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Rogue builder prosecuted for mis-using NICEIC logo

A rogue builder, who falsely claimed to be NICEIC registered, faces a possible jail sentence after deceiving customers out of thousands of pounds. Umran Suleman, from Blackburn, pleaded guilty to 17 charges under trading standards regulations, some in his own name and some in the name of U & A Drylining Limited.

He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced. District Judge Michael Hopkinson, who heard the case, said he had no doubt the offences merited a custodial sentence.

He said: "The public deserve protection from people like you.

RECC receives official TrustMark approval

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The Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) has been approved by TrustMark as a new scheme operator for businesses involved in renewables and related home improvement and energy efficiency sectors. RECC members can now sign up to the Government-endorsed quality scheme in addition to their RECC membership, and benefit from inclusion on the TrustMark website, which helps homeowners find quality and expert local tradespeople.

SSIP saves buyers and suppliers over £50 million annually

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New figures compiled by the Safety Schemes in Procurement Forum (SSIP) highlight over £50 million of savings to clients, other buyers and suppliers in 2016.

The figures show the total savings, linked to cross-recognition between health and safety supply chain assessments, reported to SSIP by individual assessment schemes. Cross recognition reduces the need for clients to re-check suppliers' details or to specify a particular assessment scheme, and for contractors to fill in numerous health and safety questionnaires.

Engineering services sector ends 2016 on high

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Over three in four (78 per cent) engineering services firms say turnover increased or remained steady during the final quarter of 2016, according to new findings within the sector-wide ‘Building Engineering Business Survey’, sponsored by Scolmore.

The survey is now being run in partnership by the ECA, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT. It had 529 responses from across the building engineering services sector in January.

Electrical Safety First’s response to Whirlpool’s new advice to consumers regarding faulty tumble-dryers

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Whirlpool has just updated its advice to consumers with faulty tumble-dryers. Originally, customers with these faulty machines were told they could continue using them – while waiting for modifications – provided they were not left unattended. Now, Whirlpool is advising people to unplug an affected machine and stop using them until they are repaired.

TrustMark and Chartered Trading Standards Institute join forces further to improve consumer protection and confidence

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Over the last 12 months The Chartered Institute of Trading Standards (CTSI) and TrustMark have been looking at ways in which they can deliver joint services to provide greater levels of consumer protection and confidence across the many trades delivering services in and around the home.

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Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators

The list of Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators and their contact details can be found below:

Benchmark BESCA BSI ELECSA NAPIT NICEIC OFTEC STROMA
Tel: 02380 517069 Tel: 0800 652 5533 Tel: 0845 086 9001 Tel: 0333 321 8220 Tel: 0345 543 0330 Tel: 0870 013 0382 Tel: 0845 6585080 Tel: 0845 6211111
Email: info@benchmark-cert.co.uk Email: info@besca.org.uk Email: cservices@bsigroup.com Email: enquiries@elecsa.co.uk Email: info@napit.org.uk Email: enquiries@niceic.com Email: enquiries@oftec.org Email: info@stroma.com