Health and Safety exhibition tradition to continue at the NEC Birmingham

The Health and Safety Event, a new national Health and Safety exhibition and conference programme has been launched at the NEC in Birmingham from 11th to 13th March 2014. The new event will be held at the same time as Maintec, the maintenance, plant and asset management exhibition.

Top Business Mistakes Highlighted by Survey

Do you think you're a savvy business owner? A recent survey carried out by Volkswagen Caddy highlights the main mistakes small business owners like electricians and plumbers have made and then later regretted.
Business mistakes are not heard about very often, after all no ones wants to be reminded how easy it can be to make mistakes so therefore we only hear about the bigger success stories. It is little wonder then that many also try to follow the 'spotlight' and end up disappointed. Running a business is by no means a simple task.

Trustmark Warns Consumers to be Vigilant of Home Improvement Fraudsters

TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark signposting consumers to tradesmen, has welcomed Action Fraud’s warning about doorstep fraudsters using the Green Deal to con homeowners, and is urging consumers to be wary of uninvited tradesmen and always check the credentials of any firm to ensure they are approved and reputable.

UK Needs to Focus on Reducing E-Crime says IET

A new initiative is needed to bring the growing e-crime incidences back under control. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has recommended a three fold initiative which will both contain and reduce the current e-crime figures.
The three fold initiative proposal is based around 3 core areas which are crucial in the battle against e-crime. These are
*Education
*Software Quality
*Law Enforcement

ESC Tables Home Safety in Scotland

The Electrical Safety Council’s (ESC) parliamentary roundtable on the theme of improving home safety in Scotland, hosted by Clare Adamson MSP, will take place at Holyrood, on April 25th
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Each year in the UK, 70 people are killed by an electrical accident in the home and 350,000 sustain a serious injury from an electric shock (1). Government data also shows that Scottish homes are at greater risk from electrical fires than the rest of Great Britain (2).

New Design and Technology Curriculum Outdated

Design and Technology? Remember it? The vast majority of us have fond memories of constructing wooden cars and making them move, of producing graphical '3D' drawings and trying out the levers of a drilling machine. Fun times for many and quite possibly, Design Technology lead to an interest in pursuing a career in the construction industry for many people.
However, the end of such fun could well be on the horizon if proposed changes to the National Curriculum in England for Design and Technology go ahead.

Get ahead in home automation

NICEIC is running a one day training course for electrical contractors looking to branch out into home automation work.
Working in partnership with Click Scolmore and smart home product specialist iNELS, attendees will be able to expand their knowledge of wireless control systems. They will also be able to take home £50 worth of iNELS’ products once the course is completed.

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