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More than 17 000 firms are now registered as an Approved Contractor with NICEIC – the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry.
The 17 000th business was registered last month proving more than ever that electrical firms want to have their work checked and assessed. NICEIC now maintains a total roll of more than 26 000 registered contractors (including domestic installers).
Electrical firm A R Morrison Electrical Services based in Halifax was the 17,000th customer. The firm is managed by Anthony Morrison - an electrician with more than 25 years experience in the trade. He set up his own business three years ago – originally as a domestic installer before he switched over to an Approved Contractor.
Anthony said NICEIC was the obvious choice for his business. “I have always found dealing with NICEIC very straightforward and all the firms I have worked for have been NICEIC registered.
“Being an Approved Contractor has increased my work load. The half day site inspections from the area engineer have been a great help and a real benefit to my company.”
Anthony’s growing business means he has been able to take on a young apprentice - Stephen Kinder (pictured). He added: “It gives me great satisfaction to offer someone a chance to learn the trade at such a difficult economic time.”
NICEIC has witnessed an increasing number of applications from firms looking for accreditation in recent months.
Alan Wells, Certification Director at NICEIC, comments: “This is positive news for the industry as a whole. In difficult trading conditions it would be easy for firms or individuals to cut back on items such as certification.
“However, it would seem firms are keen to have the quality of their work assessed and gain NICEIC certification because of the benefits it brings to their business.”
In addition, contractors registering with NICEIC now benefit from the recent merger between the ESC (Electrical Safety Council) and the ECA (Electrical Contractors’ Association).
The partnership, between two of the industry’s leading bodies, means all firms registering with NICEIC will feature on the new Electrical Safety Register – the definitive searchable database for registered electricians.
Featuring the details of more than 36,000 businesses across the UK www.electricalsafetyregister.com is the number one place to find a competent electrician.