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. 

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?

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.

VARTA Batteries has its moment in the Christmas spotlight

VARTA Batteries

VARTA Consumer Batteries is launching a £1 million Christmas campaign, an investment that will see the challenger brand reach a UK audience of 22 million* this festive season.


The campaign, led by a TV advert, which will air for the first time on 22 November, represents a significant investment by the brand to support battery sales during a peak purchasing period. The multi-channel TV campaign includes a high profile spot during ITV’s flagship winter programme ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’.


New Fire Resistant Cleats withstand Temperatures up to 1,000oC and hold ‘Extreme’ Loads

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CMP Products has today launched a range of ‘fire resistant’ cable cleats which have been engineered and tested to withstand temperatures as high as 1,000oC (1,800oF).


Two of the new products, named Themis and Solace, have been designed with a unique twin arc patent-pending internal design profile, offering extreme axial and lateral load retention. 


Fire tested to the highest industry standards, including AS 3013, BS 5839, EN 50200 and BS 8434, the new products have been specifically engineered for use with fire performance cables, to ensure the safe retention and securing of cables in the event of a wiring system being affected by fire.


Gripple presents next generation of wire rope suspension solutions


The construction products innovator, Gripple has developed in-house a complete solution for the installation, in all applications, of HVAC, mechanical and plumbing services, also delivering increased speed, higher load performance and easier adjustment.

Replacing the Gripple Trapeze and Trapeze Plus products, the UniGrip combines their functionality and best features and adds to them. With three models, UniGrip boasts an increased load rating performance up to 33%, each with a greater safe working load (SWL) of 5:1.

New Appointment At Draper Tools

New Appointment At Draper Tools

Draper Tools is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Rowley to the Board of Directors in the role of Sales Director.


Phil has worked for the company for over 20 years, most recently as Head of Sales.


He is well known and respected in the tool industry and is looking forward to meeting new and existing customers to drive the development of Draper Tools.





Why Kitchen Designers Opt For Undercabinet Lighting

Why Kitchen Designers Opt For Undercabinet Lighting

Step into any kitchen showroom and you’re likely to see an abundance of lighting dotted around the area. Over the kitchen island, you might see pendant lighting. For the ceiling, you may see spotlights. However, a new trend in kitchen lighting has risen to prominence recently and that is undercabinet lighting. Here’s everything you need to know about undercabinet lighting, and why it is so popular in kitchen showrooms.


Types of Undercabinet Lighting

Taking charge with USB sockets

USB sockets

With consumers increasingly relying on the use of technology wherever they are, public locations,from hotels and airports to office buildings and leisure locations, they expect charging facilities to be provided to meet this need. As a result, there has been a significant increase in demand for power sockets with integrated USB charging outlets. Here, Kevin Norman, Senior Product Manager at Rexel, explains why they present a real opportunity for the electrical contractors, and discusses some of the considerations those looking to install integrated USB charging outlets, should be mindful of.

CMD limited unveils AUDACY® advanced wireless lighting control system at Lux Live 2017

Delivers Up to 60 Percent Energy Savings Per Year with Safe, Secure Installation in One-Eighth 

CMD Limited, the leading maker of custom commercial electrical power solutions since 1984, announced today the launch of AUDACY®, an advanced wireless lighting control system designed and engineered by it’s parent company IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. a world leader in electrical power control and management, is now available in the United Kingdom for retrofit, new construction, retail, and institutional lighting markets.


NAPIT Release Industry Leading, EICR Codebreakers


Over the past 12 months NAPIT have been developing a technical reference guide to assist inspectors with coding observations found during Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs). The only definitive guide of its kind available on the market, EICR Codebreakers is essential for anyone carrying out EICRs and facing what’s arguably the most difficult decision; what code to give an observation?


The new book launched this autumn, gives you the answers you need. It has been written to break the EICR codes for you, and recommends clear concise explanations for EICR section K and the schedules of inspections, required for an EICR found in Appendix 6 of BS 7671.


Electrorad introduces its new and revolutionary smart panel heaters

Drawing on its vast experience and expertise in electric radiators, Electrorad has launched Smartpanel; a new and innovative range that bears all the looks of conventional radiators but at panel heater prices.

Smartpanel is one of the first panel heaters to be fully compliant with EcoDesign Lot 20 - the new and impending legislation which dictates that all local space heaters must feature both intelligent timers and controls in order to comply with minimum efficiency standards. Feature-packed, this sleek and modern range offers the ideal solution for house builders, developers, and specifiers who want a low-cost heating solution that will meet all energy efficiency requirements.

EV Charge Points Prove A Welcome Addition At Warner Leisure Hotels

EV Charge Points Prove A Welcome Addition At Warner Leisure Hotels

An Electric Vehicle charge point network installed by Rolec EV last summer for Warner Leisure Hotels is proving to be a welcome addition to the services offered by the popular regional hotel chain.


The free-to-use Rolec EV charging points, available at all Warner Leisure Hotels throughout the UK, allow guests to charge their electric vehicles during their stay.


Mat Finch, Marketing Director for Warner Leisure Hotels, commented: “We are proud that, collectively, Warner Leisure Hotels is offering modern alternatives - such as charging points for electric vehicles.


Winter Warning

Winter is coming, and employers need to watch out for the risks that the cold season with its shorter days brings to construction and utility personnel working and travelling outdoors.


Vocational learning specialist Develop Training Ltd (DTL) points out employers have a duty of care to protect their employees, even in the absence of a legal minimum working temperature limit. Failing to do so, if it results in injury, could lead to prosecution. Managers should also realise that employees suffering from cold will be less able to do their jobs and may be more likely to make a hazardous error, DTL says.


The scale of the risks can range from reduced dexterity with cold fingers to loss of limbs due to frostbite or even death from hypothermia.


Smart meters and their impact on the contact centre

Smart meters and their impact on the contact centre

Written by Matthew Bryars, Co-Founder and CEO at Aeriandi

In today’s society, data protection is increasingly a concern for many consumers.  Data breaches appear in the news all too frequently.  The 2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, which looked at more than 2,100 data breaches, found that more than 700 million records were exposed for the year 2014 alone.  Businesses are now prioritising the safety of customer data, with a particular focus on payment information.

Makita's New Factory Service Centre & Training Academy In Glasgow Has A National Role

Makita's New Factory Service Centre & Training Academy In Glasgow Has A National Role

Makita UK has opened their first regional Factory Service Centre (FSC) & Training Academy in Glasgow’s Govan commercial district to support the rapidly expanding market penetration of Britain’s number 1 professional power tool range in Scotland and Northern England.  Whilst this new facility is already providing a valuable regional role the FSC has already been awarded the national responsibility for the secure environment of servicing Makita’s comprehensive range of dust extraction machines.

Versatile ratchet screwdriver plus bit and socket set from Laser Tools

Versatile ratchet screwdriver plus bit and socket set from Laser Tools

This is a very useful new set from Laser Tools (part number 6992) — a versatile ratchet screwdriver is supplied with 20 screwdriver bits plus 9 1/4" drive sockets.
With a super-smooth but very robust 36-tooth ratchet this screwdriver is comfortable and well-balanced and has additional storage for six bits in the handle. The standard (removable) shaft is 125mm long and incorporates a magnetic bit holder and is knurled for speedy rotation. But add the 75mm shaft extension and it becomes a long-reach screwdriver with 190mm shaft. Or use the 75mm shaft on its own, offering effectively three sizes of screwdriver in one.

Energys delivers heating & lighting efficiencies for London’s BSix Sixth Form College

Energys delivers heating & lighting efficiencies for London’s BSix Sixth Form College

The implementation of LED lighting and dynamic boiler control technology at the East London college is expected to deliver annual energy savings of around £25,000
LONDON, UK: Located in the East London borough of Hackney, the BSix Sixth Form College has consistently won approval locally and nationally for its educational excellence and emphasis on skills development. It has also maintained a focus on innovation and the quality of its facilities, and it was in this context that the college recently undertook a multi-project initiative to overhaul its lighting and boiler optimisation provision.