Electrical Contracting News (ECN) December 2016 - Page 16

EDITORIAL CHARITY OF CHOICE W elcome to the December issue of ECN. I am writing this a few days before the Electrical Industries Charity’s powerBall, sponsored by CEF. I have not attended before but I am reliably informed by those who have that it is a fantastic night and this year’s promises to be no different, with a casino, raffle and auction, plus live music from the Jersey Boys. Amidst all the fun the big aim is to raise as much money as possible to help support those in our industry who have fallen on hard times. It is easy to forget – particularly around this time of year – that dayto-day life is a struggle for some due to various difficult personal circumstances. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) therefore plays a crucial role in providing the right assistance in dealing with these challenges. In our Key Issue column this month Tessa Ogle, managing director of the EIC, highlights some of the cases the charity helps. Charity should not be restricted to any one time of year of course, it needs support all year round, which is why we are proud to announce that the EIC is ECN’s ‘charity of choice’, and the company will now carry its logo flex in every issue. We hope that this will raise the profile of the EIC and maintain awareness of its work all year round. Our special feature this month looks at Data Cabling. Just like home automation and smart building technologies, knowledge and expertise in data cabling offers another avenue of business for electrical contractors. With data centres already playing a central role in 21st century technology, it is undoubtedly an area of the industry that can provide huge opportunities for those that are willing to grasp them. Our special feature begins on page 34, and includes expert contributions from Brand-Rex, Corning, Dymo, Nexans and R&M. Finally, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Claire Fletcher to the ECN team in the role of news editor. After completing a degree in Journalism five years ago, Claire has spent time travelling in Australia and Asia teaching English as a foreign language. An accomplished writer and blogger, Claire is relishing the chance to work in this ever evolving industry. I would like to thank all our contributors, advertisers and readers for your support this year and we look forward with hope to a prosperous 2017. MOVERS & SHAKERS… JCC Lighting has announced the appointment of David Gwyer as supply and operations director. David brings with him a wealth of experience having worked within the electrical wholesale industry for over 30 years. Prior to joining JCC Lighting, David has held senior positions in Denmans and Senate Electrical and most recently as managing director of Crompton Lamps. Acoulite has appointed Richard Semple as lighting specification manager to focus and nurture relationships with the lighting designers, on both a regional and international level. Richard has over 14 years’ experience in the lighting industry and has a strong technical background as well as an in-depth knowledge of the marketplace. The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) has appointed Steve Burley as its new chair. Burley will work with TESP’s Core and Industry Partners to develop and deliver the partnership’s strategy, providing an employer voice on the board of Core Partners. He succeeds TESP’s inaugural chair, Diane Johnson, who has stepped down after two years in the role. BSRIA has announced Zoltan Karpathy as its manager – Intelligent Buildings and Homes – in its WMI Department, effective from 17th October 2016. Zoltan’s insight into the field is set to enhance the essential research work and client base of BSRIA’s WMI department and is viewed as an essential step in WMI’s continued development in this area. Marshall-Tufflex has appointed Jon Chamberlain as its new national sales manager. Jon is highly respected within the industry, bringing with him 29 years of experience in the electrical manufacturing sector. His new post sees him leading a team of established sales engineers and contract & specification managers based throughout the UK. Russell Drury – Editor connectors Leaders in lighting connection & control flex7 modular lighting control system was designed with the installer and end user T r afirmly c k iinnmind. g =Quick 2 7 to 7 install, easy to reconfigure, with no need for commissioning. • Simple plug-in connection. • No commissioning. • Save up to 70% on your building’s lighting bill. • Smallest sensor head of its type. • Protected extra low voltage. • Occupancy, absence, daylight linking/dimming. • High inrush relay. • Up to 6 heads per controller. • Integrated emergency test option. • Adjustable timeout period. • Eligible for Government ECA Scheme. • BIM Ready. Save Time, Save Energy, Save Money www.flexconnectors.co.uk Tel: 020 8580 1066 info@flexconnectors.co.uk 16 Editorial.indd 16 11/11/2016 16:30