Oh what a night at powerBall 2016

Oh what a night at powerBall 2016

The Electrical Industries Trading Company in support of the Charity is thrilled to announce that the most prestigious event in the electrical industry -  powerBall 2016 was a tremendous success raising over £450,000.


Over 800 guests across the sector enjoyed the spectacular entertainment from the headline act of the night- the legendary Jersey Boys. The four boys from New Jersey took guests on a journey through the history of pop music featuring their top 10 worldwide hits including Beggin, Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Hundreds of guests danced the night away to the world-class music of Earth Lights Boogie Band and enjoyed the entertainment from the UK’s leading comic – Bob Mills.

Introducing ULTRAD: the world’s first smart, self-programmable electric radiator

ULTRAD, smart self-programmable electric radiator,



Haverland introduces a new energy efficient and quick to install electric radiator with unique self-programming and learning capability.

Haverland, a leading manufacturer of electric radiators and heating solutions, has launched the world’s first smart, self-programmable electric radiator. The groundbreaking ULTRAD combines unique sensor technology with impressive energy efficiency to deliver maximum control and comfort for users with minimal hassle for installers.

Crompton, one of the leading players in the Indian lighting market, announces partnership with Gooee

Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals (CGCEL), India’s leading supplier of consumer electrical goods, lighting and lighting automation systems, has teamed up with Gooee, the UK based creator of the world’s first full-stack operating platform connecting lighting manufacturers and their customers to the IoT.

Under the terms of the agreement, Crompton will become Gooee’s launch partner in India and will be able to use Gooee’s innovative new lighting ecosystem to provide additional functionality and value to customer lighting and IoT solutions.

A new chapter for Minitran:


New divisions and new ventures

Following the appointment of highly regarded energy management specialist and former CEO of Unite, Simon Terry as Minitran CEO, the company is now offering energy management solutions using the latest energy monitoring hardware and software technology, under the division ‘Estate Technology’. 

In a time of increased energy demands, businesses are constantly seeking the best methods to reduce energy and increase efficiency. Estate Technology’s experts deliver a wide range of energy management services & technology suitable for any business irrelevant of size or industry.

Apprentices are a cornerstone of success, says business owner

Andrew Lowe Middle and the Orton Group Team

A Wombourne-based firm specialising in electrical and mechanical design, installation, and maintenance has evidenced its commitment to the next generation by creating new employment opportunities for local youngsters.

Orton Group has worked in partnership with electrical and plumbing training provider, JTL and Total People, to offer apprenticeships to five aspiring individuals, Michael Woolley, Alan Wedge, Joshua Joyce, Scott James, and Thomas Hammond.

Safety Boot Ratings – What Do They Mean?


At first glance, safety boot ratings might resemble a meaningless stream of letters and numbers, chosen at random by the shoe manufacturers to make their products look more important.

But safety footwear standards are not to be taken lightly. Your employers are legally required to ensure that the shoes you wear offer adequate protection for the job at hand. Safety ratings are designed to effectively communicate the sort of protection the shoes offer -whether it’s heat resistant, penetration resistant, electrical resistant, or otherwise.

Stuart Graham wins SkillELECTRIC 2016

Stuart Graham

Twenty-year-old Stuart Graham has been named the UK's best young electrician after winning the SkillELECTRIC grand final at the NEC in Birmingham.

Stuart, who runs his own business, Graham Electrical, won the competition after scoring top marks in a two-day electrical installation task that consisted of power, lighting and other circuits, components and control systems, which had to be completed in line with industry standards against a strict timeframe. 

He qualified for his place in the final after winning his regional heat in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, which saw him compete in a five-hour practical challenge against 12 other apprentices from the area.

HOTA - The Quality Training Provider

HOTA - The Quality Training Provider

Based in Hull, East Yorkshire, HOTA, the Quality Training Provider, offers nationally approved training and tailor-made bespoke courses to meet individual and company specific training needs.


A Limited Company with Charity Status, all surplus funds generated are ploughed back into enhancing its training facilities at The Cullen and The Ellis Buildings - Malmo Road and its Albert Dock Site.


HOTA is renowned for its flexibility, professionalism and its industry experienced  highly trained team of trainers delivering courses when, where and how they are required.



LuxLive - Gooee Begins Development Kit Release

Gooee Development Kit IOT Lighting LuxLive 2016


Gooee, the enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) platform designed for the LED lighting sector, released its first Development Kits (Dev Kits) to lighting manufacturers on the opening morning of LuxLive 2016, giving them the ability to integrate their lighting products with IoT-enabling technology.

Feilo SylvaniaAurora Lighting and John Cullen Lighting received their Kits at LuxLive 2016’s IoT Arena, and the expectation is for Gooee-Inside products to become available for consumers in 2017.

Why XS Training?

Why XS Training?

What makes us different - and right for you...


Bespoke Online Training System

These NVQs are completed online with our easy to use e-Portfolio system, OneFile. This means that you can complete the NVQ at a time of your choosing and in the comfort of your own home.

OneFile is regarded as the best e-Portfolios on the market for assessment of QCF, NVQ, SVQ and BTEC qualifications. All major awarding bodies within the UK have accredited OneFile as it is recognised as a robust and high quality resource that is of great use to both candidates and training providers.

The system is easy to use and full training will be provided during your telephone induction.

How safe is your data?


~ Specialist urges businesses to go beyond data recovery ~


As the internet of things (IoT) becomes increasingly common in both industrial and commercial environments, the risk of data theft and loss is becoming increasingly worrisome to businesses. Here, Adrian Swindells, a director of industrial computing specialist Distec Ltd, investigates how plant managers can keep themselves safe from data loss.

The latest trends and challenges in systems integration

Boulting Technology

Our world is getting smaller every day. Never before have remote locations been more accessible thanks to communications technology, smartphones and the internet. Connected devices have infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including the most traditional industry sectors. Here, Nick Boughton, sales manager of Boulting Technology, discusses the challenges connectivity poses for industry, particularly with regard to systems integration and the water industry.