• Not All Heroes Wear Capes, Some Wear Hi-Vis

    Not All Heroes Wear Capes, Some Wear Hi-Vis
    Scolmore is continuing its support for the UK’s largest online construction based community, On the Tools, with a renewal of its sponsorship for their annual awards.  With restrictions being placed on events nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s awards event has been replaced with an online awards ceremony called ‘Heroes in a Hi-Viz’.  
    ‘Heroes in a Hi-Vis’ is a celebration of the fortitude, bravery and selflessness demonstrate
  • Marshall introduces new compact speaker

    Marshall introduces new compact speaker
    The Marshall Emberton portable speaker – the most
    compact in Marshall’s range – delivers the richness, clarity and volume of the signature
    Marshall sound, says the company.
    It is equipped with Marshall’s True
    Stereophonic multi-directional sound for a 360-degree acoustic experience, and has
    the rugged construction, compactness, IPX7 water resistance and 20+ hours
    playtime from a single charge to make it a true take-anywhere portable. It
    weighs just 0.7 kg and fits into th
  • “Highly unlikely” all John Lewis stores will ever reopen

    “Highly unlikely” all John Lewis stores will ever reopen
    John Lewis today announced plans to reopen a further ten shops, but
    reports reveal it is “highly unlikely” all 50 of the retailer’s stores will
    ever open again.  In March this year the Partnership warned it would shut
    stores as part of a strategic review of the business as it reported profits
    down 23% to £123 million for the year ended 25th January 2020. Chairman
    Sharon White said the company would look at “right sizing” its store estate
    across both brand
  • Shoppers must say ‘No’ to new minimum charge on home deliveries, says ParcelHero

    Shoppers must say ‘No’ to new minimum charge on home deliveries, says ParcelHero
    The Government is planning to consult the public about a new standard delivery charge for home shopping. Just like the plastic bag fee in supermarkets, it aims to discourage overuse of consumer deliveries by making shoppers think again. Home delivery specialist ParcelHero argues the plan is actually a ploy to replace lost business rates income and that home deliveries – the consumer’s saviour during lockdown – are far greener than shopping by car.Following
    this month’s re
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  • EW July issue out now!

    The July issue of Electrical Wholesaler has arrived!This month, we reveal the winners of the EW Awards 2020. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the live event in order to ensure the health and safety of guests. However, with the judging complete, we were still able to announce the winners and highly commended across a wide range of categories. Take a look at page 17 for part one of our celebratory EW Awards supplement, and pleas
  • Scolmore Group sponsors ‘Heroes in a Hi-Vis’ awards

    Scolmore is continuing its support for the UK’s largest online construction based community, On the Tools, with a renewal of its sponsorship for their annual awards.  With restrictions being placed on events nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s awards event has been replaced with an on online awards ceremony called ‘Heroes in a Hi-Viz’.
    ‘Heroes in a Hi-Vis’ is a celebration of the fortitude, bravery and selflessness demonstrated by the
  • John Lewis announces technology partnership

    John Lewis announces technology partnership
    The John Lewis
    Partnership has announced the creation of a new partnership with Wipro to
    provide infrastructure services to better support its business strategy and
    enable it to respond more quickly to the digital expectations of customers.The move to team up with the global information technology, consulting
    and business process services company represents a significant step in the
    creation of the Partnership’s new Technology and Change function, the retailer
    said today.Wipro will deliver
  • Euronics stores hit the ground running

    Euronics stores hit the ground running
    Buying group CIH has announced
    that its member retailers are experiencing a “healthy boom” in store traffic
    and business following the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown on 15th
    June, with positive stories around the country, according to the group.
    CIH supported its members both during the pandemic and later, offering a package of initiatives and materials to help them reopen stores in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidelines.  At the end of May, the buying group set out a bundl
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  • Fegime Offers Members Free Pass On Subscriptions

    Fegime Offers Members Free Pass On Subscriptions
    UK electrical buying group, Fegime are working to adapt and support members during the coronavirus pandemic by not invoicing members for any subscriptions for the year 2020-21.
    Fegime, with over 120 electrical wholesale locations across the UK and a UK turnover of £450 million, has grown into a multi-national supplier focused organisation that is actively looking for ways to bring added value to its members and suppliers. 
    Fegime lean on the adage that they are stronger together to ke
  • 'Trimble MEP Interview: Tackling the Estimating and Contract Management Challenges of Small Contractors

    'Trimble MEP Interview: Tackling the Estimating and Contract Management Challenges of Small Contractors
    Trimble MEP recently launched the new digital estimation and contract management software, Trimble Metrics. The software is specifically tailored to small MEP contractor businesses in the UK and can ...
  • Interview: Tackling the Estimating and Contract Management Challenges of Small Contractors

    Interview: Tackling the Estimating and Contract Management Challenges of Small Contractors
    Trimble MEP recently launched the new digital estimation and contract management software, Trimble Metrics. The software is specifically tailored to small MEP contractor businesses in the UK and can ...
  • Rigid or Flexible? Which is the Right Choice for You?

    Rigid or Flexible? Which is the Right Choice for You?
    Hitaltech explore the board to board connector decision-making process. The question of whether a flexible or rigid interconnect solution is right for your application isn’t usually an either/or ...
  • WHY THERMAL IMAGING MAKES SENSE FOR ELECTRICIANS

    WHY THERMAL IMAGING MAKES SENSE FOR ELECTRICIANS
    As a method of spotting and diagnosing electrical faults, thermal imaging is becoming increasingly popular because it is quick, easy and eminently affordable. So how does it compare with other ...
  • Thermal Interface Materials (TIM)

    Thermal Interface Materials (TIM)
    Nordson EFD innovative, non-silicone thermal compounds provide an ideal thermal solution by ensuring reliable heat transfer over a longer time than most industrial thermal interface materials. ...
  • Andy Johnson joins CLC’s Insurance and Surety Working Group

    EDA Board member Andy Johnson joins CLC’s Insurance and Surety Working Group to provide electrical wholesaler perspective in defining the Government’s £10 billion Trade Credit Reinsurance Guarantee.
    For many companies in the electrotechnical sector, Trade Credit Insurance (TCI) is an essential ingredient in their dealings with suppliers. It gives much-needed confidence to enter into contracts. But due to COVID-19 and increasing cashflow difficulties, businesses have faced the r
  • Cloud-Based Estimating And Contract Management Software

    Cloud-Based Estimating And Contract Management Software
    Trimble Metrics is the new cloud-based estimation and contract management software helping MEP contractors to improve their profit margins on small projects by managing all their project costs and cash flows in one place.
    Designed specifically to increase profit, Trimble Metrics allows users to perform digital takeoff, create estimates and manage their project profitability in real-time, from tender all the way through to completion.
    The easy-to-use software combines graphical takeoff, the LUCKI
  • Hotpoint launches second dishwasher promotion

    Hotpoint launches second dishwasher promotion
    Hotpoint has launched a
    dishwasher promotion offering consumers a six-month, free supply of Fairy
    Platinum Plus dishwasher capsules with the purchase of selected dishwashers.
    The offer applies to
    purchases made until 31st August 2020 on selected freestanding,
    built-in and integrated dishwashers, full-size and slimline models.It is the second dishwasher promotion launched by the brand this month, the first being a money-back guarantee.
    A TV advertisement
    showcasing Fairy Platinum Plus dishwasher
  • GC Comment: The “New Normal”

    GC Comment: The “New Normal”
    Every
    generation seems to believe that the way of life it understands and has become
    used to is “normal”, and that change is disorienting, frightening and perhaps
    disastrous. It can be all of these things for various people at various times,
    but even a brief glance at history shows the only normality is change.It used
    to be “normal” for a journey from Winchester to London to take a couple of
    days. Or a journey from London to Belfast to take a week. Most people had to
    live
  • Over Six In 10 Businesses Struggle To Obtain RPE

    Over Six In 10 Businesses Struggle To Obtain RPE
    Over six in 10 engineering services businesses (63%) are having ‘sustained difficulty’ in obtaining suitable face masks (FFP3) for use on site, according to a new survey from ECA, BESA, SELECT, SNIPEF, LEIA and the CICV Forum.
    Of these businesses struggling to obtain FFP3 masks, 15% said their situation was ‘impossible’, and 36% said it was ‘highly challenging’.
    Additionally, over four in 10 respondents (44%) said they were having ‘sustained difficulty&r
  • ESSE launches “cleanest ever” wood burner

    ESSE launches “cleanest ever” wood burner
    ESSE, the
    British company that manufactures its wood burning stoves at Barnoldswick in
    Lancashire, has announced the introduction of “the cleanest wood burning stove it
    has ever built,” the ESSE 175 which, says the company, “exceeds Ecodesign
    requirements by up to 83 per cent without compromising output or burn control.”The ESSE 175 is
    available as two models, with classic feet or a solid base, and delivers 5kW of heat from a design created to fit with
    interior design sty
  • Cooking & Food Preparation

    Cooking & Food Preparation
    Even before the COVID-19 lockdown, trading conditions were hard. But as we adapted to the new restrictions, unexpected upsides emerged: for example, sales of some kitchen appliances “shot up” within two weeks of lockdown, as a nation forced to stay at home embraced the comfort of home-cooked meals, bread and cakes. Resourceful electrical retailers can benefit from this – and other emerging opportunities – as so-called “non-essential” shops open their doors to
  • WernerCo Dispels Myths Around EN131

    WernerCo Dispels Myths Around EN131
    Despite having been introduced to the UK over two years ago, there are still many misconceptions around the EN131 standards and what this means to those working at height. WernerCo has decided to address some of these to ensure tradesmen are equipped with the right information when choosing a ladder.  
    EN131 was introduced to provide a harmonised standard for all portable ladders, creating just two standard classifications, one for professional use and one for non–professional, r
  • Senior management changes at Hughes Electrical

    Senior management changes at Hughes Electrical
    Hughes Electrical has announced that Managing Director Robert Hughes (pictured left) has moved into the role of Chairman, and Mark Wardell (right), who has been with the business since 1999 in numerous roles across stores, sales and management, has been appointed CEO.Robert Hughes will continue to be the
    face of the company, looking after finance, stakeholders and culture while Wardell
    will take over the day-to-day responsibility for all other aspects of the
    business.
    Robert Hughes, who has been
  • New PARATHOM Portfolio From LEDVANCE

    New PARATHOM Portfolio From LEDVANCE
    Smart solutions in residential applications are in line with the trend. An increasing number of private customers want to integrate smart home functions in their residential area and often hire a specialist to do so. With Professional Smart for Residential and the new LEDVANCE PARATHOM portfolio, LEDVANCE supports professional users such as installers to achieve the full potential of connected lighting for their customers.
    Smart lamps in a wide variety of shapes, smart luminaires, products
  • Submit your ERT Awards entries by Friday 24 July

    Submit your ERT Awards entries by Friday 24 July
    With non-essential shops being given the green light by the UK government to reopen from June 15, we recognise that this has been a busier time than usual for many companies and professionals operating in the electrical retailing sector. With that in mind, we are giving an additional extension to the entry deadline for this […]
  • Unicrimp Seals The Deal With Adhesives Range

    Unicrimp Seals The Deal With Adhesives Range
    Scolmore Group company, Unicrimp, supplies the Siroflex range of adhesives and sealants – a trusted brand among professional tradespeople.
    The high quality, universal range of adhesives and sealants is based on hybrid technology for both interior and exterior applications. The full range comprises silicone adhesives, bonding adhesives, expanding foams, plaster fillers, decorators caulk, threadlocker, putty and fixing tapes.
    The SX Mighty Strength Grip & Grab Adhesive has initial bond s
  • Clarity Surveys the UK Hi-Fi Industry and Welcomes its Reopening

    Clarity Surveys the UK Hi-Fi Industry and Welcomes its Reopening
    100% of hi-fi retailers surveyed by Clarity, the UK hi-fi industry trade association, have confirmed they have, or are, re-opening their shops following the government’s easing of the lockdown rules. “Music lovers and hi-fi fans will now be able to once again visit their local hi-fi retailers and indulge their passion for better sound and […]
  • Indesit Introduces Its Brand New Compact Fridge Freezer

    Indesit Introduces Its Brand New Compact Fridge Freezer
    Indesit launches its brand new, frost free, combination fridge freezer (IBNF 55181 W UK) that boasts an efficient ‘A+’ energy rating, a generous 245 litre capacity and a narrow 540 mm width, which is ideal for modern, compact kitchens.   As consumers’ lives continue to become busier than ever before, appliances that make life easier […]
  • Chord Electronics’ Gofigure app for 2go and Poly updated and ready for new 2go firmware roll out

    Chord Electronics’ Gofigure app for 2go and Poly updated and ready for new 2go firmware roll out
    Chord Electronics’ Gofigure set-up app for the company’s portable streamer/servers, Poly and 2go, has been updated to provide better performance across a number of key areas. The update forms part of the Kent company’s commitment to a continual improvement programme for its network audio products. The new version of Gofigure also prepares the new 2go […]
  • Big Red Sales appointed by award-winning headphone company – beyerdynamic

    Big Red Sales appointed by award-winning headphone company – beyerdynamic
    National sales agency Big Red Sales this week announced that it has been appointed to manage sales of highly acclaimed beyerdynamic consumer headphones in the UK with immediate effect. In detail Big Red Sales will be working with Polar Audio, the UK exclusive distributor of beyerdynamic headphones, offering the product to its 1,500+ independent retailer […]
  • T3 Awards Hat Trick: AEG Scoops Up Award for Third Consecutive Year

    T3 Awards Hat Trick: AEG Scoops Up Award for Third Consecutive Year
    AEG has received the coveted ‘Best Washing Machine’ award for the third year in a row at the prestigious T3 Awards. Judges were blown away with the AEG 9000 Series L9FEC966R washing machine stating the appliance “cleans excellently, runs very quietly and has an A+++ rating for energy efficiency”. The AEG 9000 series features ‘world-first’ […]
  • ‘Extra client support’ as Gira UK re-opens

    Gira, a supplier of intelligent system solutions for building management, has re-opened its UK office in Brentford and welcomed a newly extended project team, now in place to support its customers as the government continues to ease lockdown.
    Following extensive planning and consultation to safeguard the health and wellbeing of its UK customers and staff, Gira is pleased to announce it re-opened its UK office in Greater London on Monday, 15th June 2020.
    Mark Booth, managing director, Gira UK say
  • Hughes announces changes to its senior management

    Hughes Electrical has announced changes to its senior management which sees Robert Hughes move to the role of Chairman and Mark Wardell stepping into the CEO position.Mr Hughes will continue to be the face of the company looking after finance, stakeholders and culture while Mr Wardell will take over the day to day responsibility for all other aspects of the business.“This is not a sign of any major change to the way we operate,” explained Robert Hughes. “It is evolution not rev
  • Convicab – The Convertible Wall-Floor Mounting Data Cabinet

    Convicab – The Convertible Wall-Floor Mounting Data Cabinet
    Pattrick Brothers Communications has been involved in the manufacturer and distribution of data and telecommunications equipment since 1987. Its data and network cabinet ranges are marketed under the KAUDEN and convicab brands, as well as OEM branding for other well-known distributors.
    The convicab concept is, in a nutshell, ‘convertible convenience’. The company has taken its standard Wall Mounted Data Cabinet and re-engineered it for quick conversion to a floor standing version whe
  • TRIC to hold Virtual Summer Drinks event

    TRIC to hold Virtual Summer Drinks event
    This summer, TRIC, the Television and Radio Industries Club, is hosting a Virtual Summer Drinks Evening to announce its new President. On Thursday 2 July 2020, the industry is invited online to join current TRIC President, Lorraine Kelly, TRIC Chair, Jane Ostler and TV personality John Barrowman for an entertaining and interactive hour of fun […]
  • PJH updates Partners Portal™

    PJH updates Partners Portal™
    PJH, the UK’s largest supplier of bathrooms,
    appliances, sinks and taps, has added further feature updates to its online
    sales channel, Partners
    Portal, comprising a new Order Tracking facility and a new Product Spares
    section.The new Order Tracking feature allows
    retailers to follow their order from placement through to delivery, allowing information
    such as order status and the ability to track the delivery vehicle en route to
    drop-offs.
    The new Product Spares feature has been
    introduced
  • Quad launches Artera Solus Play

    Quad launches Artera Solus Play
    British audio brand Quad is
    launching a new version of its Artera Solus ‘just add speakers’ single-chassis
    hi-fi system, adding network streaming to the multi-tasking mix.The new Artera Solus Play offers
    hi-res streaming via Wi-Fi and Ethernet cable, the ability to form part of a
    synchronised wireless multi-room system, Bluetooth reception, CD playback, full
    DAC and preamp facilities to hook up other audio devices and powerful stereo
    amplification in a single chassis.The Artera Solus
  • Bowers & Wilkins launches two Signature loudspeakers

    Bowers & Wilkins launches two Signature loudspeakers
    Bowers
    & Wilkins has launched two new Signature versions of speakers from the
    Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series range: the stand-mount 705 Signature and the
    floorstanding 705 Signature.Signature
    launches have been rare in Bowers & Wilkins’ 54-year history, and the
    company said: “when [we do] attach the name Signature to loudspeakers, you can
    be sure the results are very special.”          
    The
    Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series range was launched in
  • Big Red Sales to sell beyerdynamic brand to independents

    Big Red Sales to sell beyerdynamic brand to independents
    National
    sales agency Big Red Sales has announced it will be working with Polar Audio,
    the UK exclusive distributor of beyerdynamic headphones, to handle sales of the
    German brand’s headphones in the independent retail sector, offering products
    to its 1,500+ retailer base.
    In
    addition to taking orders, Big Red will also liaise with retailers on stocking
    plans, merchandising/feature displays and carrying out product training.
    Polar Audio was originally established in the 1960s as Beyerdynam
  • Construction Charities Join To Tackle Mental Health

    Construction Charities Join To Tackle Mental Health
    The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Building Mental Health have joined forces with Safer Highways and announced today the first major benchmarking exercise to understand where the industry lies in its road to wellbeing.
    As construction gets back to work and faces the challenges of trying to operate under the new pandemic protocols, many of the workforce remain anxious about the safety of their work environment. Now, more than ever it is vitally important to ensure that every company
  • J S Wright Secures £5M+ Wimbledon Development

    J S Wright Secures £5M+ Wimbledon Development
    Mechanical and electrical services specialist, J S Wright has netted a contract worth more than £5 million for the residential element of a major mixed-use regeneration scheme in Wimbledon.
    The company, which is based in Birmingham and has an office in central London, will install the mechanical services for 413 high-quality private apartments at Wimbledon Grounds on the site of a former dog track in Plough Lane.
    Wimbledon Grounds, which will sit next to a new stadium for football club AFC
  • JTL Launches Installers’ Toolbox

    JTL Launches Installers’ Toolbox
    JTL has designed and developed Toolbox, a completely free online resource full of interesting information, training and guidance related to the sector.  
    JTL recognises that training and continued professional development (CPD) is crucially important to the industry in an ever-changing world, so as part of the Toolbox offer it has developed Power Up. Power Up is a free online resource offering bite-size digital courses for engaging in continued professional development (CPD). Both JTL
  • What’s Next For The Economy And Construction?

    What’s Next For The Economy And Construction?
    The ECA is set to partner with the CBI to deliver a webinar on the future of the economy and construction industry.
    On Thursday July 2 at 11am, panellists will offer a wider perspective on economic output within the UK, political direction on COVID-19 and the economy, insight into the likely impact this will have on the business community, and more.
    The panel will include: Megan Bulford, head of economic analysis, CBI and Rob Driscoll, director of business and legal, ECA.
    “We’re deli
  • Fisher & Paykel wins “Best Fridge Freezer” at T3 Awards

    Fisher & Paykel wins “Best Fridge Freezer” at T3 Awards
    Fisher
    & Paykel’s Quad Door fridge has won “Best Fridge Freezer” at the T3 Awards
    with its Quad Door model. The judges’ citation called it “the finest fridge
    freezer you will find.”The Fisher & Paykel Quad Door Fridge Freezer features three separate compartments comprising one large French door fridge and two freezers; Variable Temperature Zone in one freezer compartment which provides modular flexibility with temperature in this section adjustable &nb
  • New Executive Director for John Lewis

    New Executive Director for John Lewis
    John Lewis has appointed Pippa Wicks as Executive
    Director, responsible for trading, merchandising, marketing and developing
    propositions and services for the retailer’s stores and online operation.
    She joins from the Co-op Group where she was Deputy
    Chief Executive and will start her new role in August. The appointment forms part of a seven-strong executive team and follows James Bailey joining as Executive Director of Waitrose in April.
    Sharon White, Partner & Chairman of the Jo
  • AEG wins “best washing machine” in T3 Awards

    AEG wins “best washing machine” in T3 Awards
    For the third consecutive year, AEG has won “Best Washing Machine”
    at the T3 Awards with the AEG 9000 Series L9FEC966R. The judges’ citation
    said the appliance “cleans excellently, runs very quietly and has an A+++
    rating for energy efficiency”.
    The AEG 9000 series features an
    ion-exchange water softening filtering system, which “removes the minerals
    found in hard water;” Okomix technology, allowing detergents and softeners to
    work at maximum effici
  • One million “milestone” for LG InstaView Door-in-Door™ refrigerator

    One million “milestone” for LG InstaView Door-in-Door™ refrigerator
    LG Electronics has
    announced that sales of its InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator have reached a million units since its introduction
    in 2016.
    The InstaView takes its name from a panel in the door which can be transformed into a transparent window by knocking twice on the glass. This allows users to see what’s inside without opening the door, thereby reducing the loss of cold air. The Door-in-Door feature provides easy access to drinks and snacks and minimises exposure of the main refrige
  • ECA and CBI: Where next for the economy and construction?

    Leading electrotechnical and engineering services body ECA is set to partner with the UK’s premier business organisation the CBI to deliver a webinar on the future of the economy and construction industry.
    On Thursday 2 July at 11am, panellists will offer a wider perspective on economic output within the UK, political direction on COVID-19 and the economy, insight into the likely impact this will have on the business community, and more.
    The panel will include:Megan Bulford, head of econom
  • Electrical Industry Apprenticeship an alternative to socially distanced University learning

    University restructuring, including online lectures mean that many may now be looking at a different type of learning and one that they will be paid for as well.
    For many young people, the University experience is so much more than just learning about a chosen subject, Freshers Week, the student bar and nightclubs as well as living with people from across the country and globe are other reasons to leave home and study but with possible restrictions on all of this and racking up debt the idea of
  • BRC RESPONDS TO PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON SOCIAL DISTANCING

    BRC RESPONDS TO PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON SOCIAL DISTANCING
    Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement in Parliament that social distancing limits will be reduced to one metre from 4th July, Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement that the social distancing limit will be reduced to one metre from 4th July. This brings the UK in line with the […]

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