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Not sure if potential buyers would read your advertisement? contract news Who is putting what in where. Top performing building services and electrical fi rms received major accolades at the 2016 ECA Gala Dinner and Awards. The event was attended by hundreds of industry leaders and held on 8th July at Celtic Manor in South Wales. The award winners on the night, supported by headline sponsor LEDVANCE, were as follows: • ECA Large Contractor of the Year Award (sponsored by Schneider Electric) Winner: W T Parker Group Services Ltd Highly commended: Imtech Engineering Services Central • ECA Contractor of the Year Award – up to £20m turnover (sponsored by Electrium) Winner: Haydon Mechanical & Electrical Highly commended: Braham Electrical • ECA Contractor of the Year Award – up to £5m turnover (sponsored by Hager) Winner: Amalgamated Ltd Highly commended: DES Electrical Contractors UK Ltd • ECA Contractor of the Year Award – up to £1m turnover (sponsored by Edmundson Electrical) Winner: Power Electrics (Bristol) Ltd Highly commended: Panks Engineers Ltd and Elsym Installations Ltd Lighting projects YOUR Thousands of quality products Unbeatable prices Experts in lighting and electrical Free next day delivery on orders over £50 Shop online or visit one of our trade counters www.nationallighting.co.uk 0845 634 1515 High profi le case studies from the lighting sector. Competition Win an iPad Air 2. 08 10 20 34 LEADING FIRMS RECOGNISED AT ECA ANNUAL AWARDSARDS • Best Client/Contractor Partnership Award (sponsored sored by ECIC) Winner: DES Electrical Contractors UK Ltd • Innovation in Contracting Award (sponsored by Eaton) Winner: Marshall Land Systems Ltd • Best Health and Safety Initiative Award (sponsored by ABB) Winner: Imtech Engineering Services Central Ltd Highly commended: Darke & Taylor Ltd • Excellence in Training and Development Award (sponsored by JTL) Winner: Quartzelec Ltd Highly commended: Bebbington & Wilson Ltd and N Smith Electrical Ltd ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented, ‘On behalf of the ECA and our partners, congratulations to all eight ECA Annual Award winners, who managed to see off tough competition from dozens of high quality entries. At the same time, everyone involved would also like to acknowledge this year’s commended and other shortlisted candidates.’ dates.’ A record breaking number of submissions sions were received for this year’s ECA’s Annual Awards. The entries were then assessed by independent judges including CEDIA’s Wendy Griffi ths, and Electrical Industries Charity MD Tessa Ogle. SPECIAL FEATURE: HVAC DADS ENCOURAGED TO DISCUSS THEIR TRADE WITH DAUGHTERS VOLUME 36 NO. 08 • AUGUST 2016 WWW.ELECTRICALCONTRACTINGNEWS.CO.UK Tangmere Military Aviation Museum now enjoys the benefits of LED with a selection of bespoke, high efficiency luminaires from Dextra Lighting’s wide range of precision engineered products. Classifi ed advertising works. But don’t just take our word for it. After all, you are reading this! Contact Alan Goodes on 01634 673163/07939 247336 or email alan@allthingsmedialtd.com SPECIAL FEATURE WIRING ACCESSORIES CABLE MANAGEMENT BUSINESS DIRECTORY WHOLESALERS £79 .95 FROM 1 ST 2015 FROM Distributors of IT Infrastructure, Network & Security Products Three quarters of male electricians recently surveyed would be happy for their daughters to take up a career in the trade. However, a similar percentage feel old school attitudes towards women would actively discourage females from taking up a trade. The survey of electrical contractors was carried out by NICEIC. Its Jobs for the Girls campaign was set up to encourage more women into the trade and to plug the increasing skills and gender gaps. Emma Clancy, CEO of NICEIC, commented, ‘Dads have an important role to play in shaping the career choices of their daughters – particularly in the trades sector where many children follow in their father’s footsteps. ‘As part of National Women in Engineering Day we would encourage dads to talk about their trade to their daughters – particularly as up to 75 per cent of contractors would be happy to see their daughters become an electrician. Since launching the Jobs for the Girls campaign in 2011 NICEIC is seeing a growing interest in women wanting to take up a trade. However, the numbers are still painfully low. As Emma added, ‘It was interesting to note that many men feel certain attitudes from another era still exist today. ‘That is something we all have a duty to eradicate. I would encourage dads who do come across such attitudes to take a stand and think about how they might feel if it was their daughter working in the industry.’ The survey of over 100 electrical contractors found that 90 per cent of fathers believe that it is their responsibility to advise their daughters on their career choices. However, only one in fi ve dads said their child had received any information from school or careers advice service about trade opportunities. No one offers an underfloor to desk solution that’s easier to fit. We’ve got an unbeatable range of super tough floor boxes and powertrack t’s designed for incredibly quick installation and simple Our products are independently tested e of mind. 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The Budget, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 18th March, included a measure designed to help address the unfair advantage enjoyed by umbrella companies when competing against bona fi de employers in the industry, including JIB member companies. Following representations made last December by John Spellar MP Visit our website today. and Bernard McAulay, Unite the Union National Offi cer, to David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, the government has announced that it will restrict travel and subsistence relief for workers employed through umbrella companies. This measure will take effect from April 2016, following a consultation on the detail of the changes. 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Contact Alan Goodes on 01634 673163 or email alan@terringtonltd.co.uk SPECIAL FEATURE WIRING ACCESSORIES BUSINESS DIRECTORY NAPIT VOWS TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR MANDATORY ELECTRICAL CHECKS VOLUME 35 NO. 05 • MAY 2015 WWW.ELECTRICALCONTRACTINGNEWS.CO.UK CABLE MANAGEMENT WHOLESALERS The NAPIT Trade Association has renewed the bona fi de employers. In some cases call for the introduction of mandatory electrical this leads to the worker paying for safety checks in the private rented sector the employer’s National Insurance following DCLG’s disappointing response to a contribution as well as their own. consultation that considered conditions in this ‘I am grateful to John Spellar and sector, published recently. Bernard McAulay for raising this important DCLG’s decisions were taken despite the fact that issue with HM Treasury and I I congratulate around 16 per cent of tenants are estimated to be them on their success in securing action living with electrical hazards in the home, despite the by government in support of genuine fact that electrical distribution is the source of ignition electrical contractors, including JIB for 12 per cent of all accidental dwelling fi res reported member companies, who provide direct in 2013/14, and despite numerous industry voices in employment, pay their taxes in full and favour of mandatory electrical safety checks. treat their employees with respect. I I NAPIT Trade Association chairman, Frank look forward to this measure helping to Bertie, said, ‘DCLG have taken positive action on level the playing fi eld in our industry.’ smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, making them mandatory for all properties in this sector, but we fundamentally disagree with their decision not to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks. ‘While landlords for homes of multiple occupation are required to ensure that every fi xed electrical installation is inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding fi ve years by a person qualifi ed to undertake such inspection and testing, no equivalent requirement exists in the private rented sector. ‘Out of 157 responses on whether landlords should be legally required to have electrical installations checked regularly, 119 thought they should, with the majority of the opinion that this should happen every fi ve years. In their response, the government has ignored this overwhelming majority and disregarded the views over 75 per cent of respondents. ‘The government needs to be tough on fi re prevention as well as fi re detection to properly ensure the safety of tenants in this sector. We are very disappointed with their response but will continue to work for positive change in this sector.’ Kraus & Naimer get tough... Trox UK has supplied thousands of components to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in a contract worth £192,000. 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