RECC receives official TrustMark approval

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.

Industry backs new Power Players initiative

A series of leading organisations from across building services engineering are backing the new industry-wide Power Players initiative, which is being run by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), and is set to formally launch in late spring.
All Things Media – who are running this year’s Electrical Design & Install Expo – will be an official partner of Power Players. As part of this, the finalists will be showcased during the ECA-sponsored ED&I Expo in September, with the winners announced during the show.

SSIP saves buyers and suppliers over £50 million annually

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

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.

Major new fire and security apprenticeship launches

The fire, emergency and security systems apprenticeship trailblazer has officially launched this week during a major industry event held at the UBM offices in London. The majority of candidates are now expected to formally start their apprenticeship in September this year.
The event was jointly organised by the apprenticeship employers group, alongside the Fire and Security Association (FSA), the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).

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

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.
Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, has commented on this development:

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

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.

Jobs for the Girls campaign nominated for award

NICEIC’s Jobs for the Girls campaign is up for a gong at this year’s Women in Construction awards.
The campaign has been shortlisted for the best staff training and development award at the ceremony which takes place in Manchester on March 1.
NICEIC CEO Emma Clancy commented: “Although more women are now choosing to take up a career in the trades, the numbers are still painfully low.
“Men outnumber women nine to one in the trades sector and through our Jobs for the Girls campaign we want to change that.

TrustMark actively supports FareShare to fight food hunger and tackle waste

TrustMark, the Government-endorsed ‘find a tradesperson’ scheme, is actively supporting FareShare Southern Central in their quest to fight food hunger and tackle waste by redistributing food to a wide range of organisations in Basingstoke and across Hampshire. Based in Basingstoke, TrustMark is working with FareShare to help increase food distribution to breakfast clubs, lunch clubs for older people, night shelters, women’s refuges, community cafes and food banks in and around the large town. In addition, TrustMark is also funding three local children’s centres in Southampton.

ECA urges government to ensure 'affordable' smart meter tariffs

Energy suppliers should be pressed to ensure that businesses and consumers are offered ‘a range of flexible, fair and affordable tariffs’ as part of the move to smart metering, according to a submission by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) to a government consultation on smart energy. Business and consumer bodies, including the Institute of Directors and Which?, have previously raised concerns over the potential increase in customer energy bills following the installation of smart meters.