Campbell & Kennedy shortlisted for Best Use of Training at SELECT awards


Award-winning family business Campbell & Kennedy (C&K) has been nominated for the Best Use of Training award at the SELECT Awards 2016.

The SELECT Awards, organised by CABLEtalk magazine, are dedicated to recognising excellence in the industry, with categories covering a wide range of disciplines. SELECT, Scotland’s trade association for the electrical industry, has helped bring the industry’s strong and deserved reputation for safety, excellence and high quality to the fore. 

C&K has been recognised for its best use of training and are committed to offering a wide range of diverse training opportunities which are available to all staff members across the entire company.

NAPIT EXPO plays host to industry experts IET and CITB!

NAPIT EXPO… On The Road 2016 is just around the corner and will once again be touring England and Wales bringing expert technical advice to ten locations across the country starting with Worchester on September 7. Reaching as many installers as possible, the roadshow is taking place between September and December and promises to bring an even better standard of technical advice than last year with the announcement of two major industry experts now confirmed, The IET and CITB.

Powering the show


~ Power distribution specialist exhibiting at event-industry show ~


Power distribution specialist ide Systems will be exhibiting at the Showman’s Show at Newbury Showground, Berkshire, from October 19-20, 2016. The company is using this opportunity as a platform to promote its new website ide Online. ide Systems will be exhibiting in avenue E at the event.

The event, which has taken place every year since 1984, brings together leading event-industry service providers from a number of specialties, including electrical equipment, lifting and transport hire, as well as event organisers.

Electric ‘Shock’ as Mick George Ltd venture out

The ‘current’ cannot be stemmed as the power surge at Mick George Ltd continues, with the construction supplier business more traditionally recognised for its Earthworks and Demolition based contracting services, now engaging within the Mechanical and Electrical design, installation and maintenance industry.

Providing services to the contracting industry for 35 years, Mick George Ltd carry experience and a strong brand reputation in support of the launch.

Increasingly, commercial buildings and properties are becoming under the spotlight, with owners pressured to ensure they adhere to efficiency regulations. The introduction of the Mechanical and Electrical service is tasked with tackling exactly that issue.

Sean Simpson wins SkillELECTRIC North of England competition

Twenty-four-year-old Sean Simpson of NG Bailey has won the SkillELECTRIC North of England competition, beating nine other candidates to complete a five-hour mock electrical installation at the Leeds College of Building.

"I'm so pleased to have won! I was nervous to begin with but I just did my best and thankfully it was good enough," Sean said. "It would be great if I got a place in the final, so I'm looking forward to hearing how well I've done overall."

Prysmian specified for iconic Manchester landmark

Prysmian specified for iconic Manchester landmark

Prysmian FP200 Gold cable has been specified for the Central Library in Manchester, one of the most instantly-recognisable landmarks of the city. The Grade II* listed library was built in the 1930s, and refurbished between 2010 and 2014. The Central Library is the second-largest public lending library in the UK.

For such an important public building, fire safety was a prime concern; this was the main factor that prompted NG Bailey, a leading independent engineering, IT and facilities services business to specify Prysmian cable for installation in the building.

FP200 Gold was specified and installed to supply the emergency lighting system throughout the building by Lindsay Moody, NG Bailey’s technical manager on the project, who says;

Nw approach to electrical safety training vital to save lives, says new report

With more than 1,000 electricity-related accidents still reported every year, a new approach to training is vital to save lives, warns specialist training provider Develop Training Limited (DTL). 

Most accidents are caused by contact with energised and exposed live conductors. Faulty equipment or unsafe working practices can also cause death or severe injuries from electric shock and arc flash, especially where this leads to falls, burns, fire and explosion. 

DTL’s new whitepaper, Electrical Safety at Work: Developing competence for compliance, highlights how traditional training methods fall short and calls for a continuous learning approach.

Security, service and the importance of two way radios

Picture the scenario: You’re at one end of a city centre club, there’s trouble taking place and the security is nowhere to be seen. Maybe you’re serving impatient diners at a busy restaurant and the meal they want is no longer available but no one told you? You might even be marshalling at a music festival but you’re needed elsewhere to help with worrying crowd control? What do all these scenarios have in common? They could all be solved with the use of radios. Toby Metcalf from Zycomm, the UK’s two-way radio experts, knows this better than most. 

Keeping industrial automation fit and healthy

Connecting motors to the Internet of Things

In the last few years, fitness tracking technology has been increasingly popular, with a range of devices available to help you become healthier, improve your fitness performance and ultimately live longer. These devices use non-invasive, easy to use sensors that connect directly to your smartphone or computer, giving you instant results to track your progress. At this year’s Hanover Messe, a new fitness tracker was announced. Only this time, it’s a fitness tracker for industrial motors.

Online power distribution store now open

ide Systems launches new online shop

Power distribution specialist ide Systems has launched ide Online, an online store where customers can buy power distribution equipment. The user-friendly interface and enhanced navigation ensures online orders are quick and easy. Free delivery is available on all orders and, as an introductory offer, all first time orders will qualify for a five per cent discount.

The range of equipment available to buy on the new website includes power distribution units, automatic transfer switches (ATS), site transformers, single and three-phase power cables ranging from 16A-125A, as well as a wide range of electrical accessories.

Workers six times more likely to die from suicide than falls

Suicide kills six times as many construction workers as falling from heights, according to mental health volunteers.

Samaritans - the mental health charity - told a seminar hosted by three building engineering bodies that there must be more attention paid to depression and stress in the industry.

"With the amount of energy being put into managing physical risk; you have to question whether the industry is getting the health and safety balance right," said Samaritans regional partnerships officer Will Skinner.

TESP Partner welcomes apprentice funding announcement

Steve Brawley, Chief Executive of the Joint Industry Board (JIB) and a founding partner of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP), has welcomed Government proposals to set funding for the new electrotechnical apprenticeship standard at £18,000. 

He said: "The proposed funding band allocated to our apprenticeship is a fair one, and one that reflects the recommendations and modifications made by the Trailblazer group who reviewed our previous apprenticeship framework. It shows that the Government recognises and respects the level of investment our apprenticeship needs and their continued willingness to support high-quality apprenticeships and employers in industries that need specialist skills. 

AWEsome Training

AWEsome Training

A smart home has become a reality for many people. As products have become more affordable, it is no longer just for the rich and famous. Homeowners are upscaling their properties to benefit from the latest smart home systems, and they need someone to install these for them. Proactive and market conscious electricians could benefit from this upsurge in business.