Former England Manager Stuart Pearce tops the bill at Live South

Tickets are selling fast for what promises to be one of the biggest events in the electrical calendar, as the countdown to Live South begins. The award-winning conference and exhibition from NICEIC and ELECSA will return to Epsom Downs Racecourse on Thursday 18 May, featuring a range of star speakers, practical sessions and a chance to meet the industry’s leading suppliers all in one place.

31% of people admit they do not register an electrical appliance

Electrical Safety First has partnered with Beko Plc. UK to explore consumer attitudes around product registration. Research revealed that despite a number of high profile safety notices and product recalls issued last year, nearly half of all consumers who purchased an electrical item in the last 12 months did not register their purchase.

Certsure named 52nd best firm to work for in the UK

Certsure, which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands, has been named one of the nation’s Top 100 companies to work for the fifth year running. Certsure ranked 52nd in the Times Top 100 list, up an impressive 27 places on last year’s position of 79.
CEO Emma Clancy commented: “To deliver the best service possible to our customers we understand that our teams need to feel empowered, skilled and motivated.
“We have invested in staff training programmes and created an environment that gives our teams the platform to succeed.

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.

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.