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Epson to showcase extensive label range at the ED&I Expo 2017

Label works

NEC, Birmingham, September 6 – 7 2017, Stand 7

Epson will be demonstrating its complete LabelWorks range of printers at the inaugural ED&I Expo which takes place next month at Birmingham’s NEC.  


Epson’s LabelWorks handheld label printers are ideal for electrical and IT engineers, maintenance contractors, builders and plumbers.  Together with the Epson Label editor application on your mobile phone you can quickly and easily produce high visibility safety signage, magnetic labels and heat shrink wrap for tagging electrical equipment including, network comms cables, audio visual cables, pipes and machinery.


Get together and transform the lives of those in need


The Electrical Industries Charity is urging the industry to join its Practical Participation Programme and volunteer their time and skills to help transform the lives of those in need.

Practical support is an essential tool which helps to change the lives of those desperately in need of a helping hand and could significantly improve their quality of life. By being part of the Charity’s Practical Participation Programme, you will have an opportunity to work alongside the Electrical Industries Charity and its partners in solving, or contributing to solutions, for those in need of your help.

Tree-Felling, roof tiling and scaffolding most dangerous trades

Analysis from Simply Business reveals trades most likely to suffer an accident at work

New research from Simply Business, one of the UK’s largest business insurance providers, reveals that tree-felling, roof tiling and scaffolding top the list of the most dangerous professions for tradespeople.

Simply Business insures more than 425,000 small businesses and landlords across the UK, and tradespeople represent over 100,000 of these. After analysing customer injury and accident claims from 2012-2016, the online insurance provider discovered that tree surgeons are the most likely tradespeople to suffer an accident at work, and ranked the 15 most dangerous trades in the UK overall.


Tusker Rolls Out Rolec’s EV Charge Online Network

Tusker Rolls Out Rolec’s EV Charge Online Network

Tusker, one of the UK’s leading car benefit companies, recently installed a substantial number of Rolec’s AutoCharge electric vehicle charging pedestals at its Watford HQ.


Each of the AutoCharge pedestals were equipped with Rolec’s EV Charge Online pay-to-charge system, allowing EV drivers to use their mobile phone to pay to charge using Visa, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal.


These new charging points are the latest additions to Rolec’s UK-wide EV Charge Online network, and expand upon the hundreds of online charging points already operating on the network. 


Workplace Lighting

Recent Survey Suggests Indifferent Attitudes Towards Workplace Lighting


Lamp Shop Online has recently carried out research into attitudes towards lighting in the workplace.

Two separate surveys asked 500 people the following questions:

1. Would you know how to replace a fluorescent strip light in the workplace?

2. Have you or a colleague ever changed a fluorescent strip at work?


NAPIT EXPO Announces Full Technical Line-up


NAPIT EXPO 2017 kicks off on 7th September in Bristol and has announced a line-up of technical presentations which cannot be missed! 


NAPIT will be visiting four major locations in the UK this year with NAPIT EXPO. The EXPO brings tradespeople from all across the UK a day packed full of technical knowledge, industry updates and an exhibition full of the latest products and services useful for their business.


Starting the events at Bristol Premier Training Academy, visitors have the option to attend one of two sessions on the day. The afternoon session, which takes place from 12-4pm, or the evening session which takes place from 4-8pm. Visitors can choose which time suits them best to attend so they can fit the EXPO around their working schedules.

The best small vans on the market

When analysing the small van market, this sector of the motoring industry has it all – from small, compact and practical, to fun and funky, there is a small van out there for everyone, whatever your needs require. 

For tradesmen and small businesses who don’t need to carry a lot of equipment and tools around on a daily basis, a small van is likely to make the cut. Why invest in a large van if the majority of it will remain empty? Small vans are compact enough to navigate around small crowded streets with enough room to store your tools and equipment, whilst looking smart enough to promote your business on the roads – practical, safe and reliable. 

Learning from the Grenfell Tower Tragedy

Frank Bertie

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire highlighted the deep issues faced by social housing in the UK and sparked an outcry of discussion. In particular, the causes of the fire have spurred intense debate, as it was revealed by police that the fire started in a fridge freezer due to an electrical fault. 


This, coupled with the fact that the tower had been blighted with electrical issues for many years, raises serious concerns about the state of electrical safety in rented housing across the UK. NAPIT have long campaigned for electrical safety and are intent on raising awareness by outlining key ways of ensuring electrical safety in order to prevent future disasters.

Electrical training specialist powers ahead with growth phase

Electrical power training specialist, The Faraday Training Centre Ltd continues its growth phase with the launch of a new course.

The Faraday Training Centre Ltd has launched a new three-day Wind Farm HV Cable Termination course, which will train electrical engineers on how to correctly prepare HV cables for wind farm applicable termination.

The course will also provide insight into how a cable is constructed and the function of individual components as well as topics such as: electrical fields and stress control, electrical connections and cable testing.

SWA – Celebrates 30 Years!

SWA – Celebrates 30 Years!

The story of SWA is quite remarkable.


There were a couple of ways SWA could have celebrated reaching their 30th anniversary year. They could have produced a special brochure patting themselves on their collective backs while blowing their own trumpet (not easy to do). Or they could have printed a 300 page special issue brochure charting their history.


Instead, they’re focusing on the products and people who have shared this history with them, and without whom they’d have never made it to 3 years, let alone 30.


HaMuch hits significant landmark as it gears up for official launch


HaMuch, a new comparison website for the trades, has reached a significant landmark after welcoming 5,000 tradespeople to the service.

The company, which was only founded in June 2017, is now expecting to double its membership total to 10,000 by 1 October, when it officially launches to the general public.

HaMuch is the only service of its kind to supply the hourly and daily rates of those signed up to the service and has been created to help the trades secure work by being clear on price. It comprises of trades ranging from electricians, plumbers and heating engineers to builders, gardeners and cleaners.

Government 2040 announcement

government announcement

Martin Jones, Business Development Manager for Services & Solutions at Rexel UK comments on the latest government announcement that Britain is set to ban all new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040:

“With the announcement last week that the government is aiming to ban all new diesel and petrol cars from 2040, as well as reviewing the use of hybrid vehicles; the drive towards the use of electric vehicles will undoubtedly accelerate at a much faster pace than current levels.

“Whilst vehicle manufacturers will obviously take the lead on enhancing their EV offerings, there is still much to be done across UK infrastructure to support the ever-growing use of EV vehicles.

Revealed: the formula to the perfect bacon butty

bacon butty

-3 slices of smoked bacon, white bread roll and brown sauce-


There are few things more British than the bacon butty, but the perfect sandwich and its composition have always been highly contested – however new research has finally uncovered the formula to the greatest British bacon butty.


Britons’ ideal sandwich is made of three slices of smoked bacon on a white bread roll with brown sauce, according to a survey of 2,014 UK tradespeople run in conjunction with IronmongeryDirect’s nationwide hunt for “Britain’s Best Bacon Butty”.


Security will be key for the new Smart Home revolution

  • Smart security systems will lead the Smart Home revolution – 37% of the population would buy one if money were no object

  • Smart TV’s, laptops and tablets are already being used to introduce smart technology in the home

  • AO.com predict Smart Home technology will spread out of the living room via home security and heating, to embrace many areas of the home

Home security is a top priority for homeowners investing in Smart Home technology, a new census reveals.

SELECT takes strong message on regulation to Scottish Government minister

SELECT Newell McGuinness

SELECT and representatives of Unite the union have met Keith Brown, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, to discuss the issue of rogue electricians and the continuing threat that they pose to public safety. 

At the meeting Mr. Brown agreed to explore what might be able to be done in relation to protecting the title of electrician and empowering consumers when they make decisions around the provision of electrical works in their homes. SELECT has been at the forefront of a campaign to pursue official recognition of electricians as professional people and to help stamp out the ongoing problem of untrained individuals posing as qualified tradesmen.

Apprentice hunt for Britain's best - conducted by Berkeley Group


The search is on for the top apprentices working in construction. The Berkeley Group has launched a call for entries at the start of its second annual Apprentice Awards campaign. With housebuilders needing tens of thousands of new recruits over the next decade, Berkeley is calling on schools and FE colleges to help champion careers in construction.

  • Right now, 98% of young people believe that more can be done in school and colleges to help students become an apprentice
  • The Berkeley Group is committed to having at least 1,500 people in apprenticeships or training by April 2018

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