Get up to speed with the 18th Edition


Free webinar for all electrical contractors


With just one year to go until the introduction of the 18th Edition NICEC and ELECSA will be giving contractors a preview of what to expect in the latest edition of its live webinar – The Wire!

Industry experts Darren Staniforth and Alan Wells will be discussing the proposals and urging contractors to have their say on the draft for public comment – which is out now until August 23.

They will also be providing an overview of the latest industry news and answering any questions contractors might have.

The next edition of The Wire will be broadcast live on Thursday 6 July at 9am - 10am.

Average tradesperson needs to work 6,864 weeks or 132 years to earn an equivalent wage

It would take the average tradesperson 132 years on site to earn an average English Premier League (EPL) footballer’s annual salary, according to new research.

The average British tradesperson, earning £355 per week*, would have to work for 132 years or 6,864 weeks to earn the equivalent of £2,438,275**, the average EPL wage, revealed new research by, an interactive website which collates earnings information from hundreds of top flight players, created by, a leading betting offers and tips website.

JLR Order Portable EV Charging Points

JLR Order Portable EV Charging Points

Rolec have supplied Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) with 40 of its 1way and 2way portable EV CubiCharge units.

These specialist Rolec units are designed to offer temporary 16amp and 32amp Mode 3, Type 2 fast charging facilities for locations such as exhibitions, events, showrooms, test centres, temporary parking facilities, etc.


CubiCharge can be manufactured to charge up to four EVs at a time from a single unit and can be individually designed to suit the customer’s corporate colours and branding. 

JLR Order Portable EV Charging Points

Construction Tech start-up grows fast with new app for contractors.


24onoff, a tech startup based in London, has launched its new web and smartphone app for the construction market, following successful trials with over 50 small builders, plumbers, electricians and property maintenance companies around the UK.

According to the consulting firm McKinsey, the construction industry is the least digitised industry in Europe. One of the largest reasons for the industry's lack of digitalisation is that it still relies mainly on paper to plan and manage its projects.

1 in 3 Brits not confident saving lives with first aid

  •  32 per cent of people wouldn’t feel confident enough to administer any kind of first aid in an emergency situation
  • ‘Fear of making things worse’ is main barrier to people not wanting to give first aid 
  • People feel least confident administering first aid on a child or a stranger
  • Brits consider their main distraction to be when they are ‘in a rush’ (27.5 per cent) or when ‘using a mobile phone or tablet’ (21 per cent)

Bystander confidence is at a low

A recent survey of 2,000 UK adults, not currently qualified in first aid, revealed that Brits lack confidence when it comes to administering basic first aid in an emergency situation.

Leading businesses win top industry awards


Eight electrotechnical and engineering services organisations recognised at ECA Annual Awards

Eight top-performing businesses from across the engineering and electrotechnical services industry have scooped honours at this year’s ECA Annual Awards, held onFriday 9 June at the London Hilton Bankside.

The awards took place during the ECA’s Gala Dinner, supported by headline sponsors LEDVANCE and Electrium. TV personality and comedian Hugh Dennis presented the awards to the winning ECA organisations, who were as follows:

Large Contractor of the Year - turnover over £20 million (sponsored by Schneider Electric)

COPA-DATA wins the 2017 Microsoft Internet of Things (IoT) Award

Microsoft has crowned COPA-DATA, the Austria-based software manufacturer for industrial automation, as its global Microsoft Partner of the Year in the Internet of Things (IoT) category. The award was presented at this year's Microsoft Inspire, the company's worldwide partner conference, which was held between July 9 and 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C., USA. This award is a recognition by Microsoft of COPA-DATA's innovations and software solutions based on Microsoft technology.

Industry leaders back new tradespeople comparison service


HaMuch, a new, pioneering comparison service for tradespeople, has partnered with a group of industry’s leading companies as it prepares its official launch.

The London-headquartered company has received support from 11 manufacturers and companies, which serve the various trades, including Grundfos, Danfoss, Fernox, Franke, Polypipe and WAGO.

Representatives from HaMuch, as well as a number of its partners, gathered at Grundfos’ Leighton Buzzard head office for a pre-launch event for HaMuch’s sponsors, as well as an introduction to the service.

HaMuch is set to be launched throughout the UK to the general public in October.

CEDIA makes education more accessible for electrical contractors


CEDIA® is offering members of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) a discount for a number of CEDIA training courses. With education at the core of CEDIA, the association has created the discount to encourage and support electrical contractors in learning more about the home technology industry to help them expand their business and career pathways.

Carshalton College offers electrical courses


Carshalton College offers fantastic state of the art facilities for their electrical courses with over 250 students on Full Time, Part Time and Apprenticeship courses.


Technology, Engineering and Construction (TEC) Centre

All electrical courses are held in our Technology, Engineering and Construction (TEC) Centre, opened in June 2016. 


The TEC Centre was the result of a large construction project to consolidate the construction, engineering and motor vehicle curriculum areas into one single central location for over 900 students. This striking modern building provides state of the art workshops to deliver the bricklaying, carpentry, electrical, motor vehicle, plastering and plumbing lessons.


Industrial Strategy Fund: battery dreams and regulation realities - Schneider Electric comment


Darren Farrar (pictured), energy segment manager at Schneider Electric comments:

“As the world’s need for consistent, reliable energy grows, we need to embrace innovative ways of generating and making the most of the power at our disposal. Using energy storage to unlock extra potential in renewable energy is one way to do this and it’s encouraging to see the Government creating mechanisms for this to take shape.

MK Electric launches dimensions


MK Electric has launched a new range of screwless wiring devices, Dimensions, a two-piece, installer-led solution which has been designed to provide hassle free specification and installation without compromising on style, quality and value.

With a simple, modern design, Dimensions is a perfect fit for every contemporary space, from residential developments to hotels and commercial buildings.  The range is available in eight high quality finishes – metals and synthetics – allowing for scalability within any design, from a typical hotel room to a larger suite, or ‘back of house’ offices to high footfall reception areas.

Tamlite in the spotlight after winning prestigious new award


Specialist UK lighting manufacturer, Tamlite Lighting, has become the first company to win the Lighting Industry Association’s Quality Assurance (LIAQA) Award. The business, which distributes its products exclusively through CEF, was awarded the prestigious distinction due to its ongoing commitment to best practice, excellence and quality assurance.

Launched this year, the LIAQA scheme aims to ensure suppliers of lighting and lighting-related products have processes in place that result in high product quality and standards compliance. Tamlite was a founding participant of the project and impressed the LIA’s judging panel with its dedication to maintaining high standards across its seven sites.

Guest post - how to sensibly transport your products to a trade show


Greg Lennox, Managing Director of RAL Display, looks at a few important factors to consider when preparing to take your product to exhibitions.


When thousands of people attend a trade show exhibition hall with their colleagues, customers and client prospects, the good news is that there is a lot of sales prospecting and high-powered networking going on. The bad news is that you might have a bulky product to transport.

If you can take your products to a show in your own van, then this post might not be for you. But if you have a large item to exhibit, or if you are exhibiting overseas, you may want to take the following ten tips and pointers into consideration.

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Learn to earn with AWE


Stuart Tickle, Managing Director of AWE discusses the opportunity that the smart home market offers electricians and explains the ways in which training can help.

A smart home has become a reality for many people. As products have become more affordable, it is no longer just for the rich and famous. Homeowners are upscaling their properties to benefit from the latest smart home systems, and they need someone to install these for them. Proactive and market conscious electricians can benefit from this upsurge in business and AWE is here to help.