20 000th Approved Contractor signs up with NICEIC

More than 20 000 firms are now registered as an Approved Contractor with NICEIC – the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. NICEIC has witnessed an increasing number of applications from firms looking for accreditation in recent months. It is the first time in the organisation’s 60 year history the Approved Contractor roll has topped 20, 000. It now maintains a total roll of more than 28 000 registered contractors (including domestic installers).

Assembly motion supports electrical safety for private tenants

Commenting on the London Assembly’s unanimous motion for the Government to introduce mandatory, 5 yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, said:
“London has the biggest PRS in the UK, so we are delighted that the London Assembly supports our campaign for this key safety requirement.

Leading industry awards are open for entries

Engineering services organisations encouraged to submit entries for the ECA Annual Awards. The industry-leading ECA Annual Awards 2017, which recognise some of the top-performing organisations across electrical and other engineering services, are now open to entries from members of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
There are eight award categories, with a limited number of award sponsorship opportunities still available to interested parties. The award categories are as follows:

ECA urges government to back tidal lagoons

Submission to independent review urges government to commit to new industry
Proposals to build a series of tidal lagoons in the UK have been firmly backed by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) in a submission to a government-commissioned review of the potential new renewable sector.
Within the ECA response to the Hendry Review, an independent analysis requested by the government earlier this year, the trade body said that tidal lagoons offered the ‘complete package’ of long lifespan, high flexibility, and very high energy predictability.

What is Click Fraud and can you Prevent it?

It's well known that using Google AdWords to generate leads that turn into jobs is prime marketing technique that many tradesmen adopt. Google AdWords is a pay per click system where in basic terms you bid against competitors to gain a top position in order to increase visitors and subsequently business enquiries.
However, the Google AdWords system largely relies on honesty and unfortunately there are some unscrupulous people that engage in an activity known as click fraud to cost you dearly whilst handing themselves an advantage.

Star duo booked to appear at Live South

Matt Allwright and Geoff Hurst will be the guest speakers at this year’s Live South which takes place at Epsom Downs on May 19th. Allwright is the well-known consumer affairs reporter who presents BBC’s Rogue Traders and Watchdog programmes. He will be discussing some of the risks posed by dodgy tradespersons and highlighting the importance of using registered electricians.

Savvy Homebuyers Demand Good Indoor Air Quality

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia has welcomed recent research on the importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) and how the nation’s health is dependent on it. With this growing body of research comes increased awareness, among homebuyers as indoor air quality rises in importance as both a comfort and health issue in residential New Build properties.

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