The Wire returns in 2017

The Wire returns in 2017

Free technical webinar will look at impact of metal consumer unit change


Metal consumer units and the impact of this change to the wiring regulations is just one of the topics up for discussion during the next episode of NICEIC and ELECSA’s The Wire.

The Wire is a live technical webcast hosted by industry experts Tony Cable and Darren Staniforth. The next episode, which airs on January 26, will include a special feature evaluating the challenges encountered in changing consumer units.

Six in ten councils ignoring the law on prompt payment

ECA Freedom of Information request shows local authorities still not meeting 2015 regulations
The majority of local authorities (59 per cent) are breaching their legal duty to ensure that their supply chain is paid promptly, making it harder for many thousands of small businesses to succeed, according to an investigation by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

In late September this year, the ECA issued a Freedom of Information request to local councils in England about their payment practices, to establish whether they were meeting the requirements in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The key findings were as follows:

Gooee enters South America: 1st Brazilian IoT Lighting partnership with Lumicenter

@ men with a laptop

Smart lighting start-up Gooee, creator of the first ‘full stack’ cloud-based platform that connects lighting manufacturers to the IoT, has extended its international reach to South America by partnering with the Lumicenter Lighting Group, the Brazilian provider of conventional and LED lighting solutions.

This partnership will enable Lumicenter to integrate and further develop Gooee’s IoT-enabling technology within its lighting products.

EMC problems could lead to lost business


If you were to tell your boss that a fifth of your output was being wasted and could not be accounted for, I doubt they would be too impressed. Where would you think the wasted output was coming from? Most managers would blame human error in their workforce, but they could be jumping to conclusions. Here, Keith Armstrong, global electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards looks at a case where radio frequency interference (RFI) had a significant detrimental impact on a business.

Mick George Ltd goes Environmental

Mick George Ltd

It wasn’t all that long ago, Mick George Ltd was exactly that. One business, targeting a niche contracting market within the realms of the construction industry, 

But, those days now seem a distant memory. Although the overarching brand remains, the number of trading divisions representing it, is expanding with increasing frequency, challenging such statements.

Each division demonstrates the different specialisations that the company offers, with Mick George Environmental, the latest addition.

Envirovent becomes niceic approved training centre

Nice Darren and Larry

Leading UK designer and manufacturer of ventilation systems EnviroVent has announced that the company’s training centre in Harrogate has now become a fully accredited NICEIC Approved Training Centre. 

NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry.  For almost 60 years, it has been assessing the competence of electricians and its courses are recognised as amongst the best in the ventilation industry.

Tamworth firm chosen to partner communications giant with new smart home roll-out

O2 home image

A TAMWORTH firm of electricians has been hand-picked to work with a communications giant as a leading partner in the installation of a ground-breaking new smart home automation system.

Mr Electric Birmingham North is among an elite team of nationwide champions chosen by O2 to start installing the smart systems and software for “O2 Home” in homes across the region, before the technology is rolled out across the rest of the country.

Based in Lichfield Road Industrial Estate, the company is one of only two firms in the West Midlands which will be able to supply and install the all-digital, fully integrated, wireless home automation system.

Two essential technologies for the smart grid

Smart Grid

In the 1920s, only six per cent of British homes had access to electricity, which is not surprising when the cost of keeping five light bulbs running for an entire day totalled a whopping week’s wages for the average Brit. A lot has changed since then; the 3rd industrial revolution and the introduction of labour-reducing home electronics completely revolutionised the way we live our lives. This increasing demand for electricity has meant that we have grown more dependent on affordable power. As energy consumption rises and the complexity of the grid increases, new technologies are becoming crucial for managing the system more efficiently.

Praise for electrician’s generous deed

Praise for electrician’s generous deed

They say one good deed deserves another and that was certainly the case for Wigan based electrician Karl Mather.

He was recently asked by the local branch of Age Concern to attend the property of an elderly couple who had no heating. He quickly found the fault was an old storage heater which was more than 30 years old and needed replacing.



Sadly the couple, who were in their 80s, could not afford a new heater so Karl asked Age Concern to see if the elderly pair might be eligible for a grant.

In the meantime Karl took it upon himself to buy a portable heater for the couple so they would have some heat in the short-term.

He returned a few days later to check in on them and was told a grant could take months to come through, if at all.

NAPIT Reaches out to Landlords on Electrical Safety

To let signs

On the 23rd of November, NAPIT attended the Leeds City Council Annual Landlord Forum of 2016. The event, which was free for landlords to attend and saw around 250 attendees, provided an opportunity to discuss the future of the private rented sector and update landlords on current, recent and proposed legislation which could affect them. Following NAPIT’s long term commitment to raising awareness of electrical safety in the private rented sector, we were invited to give a presentation on what landlords should and must do to ensure the electrical safety of the properties they let.

Fitzgerald Lighting the Professionals Choice When It Comes to Lighting

Fitzgerald Lighting the Professionals Choice When It Comes to Lighting

Fitzgerald Lighting is a Flexible family run manufacturer of high quality, high performance and long-life LED luminaire solutions for commercial, industrial, Educational and Healthcare applications.

The LED lighting solutions offered by the company are manufactured at our own state of the art UK manufacturing facility in Bodmin, Cornwall, were they are manufactured to BSI / ISO 9001 standards.


Our manufacturing processes ensure that the highest standards of quality control and luminaire efficacy are reached, with a high luminaire lumen maintained throughout the long life of the product.

NAPIT EXPO Educates the Industry

NAPIT EXPO Chelmsford

NAPIT EXPO… On the Road once again proved to be popular with tradespeople all over the country. Kicking off the tour in Worcester, the NAPIT EXPO team travelled North to South over the course of three months updating trade professionals on the latest industry regulations and standards before closing the show in Southampton.

The FREE seminars, hosted by NAPIT’s highly qualified professionals, covered topics such as Consumer Units, RCDs, EICR code breakers, Smart Homes, Energy Storage and Certification & Documentation.  

At some venues, Richard Townsend, Senior Engineer at The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), was on the panel to answer questions on the future of the Wiring Regulations, and what to expect in the upcoming 18th Edition. 

Authorising engineer forum puts electrical safety at top of agenda

Chris Wood

Develop Training Ltd (DTL) held its first Authorising Engineer Forum at The Hawkhills Emergency Planning Centre in Easingwold near York on Friday 9 December. In a day full of presentations from a cross-section of industry, electrical safety took centre stage with the importance of safe systems of work being stressed by the speakers.