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Mar 2019 General | Comments Off on Driving competence through the industry

Driving competence through the industry

Certsure, ECA and Electrical Safety First (ESF) have worked together to develop plans to raise standards across the industry and change the ways competence within the industry is measured. Certsure, ECA and ESF have developed a blueprint they believe will ensure that only qualified individuals with the right knowledge, skills and understanding are deemed competent […]

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Mar 2019 General | Comments Off on Preserve consumer protection and safety standards post-Brexit

Preserve consumer protection and safety standards post-Brexit

Consumer safety standards must not be allowed to slip following the UK’s departure from the European Union, Electrical Safety First is warning. The charity is urging the Government that, regardless of the outcome from the ongoing negotiations, consumer safety must be made a priority. It says it is essential that current EU legislation surrounding safety […]

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Mar 2019 General | Comments Off on Praise for Scottish Government as it lowers PBA threshold

Praise for Scottish Government as it lowers PBA threshold

The Scottish Government has announced that the threshold for using project bank accounts (PBAs) has reduced to £2m (from £4.1m). Since 31 October 2016, PBAs have been mandated for use by Scottish Government bodies. From 19 March 2019, public bodies must include a PBA in tender documents for public works contracts with an estimated value […]

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Mar 2019 General | Comments Off on ECA backs Government plans for electrical safety in private rented sector

ECA backs Government plans for electrical safety in private rented sector

Following the Government’s response to a public consultation on electrical safety in the private rented sector (PRS), leading electrotechnical trade body ECA has responded to the main conclusions, which include: Introducing legislation to make five-yearly electrical safety checks mandatory Producing new guidance for landlords that demonstrates the levels of qualification and competence required to carry […]

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Mar 2019 General | Comments Off on Jail for men claiming NICEIC registration

Jail for men claiming NICEIC registration

Two cases have recently been heard in Crown Court in which deception and false claims put the public at risk or defrauded them. John Draco of Newton Aycliffe was jailed for carrying out dangerous work while posing as a registered electrician. He pleaded guilty to fraud and consumer protection related offences after falsely claiming to […]

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Mar 2019 General, Heating | Comments Off on Eco with class

Eco with class

Eco with class

A modern build with contemporary aesthetics has added Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic High Flow MVHR system to improve its green credentials and even further improve energy efficiency Vent-Axia has been specified as part of a luxurious, £5.5m contemporary off-plan eco mansion in Kent, presently listed with Savills. The Ancona mansion in Hythe is designed to be […]

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Mar 2019 General, Heating | Comments Off on What lies beneath: underfloor demystified

What lies beneath: underfloor demystified

What lies beneath: underfloor demystified

Underfloor heating is no longer the preserve of prestigious developments – make sure you’re ready to take advantage Underfloor heating is a great way to save space within your customers’ homes. The discreet solution keeps the whole room warm and cosy without the need for bulky radiators that take up both floor and wall space. […]

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Nov 2018 General | Comments Off on Stay warm – but stay safe

Stay warm – but stay safe

Stay warm – but stay safe

Cold weather poses hidden dangers to those at risk of an arc flash and you should pay as much attention to the layers you are adding under your outer PPE, says ProGARM As the warmer months come to an end and the cooler months begin to draw in, it can be very tempting to start […]

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Nov 2018 General | Comments Off on Another tool in your pocket

Another tool in your pocket

Another tool in your pocket

As the number of people owning a smart phone increases year on year, so the popularity and use of apps continues to rise. Marie Parry, group marketing director for the Scolmore Group, looks at some of the statistics and how apps are making life easier for contractors and installers In 2015, 52.7% of the global […]

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Nov 2018 General | Comments Off on Understanding contractor’s insurance

Understanding contractor’s insurance

Understanding contractor’s insurance

As a contractor, it pays to understand your individual insurance needs. When looking at what’s on offer for contractor’s insurance it can often be confusing, with different policies seemingly doing very similar things. Jelf account executive Scott Wright looks at choosing the right cover for your needs Keeping things simple Three fundamental types of cover […]

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