LEW Electrical Distributors secure Mansfield branch

LEW Electrical Distributors

CPP secures deal at Old Mill Lane Industrial Estate on behalf of Strawsons Property


LEW Electrical Distributors has expanded its network of branches having signed up to a 4,000 sq ft warehouse at Old Mill Lane, Mansfield, in a deal brokered by property consultancy agency Commercial Property Partners LLP (CPP).


The leading electrical wholesaler’s new premises is one of 21 speculatively built units on the park, which has been developed by leading property development and investment group,Strawsons Property.


This latest property acquisition sees LEW Electrical Distributors add to its existing nine-strong branches with sites strategically positioned across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Lancashire.


Electrical training specialist launches new hybrid course

Middlesbrough-based electrical power training provider, The Faraday Training Group has launched a new hybrid-focused course, in response to customer demand.

The Hybrid Electrical Safety Awareness course has been launched following wide-spread demand from customers, who work with electrical hybrids, for a course which covers the principles of hybrid electrical engineering.

The one-day course will cover topics including: the hazards and effects of AC and DC power, an overview of the UK Electricity at Work Regulations 1989/HSG85, Safety in Electrical Testing at Work HSE INDG354 and the safe handling and maintenance of batteries.

Master Locksmiths Association issues security advice for tradesmen as latest figures reveal a van is broken into every 24 minutes

Dr Steffan George

The Master Locksmiths Association - the leading trade association for the locksmithing profession – has issued security advice for tradesmen as latest figures reveal an increase in the rates of thefts from tradesmen’s vehicles. The figures show that a van is broken into every 24 minutes in the UK.[2]


The latest figures, revealed in a BBC 5 Live investigation, show a 65% increase in the theft of tools from vans in the last three years. In 2014-2015 there were just over 13,000 reported tool thefts from vans while in the year to March 2017 this had increased to over 21,500.[3] The rise is largely thought to be due to the easy availability of lock manipulation equipment available online that allows thieves to break into vehicles and steal tools with ease.


Safety first for the next generation

Five hundred and fifty apprentice electricians and adult trainees in Scotland will get a safe start to their careers - thanks to Electrical Safety First and the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), who are providing them with free lockout kits valued at £21 each.


The kits allow for safe isolation – securely disconnecting one or all parts of the electrical installation when working on it - which is a fundamental safety precaution, as ‘live’ working can be fatal. Over the next few weeks, the trainee electricians studying at 20 Approved Centres across Scotland, from the Shetland Isles to the Borders, will receive lock-out kits, totalling almost £12,000.


R&B Star are proud to be involved in the Saatchi & Saatchi HQ project


R&B Star an independent and family run electrical wholesaler based in Kent and London are proud to have been able to supply high quality, environmentally friendly and eye catching lighting solutions for the new Saatchi & Saatchi headquarters in Chancery Lane, London.

The new Saatchi & Saatchi headquarters designed by Jump Studios and fitted out by ISG, has seen the 100,000 sq. ft, seven storey blank canvas transformed in to bespoke and welcoming workspace that evokes the spirit of the company.

We worked closely with ISG on this project from specification through to completion and are proud to have been involved in the buildings transformation.

Vimark Curve | Vimark Evo

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Vimark Heritage

Steeped in over 20 years of history and synonymous with quality, reliability and value, Deta Vimark has carved out an enviable market leading position and remains the wiring accessory range of choice amongst specifiers, wholesalers, contractors and end-users. Renowned for its ease of installation and with a broad range of accessories, Deta Vimark provides the perfect solution for all installations. 


The Next Generation

Powering the food chain

Food power quality

~ The challenges of poor power quality in the food industry ~

From powering microwaves to keeping fridge-freezers running, electricity plays an integral role in the food chain. Yet even before products reach the hands of consumers, a constant supply of reliable power is required to ensure that food is produced safely and properly. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality specialist REO UK, explains how electrical engineers can protect food manufacturing plants from power quality problems.


Product safety debate continues

Hair Strighters

Responding to today’s Westminster Hall debate on the safety of white goods and product recalls, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First commented:

“Electrical Safety First has lobbied hard for improvements to the product recall system, including via membership of the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety – which is soon to release its final report and recommendations.

ForgeFix turns fastening into an art and raises £1000 for charity

David Bowie

Leading distributor of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware, ForgeFix has turned charity fundraising into an art form.

The business recently donated a unique portrait created using 4000 of the company's ForgeFast elite performance woodscrews for sale at charity auction.

The picture, a 1.2m by 1m portrait of music icon David Bowie, sold for £1000 at the silent auction which was held at the NMBS Gala Dinner in April.

All proceeds from the sale have been donated to CRASH - the construction industry charity which supports homeless and hospice charities with free advice, practical assistance and financial aid.

The future of electricity


In the UK, the majority of electricity comes from large, centralised power plants. Although this approach enables economies of scale in the energy sector, it means that customers, particularly those within inner cities depend on long-distance transmission to receive power. Here Nick Boughton, sales manager at industrial systems integrator, Boulting Technology discusses how businesses need to adapt to keep up with increased energy demands.

In a bid to reduce energy costs and improve reliability, customers are turning to local energy generation — power that is generated in underutilised spaces such as rooftops, landfills and empty car parks. 


Evolution turns to Revolution in Fire-Rated Downlight design


The electrical market is no stranger to change. As a dynamic sector, it is constantly shaped by innovation. Occasionally, a new wave of technology transforms a sector fundamentally and triggers a revolution. The impact of LED on the lighting industry is one such development and the effects are comprehensive. Already established as the most energy efficient lightsource, it has swept aside conventional lights. Yet the low cost advantage is only one aspect of the range of benefits that LED can deliver. Lower operating temperatures, smaller formatsand greater longevity are features that will also influence the design of lamps and luminaires into the future. In a recent example, Integral LED have focussed on the re-engineering of afrequently used fitting – the fire-rated downlight.

Compliance Confidence with the EISRS


Since releasing the Electrical Installation Safety Record Summary (EISRS) earlier this year, NAPIT members across the country have been enjoying its benefits. The one-page document is designed to accompany the completion of Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) by providing electrical inspectors and their customers with an easy to understand cover sheet which clearly summarizes the outcome of an EICR. 


How lighting affects the productivity of your office

Employee engagement and wellbeing are considered significant factors in workplace productivity, and savvy businesses have made changes to everything from health plans to the office environment to try and unlock further potential.  


However, during 2016 UK workforces were 31% less productive than those in the US and 17% less productive than the rest of the G7 countries, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


Rolec's EV Charge Online Network Continues To Expands

EV Charger

Retail giant Next is the latest company to embrace the new EV Charge Online way of providing and managing their EV Charging network. 

Rolec EV recently confirmed that Next had appointed them to design and commission a second phase of charge point installations featuring Rolec’s EV Charge Online system, which provides all EV drivers with the ability to interact with the charging points using their mobile phones instead of traditional and restrictive RFID cards. 

Sirius Buying Group Recognition Awards for Basil Knipe Electrics and Hoover

Hoover Candy wins Sirius ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ Award at Gala Awards Night

Sirius Buying Group honour Basil Knipe Electrics in Ballymore, Northern Ireland with its coveted ‘Retailer of the Year’ Award, together with major domestic appliance brand Hoover, who took the Award for ‘Manufacturerof the Year’. 


Established in 2004, independent retailer Basil Knipe Electrics is one of only five Northern Irish retailers that are part of the group as a prominent UK retailer of Hoover domestic appliances and other leading brands all under the Sirius umbrella.