My Local Electrician - Electricians News Magazine and Business Listings https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/ en Free Online Training For Electricians Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:30 PM https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/free-online-training-electricians-thursday-may-21-2020-730-pm <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Free Online Training For Electricians Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:30 PM</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 18/05/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Six Simple Steps To Having A Successful Local Electrical Business.  Hosted by James Dewane, Author of the S.P.A.R.K.S Blueprint, a Number One Best Seller. James Has Over 25 Years Experience in the Electrical Industry.  Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:30 PM BST</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/james-dewane.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/james-dewane.png" width="750" height="499" alt="James Dewane Free Online Training For Electricians Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:30 PM" title="James Dewane Free Online Training For Electricians Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:30 PM" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/james-dewane.jpg?itok=Js-ifGzY" style="background-color:#60646F;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/james-dewane.jpg?itok=Js-ifGzY" width="750" height="499" alt="James Dewane Free Online Training For Electricians Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:30 PM" title="James Dewane Free Online Training For Electricians Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:30 PM" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I’ve Lost Everything! That’s exactly what James Dewane had to tell his family as a result of the 2007 recession. James was left with nothing but his hand tools and a mountain of debt. His electrical contracting company was liquidated, vans were sold off, staff were made redundant, and he couldn’t even talk to his old customers (rules from the liquidator)</p> <p>James didn’t have time to mope about, he needed to put food on the table and figure out how to pay off his debt…</p> <p>He had to rebuild and rebuild from scratch, without any money for marketing…</p> <p>So he knows what its like to start all over, to pick up the pieces and rebuild.</p> <p>You can learn how James did by attending his online workshop “<strong>Six Simple Steps To Local Success</strong>” here: <a href="http://www.jdewane.com/webinar">www.jdewane.com/webinar</a></p> <p>Since 2013 James has been teaching and mentoring UK electricians on this exact system.</p> <p>If you are trying to build a local Electrical business then this workshop is for you.</p> <p>Join James this Thursday Evening At 19:30 and he will walk you through the System that allowed him to rebuild his business and pay off all his debt, that now helps hundreds of UK Electricians to grow a profitable business.</p> <p><a href="https://www.jdewane.com/webinar">Click here to register for your FREE place</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/james-dewane" hreflang="en">james dewane</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/marketing-electricians" hreflang="en">marketing for electricians</a></li> </ul> </div> Mon, 18 May 2020 18:57:12 +0000 gazza 8555 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/free-online-training-electricians-thursday-may-21-2020-730-pm#comments Electrical Central Heating Explained https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-central-heating-explained <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Electrical Central Heating Explained</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/05/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When you think of central heating in the home, the traditional vision is of a boiler fired by oil or gas sending warm water around radiators to heat the home.</p> <p>Throw in a thermostat and, depending on the type of boiler, warm water too and you have what is best known as ‘central heating’, named after the heating that comes from one central source, the boiler.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/electrician-1080554_960_720_0.png"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/electrician-1080554_960_720_0.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Central Heating Explained" title="Electrical Central Heating Explained" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/electrician-1080554_960_720_0.png?itok=mluH7V14" style="background-color:#A49896;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/electrician-1080554_960_720_0.png?itok=mluH7V14" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Central Heating Explained" title="Electrical Central Heating Explained" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This method is not always as cost-effective as you might think; <a href="https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/covid-19-leads-four-year-18156092">Belfast Live reports that heating oil</a> is at an all-time low right now, but prices can fluctuate leaving heating bills inconsistent and hard to budget for. That has led to some people leaning towards an electric heating system in their home. Electricity is becoming increasingly eco-friendly, <a href="https://www.edie.net/news/6/UK-sets-new-record-for-coal-free-generation/">with the UK increasing the amount</a> of coal-free energy it produces on a regular basis. That makes an electric installation a viable option for homeowners.</p> <p>There are two types of electric heating, one which could be described as ‘central’ heating and another far more flexible method utilising individual appliances rather than a core system.</p> <p><b>Electric Boiler</b></p> <p>The first type of electric central heating you can install is an electric boiler, which works in much the same way as a conventional setup. The boiler heats the water centrally and sends it around the house, but instead of being fired by oil and gas, it is fired by electric.</p> <p>An electric boiler has several advantages, one of which is space. It is essentially a big kettle, boiling water and using it to heat your home. They are relatively cheap to buy and install as well and if looked after properly, will not cost you any more than a normal setup.</p> <p>It is always advisable to get your heating system insured against any mechanical breakdowns that applies to an electrical installation as well as a standard type. <a href="https://www.homeserve.com/uk/insurance/gas-comparison-mb">There are gas coverage plans on HomeServe</a> that cover heating and electrics, giving complete peace of mind to homeowners throughout the year. By covering your electrics as well, you are protecting against both possible areas of breakdown.</p> <p><b>Electric Radiators</b></p> <p>Another method of heating your home using electricity is by installing individual electric radiators in each room. These simply plug into the wall and act separately from each other, offering a more flexible method of heating. If there are rooms in the house you do not use such as a spare bedroom that you wouldn’t need to waste money heating it when warming the rest of the house. Because of the method they use to power up and retain heat, every single watt of electricity is used and converted to warmth for your home, ensuring there is no wastage and no long periods whilst the radiators warm-up either.</p> <p>There is a misconception that electric radiators are expensive. Whilst we did explain they can cost more <a href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/blogs/gazza/tue-07082012-0000/electrician%E2%80%99s-tips-saving-electricity-your-home">in our article <i>Electrician’s Tips for Saving Electricity in Your Home</i></a>, if used correctly that doesn’t need to be the case. With no boiler, your heating will not need a service using this method, although covering the electrics in your house could again protect you from unwanted breakdowns.</p> <p><b>Conclusion</b></p> <p>An electric heating system will not work for everybody, it certainly would not be efficient in houses with high demands on the hot water and needing to warm multiple rooms at once. However, in flats with limited space and homes occupied by one or two people as opposed to families, it is a viable alternative to the traditional methods of keeping yourself cosy in the winter.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electric-boiler" hreflang="en">Electric Boiler</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electric-radiators" hreflang="en">Electric Radiators</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electric-central-heating" hreflang="en">Electric Central Heating</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-central-heating-explained" hreflang="en">Electrical Central Heating Explained</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 01 May 2020 07:56:11 +0000 gazza 8554 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Niceic And Elecsa Partner With Eca To Deliver Free Industry Webinar On Furlough Scheme https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/niceic-and-elecsa-partner-eca-deliver-free-industry-webinar-furlough-scheme <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Niceic And Elecsa Partner With Eca To Deliver Free Industry Webinar On Furlough Scheme</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 29/04/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Industry leaders NICEIC, ELECSA and the ECA, come together once again to deliver a free webinar exploring the current guidelines surrounding the government’s furlough programme.</p> <p>Darren Staniforth, Senior Technical Presenter NICEIC &amp; ELECSA, will pose your questions to ECA's Director of Employment &amp; Skills, Andrew Eldred, who will provide tailored advice.</p> <p>Open to anyone working in the electrical contracting industry, the event will be broadcasted live on Friday, May 1 at 11 am</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/1200x630_NEW_v2.gif"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/1200x630_NEW_v2.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Niceic And Elecsa Partner With Eca To Deliver Free Industry Webinar On Furlough Scheme" title="Niceic And Elecsa Partner With Eca To Deliver Free Industry Webinar On Furlough Scheme" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/1200x630_NEW_v2.gif?itok=phx1zsC_" style="background-color:#E8BDBF;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/1200x630_NEW_v2.gif?itok=phx1zsC_" width="750" height="499" alt="Niceic And Elecsa Partner With Eca To Deliver Free Industry Webinar On Furlough Scheme" title="Niceic And Elecsa Partner With Eca To Deliver Free Industry Webinar On Furlough Scheme" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>NICEIC and ELECSA will once again partner with ECA, the industry's leading trade association, to deliver the second in a series of business support webinars aimed at supporting electrical contractors. The next webinar, which takes place on Friday, May 1 at 11 am, will examine all the latest advice surrounding the government’s furlough scheme. Open to all, this session will answer contractor's questions and provide specific guidance on how the support programme applies to the electrical contracting industry. To register, please visit <a href="http://www.niceic.com/COVID-19-Support-Webinar">www.niceic.com/COVID-19-Support-Webinar</a></p> <p>"As the economic realities of the COVID-19 continue to take hold it is vital that all electrical contractors have access to sound and tailored advice," said Darren Staniforth, Senior Technical Presenter NICEIC &amp; ELECSA.</p> <p>"The landscape is moving at pace, and while the government's furlough scheme has been well documented in the media, we are acutely aware that there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the eligibility criteria and the process associated with claiming grants.</p> <p>"By way of supporting our registrants and the broader electrical contracting industry, we have partnered with the ECA to deliver expert tailored advice to our sector.  </p> <p>"Please join myself and ECA's Director of Employment &amp; Skills, Andrew Eldred, on Friday to get the answers you need to make the right decisions for your business.”</p> <p>The previous webinar, which explored the financial support available to small businesses and sole traders, is available to watch on-demand via the NICEIC and ELECSA websites.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/elecsa" hreflang="en">elecsa</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/eca" hreflang="en">eca</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electricians-webinar" hreflang="en">electricians webinar</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/coronavirus" hreflang="en">Coronavirus</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:55:41 +0000 gazza 8553 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Charity Begins At Home https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/charity-begins-home <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Charity Begins At Home</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/04/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2 align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;&lt;br /&gt;&#10;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;&lt;br /&gt;&#10;color:#0E101A;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Niceic And Elecsa Announce Partnership With Electrical Industries Charity<p></p></span></b></h2> <ul><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;&lt;br /&gt;&#10; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;&lt;br /&gt;&#10; mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">The NICEIC and ELECSA, the nation’s leading certification bodies for the electrical industry, have chosen the Electrical Industries Charity as their official charity partner for 2020<p></p></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(14, 16, 26); margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%;&lt;br /&gt;&#10;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;&lt;br /&gt;&#10;color:#0E101A;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">The partnership, which was officially announced today, is a natural fit for the NICEIC and ELECSA who champion the EIC’s fantastic work in supporting members of the electrical contracting industry.<p></p></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(14, 16, 26); margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;&lt;br /&gt;&#10; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;&lt;br /&gt;&#10; mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Formed in 1904 the EIC offers free practical support services to those working in the sector and their immediate families.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">  </span><p></p></span> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Tessa-Ogle.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Tessa-Ogle.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Niceic And Elecsa Announce Partnership With Electrical Industries Charity" title="Niceic And Elecsa Announce Partnership With Electrical Industries Charity" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Tessa-Ogle.jpg?itok=9udrG3iT" style="background-color:#B3B2B7;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Tessa-Ogle.jpg?itok=9udrG3iT" width="750" height="499" alt="Niceic And Elecsa Announce Partnership With Electrical Industries Charity" title="Niceic And Elecsa Announce Partnership With Electrical Industries Charity" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">NICEIC and ELECSA, the UK’s leading certification bodies for the electrical industry, have today announced that they will be supporting the Electrical Industries Charity as their chosen charity partner for 2020. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The announcement marks the start of a year-long fundraising campaign by the NICEIC and ELECSA to raise much-needed funds for the charity who exist to provide free, confidential, practical support to those working in the electrical contracting industry.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">“We are delighted to partner with the Electrical Industries Charity," said Kevan Parker, NICEIC and ELECSA, Managing Director.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">“The work the charity undertakes on behalf of the industry and its members is truly remarkable, the service they provide offers a lifeline to so many, and we are proud to support them as they strive to help our colleagues and contractors in times of need.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">“We all need a helping hand from time to time, now more so than ever, and knowing there is an organisation such as the EIC out there supporting our people is a great source of comfort.”</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Offering a broad spectrum of services, including but not limited to, counselling and mental health support, general legal support, debt support and financial relief in immediate need; the EIC protect the health and wellbeing of anyone associated with our industry.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">"It is wonderful to have the NICEIC and ELECSA onboard," said Tessa Ogle, Electrical Industries Charity, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">"We are incredibly proud of the support we provide and the positive impact we have on so many lives. People turn to us for many reasons, and thanks to the hard work of our many supporters, we are able to offer much-needed assistance. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">"Having partners such as the NICEIC and ELECSA, will, I am sure, provide a real boost to our efforts and we very much look forward to working with them moving forward."</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">One of the charity's most in-demand services is their mental health support package.  Operating a confidential helpline, the charity receives thousands of calls from people needing help. Working closely with the individual trained professionals develop programmes to best suit their needs.  These programmes may include a series of telephone counselling sessions, face to face family group therapy, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  The tools are wide-ranging and provide vital relief to those who need them.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">If you are a member of the electrical Industry and you or a family member need assistance, please reach out to the charity to see what options are available.  You can do this by logging on email on at <a href="mailto:support@electricalcharity.org" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">support@electricalcharity.org</a> or by calling their confidential helpline 0800 652 1618</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/elecsa" hreflang="en">elecsa</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-industries-charity" hreflang="en">Electrical Industries Charity</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/kevan-parker" hreflang="en">Kevan Parker</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-charity" hreflang="en">electrical charity</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 12:58:55 +0000 gazza 8552 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk NICEIC responds to covid-19 pandemic https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/niceic-responds-covid-19-pandemic <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">NICEIC responds to covid-19 pandemic</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 30/03/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">In light of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the NICEIC has taken several steps to assist contractors and to ensure the safety of its customers, staff and the general public. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">Registered contractors currently paying via monthly instalments have the option to defer fee payments for three months.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">Contractors who are due annual assessments will have the option to undertake sessions remotely, utilising video conferencing technology, or reschedule free of charge. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">All NICEIC training courses are postponed until June 1, and the planned LIVE SOUTH conference has been cancelled.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/200317-F-NW053-003.JPG"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/200317-F-NW053-003.png" width="750" height="499" alt="NICEIC responds to covid-19 pandemic" title="NICEIC responds to covid-19 pandemic" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/200317-F-NW053-003.JPG?itok=Uare15op" style="background-color:#352224;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/200317-F-NW053-003.JPG?itok=Uare15op" width="750" height="499" alt="NICEIC responds to covid-19 pandemic" title="NICEIC responds to covid-19 pandemic" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">NICEIC, the UK's largest certification body for the electrical contracting industry, has revealed a series of changes to their planned activities and working practices in light of the current COVID-19 Pandemic. These include an optional payment holiday for contractors, a switch to remote assessments and changes to planned training and event activities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">NICEIC announced that registered contractors who currently pay via monthly instalments have the option to defer fee payments for three months <sup>1</sup>. Those utilising the offer will see payments pause until July with the outstanding monies then being spread over the remaining months of this year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">"</span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; font-size:10.0pt; padding:0cm" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">We fully appreciate the stress COVID-19 is placing upon businesses and individuals,” </span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">said Kevan Parker, NICEIC, Managing Director.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="paragraph"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:10.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#333333">“The last few weeks ha</span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:10.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">ve been a stressful and worrying time for all. The growing seriousness of the pandemic situation continues to raise questions and create new challenges.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="paragraph"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:10.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“To date, <span style="color:#333333">we have focused on ensuring the safety of our customers, staff and the wider population putting processes in place to help protect lives. Now that our remote assessments are up and running, and our training and events schedules have been postponed or cancelled, we are putting all of our efforts into supporting our customers and their businesses as best we are able in these challenging of circumstances.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">“One stage in this process relates to finances, and we hope that today's announcement will provide some relief to those facing difficulties. Moving forward, we will continue to develop our services to support our contractors providing up to date advice and guidance as the situation evolves.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">Until further notice, NICEIC will cease to deliver face to face assessments.  Those contractors who are due for an annual assessment will have the</span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:10.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="background:white"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#333333"> option to conduct the session, via video conferencing solutions, or reschedule their appointment free of charge.  This temporary change has been implemented to</span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a"> protect all parties.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“Our remote model allows us to continue to safely verify current competence,” said John O’Neill, NICEIC, Technical Director. “Importantly this process also allows us to maintain support and </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:10.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">provide any guidance needed to improve standards during this</span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"> challenging period.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">When it comes to training and events all face to face courses, have been postponed until June 1 and the upcoming LIVE SOUTH activity has been cancelled.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">Online technical learning tools are available to registered contractors via their customer portal<sup>, </sup>and to the industry via social media channels. These will be enhanced moving forward with more information being shared in the coming days.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a">For more details on NICEIC’s response to COVID-19, please log onto </span></span></span></span><a href="http://www.niceic.com" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:10.0pt" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">www.niceic.com</span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0e101a"> where you will find the companies the latest statement, links to Government advice and our FAQ document.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/coronavirus-0" hreflang="en">Coronavirus</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/coronavirus" hreflang="en">Coronavirus</a></li> </ul> </div> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:02:51 +0000 gazza 8551 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Electrical Safety Tips When Working From Home During Coronavirus Isolation https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-safety-tips-when-working-home-during-coronavirus-isolation <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Electrical Safety Tips When Working From Home During Coronavirus Isolation</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 23/03/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><iframe allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/ewkZmxAa77ROLY" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 500px;"></iframe></p> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:22:47 +0000 gazza 8550 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk The Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition moves to next stage https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-apprentice-year-competition-moves-next-stage <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition moves to next stage</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 13/02/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>More than one hundred apprentices move on to stage two of competition - After more than a month of marking and deliberation from the judges, the second stage of The Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition, which is run in association with competition partners, Scolmore Group and Voltimum, is underway.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO_0.png"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/202020Electrical20Apprentice20of20the20Year20Competition20LOGO_0.png" width="750" height="499" alt="The Electrical Apprentice of the Year" title="The Electrical Apprentice of the Year" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO_0.png?itok=wO4FR1p-" style="background-color:#1A1617;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO_0.png?itok=wO4FR1p-" width="750" height="499" alt="The Electrical Apprentice of the Year" title="The Electrical Apprentice of the Year" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>More than 540 electrical students completed the first stage of the competition – an online exam comprising of 40 multiple choice questions relating to electrical installations. Now the top 20% of entrants will go to the second heat of the competition where they will take part in a two-hour written exam held at several locations across the UK.</p> <p>Kicking off in Corby, the second stage of this year’s competition will test the apprentices understanding and knowledge of installation practices in a two-hour written exam.</p> <p>Darren Staniforth, group senior technical presenter for NICEIC and ELECSA said:</p> <p>“This is the fifth year we have run the competition and the benchmark score to qualify for stage two has gone up each year. This is the great news for the judges and is very promising for the industry as a whole.</p> <p>“Each year, we see more and more entrants with a better understanding of the requirements to be an electrician enter the competition. These bright and talented young men and women are coming to the end of their apprenticeships and will be taking on work of their own in the near future so it is vital we promote and encourage these talented individuals and apprenticeships as a whole to others working in the industry.</p> <p>The second stage of the competition will run until April. The eight highest scoring students will then go through to the Grand Final which will take place at Scolmore Group HQ, one of the competition partners.</p> <p>Marie Parry, group marketing director for Scolmore Group said:</p> <p>“We are very proud of our involvement in this competition over the five years since it was launched and we’re delighted to see it continue to grow in stature. We know from talking to the finalists over the years what a key role the competition has played in boosting confidence and helping them to achieve success in their chosen careers.”</p> <p>Eddie Embleton, Managing Director of Voltimum UK said:</p> <p>“Voltimum is really pleased to be supporting this wonderful competition which promotes excellence and celebrates the young people taking part. ElectricalApprentice.co.uk was established to support apprentices and it’s nice to know that the standard of the competition is growing each year which is great for our industry.”  </p> <p>The competition is not only an opportunity for students to prove their knowledge and abilities but also a chance to win some fantastic prizes.</p> <p>All those taking part in stage two will receive a goody bag from NICEIC and ELECSA, Scolmore Group and Electrical Apprentice; with the eight finalists also getting a brand new iPad courtesy of Scolmore Group.</p> <p>Scolmore Group is also supplying the main prizes for the winner and two runners up. The overall winner will walk off with a £2,000 holiday voucher, the runner up will take home a £750 holiday voucher and the third place candidate will receive a £250 holiday voucher.</p> <p>The college that produces the overall winner will receive £1,000 worth of Scolmore Group products, while the employer will also receive one year’s free registration with NICEIC or ELECSA.</p> <p>For more information about the competition, visit <a href="http://www.niceic.com/apprentice">www.niceic.com/apprentice</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-apprentice-year-0" hreflang="en">The Electrical Apprentice of the Year, </a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-apprentice-year" hreflang="en">Electrical Apprentice of the Year</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 07:25:36 +0000 gazza 8549 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Hey Alexa, Find me Electrical Safety Product Recalls https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/hey-alexa-electrical-safety-product-recalls <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hey Alexa, Find me Electrical Safety Product Recalls</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 29/01/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Leading consumer protection charity, Electrical Safety First, has launched a new Alexa app, to help slash the number of electrical fires in UK homes.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" title="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png?itok=t63J_dW5" style="background-color:#BBACA2;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png?itok=t63J_dW5" width="750" height="499" alt="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" title="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Using voice technology to easily access information on product recalls, consumers can effortlessly discover if they have a recalled electrical item - simply by giving Alexa the item’s brand name.</p> <p>Currently, product recalls achieve a success rate of just 10-20%, leaving a host of potentially unsafe electricals items still in use and presenting a significant risk of fire. In fact, research by the Charity indicates almost 270 million unregistered electrical products are still in UK homes[1]. As only those consumers who register an item can be easily contacted in the case of a product recall, this means that there is a significant proportion of the population who won’t know if one of their appliances is a safety risk. Electrical Safety First’s new Alexa app aims to boost those recall rates, preventing electrical fires caused by faulty devices.</p> <p>“Electricity is responsible for over half of all UK domestic fires”, explains Emma Drackford, Director of Communications for Electrical Safety First. “In 2017, almost 5,000 fires[2] were caused by faulty electrical appliances and leads, including recalled items - the equivalent of 13 fires per day across the UK[3].</p> <p>“We are committed to using every advantage provided by new technology to reduce this risk. We hope that by launching the Alexa app, people will use it to make ad-hoc checks while doing chores around the house, without having to open a website. It’s all about removing barriers and giving our audience the tools they need to use their electrical products more safely.”</p> <p>Electrical Safety First worked with Manchester-based, digital agency Absurd, to develop and build the app.</p> <p> [1] Consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First and conducted by Censuswide surveying 5,000 people in the UK nationally representative of the population, found that respondents had an average of 9.86 unregistered electrical products in their home out of an average of 15.04 in total. This figure multiplied by the number of households in the UK according to ONS (27.2 million as of 2017) results in 267,648,000.</p> <p>[2] 4,732 accidental domestic fires caused by faulty appliances and leads where the source of ignition was electric.<br /> England: Figures from financial year 2016/17. Accessible at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#incident-level-datasets">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-dat…</a>. Wales: StatsWales statistics on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services. Figures from financial year 2016/17. Accessible at:<a href="https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Community-Safety-and-Social-Inclusion/Community-Safety/Fire-Incidents/Fires-and-False-Alarms/accidentalprimaryfires-by-cause-sourceignition">https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Community-Safety-and-Social-Incl…</a> Scotland: Freedom of Information request sent to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, June 2016.</p> <p>[3] 4,732 fires is the equivalent of 12.96 fires per day</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Alexa electrical safety</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-app" hreflang="en">Alexa electrical app</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Alexa Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:31:31 +0000 gazza 8548 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Financial Protection for home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/financial-protection-home-improvements-repairs-maintenance-or-energy-efficiencies-or-around <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Financial Protection for home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 17/01/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A new Financial Protection Panel of independent experts and industry representatives has been formed by TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality scheme, to assess the financial protection available to consumers looking to undertake any home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Lynn%20Hugo%2C%20TrustMark%27s%20Non-Executive%20Financial%20Protection%20Director.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Lynn20Hugo2C20TrustMark27s20Non-Executive20Financial20Protection20Director.png" width="750" height="499" alt="TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo" title="TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Lynn%20Hugo%2C%20TrustMark%27s%20Non-Executive%20Financial%20Protection%20Director.jpg?itok=UJpKw2Zj" style="background-color:#A29278;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Lynn%20Hugo%2C%20TrustMark%27s%20Non-Executive%20Financial%20Protection%20Director.jpg?itok=UJpKw2Zj" width="750" height="499" alt="TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo" title="TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><font color="#000000" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The panel aims to provide reassurance to consumers that if they employ a TrustMark Registered Business they will have the correct financial protection mechanisms in place, such as insurance backed guarantees and warranties, that will protect prepayments, deposits, post completion workmanship, rectification of defects or major damage and non-compliance with Building Regulations as a minimum.</font></p> <p>Chaired by TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo, the Finance Protection Panel is a working group that consists of two layers – the ‘Finance Protection Oversight Panel’ and the ‘Industry Assessment Panel’.  Together their collaboration will bring together a wealth of knowledge, proficiency and views to ensure that the financial protection stage of the consumer journey is safer and there are no gaps in the provision of consumer protection.</p> <p>The Finance Protection Oversight Panel is made up of well-respected senior industry experts in regulation, insurance, finance, consumer protection and legal and they will appraise and validate the different financial protection policies from the TrustMark Scheme Providers to ensure they are providing fair terms without consumer detriment and abide by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.  Supporting this panel will be the Industry Assessment Panel, which is a representation of TrustMark Scheme Providers, and they will review and focus on each of the financial provider policies to ensure they are all offering a robust and impartial method of financial protection for use within their schemes. </p> <p>Lynn Hugo, says: “The Financial Protection Panel is a collaborative approach from the industry to provide the consumer with optimal protection for any work they choose to have  carried out by a TrustMark Registered Business.  We will only accept financial protection schemes that have been through rigorous approval and meet the TrustMark Framework Requirements and appropriate standard of financial protection.  We have a fantastic team who are committed to enhancing consumer protection, and by working together, we can ensure that the consumer journey is as safe and secure as possible.  Consumer protection is at the heart of TrustMark’s vision and service delivery, so this is one important step to achieving this.”</p> <p>A register of verified financial protection schemes will be published by TrustMark and be publicly available for both consumers and businesses on the TrustMark website under ‘Services’ heading.  All works carried out in and around the home will have financial protection as required by the Framework Operating Requirements including all energy efficiency improvements, and have a duration cover of a minimum of two years, with the exception of certain energy efficient measures that will require a minimum of 25 years.</p> <p><font color="#000000" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The Financial Protection Panel is one of three councils being developed to support the TrustMark Board with the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as providing strong collaborations and developments to serve the industry and consumer.</font></p> <p>For further information about TrustMark and the services it offers, visit <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.trustmark.org.uk/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1579353255914000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE0edlsY8QtEC2ItVK9MX8xvrgSUw" href="http://www.trustmark.org.uk/" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">www.trustmark.org.uk</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/trustmark-financial-protection" hreflang="en">trustmark financial protection</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/lynn-hugo" hreflang="en">Lynn Hugo</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/trustmark-registered-electrician" hreflang="en">TrustMark Registered Electrician</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/trustmark" hreflang="en">trustmark</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:34:06 +0000 gazza 8547 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/mandatory-electrical-checks-private-rented-sector <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 14/01/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Electrical Safety First's comments in response to the Government’s plan to shortly introduce regular electrical checks in England’s private rented sector. Responding to the announcement of the imminent introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First, commented:</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/MA%20headshot.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/MA20headshot.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First" title="Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/MA%20headshot.jpg?itok=mnqayYjV" style="background-color:#929095;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/MA%20headshot.jpg?itok=mnqayYjV" width="750" height="499" alt="Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First" title="Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Today’s commitment by the Government to bring mandatory electrical safety checks into force, is a success for millions of renters and their landlords in England. It is long overdue for the dangers posed by electricity in the home to be taken as seriously as that of gas, so this legislation provides essential protection for millions. But, while we welcome this crucial step in protecting tenants, electrical safety should not be a ‘tenure lottery’. Electrical Safety First would like to see this regulation extended to the social housing sector in the very near future.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">We have heard harrowing tales of fatal accidents caused by unsafe electrics in rented properties. This new regulation – which we believe will benefit tenants and landlords by protecting both people and property - will help ensure such tragedies don’t happen again.  Tenants will finally be able to hold landlords to account for the safety of electrics in their rented homes.  And, while most landlords already ensure their properties are safe, this new law offers clarity and helps private landlords protect their assets through regular upkeep of the electrics in their properties. But it is essential the new regulation has teeth and the enforcement body has the resources to take action effectively.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"> </p> <h3 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"><b><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Mike Smith, Technical Director of the ECA has also welcomed this new commitment to electrical safety. He added</span></b><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">:<span> </span><span style="color: black;">“The dangers posed by electricity need to be taken seriously and they should be properly managed. It’s vitally important that landlords have the information they need to fully understand and carry out their new legal obligations. And that testing and inspection is carried out by an enterprise that’s been certificated by a reputable third party as competent to carry out these activities.</span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;"><span> </span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: black;">ECA has long been working with its industry partners to raise safety standards in the PRS and we will now work with our members-  and the wider industry - to help ensure that the electrical safety of all PRS properties get the professional attention they need.”</span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"> </p> <h3 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" xml:lang="EN-GB">These views have been echoed by John O’Neill, Technical Director at NICEIC &amp; ELECSA, who said</span></b><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" xml:lang="EN-GB">: “I am pleased that the new Government has taken action in this important area.  We look forward to working with landlords to ensure they understand the benefits of using registered electrical contractors to undertake the testing and inspections that will be vital to keep tenants safe.  We remain committed to working with industry partners and other stakeholders, to raise standards both in the PRS and across the industry generally.”</span></h3> <p class="m_1445162340933343783xmsonormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 22px;"> </p> <p class="m_1445162340933343783xmsonormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 22px;"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" xml:lang="EN-GB">Additional notes:</span></strong></p> <ul type="disc"><li>The regulations requiring regular electrical checks in the private rented sector will come into force on June 1<sup>st</sup>, 2020.</li> <li>However, it is intended that the implementation of the regulation will occur slightly later – July 2020 for new tenancies and April 2021 for existing tenancies.</li> <li>The regulations will be enforced by local authorities, and the fine set locally. This can be up to £30k.</li> <li>The final details of the regulation will be debated in Parliament shortly.</li> </ul><p class="m_1445162340933343783xmsonormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 22px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" xml:lang="EN-GB"> </span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/mandatory-electrical-safety-checks" hreflang="en">Mandatory electrical safety checks</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/landlord-electrical-safety-check-compulsory-5-yearly-electrical-checks-rented-homes" hreflang="en">Landlord Electrical Safety Check, Compulsory 5 Yearly Electrical Checks in Rented Homes</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/landlord-mandatory-electrical-safety-check" hreflang="en">landlord mandatory electrical safety check</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/private-rental-electrical-safety-check" hreflang="en">private rental electrical safety check</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/mandatory-electrical-safety-check" hreflang="en">Mandatory electrical safety check</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:39:56 +0000 gazza 8546 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk