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Electrorad introduces its new and revolutionary smart panel heaters

Drawing on its vast experience and expertise in electric radiators, Electrorad has launched Smartpanel; a new and innovative range that bears all the looks of conventional radiators but at panel heater prices.

Smartpanel is one of the first panel heaters to be fully compliant with EcoDesign Lot 20 - the new and impending legislation which dictates that all local space heaters must feature both intelligent timers and controls in order to comply with minimum efficiency standards. Feature-packed, this sleek and modern range offers the ideal solution for house builders, developers, and specifiers who want a low-cost heating solution that will meet all energy efficiency requirements.

EV Charge Points Prove A Welcome Addition At Warner Leisure Hotels

EV Charge Points Prove A Welcome Addition At Warner Leisure Hotels

An Electric Vehicle charge point network installed by Rolec EV last summer for Warner Leisure Hotels is proving to be a welcome addition to the services offered by the popular regional hotel chain.

 

The free-to-use Rolec EV charging points, available at all Warner Leisure Hotels throughout the UK, allow guests to charge their electric vehicles during their stay.

 

Mat Finch, Marketing Director for Warner Leisure Hotels, commented: “We are proud that, collectively, Warner Leisure Hotels is offering modern alternatives - such as charging points for electric vehicles.

 

Smart meters and their impact on the contact centre

Smart meters and their impact on the contact centre

Written by Matthew Bryars, Co-Founder and CEO at Aeriandi

In today’s society, data protection is increasingly a concern for many consumers.  Data breaches appear in the news all too frequently.  The 2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, which looked at more than 2,100 data breaches, found that more than 700 million records were exposed for the year 2014 alone.  Businesses are now prioritising the safety of customer data, with a particular focus on payment information.

Makita's New Factory Service Centre & Training Academy In Glasgow Has A National Role

Makita's New Factory Service Centre & Training Academy In Glasgow Has A National Role

Makita UK has opened their first regional Factory Service Centre (FSC) & Training Academy in Glasgow’s Govan commercial district to support the rapidly expanding market penetration of Britain’s number 1 professional power tool range in Scotland and Northern England.  Whilst this new facility is already providing a valuable regional role the FSC has already been awarded the national responsibility for the secure environment of servicing Makita’s comprehensive range of dust extraction machines.

Versatile ratchet screwdriver plus bit and socket set from Laser Tools

Versatile ratchet screwdriver plus bit and socket set from Laser Tools

This is a very useful new set from Laser Tools (part number 6992) — a versatile ratchet screwdriver is supplied with 20 screwdriver bits plus 9 1/4" drive sockets.
 
With a super-smooth but very robust 36-tooth ratchet this screwdriver is comfortable and well-balanced and has additional storage for six bits in the handle. The standard (removable) shaft is 125mm long and incorporates a magnetic bit holder and is knurled for speedy rotation. But add the 75mm shaft extension and it becomes a long-reach screwdriver with 190mm shaft. Or use the 75mm shaft on its own, offering effectively three sizes of screwdriver in one.

Energys delivers heating & lighting efficiencies for London’s BSix Sixth Form College

Energys delivers heating & lighting efficiencies for London’s BSix Sixth Form College

The implementation of LED lighting and dynamic boiler control technology at the East London college is expected to deliver annual energy savings of around £25,000
 
LONDON, UK: Located in the East London borough of Hackney, the BSix Sixth Form College has consistently won approval locally and nationally for its educational excellence and emphasis on skills development. It has also maintained a focus on innovation and the quality of its facilities, and it was in this context that the college recently undertook a multi-project initiative to overhaul its lighting and boiler optimisation provision.
 

X-CONTACT: It's what's inside that counts

X-CONTACT: It's what's inside that counts

As a specialist for industrial plugs and sockets, MENNEKES presents with X-CONTACT a completely new contact sleeve solution. Innovative, simple, durable and safe.

Industrial connectors and receptacles of 63 A and 125 A are often exposed to the toughest conditions. On construction sites, in mines and tunnels or in heavy industry, they have to operate reliably while often covered in dirt and surface water.

With X-CONTACT, MENNEKES launches a new system, which combines a totally reliable electrical connection with the ultimate in ease of handling.

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V-ZUG UK listens to its UK partners at 'Dealers Forum'

V-ZUG UK listens to its UK partners at 'Dealers Forum'

With its continued ambition to offer premium service and quality to its network of retailers and clients, V-ZUG UK is happy to announce a successful ‘Dealers Forum’ at its designated cookery school located in the prestigious Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell, East London on Thursday, 25th October 2017.
 
V-ZUG Product Managers direct from Switzerland HQ hosted a product round table where they met with Premier Retailers to determine their thoughts and requirements moving forward. These select industry figures were invited by Rhys Evans, Sales Director UK & Ireland at V-ZUG UK, to come together to discuss the industry and market trends, and more specifically, how that relates to V-ZUG’s business, brand, appliance portfolio and retail impact.
 

Make Perfect Builder’s Tea

Make Perfect Builder’s Tea

It’s the hot drink guaranteed to put a smile on every tradesman’s face yet few of us get it right - now experts have confirmed how to make the perfect cup of builder’s tea. Experts at Leasevan.co.uk have revealed the secrets behind every builder’s dream cuppa after tradesmen across the country complained about anaemic brews. Their Dos and Don’ts guide finally resolves questions such as whether to add milk or hot water first, what type of tea to use, mug requirements and sugar content. They were driven to release the builder’s brew guidelines after feedback from their customers suggested that homeowners are failing in this most basic and British of duties. It is crucial to get builder’s tea right, as strong brews are vital for keeping up energy and morale during a long day of physical la

Completing your Fire Alarm installation - As Fitted drawings and zone plans

Completing your Fire Alarm installation - As Fitted drawings and zone plans

When installing or modifying a fire alarm system, as part of the document process, as-fitted drawings must be provided upon completion of the work.  To assist you with what is required here is a simple guide as to what these drawings should include.

First of all you will need an adequate drawing of the building(s). You will be off to a great start if you can obtain full CAD quality plans. Understandably, these may not always be available so hand drawn sketches will also suffice as long as they are an accurate representation of the building.

Remember, you’ll need these drawings for the zone plan too –  just make sure all exit points, circulation areas and stairs are included as a minimum.

Trade Bodies Urge Chancellor to Support SMEs in Budget

BESA and ECA issue five-point plan ahead of Budget on Wednesday 22 November

With the Autumn Budget due to be announced in just three weeks time, the ECA and the BESA have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to take action to support small and medium sized businesses in the construction industry.

The two leading engineering services trade bodies have issued a five-point plan to the Treasury, urging the following measures be prioritised in the Budget in order to boost productivity:

Relocation ushers in new era for ECA

ECA is the UK’s largest trade association

ECA Leading trade body announces moves to newly refurbished HQ

Leading electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA yesterday (Monday 6 November) moved into a new ‘industry hub’ near Tower Bridge, London.

‘Rotherwick House’ has been comprehensively renovated to deliver a collaborative and modern working environment for ECA and its industry partners.

ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented:

Scruffs does a double take at industry awards

Leading workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two prestigious industry awards for the second year running.

Scruffs, which is owned by Birchwood Price Tools, took gold in both categories that it was nominated for at the annual On The Tools Awards, retaining the titles of Workwear Brand of the Year and Boot Brand of the Year.

On The Tools is the UK’s biggest construction-based online community with 1.9 million followers, 70 per cent of which are tradespeople.

Talking about the double win, Birchwood Price Tools Managing Director Matt Hunt said: “I’m very proud of the Scruffs Team and everybody across BPT; we’re having a fantastic year.

Scottish electrical apprenticeship numbers rise to nearly pre-recession heights

An air of confidence in Scotland's electrical sector has led to the fifth year-on-year increase in the number of apprentices attracted to the industry, according to SELECT, the industry's campaigning trade body.
 
A combination of greater employment opportunities, and increased optimism regarding future employability has meant a 6% increase in electrical apprenticeship numbers, with 750 people signed up to begin apprenticeships or adult training schemes run by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) this year.
 

Limited Edition Multifunction Kits From Martindale Include Free Essential Tools

Limited Edition Multifunction Kits From Martindale Include Free Essential Tools

Now available from Martindale Electric is its latest promotional range of multifunction kits, which include all the essential equipment to securely verify the safety of electrical installations.

The special edition kits, which are available with either ET4000 or ET4500 rechargeable multifunction testers, include a free Martindale VT25 Voltage and Continuity Tester and a Martindale LOKKITBASE.  Offering considerable time and cost savings, the kits fit conveniently in the Test and Go carry case, which has been designed to allow testing without having to unpack and repack the instrument.

Silver award for electrical expert

Silver award for electrical expert

~ Power distribution specialist awarded silver by Armed Forces Covenant ~
 
Power distribution specialist ide Systems has been awarded the silver award in the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) defence employer recognition scheme. The company will formally receive the award at a military awards ceremony taking place at the National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield, on October 27, 2017.
 
The award recognises ide Systems’ ongoing commitment to support the armed forces and service personnel. The company, which runs an internal back-to-work programme to help ex-forces personnel get into electrical engineering, has signed the armed forces covenant and regularly holds demo days for service staff and local learners.
 

Festive fallout: When employees flip a switch at the work Christmas party…

Festive fallout: When employees flip a switch at the work Christmas party…

After working hard all year long, the countdown to the annual work Christmas party can generate a buzz of excitement in the office, as employees look forward to letting their hair down and enjoying an evening of indulgence.

Tina Chander, employment lawyer at leading UK law firm Wright Hassall warns: “Everyone wants to have a good time, but it’s important to remember that consuming large amounts of alcohol can prompt serious legal issues for individuals and their employers.

“From an employment law perspective, though the party takes place away from the premises and outside of working hours, employers are not necessarily protected from any blowback caused by staff behaviour.

Teeside University Enrolls Onto Rolec’s EV Charge Online Network

Teeside University Enrolls Onto Rolec’s  EV Charge Online Network

Teeside University has become another organisation to install a range of Rolec’s AutoCharge EV Charge Online charging points.

A total of 12 charging points were manufactured and supplied for Teeside University, across two project phases.

Managing Director of Rolec EV, Kieron Alsop, commented: “We are delighted that Teeside University has chosen to install our EV Charge Online network for users of its EV charging points.

 

“Our EV Charge Online network, which is fast gaining renown for becoming the people’s choice, is continuing to flourish at a rapid rate.

Disappointing Apprenticeship Starts Data No Surprise To Businesses - CBI

The CBI has responded to apprenticeship start data for England between May and July 2017.

Neil Carberry, CBI Managing Director for People policy, said:

“This disappointing data will come as no surprise to companies, who have repeatedly made clear that the current design of the apprenticeship levy system is not effective. Businesses believe in apprenticeships but there can be no argument now -  reform of the levy system is needed urgently to ensure its success.

Boulting scores hat-trick of award nominations

Boulting scores hat-trick of award nominations

~ Boulting Group employees nominated for ECITB 2017 Awards ~
 
Employees at engineering solutions provider, Boulting Group, are celebrating having received three nominations for the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) 2017 Awards.
 
Jonathan Duffy, Anthony Dorney and Malcolm Baker have all been shortlisted in the highly prestigious awards, with the winners being announced on October 26 at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place in London.
 
Founded in 1991, the ECITB is a skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the development of the engineering construction workforce in the UK.