ECA and BESA join forces on health and safety programme

A series of four practical ‘Health and Safety Focus Forums’ have been launched by the two leading building services trade bodies, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA). The four events are being run across England and Wales, with the schedule as follows:
· Thursday 11 February – Newport, Wales
· Thursday 25 February – Stratford City, London
· Thursday 14 April – Rugby, Midlands
· Thursday 21 April – Leeds, Yorkshire

Construction Companies - Do you know your BIM from your RIM?

Fewer than 1 in 6 firms (16%) in the building services sector are ‘fully ready’ to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) on projects, according to new survey findings from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
Construction companies are not ready for BIM
With the government deadline for the mandatory use of ‘BIM Level 2’ in all Whitehall-procured contracts just months away, nearly 6 in 10 firms (57%) said they were not fully ready, while over 1 in 4 (27%) said they were ‘not ready at all’ (please see attached graph).

Milton Keynes Electrical Contractor calls for end to dodgy apprenticeships

A local electrical contracting company based in Milton Keynes is backing Government plans to end low quality apprenticeships and bring advocates of low quality apprenticeships to justice. Low quality apprenticeships not only bring the good reputation of electricians and the industry to it's knees but also affect the career progression of those affected.
Maintaining high standards of apprenticeships and training courses is the only way to ensure the electrical industry attracts the best candidates and thus addressing the impending skills gap crisis.

Thousands of Jobs at Risk over FiT Tariff Cuts

Proposed cuts of 87% to the Feed in Tariff (FiT) proposed by the Government in January 2016 could put thousands of jobs at risk in the renewables sector.
If the cuts go ahead, home owners investing in renewable energy could wait decades for a viable return on their investment thus cutting the fledgling renewables industry apart. FiT payments per unit of electricity produced would drop to less than 2p with property owners receiving approximately £190 less than what they currently receive at the present FiT rates.
NICEIC & ELECSA share grave concerns

Grab your copy of James Dewanes NEW book - Marketing for Local Trades– for FREE!!

Yes you heard correctly - James Dewane, founder of the highly acclaimed My Electricians ToolBox has just published his FIRST book dedicated to the SPARKS Blueprint which is an exclusive framework James teaches to members of My Electricians ToolBox. It is this framework that fills the diary of qualified trades people all over the UK.

Why you should always use fire rated downlights

If you are upgrading the lighting anywhere in your home to downlights you may have been asked this age old question.....”do you want fire rated or non-fire rated downlights?” To the average home owner this question will be pretty meaningless apart from the fact that fire rated sounds better than non-fire rated possibly.
However, the difference between the two is stark and in fact opting for the wrong type of downlight could cost a life – this is why it is important to beware of the difference between the two before answering the question.
What is a fire rated downlight?

TrustMark Extends Certification to Stroma Registered Electricians

A partnership agreed in July 2015 between Stroma and TrustMark now allows Stroma registered electricians to gain TrustMark status which will help home-owners select competent qualified electricians and other trades people to carry out work in their homes. This followed a comprehensive and thorough assessment of it's processes of vetting and inspecting installers as well as it's customer service policies, compliance audits, quality management and compliant handling procedures.

Factory direct pricing – saving your electrical contracting business money

In business, every penny has to be accounted for and it makes sense to slash prices by simply cutting out the middle man. This way, you are still obtaining the same quality of product but for less money – its a no brainer of course!
Quality lighting at factory prices
Here at Aurora clearance, we are not just any old lighting vendor – we know there are lots of those around already, we are already responsible for delivering quality lighting to practically any electrical project or design that is specified in today's market place.

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