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. 


Warmworks helps Cumbernauld company grow

A business in Cumbernauld has been able to grow thanks to a scheme that has already helped 5,000 Scottish households to reduce their energy bills and make their homes more energy efficient.


Warmworks Scotland delivers the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland scheme to households all across the country, and Omega Electrical is among those 30 installers to have helped transform people’s lives so far.


In total, Warmworks, a £224m joint venture between the Energy Saving Trust, Everwarm and Changeworks, has helped create more than 300 new jobs, including 60 apprenticeships, across the country – with all those working to carry out home improvements paid at least the Living Wage.


Harvard Technology adds DALI variants to programmable driver range


Harvard Technology, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of wireless control solutions for lighting, has launched its latest innovations in the CoolLED programmable driver range, adding both a 40W and 50W Dali Low Voltage SELV variant in the CLS case platform to what is a growing programmable range. 


The power factor corrected, fully isolated SELV output Dali drivers, are initially available in two variants – 200-700mA and 700-1400mA – delivering up to 40W and 50W of power respectively. 


Survey shows most customers would recommend their electrician

Survey shows most customers would recommend their electrician

Electrician firms are among the top property-related service providers recommended by word of mouth in the UK, a recent survey has found.


The exclusive survey carried out by the online polling firm Toluna asked 1,000 members of the general public from across the country about their experiences with a range of home-related sectors.


NAPIT EXPO is Back and Bigger than Ever

NAPIT EXPO is Back and Bigger than Ever

NAPIT EXPO is back and bigger than ever for 2017.
The NAPIT EXPO team will be putting on their biggest show yet at four major locations in the UK, with a line-up of technical presentations set to impress!
The free-to-attend exhibition will take place all-day from 12-8pm. At each event there will be two seminar sessions running for three hours. Each session will be the same to allow working tradespeople to have the option of which sessions suites them the best to attend.

BOFA International Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

BOFA International Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

BOFA International, a leading manufacturer of fume and dust extraction technology for the electronics sector, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in its 30th anniversary year.

BOFA has been awarded the prestigious accolade for the development of its Intelligent Operating (iQ) System, which is transforming the way that organisations around the world are able to protect the health of employees and improve production processes through more effective extraction of airborne contaminants in the workplace.


Case Study: Cooper Weston’s Modern Office Refit in Shoreditch

Case Study: Cooper Weston’s Modern Office Refit in Shoreditch

The art of bespoke featured lighting

In recent years professional offices have become part of a new design culture where the spaces become aspirational and stylish, with the aim of being memorable and welcoming to both staff and guests. For any business operating in the competitive environment of London, an office is a signifier of success and a vehicle to attract highly skilled employees and big budget clients.

One Alarm For All Fire Types

Alarm in house

It’s common knowledge that the utilisation of smoke alarms helps save lives and homes. However, traditional solutions, such as ionisation and optical smoke alarms, offer contrasting benefits that can make correct specification confusing and difficult. James King, Sales Director at Sprue Safety Products, discusses how SONA by FireAngel is utilisingthe technology used and trusted by the UK Fire and Rescue Service to drive the mains smoke alarm market towards a simplified alternative.


The Fire and Rescue Service is called out to approximately 50,000 domestic fires per annum, leading to almost 500 deaths and 11,000 injuries caused by fire. From these statistics it’s quite simple to see the importance of smoke alarms, meaning correct selection is absolutely essential. 

Opportunity knocks as new taxi law is rolled out

printer receipt system

Last year, the Northern Ireland Assembly introduced new legislation, which means all taxis must now carry an approved printer receipt system in a bid to improve transparency. But with more than 10,000 taxis in the country, it’s also a valuable opportunity for electrical contractors to build their customer base through the installation of new equipment, explains Sarah Baines, Business Development Manager at Able Systems, a specialist in small printer solutions. 


Most people remember an occasion when they feel they have been unfairly charged for a taxi journey. It might happen if they are in a new town and do not know if the fare accurately reflects the distance or perhaps feel the driver has plucked a price out of the air, rather than using the meter.


Electrical training specialist charges ahead with new appointments

Stuart Wood & Andy Robertson

Middlesbrough-based electrical power training provider, The Faraday Training Group has bolstered its training provision with the appointment of two new lead tutors.

Stuart Wood and Andy Robertson have joined the company to oversee the organisation’s team of course tutors and to deliver a range of electrical power training to clients in the UK and internationally, in sectors including oil and gas, marine and offshore, engineering and construction, chemical, government and the public sector.

The 3 Big Energy Regulation Changes You Need to Know

industrial sector businesses energy

On 1 April 2017, several significant energy reform changes came into force, affecting everything from the Climate Change Levy to the renewables programme. The UK government is striding ahead with its decarbonisation of electricity generation targets, which it originally outlined as part of its Electricity Market Reform white paper, and this was reflected in April’s changes to energy reform.


EV charging set for major acceleration with the launch of eVolt’s third-generation Rapid EV charger

Evolt charger

eVolt, the Electrical vehicle (EV) charging business, has launched its third-generation Rapid charger, the Raption 50, which uses modular power technology for enhanced reliability and performance. eVolt is the eMobility brand of the SWARCO Group.


Traditionally, Rapid chargers operate via a single power pack, rendering a charger out of use if the power unit fails. The Raption 50, however, uses state-of-the-art modular power technology with four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. Should one power pack fail, the Raption unit continues charging EVs at a lower output by drawing power from the functioning packs.


Why heritage properties should follow the Queen’s example

Buckingham palace

The news that Buckingham Palace is to undergo a significant renovation has provoked a mixed reaction. Luke Czerpak of electrical contractors Eaton Electrical ( looks at the intricacies involved with renovating a heritage property, to make it safe without losing its charm.


Restoration to Buckingham Palace is scheduled to commence later this year. However, the plans for the palace, which attracted over half a million visitors last year and has over 50 bedrooms for Royals and around 188 for staff, have provoked mixed reactions. Some are outraged by the estimated size of the bill (around £369 million); while others feel that the renovation of one of the UK’s most iconic buildings is long overdue.

Sheffield’s CLE Electrical Wholesale Ltd moves to new premises

CLE Electrical Wholesale Ltd

Electrical wholesaler relocates to Strawsons Property’s 58 Newhall Business Park


A Sheffield site which was once the base of the iconic Sanderson Steel Works has become the new home of CLE Electrical Wholesale Ltd (CLE) following a 20-year lease deal facilitated by leading property consultancy Commercial Property Partners LLP (CPP).


The move sees the electrical wholesaler take immediate occupancy of a bespoke 12,000 sq ft trade warehouse and office facility which is situated on the 58 Newhall business park – a site recently regenerated by property development and investment group, Strawsons Property.


Energy Efficiency at R&B Star

Solar panels

Environmental protection is key to our values and reducing our carbon footprint is at the heart of our continuous improvement. In the past decade we’ve adopted hybrid cars, air-source heat pumps, solar PV system, LED lighting, and eliminated desktop PCs in favour of low-energy thin-clients in a terminal server environment.

R&B Star has now turned attention back to IT, the goal being to refresh the infrastructure and cut power consumption by 50%.

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Alpine Works champions technology-based teamwork

Management team collaborates using new Microsoft workspace


In November 2016, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content – along with the tools that teams need – so they can easily collaborate to achieve more, especially when working remotely or on client sites. 

Electrical industry assessment network comes together for NET Centre Conference

The organisations responsible for assessing more than 5,000 apprentice electricians each year came together for the NET 2017 Centre Conference

Representatives from NET licensed centres in England, Wales and Northern Ireland attended the one day event, which looked at the changes to the apprenticeship landscape and the impact this has on NET and its centre network.

Farmers tackling electrical interference

power line filter

~ Power line filter reduces electrical interference for farmers ~


Power quality specialist REO UK has launched the CNW 163, a power line filter designed to combat electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) in the agriculture industry. Power quality has become a prominent issue for agricultural engineers and farmers in recent years as the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags has become more popular alongside power line communication (PLC) lines used in automatic farming systems. 

Power specialist gives learners exclusive opportunity

electrical installation

~ Learners encouraged to practice electrical installation with specialist ~


Temporary power distribution specialist ide Systems recently invited 40 learners to undergo work experience at its Cannock and Burntwood site. Learners that were enrolled on any level of the electrical installation course at South Staffordshire College in September, 2016, have had the opportunity to put their taught knowledge into practice at the company, with learners ultimately assisting the assembly of electrical distribution panels.