Win electricians' fire safety bundle

fire safety bundle for electricians

Electrical Trade Magazine is delighted to announce a brand new competition for electricians supporting fire safety at home and work. 
Our winter giveaway offers five lucky electricians the chance to snap up one of our prize bundles: an award-winning Hot Connection Indicator with two bags of clips. The prize as been sent by Termination Technology Ltd who are a long established, market leading supplier of cable accessories to the electrical wholesaler sector.

Termination Technology believe that quality and service are key to electricians. We are continually adding new and innovative lines to our extensive product range.

The Hot Connection Indicator

Top Tips For Putting Together The Perfect Bid

The Perfect Bid

Quick show of hands, please. How many of you have missed out on contracts because the tender you submitted, let you down? It’s always the meaty contracts that you really want to win too. You know your business can deliver the work and it’s even more frustrating when you see a competitor pick up the contract that you should have won. Why did they win it and you didn’t? Put simply, their bid will have been better than yours.

With competitive tendering becoming a much more commonplace process, especially in the electrical contracting market and other construction related sectors, it’s important that you’re able to put together well presented, perfectly written, and informative bid documents.

Local family business ‘keeps its promise’ for forty years

Rifina, Gloucestershire’s leading independent electrical distributor, is this year celebrating forty years of providing high quality servicing to electrical contractors and local industry around the county. 

The family firm, whose company motto is ‘We Keep our Promises’, started trading in 1977 with a single small branch in Cheltenham, and has since grown to provide services across the region, with further branches in Tewkesbury and Cirencester. 

In their forty years, they have built up a loyal customer base, and pride themselves on providing client satisfaction – so much so that customers can call Managing Director Richard Bartlam directly, should any problems arise. 

Government delays essential electrical checks for England’s private tenants 

 electrical checks

Yet electrical safety for private renters in England is lagging behind the rest of the country. Commenting on the Government’s plan to delay implementing mandatory electrical safety checks in England’s private rented sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of leading consumer charity, Electrical Safety First, said:

Brexit: Three steps to futureproof your business

Brexit: Gary Mcindoe

With Brexit happening right now, reports suggest that many of the UK’s migrant tradesmen – electricians from Estonia, plumbers from Poland – are already voting with their feet. While the one-man-bands in the sector may be able to reap the benefits of this impending skills shortage, for businesses relying on the free movement of labour across Europe, things may be about to get tricky. However, there are several steps that businesses can take in order to ease the transition.  

Support the workers who want to stay

Energy efficient ventilation systems reduce harmful condensation without user intervention


iMEV continuous mechanical extract ventilation systems from ventilation specialist Passivent offer a low energy, automated approach to optimising air quality and reducing the risk of harmful condensation and mould. Requiring minimal maintenance and no user intervention, they are suitable for single houses and apartments as well as student accommodation, care homes and hotels. 

The systems are ‘intelligent’ in that they automatically detect rises in humidity and respond accordingly. Extraction is only increased in areas where humidity has risen resulting in less energy usage as the central fan is not running at a higher speed unnecessarily. Heat loss is reduced as the systems rely on demand control, i.e. extraction when and where required. 

Re-wiring Your Thinking - The Importance of Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos Survey

Asbestos survey, So the building you own needs a full electrical re-wiring. Not ideal. It needs doing though and you’re thinking you might as well take this opportunity to complete the re-wiring work, whilst also under taking an extensive refurbishment of the building including fabric, fixtures and fittings.

Quick quiz question for you though; which asbestos survey do you need before getting any workmen on-site to complete the refurbishment of your business property?

Ecotricity and Rolec launch Fully Charged Bundle

Ecotricity and Rolec launch Fully Charged Bundle

Partnership enables drivers to charge at home and on the road with green energy


Ecotricity, Britain’s greenest energy company, and charge point manufacturer Rolec EV have launched the Fully Charged Bundle, a new electric vehicle charging offer with three key elements:


New Green Electricity + EV tariff – Recognising electric vehicle drivers use more power than the average home, Ecotricity has created a new structure that will save the average EV household around £120 a year compared to a Big Six standard tariff – it’s the lowest cost electric vehicle tariff on the market.1


Snickers Body-Mapping Climate Control Workwear – ideal for the Winter.

Snickers Body-Mapping Climate Control Workwear – ideal for the Winter.

A change of season means a change of focus on what you wear on site, so Snickers FLEXIWork, RUFFWork, LITEWork and ALLROUND Workwear ensures you keep your cool when the heat is on or warm and comfortable when the temperature drops.


Interweaving 37.5® Technology fabric into Snickers' working clothes means that you’ve got a wide choice of waterproof and windproof Jackets, mid-layer Fleeces and Stretch Hoodies.


Plus base-layer Undergarments, Gloves and Headgear that excel at ventilation and moisture transportation to keep you working comfortably wherever you are on site.

PCBs, How Small Can You Go?

electronic products

Over the years PCB Assembly has seen many changes to this essential component in electronic products. Most noticeably PCBs are getting smaller and smaller, which is a key factor in the innovation of the electronics industry.

Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) can now be just a few millimetres square and this micro-technology is what’s driving innovation such as wearable tech and the Internet of Things. Without micro PCBs, we would all be carrying around ‘brick’ mobile phones like we did in the 90s! Arguably one of the most important inventions of the last 100 years, here’s a short history of the PCB.

History of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

Risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

carbon monoxide poisoning

New research finds households suffering in cold homes are also at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

New research to be launched in Parliament today at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group finds fuel poor households on the lowest incomes are also at risk from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The research, carried out by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA), recorded elevated CO levels greater than 10 ppm in 35% of monitored homes. Above this threshold, prolonged exposure can have negative health effects.

Winners walk away from NAPIT with £800 worth of gifts at ELEX and EXPO!

ELEX prize bundle

This year NAPIT have been giving installers throughout the UK the chance to win a prize bundle worth £800 at the ELEX and NAPIT EXPO trade shows.


Participants were entered into a prize draw for a chance of winning the ultimate electricians prize bundle which contained products from some of the industry’s best manufacturers. 


The bundle for the winners contained:

Dymo XTL 500 printer

Wera Torque Screwdriver (ELEX) Schneider Electric Consumer Unit Board (EXPO)

Megger 2-Pole tester and Voltage tester

Kewtech Loopcheck 170

Martindale LOKKIT2 Lock Off Kit

New qualification to help safety and health drive good business

A new business-focused qualification for a new generation of safety and health professionals was launched today by the world’s leading body in the field.


IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, has responded to business trends and feedback from employers, trainers and experienced practitioners to create a new way of qualifying as a safety and health practitioner.


Bev Messinger, the Institution’s Chief Executive, unveiled the NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business to a packed audience at the ICC in Birmingham, UK, venue for its annual international conference IOSH 2017.