RDM lends a hand to DIY SOS as the show heads to Swansea

RDM Swansea

Swansea-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has offered its support to the BBC One series DIY SOS as the show takes place in Swansea for its Children in Need build.

The firm will be providing free labour and materials to the DIY SOS team to assist them in completing their immense task on one of their biggest projects to date for a local charity. The project, which will run from 6-17 September, is focused on supporting The Roots Foundation Wales - a Swansea based charity that provides crucial help and support for young people leaving the care system, and embarking on their own lives.

Keep Smart on Meters


NAPIT has responded to recent reports of faulty smart meter installations which have, in some cases, supposedly led to fires.


In 2011, the Government set a target to install around 53 million smart meters in homes and businesses across Great Britain by 2020. Whilst the rollout has been going to plan so far, these recent reports have raised questions about the quality of some installations.


The main benefit of smart meters is that they provide users consistent information on their energy usage and costs. Smart meters are also directly installed by the customer’s energy company free of charge. The Government hopes that smart meters will contribute to its environmental targets and improve energy efficiency.


Electrical and mechanical firm celebrates double-whammy

Orton Group

A leading Electrical and Mechanical organisation is celebrating a double success after being named as a finalist twice at the industry’s flagstone awards scheme. 


West Midlands-based Orton Group has been shortlisted in the Best Contractor of the Year (Over £5m) category at this year’s Electrical Industry Awards, as well as in the Apprentice of the Year category where they put forward one of their budding stars, Jordan Yates. 


Public sector payment worsening affects 2 in every 3 firms

BESA, ECA and SELECT poll finds that many firms are not being paid within 30 days by public sector bodies.

Almost two in three (63 per cent) engineering services firms were not paid within 30 days by public sector bodies during the second quarter of this year, according to new survey findings from the ECA, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and SELECT.

Innovative E-Commerce Platform to Connect Self-Employed Trade Members to UK Clients

 Paul Sullivan and Wayne Lindhardsen

New tech platform, safetrades4you.com, provides qualified trade professionals with access to job opportunities

A new organization created to connect and introduce skilled trade professionals to regional clients has launched in South Wales.

Online business, safetrades4you.com, aims to create industry benchmarks based on public confidence and trust by recruiting qualified, vetted staff to its new service - giving both individuals and businesses even greater opportunities of attracting local work.

New members have already signed up to the service and the company is now preparing to launch an extensive consumer marketing campaign across the region - targeting thousands of professionals.

Construction Industry: Salaries around the world

There are many professions around the world, but with the help of Electrical Direct, we’ve narrowed it down to three within the global construction industry. In the infographic below, we discover the comparison between competitive salaries around the world focusing on the UK, USA, Australia, Germany and Japan. All countries that are listed have an iconic history of architecture from the past, such as St Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., but are also revolutionizing the way we build today and for the future with designs, such as Ribbon Chapel in Japan or the Sony Centre in Germany.

SWA wins approval for TQ range of Copper Tube Terminals

TQ range of Copper Tube

“Can you afford the RISK of installing Copper Tube Terminals that have not been electrically tested to BS 61238-1: 2003? That’s the strong message from SWA, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of cable terminations.

After many months of testing, the entire SWA TQ range passed both electrical and mechanical performance standards with flying colours and is now fully approved to BS EN 61238–1:2003.

The Evolution of PPE Clothing

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For workers who spend most of their time out in hazardous situations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing is an absolute necessity to keep them safe on site.  

When you first think of Personal Protective Equipment, your first thoughts might be safety goggles, protective boots, and construction hats. But before PPE clothing became a mandatory staple for tradesmen, its origins date further back than you might realise.

Scruffs, the UK’s leading experts in innovative safety wear, has taken a look at the history behind some of the most common PPE equipment and its evolution over the years.

In the beginning…

Fancy yourself a Micky Flanagan? Trade Direct launch nationwide competition to find the UK’s funniest tradesman


·         More than a quarter of Brits think a good sense of humour is an important characteristic of a tradesman 


·         Over half of the UK would recommend a tradesman if they were friendly and have a good sense of humour 


·         Are you the UK’s funniest tradesman? Enter Trade Direct Insurance's competition here to be in with a chance of winning £1,000 cash 


From the best worksite banter to stand out business name puns, a new competition is on the lookout for the funniest tradesman in the UK with the winner receiving a cash prize of £1,000.  


To be or not to be... an Expert Witness

 Dr Chris Pamplin

In all developed systems of law the evidence of expert witnesses can be crucial to the outcome of a dispute. Nowhere is this more so than in the UK, where expert evidence has been used in court cases since at least the 15th century. Nowadays it may be required in civil, family and criminal proceedings, as well as in arbitrations, before specialist tribunals, and for public or parliamentary inquiries.

But I haven’t been paid yet!

Late payment of fees remains one of the most frequently encountered problems faced by expert witnesses today. What can you do to minimise the risks?

The relationship between an expert witness and the instructing solicitor is a contractual one, whether or not it has been reduced to writing. So if your fee and the timing of its payment have been agreed, the solicitor is contractually responsible for paying that fee in full and within that time span.

You’ll hear some or all of the following excuses from recalcitrant lawyers...
• I’ve not yet been paid by the client, so I can’t pay you.
• I didn’t receive the full amount, so I can’t pay you the full amount.
• I can only pay you what was allowed after assessment of the costs.

Everything you need to know about maintaining and cleaning your stainless steel equipment


In this post, Cleveland Containers, offer some top tips and advice on cleaning stainless steel equipment in the electrical sector.

We work with steel on a daily basis, as we clean and reuse old steel shipping containers into many different weird and wonderful creations, from pop-up shops to garden sheds and everything in between. Essentially, we know a thing or two about keeping it looking its best. Hailed as the saviour of all materials, it’s highly regarded due to its resistance to corrosion, staining and reaction – something which sets this alloy apart from its counterparts.

No messing with Crown Contract Super Covertex

No messing with Crown Contract Super Covertex paint

Professional tradespeople wanting to leave their mark where there’s an element of painting to be completed on the job can turn to new Crown Contract Super Covertex paint to create the right impression.

The quick drying, high opacity matt emulsion makes a clean sweep of painting works, with a water-based, easy to apply formulation developed to offer low spatter and less mess in use.

Crown Contract Super Covertex also offers exceptional coverage, even over new plaster.

The product – for use on walls and ceilings - is part of the new Crown Contract range, developed for professional tradespeople looking for straight-forward and easy to use paints, that will guarantee a great finish to complement their high quality workmanship.