building materials and electrotechnical sectors, discussed ‘The Golden Thread: the role of merchants, distributors and wholesalers’ and called for a more joined up approach to product data, possibly mandated by an overseeing commissioner, and its importance not only for building security but also for carbon reduct
  • J S Wright promotes two members of staff to Directors

    J S Wright promotes two members of staff to Directors
    J S Wright has promoted two highly experienced members of staff to Directors.
    Matthew Coy and David Cook have taken on the positions of Contracts Director and Design & Estimating Director at the 132-year-old Birmingham-based company respectively.
    With 47 years of industry experience between them, they are the latest examples of J S Wright’s investment in staff progression and development as the company moves forward as an employee ownership trust (EOT).
    Matthew, who joined J S Wright i
  • Alex going for gold in Shanghai

    National Electrotechnical Training (NET), organiser of the SkillELECTRIC competition, has congratulated electrician Alex Rendall following his selection to represent the UK at the WorldSkills 2022 event in Shanghai.
    Alex, who competed in SkillELECTRIC 2019 and completed his apprenticeship at Bridgwater & Taunton College, joins 38 other young people from various industries as part of ‘Team UK’ which will travel to China in October and compete against 80 other countries in a battle
  • ETIM UK advances the product data conversation at Digital Construction Week

    ETIM UK continued to highlight its contribution to building safety during a panel discussion at Digital Construction Week 2022 recently. The expert panellists, representing both the building materials and electrotechnical sectors, discussed ‘The Golden Thread: the role of merchants, distributors and wholesalers’ and called for a more joined up approach to product data, possibly mandated by an overseeing commissioner, and its importance not only for building security but also for carb
  • Scolmore appoints new Technical Engagement Engineer

    Scolmore appoints new Technical Engagement Engineer
    Scolmore continues to invest in its technical resource capability to meet the challenges of the evolving electrical industry and is delighted to announce the appointment of a highly qualified and experienced professional engineer to the company’s growing technical department.
    Taking up the role of Technical Engagement Engineer with Scolmore is Tim Benstead, Chartered Engineer and member of FSH12 and FSH12/1 (BSI committees for fire detection and alarm systems) and the Chairman of JPEL64/B
  • Ansell brings visual comfort into view

    Ansell brings visual comfort into view
    Ideal for commercial spaces where visual comfort is key, Ansell Lighting has unveiled two new low-glare additions to its commercial range.
    Volo CCT Recessed Modular and Humber Suspended Linear have both been designed to deliver a UGR<19 rating when installed at typical heights and spacings, controlling the risk of glare and visual discomfort being caused to occupants of the building.Volo CCT Recessed Modular
    Suitable for spaces where both ambient and task lighting is required from one source,
  • Spiralling energy prices: The catalyst to accelerate sustainability for all

    Spiralling energy prices: The catalyst to accelerate sustainability for all
    A new Powering Change white paper published by Schneider Electric highlights how much more can be done to address the UK’s high levels of energy waste, at a time when every penny counts for UK businesses and consumers.With energy prices set to remain high for several years, and increases in energy price cap impacting consumers, one often overlooked solution is to reduce the high levels of energy waste produced by UK homes and businesses. Over a quarter of all energy pro
  • Scolmore launches bumper new wiring accessories catalogue 

    Scolmore launches bumper new wiring accessories catalogue 
    Scolmore has launched its biggest and most comprehensive wiring accessories catalogue to date. Containing nearly 25% more content than the previous version, Issue 13 brings together all products in the extensive Click range, including the latest major new product addition (the Elucian by Click Consumer Units range) into one, easy to access reference guide.
    Available to download from the Scolmore website, the new 704 page catalogue provides wholesalers, contractors and specifiers with a valuable,
  • Legrand unveils latest CSR roadmap

    Legrand unveils latest CSR roadmap
    As part of its ongoing commitment to social and environmental causes, Legrand has unveiled its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roadmap covering 2022 to 2024.
    The roadmap is built around four pillars. Together, they will help the organisation reduce its carbon footprint, make advancements in diversity and inclusion, develop a circular economy and take the next steps as a responsible business regarding employee wellbeing and customer satisfaction.
    Integral to furthering sustainability
  • Research shows where the biggest opportunities are for tradespeople

    Research shows where the biggest opportunities are for tradespeople
    Last year saw an unprecedented rise in demand for home improvement – up by 32% in just 12 months, and new data from Rated People now reveals where the biggest opportunities are for tradespeople in 2022.
    The findings are taken from the 2022 Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report where Rated People analysed more than 800,000 home improvement jobs on its platform posted by homeowners around the UK, in order to reveal which trades, and which towns and cities are seeing the biggest increas
  • Rising fuel prices make it more important than ever to switch to fuel cards

    Rising fuel prices make it more important than ever to switch to fuel cards
    Electricians are being urged to make the switch to fuel cards now as the UK struggles with record pump prices.
    The advice has been issued by fuelGenie as diesel prices have reached a record high, despite the Chancellor recently introducing a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel.
    Indeed, despite this intervention, diesel prices have risen to 180p a litre according to the Government’s weekly fuel pricing data.
    Fuel prices will remain volatile and there is also the risk that fuel price
  • Building Safety Act welcomed but ‘more needs to be done’

    Building Safety Act welcomed but ‘more needs to be done’
    Wrexham Mineral Cables has welcomed the Building Safety Act 2022’s passage into law as a ‘step in the right direction’ yet believes more still needs to be done when it comes to protecting occupants.
    The act is intended to create lasting, generational change to the way in which high-risk and high-rise residential buildings are both constructed and maintained. It also enshrines in law the Building Safety Regulator at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide oversight of t
  • Industry leader Steve Murray becomes ECA President

    The new President of ECA, the UK’s leading engineering services trade association, is business leader and electrical engineer, Steve Murray.
    Steve jointly owns WT Jenkins Ltd, an electrical contractor based in Liverpool. Steve joined WT Jenkins Ltd in 2000 whilst undertaking a Higher National Diploma in electrical engineering. Six years later, he became co-owner of the business with Tony King. After serving his apprenticeship, Steve worked for Stark and McCormick for 16 years, carrying out
  • BEAMA releases tool to help heating installers explain new requirement in the Building Regulations to their customers

    New regulations for existing homes mean that, from June 15th 2022, heating installers will be required to install thermostatic room controls when replacing a boiler. To support this change, industry experts from the BEAMA Heating Controls group have produced a short animation to explain the change to consumers, and to highlight the benefits of this work being done. The animation is freely available for installers to share on their websites and social media so that their customers can be confiden
  • Develop Training embarks on project to improve the quality of life for communities in Kenya

    Leading provider of Compliance, Technical and Safety training, Develop Training is embarking on a project that will help to change the lives of communities in remote and impoverished areas of Nakuru, Kenya.
    Partnering with Derby County Community Trust (DCCT), Develop Training will be sending three employees to Nakuru next month to develop utility systems that will help improve the lives of the communities and their children by helping to install systems that deliver clean water and sanitation. M
  • JTL reminds employers of the importance of functional skills

    JTL reminds employers of the importance of functional skills
    JTL is reminding employers about the importance of functional skills as part of apprenticeship courses.
    The new digital campaign highlights the reasons that functional skills are such a crucial element of any apprenticeship and how it equips learners to develop confidence and fluency in maths and english.
    According to GOV.UK, 48% of school leavers in the academic year 2020/21 had not obtained a grade 5 or above qualification in their english and mathematics GCSEs. Functional skills are an essent
  • Screwfix opens its 800th store and targets 80 new stores across UK

    Screwfix opens its 800th store and targets 80 new stores across UK
    Screwfix’s ambitious expansion plans are continuing at pace with the retailer set to open the doors of its 800th store in June of this year. The omnichannel retailer will create more than 800 jobs by the end of January 2023 with the opening of 80 new stores across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, taking its store estate to over 870 stores. This follows the successful opening of 70 new stores in 2021.As part of the retailer’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, the 80 new stor

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