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Brexit: Three steps to futureproof your business

Brexit: Gary Mcindoe

With Brexit happening right now, reports suggest that many of the UK’s migrant tradesmen – electricians from Estonia, plumbers from Poland – are already voting with their feet. While the one-man-bands in the sector may be able to reap the benefits of this impending skills shortage, for businesses relying on the free movement of labour across Europe, things may be about to get tricky. However, there are several steps that businesses can take in order to ease the transition.  

Support the workers who want to stay

Ecotricity and Rolec launch Fully Charged Bundle

Ecotricity and Rolec launch Fully Charged Bundle

Partnership enables drivers to charge at home and on the road with green energy


Ecotricity, Britain’s greenest energy company, and charge point manufacturer Rolec EV have launched the Fully Charged Bundle, a new electric vehicle charging offer with three key elements:


New Green Electricity + EV tariff – Recognising electric vehicle drivers use more power than the average home, Ecotricity has created a new structure that will save the average EV household around £120 a year compared to a Big Six standard tariff – it’s the lowest cost electric vehicle tariff on the market.1


Snickers Body-Mapping Climate Control Workwear – ideal for the Winter.

Snickers Body-Mapping Climate Control Workwear – ideal for the Winter.

A change of season means a change of focus on what you wear on site, so Snickers FLEXIWork, RUFFWork, LITEWork and ALLROUND Workwear ensures you keep your cool when the heat is on or warm and comfortable when the temperature drops.


Interweaving 37.5® Technology fabric into Snickers' working clothes means that you’ve got a wide choice of waterproof and windproof Jackets, mid-layer Fleeces and Stretch Hoodies.


Plus base-layer Undergarments, Gloves and Headgear that excel at ventilation and moisture transportation to keep you working comfortably wherever you are on site.

Risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

carbon monoxide poisoning

New research finds households suffering in cold homes are also at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

New research to be launched in Parliament today at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group finds fuel poor households on the lowest incomes are also at risk from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The research, carried out by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA), recorded elevated CO levels greater than 10 ppm in 35% of monitored homes. Above this threshold, prolonged exposure can have negative health effects.

Winners walk away from NAPIT with £800 worth of gifts at ELEX and EXPO!

ELEX prize bundle

This year NAPIT have been giving installers throughout the UK the chance to win a prize bundle worth £800 at the ELEX and NAPIT EXPO trade shows.


Participants were entered into a prize draw for a chance of winning the ultimate electricians prize bundle which contained products from some of the industry’s best manufacturers. 


The bundle for the winners contained:

Dymo XTL 500 printer

Wera Torque Screwdriver (ELEX) Schneider Electric Consumer Unit Board (EXPO)

Megger 2-Pole tester and Voltage tester

Kewtech Loopcheck 170

Martindale LOKKIT2 Lock Off Kit

New qualification to help safety and health drive good business

A new business-focused qualification for a new generation of safety and health professionals was launched today by the world’s leading body in the field.


IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, has responded to business trends and feedback from employers, trainers and experienced practitioners to create a new way of qualifying as a safety and health practitioner.


Bev Messinger, the Institution’s Chief Executive, unveiled the NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business to a packed audience at the ICC in Birmingham, UK, venue for its annual international conference IOSH 2017.


Dickies workwear launches jacket to be seen in this winter

Dickies workwear

Global workwear brand Dickies has launched the Wakefield – an innovative new jacket that transforms in appearance in low light conditions.

Offering tradesmen the high visibility they often rely on in winter months while maintaining a stylish look, the Wakefield appears just like a typical soft shell jacket, but becomes reflective in poor lighting conditions. Grey in colour with black detailing, the jacket is easy to coordinate with other items in Dickies’ range, helping to create a modern, professional finish.

New head of business systems for resistors manufacturer

New head of business systems for resistor manufacturer

~ Cressall promotes Malcolm Garbett to newly created role ~ Leading resistors manufacturer, Cressall has appointed Malcolm Garbett as its new head of business systems as part of the company’s continued drive to strengthen the use of centralised, real-time systems and processes.
The appointment builds on a year of continued growth for Cressall, which opened a second site in Leicester in the spring, allowing the company to work on significantly larger projects.

CMP Products Secures New Global Accreditation for Quality Management Systems

New Global Accreditation at CMP

CMP Products Secures New Global Accreditation With the September 2018 deadline looming for manufacturers to retain their ISO quality accreditation, cable gland and cable cleat specialist, CMP Products is leading the industry by example, transitioning to the new standard almost a year in advance.


ISO 9001:2015 is the latest international standard for quality management systems and will supersede the current 2008 version next year. Without a 2015 certificate, manufacturers will no longer be able to claim that they are certified in quality management systems under ISO.


The new standard encompasses all of CMP’s operating procedures and demonstrates the company’s competence in quality, communication and management.


VARTA Batteries has its moment in the Christmas spotlight

VARTA Batteries

VARTA Consumer Batteries is launching a £1 million Christmas campaign, an investment that will see the challenger brand reach a UK audience of 22 million* this festive season.


The campaign, led by a TV advert, which will air for the first time on 22 November, represents a significant investment by the brand to support battery sales during a peak purchasing period. The multi-channel TV campaign includes a high profile spot during ITV’s flagship winter programme ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’.


New Fire Resistant Cleats withstand Temperatures up to 1,000oC and hold ‘Extreme’ Loads

Homepage promo

CMP Products has today launched a range of ‘fire resistant’ cable cleats which have been engineered and tested to withstand temperatures as high as 1,000oC (1,800oF).


Two of the new products, named Themis and Solace, have been designed with a unique twin arc patent-pending internal design profile, offering extreme axial and lateral load retention. 


Fire tested to the highest industry standards, including AS 3013, BS 5839, EN 50200 and BS 8434, the new products have been specifically engineered for use with fire performance cables, to ensure the safe retention and securing of cables in the event of a wiring system being affected by fire.


Gripple presents next generation of wire rope suspension solutions


The construction products innovator, Gripple has developed in-house a complete solution for the installation, in all applications, of HVAC, mechanical and plumbing services, also delivering increased speed, higher load performance and easier adjustment.

Replacing the Gripple Trapeze and Trapeze Plus products, the UniGrip combines their functionality and best features and adds to them. With three models, UniGrip boasts an increased load rating performance up to 33%, each with a greater safe working load (SWL) of 5:1.

New Appointment At Draper Tools

New Appointment At Draper Tools

Draper Tools is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Rowley to the Board of Directors in the role of Sales Director.


Phil has worked for the company for over 20 years, most recently as Head of Sales.


He is well known and respected in the tool industry and is looking forward to meeting new and existing customers to drive the development of Draper Tools.








Why Kitchen Designers Opt For Undercabinet Lighting

Why Kitchen Designers Opt For Undercabinet Lighting

Step into any kitchen showroom and you’re likely to see an abundance of lighting dotted around the area. Over the kitchen island, you might see pendant lighting. For the ceiling, you may see spotlights. However, a new trend in kitchen lighting has risen to prominence recently and that is undercabinet lighting. Here’s everything you need to know about undercabinet lighting, and why it is so popular in kitchen showrooms.


Types of Undercabinet Lighting

Taking charge with USB sockets

USB sockets

With consumers increasingly relying on the use of technology wherever they are, public locations,from hotels and airports to office buildings and leisure locations, they expect charging facilities to be provided to meet this need. As a result, there has been a significant increase in demand for power sockets with integrated USB charging outlets. Here, Kevin Norman, Senior Product Manager at Rexel, explains why they present a real opportunity for the electrical contractors, and discusses some of the considerations those looking to install integrated USB charging outlets, should be mindful of.

CMD limited unveils AUDACY® advanced wireless lighting control system at Lux Live 2017

Delivers Up to 60 Percent Energy Savings Per Year with Safe, Secure Installation in One-Eighth 

CMD Limited, the leading maker of custom commercial electrical power solutions since 1984, announced today the launch of AUDACY®, an advanced wireless lighting control system designed and engineered by it’s parent company IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. a world leader in electrical power control and management, is now available in the United Kingdom for retrofit, new construction, retail, and institutional lighting markets.


NAPIT Release Industry Leading, EICR Codebreakers


Over the past 12 months NAPIT have been developing a technical reference guide to assist inspectors with coding observations found during Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs). The only definitive guide of its kind available on the market, EICR Codebreakers is essential for anyone carrying out EICRs and facing what’s arguably the most difficult decision; what code to give an observation?


The new book launched this autumn, gives you the answers you need. It has been written to break the EICR codes for you, and recommends clear concise explanations for EICR section K and the schedules of inspections, required for an EICR found in Appendix 6 of BS 7671.


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.

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