SELECT pushes for legislative change to make “Electrician” a regulated profession

SELECT pushes for legislative change to make “Electrician” a regulated profession

SELECT signals to Scottish Parliament that it intends to push for legislative change to make “Electrician” a regulated profession

SELECT, the campaigning trade body for the electro-technical industry in Scotland, has signalled to the Scottish Parliament that it intends to press hard to make the occupation of electrician a regulated profession in the same way that anyone working with gas is currently required by statute to be regulated.

Top five causes of PLC control system failure

Top five causes of PLC control system failure

Systems integrator clarifies most common reasons PLC control systems fail
Systems integrator, Boulting Technology has released an infographic to help engineers mitigate problems with programmable logic controller (PLC) based control systems. The handy guide highlights the top five causes of failure and can be downloaded, free of charge, from the news page of Boulting Technology's website —

Have you considered job management software?

Have you considered job management software?

In today’s market, where customers demand speed, convenience, and the highest quality products and services, your business needs not only a highly skilled workforce but also the appropriate tools to ensure growth and longevity.


More and more trade service businesses are realising the necessity of job management software, and many are using it to get ahead of their competitors.

So what is job management software, and how can it help electrical contractors take back control of their business?





Charity's concern at cuts killing consumer protection

Responding to the recent workforce survey produced by Trading Standards, which shows savage cuts to the service, Phil Buckle, Director General of leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First, commented:
“Consumer protection and product safety is core to the work of Electrical Safety First, so we have a long-standing and close working relationship with Trading Standards.
“We are extremely concerned at the impact of Trading Standard staffing cuts, which we believe will severely impact on consumer safety. It is particularly ironic that this essential service is being decimated - with staff cuts totalling 53% since 2009 - at a time when there have been a host of high-profile product safety scandals, from exploding hover boards to tumble-dryer fires.

Competent Person Electrical website

Competent Person Electrical website

Two years on since it first launched, more than 41,000 businesses are now listed on the Registered Competent Person Electrical website.
Since its launch in June 2014 the site has attracted more than 200,000 visitors with, on average, more than 7,500 searches for local electricians carried out each month. Now is the perfect time to make sure you are on it.
Registered Competent Person Electrical ( is a powerful source for anyone looking for a registered electrician in their area to carry out work in their home. It lists all Full Scope Part P registered firms in England and Wales.

Sign up your team for EIC Volleyball 2017 at the prestigious powerBall 2016

Sign up your team for EIC Volleyball 2017 at the prestigious powerBall 2016

powerBall 2016 - the most anticipated industry event of the year is the only place to get your teams booked in for the Electrical Industries Charity’s very own Volleyball event in 2017.


This exciting event held by the charity is sure to be bigger than ever before and all proceeds will go directly to the charity, so book your standard table today at powerBall 2016 and don’t miss the opportunity to get your volleyball team signed up on the night.


Climb to the top for our Challenge for a Cause

Climb to the top for our Challenge for a Cause

Enthusiastic trekkers are continuing to sign up to climb the tallest free-standing mountain in the world - Mount Kilimanjaro - to raise money for the Hendrie family. Show your support for this incredible cause and get your company in the spotlight by sponsoring flags which will be placed at the top of the peak.


The Electrical Industries Charity is appealing to you to give them a hand up in this challenge of a lifetime by making a donation for a flag. Each flag will bear the sponsor’s logo and will be placed at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro by one of the Challenge for a Cause team.


EMC education


~ New company EMC Standards will help engineers with EMC challenges ~

Power quality specialist EMC Standards is a new company that has been set up in Staffordshire to educate design engineers, electrical engineers, plant managers and other electrical practitioners about electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) issues. Set up by expert electrical engineers, the company aims to refresh the way people learn about EMC issues, moving away from the old ‘bricks and mortar’ methods to a new service that reaches a wider audience.

Get Smart: Thousands of well paid energy jobs being ignored

training smart meters

Despite Brexit fears thousands of jobs in the energy sector are still up for grabs.

Under a government initiative to ensure the UK becomes more energy efficient, around 53 million smart meters, which monitor both gas and electricity usage, are to be fitted in over 30 million homes and businesses in the UK by 2020. 

The project needs around 11,000 qualified engineers to fit the meters but a significant skills gap in the sector has resulted in a shortfall, with leading trade course provider ECTA Training estimating that up to 6,500 smart meter engineer jobs are still available. 

Do you know Mick’s Mates?

before & after images of garden

The revolution at Mick George Ltd shows no sign of letting up. Recognising that sourcing quality products is only half the battle, but installing them, is a completely different challenge, the business has launched ‘Mick’s Mates’, the latest service to take away any stress or anxieties you may have about installation. 

At Mick George Ltd, they understand you love your home, or are dependent on commercial properties, but no matter how good you are at DIY there becomes a point when you need to call an expert for help. Whether it’s major works, general maintenance or minor repairs, having confidence in the tradesman you choose is extremely important. 

CPC’s Bright Idea on Quality and Price

In the highly competitive world of distribution, more and more companies are looking to the Far East to source their products.  The rapid growth in Chinese manufacturing has meant that almost anyone can source almost anything quickly and cheaply.  However, to protect your brand, quality must also be ensured. Unfortunately poorly made, unsafe, hazardous products litter the UK market.

As manufacturing and distribution evolves, the Trade, Resellers and Consumers are becoming aware that it’s not just about price, it’s also about reliability and safety – Buy Once Buy Well.

Get up to speed

AC Motor

practical advice for those responsible for operating or installing induction motors, as the final phase of an European Union energy efficiency directive comes into force in January 2017.

The 1st of January 2017 will see the introduction of the final phase of EU regulations designed to reduce energy consumption and cut CO2 emissions within industrial environments. This is a legal requirement that must be implemented and is not dependant on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.

Sharing insight at premier energy industry event

energy industry event

~ Power specialist attending energy networking conference ~

Power distribution specialist, ide Systems, will be attending Energy4Power Live, a networking conference for leaders in the energy and power distribution industry. The event takes place in the grand ballroom of the London Hilton on Park Lane, London, on November 15, 2016. Specialists from ide Systems will be at table 30.

Unleash the Facts at NAPIT’s FREE Technical Roadshow

NAPIT are inviting installers nationwide to join them as they continue on their tour of the country with NAPIT EXPO… On the Road 2016. Providing technical knowledge, insight, facts and opinion on vital industry topics and the latest industry regulations and standards. The FREE roadshow has six events remaining starting on 26th October in Surrey, then onto Wrexham, Bristol, Chelmsford, Plymouth and Southampton throughout November. Discover all dates on the NAPIT EXPO website . 

YourTradeBase helps Trade Business’ become more efficient


YourTradeBase is a service-business based software that helps you win more work, saves you hours and delights your customers whilst helping you to avoid the administrative side effects.  The company has conducted a survey on how paperwork is preventing your business from growing, further proving the need for this type of software. 

The survey produced some astounding findings about the time and money spent on paperwork over the time frame of a year from the Trades Industry. Businesses spend on average 2.5 months on paperwork with a spend of approximately £5,657 per year. These figures back up the 51% of small business owners who believe that paperwork is the main reason thwarting their business growth.

Taking the Trade by storm