WIN a FORD Transit custom van with AIRFLOW

airflow competition

Airflow Developments has launched a major new rewards scheme for installers, electrical contractors and trade professionals who purchase a QuietAir fan in 2017. Inside every reward branded QuietAir box, participants can find a scratch card with a unique eight-digit code to register for points at Points can be accrued and exchanged for e-gift vouchers for over 150 leading retailers. Also when participants redeem enough points during the year they will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a new Ford Transit Custom van worth over £18,000.

Honing in on detail: why aesthetics in wiring accessories are increasingly important

Honing in on detail: why aesthetics in wiring accessories are increasingly important

People have higher expectations when it comes to how things look, and wiring accessories is no exception. Building designers, product specifiers and installing contractors are just as interested in how wiring accessories look on the outside, as how easy they are to install and use. Soft curves, smooth lines and slim plates are some of the features that are desirable, but aesthetics no longer exist for the sole purpose of looking good. Innovative, modern and often minute external details make wiring accessories easier to use and improve safety; critical factors in the commercial buildings market. Success in this area can set an accessory apart from the rest in a competitive playing field.


Smooth and slimline

NAPIT EXPO is Back and Bigger than Ever

NAPIT EXPO is Back and Bigger than Ever

NAPIT EXPO is back and bigger than ever for 2017.
The NAPIT EXPO team will be putting on their biggest show yet at four major locations in the UK, with a line-up of technical presentations set to impress!
The free-to-attend exhibition will take place all-day from 12-8pm. At each event there will be two seminar sessions running for three hours. Each session will be the same to allow working tradespeople to have the option of which sessions suites them the best to attend.

BOFA International Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

BOFA International Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

BOFA International, a leading manufacturer of fume and dust extraction technology for the electronics sector, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in its 30th anniversary year.

BOFA has been awarded the prestigious accolade for the development of its Intelligent Operating (iQ) System, which is transforming the way that organisations around the world are able to protect the health of employees and improve production processes through more effective extraction of airborne contaminants in the workplace.


Case Study: Cooper Weston’s Modern Office Refit in Shoreditch

Case Study: Cooper Weston’s Modern Office Refit in Shoreditch

The art of bespoke featured lighting

In recent years professional offices have become part of a new design culture where the spaces become aspirational and stylish, with the aim of being memorable and welcoming to both staff and guests. For any business operating in the competitive environment of London, an office is a signifier of success and a vehicle to attract highly skilled employees and big budget clients.

One Alarm For All Fire Types

Alarm in house

It’s common knowledge that the utilisation of smoke alarms helps save lives and homes. However, traditional solutions, such as ionisation and optical smoke alarms, offer contrasting benefits that can make correct specification confusing and difficult. James King, Sales Director at Sprue Safety Products, discusses how SONA by FireAngel is utilisingthe technology used and trusted by the UK Fire and Rescue Service to drive the mains smoke alarm market towards a simplified alternative.


The Fire and Rescue Service is called out to approximately 50,000 domestic fires per annum, leading to almost 500 deaths and 11,000 injuries caused by fire. From these statistics it’s quite simple to see the importance of smoke alarms, meaning correct selection is absolutely essential. 

Opportunity knocks as new taxi law is rolled out

printer receipt system

Last year, the Northern Ireland Assembly introduced new legislation, which means all taxis must now carry an approved printer receipt system in a bid to improve transparency. But with more than 10,000 taxis in the country, it’s also a valuable opportunity for electrical contractors to build their customer base through the installation of new equipment, explains Sarah Baines, Business Development Manager at Able Systems, a specialist in small printer solutions. 


Most people remember an occasion when they feel they have been unfairly charged for a taxi journey. It might happen if they are in a new town and do not know if the fare accurately reflects the distance or perhaps feel the driver has plucked a price out of the air, rather than using the meter.


Electrical training specialist charges ahead with new appointments

Stuart Wood & Andy Robertson

Middlesbrough-based electrical power training provider, The Faraday Training Group has bolstered its training provision with the appointment of two new lead tutors.

Stuart Wood and Andy Robertson have joined the company to oversee the organisation’s team of course tutors and to deliver a range of electrical power training to clients in the UK and internationally, in sectors including oil and gas, marine and offshore, engineering and construction, chemical, government and the public sector.

IFSEC and FIREX International announce keynotes for 2017; Professor Brian Cox OBE, Dame Kelly Holmes and Simon Weston OBE

London, 3rd April 2017:  IFSEC and FIREX International, organised by UBM EMEA, is thrilled to announce its best ever inspirational speaker line-up. Rock star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE; double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes; and Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston OBE. Taking place as part of the Protection and Management Series 2017, Europe’s leading events for security, fire, safety, workwear, facilities and service management, at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 June 2017, these three keynotes will support over 84 hours of security and fire safety content.

The 3 Big Energy Regulation Changes You Need to Know

industrial sector businesses energy

On 1 April 2017, several significant energy reform changes came into force, affecting everything from the Climate Change Levy to the renewables programme. The UK government is striding ahead with its decarbonisation of electricity generation targets, which it originally outlined as part of its Electricity Market Reform white paper, and this was reflected in April’s changes to energy reform.


EV charging set for major acceleration with the launch of eVolt’s third-generation Rapid EV charger

Evolt charger

eVolt, the Electrical vehicle (EV) charging business, has launched its third-generation Rapid charger, the Raption 50, which uses modular power technology for enhanced reliability and performance. eVolt is the eMobility brand of the SWARCO Group.


Traditionally, Rapid chargers operate via a single power pack, rendering a charger out of use if the power unit fails. The Raption 50, however, uses state-of-the-art modular power technology with four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. Should one power pack fail, the Raption unit continues charging EVs at a lower output by drawing power from the functioning packs.


Rolec EV Introduces EV Charge Point Grant Funding

Rolec EV Introduces EV Charge Point Grant Funding

As a government approved EV charge point manufacturer and installer, Rolec EV are able to offer grant funding of up to £6,000 towards EV charge point installations under the new Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).


Kieron Alsop, Rolec EV’s Managing Director, commented: “The Workplace Charging Scheme was introduced by the Government and is being managed by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to encourage and support workplace locations to install and provide electric vehicle charging points to cater for the EV charging requirements of their own staff as well as visitors.