UK public finding it harder to source skilled tradesmen

The construction sector is being urged to create more apprenticeships and find ways to attract workers to the sector after new research found that over half of the UK population are struggling to hire a tradesperson.


The study by IronmongeryDirect, surveyed 1,000 people who have required the services of a trade professional over the past year. Results showed that for one in six people (16%), it took more than three weeks to find a suitable tradesperson, while 13% said it took up to two weeks, and almost a quarter (24%) had to search for a week to get someone on board.


Verotec acquires IMRAK 1400 in £250k+ investment in stock and facilities


Verotec, who hold the IP for many ex-Vero Electronics metal enclosures, has acquired the stock and assets from CommNetworks for another well-known Vero product, the IMRAK 1400 cabinet range, . Verotec has now acquired the stock, design drawings, UK sales rights and business contacts for the entire IMRAK 1400 family from CommNetworks.

Bridge selfies wanted for record-breaking engineering exhibit


- Bridge Engineering exhibition – a window into the world of civil engineering -

To celebrate the importance and beauty of bridges from around the world ahead of the opening of its new exhibition, Bridge Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is inviting the public and  engineers to share pictures of themselves with their favourite crossings on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

The best bridge selfies will be selected to form part of a special montage of bridges which will be displayed in the exhibition next to its centre piece - the world’s longest ever bridge made out of LEGO. 

One Electrical invests in the latest Viso Photometric Test Equipment

Based in Manchester, UK, now with 16years in the lighting business and with more than 1500 resellers, across 30 countries, One Electrical Ltd has expanded their lighting laboratory facilities with the Viso LabSpion.

Rob Chadwick, director says; “It has been a large investment, but to us it is not a matter of “wanting something”, but rather “needing”. To be recognised as one of the top names in the industry – it is a must that you have solid quality control procedures in place. Being in the industry longer than most, we have a unique & thorough testing procedure already in place. But this now takes us to a new level.

Voltex Electrical Launches for LED Future


Blackburn based Electrical Contracting Business, Voltex Electrical has officially been launched.

Chris Maher, Managing Director of Voltex Electrical is the man behind the business. As a fully qualified Electrician, Chris has worked in the electrical industry for over 10 years and after building up a mass of knowledge and experience, he has now created Voltex Electrical.

Chris started to set up the business in the early months of 2016 which included designing the logo, building a new website and registering for electrical accreditation's. With everything ready to go, Voltex Electrical was born and officially opened for business on 1st July 2016.

Developing the Lighting Community for a Bright and Exciting Future


Only six months after the LIA opened its 12,500 sq ft purpose built Laboratories facility we will officially launch the Lighting Industry Academy on September 28, this is part of the LIA’s continued investment in its Membership and the UK lighting community as a whole. 

The Lighting Industry Academy, funded in part by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund was developed in response to the real and pressing need within the industry to provide a central, coherent training and career path for lighting industry professionals and trades people.

Gas and boiler engineers are the nation’s most trusted traders, new study shows

HomeServe-commissioned poll, released for Gas Safety Week 2016, reveals nation’s most trusted tradespeople

Trader trustworthiness deemed most important factor by more than two thirds of UK homeowners

When it comes to the tricky decision about picking the right trader we still opt to trust those closest to us, study shows

Gas and heating engineers are Britain’s most trusted traders for 2016 – closely followed by electricians and plumbers, a survey has revealed today.

South Gloucestershire resident wins inspirational festival of learning award

Franchesca Emery from South Gloucestershire, has won the South West Learning for Work award as part of Festival of Learning led by Learning & Work Institute for her outstanding achievement in adult learning. The Festival of Learning Awards showcase and celebrate the wonderful things that learning can achieve for individuals, families, communities and employers.

From Seafaring to Belzona Engineering: Memories, Amusements and the Next Chapter

David Blackwell

Interview with David Blackwell, Belzona Engineering Director

David Blackwell joined Belzona in 1987 after spending 13 years with Shell in the Merchant Navy and rising through the ranks to a Senior Engineering Officer. In Belzona, David has occupied various positions over the years and now heads the company’s Engineering Services Department. We had a chance to catch up with David and ask him some questions about his long-lasting experience in the corrosion mitigation industry.

Q) How did you come to trade the sea for a life on land?

More people needed to skill up in smart meters

The government risks missing its ambitious target to roll out smart meters in 30 million homes and businesses because of a lack of investment in training engineers, a leading trade skills course provider warns.

ECTA Training states there is still a significant shortfall in the number of qualified smart meter engineers required to fit the millions of smart meters needed for the nationwide rollout.

The government has pledged to install around 53 million meters into around 30 million homes and business premises over the next four years, in one of the most significant infrastructure projects in decades. 

Blåkläder’s new trousers are just as at home on the building site as they are after work


It’s not often you find workwear that keeps you looking good whether you’re on-site or out with your mates. But Blåkläder’s 1999 Craftsmen Stretch Trousers hit the spot wherever they are worn, giving younger construction workers a great way to combine comfort and functionality with the latest style.
A low crotch and tapered legs mean fashion-conscious younger workers no longer have to compromise between a great look and practical, hardwearing features – now they can enjoy both.

Virtue shortlisted in the Energy Awards 2016


Powerstar, the market leading energy storage and voltage optimisation brand has been shortlisted in the Energy Awards 2016,Innovation of the Year – Technology: Internet and Control category, for the innovativeVirtue energy storage system.

Virtue is an integrated energy management and micro-grid solution with smart grid control. The solution is forming an integral part in the future development of Smart Cities, enabling energy generated from sources such as wind, solar and fuel to be stored locally and ultimately more efficiently.

NAPIT Present Innovative Consumer Unit Manufacturers’ Panel at ELEX 2016

NAPIT are to unveil new and exciting seminars designed directly for installers across all of the ELEX events 2016. A specialist panel of industry and manufacturing experts including representatives from Schneider Electric, Contactum, Hager and Chint to name a few, will offer guidance on the new non-combustible consumer units in accordance with regulation changes.

The ‘Full Metal Jacket’ seminars supported by British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Association (BEAMA) and hosted by NAPIT’s Regional Inspections Manager Paul Chaffers, will focus on design including assembly and configuration, installation, locations and containment amongst other issues surrounding the change from plastic to metal consumer units.

New Cryselco Lighting catalogue

We are very pleased to announce that the New Cryselco Lighting catalogue is now available.

Many new exciting products have been included along with our regular customer favourites such as our popular Butterfly fitting which is now offered in LED versions.

With retail, display, amenity, industrial and commercial installations in mind, we have now added over 200 new product lines! 

Our approach to the market is also changing. We now have a new price list and discount structure in place. This is intended to better support our customers in the long term. For more details, please contact your Local Area Sales Representative. 

We will be happy to assist you with lighting schemes or advice on products.