Electrical Contracting News (ECN) July 2017 - Page 5

EDITORIAL FEELING BLUE, OR SEEING RED? W ell! It’s roughly two months since Prime Minister (at time of writing) Theresa May called a snap election – an election where the Tories were supposed to cruise to a landslide victory and Jeremy Corbyn was set to be consigned to the political scrapheap. And yet here we are in political limbo with a Consertvative party in chaos, (despite winning), a Labour party celebrating (despite coming second) and the issue of Brexit still no clearer – what a time to be alive! By the time this has gone to press we could either be under a Tory/ DUP coalition government, or a ‘rainbow’ coalition led by Corbyn. Whatever happens it’s clear that no-one has really won – least of all us voters! Such uncertainty is never ideal in politics but as shown after the initial panic that followed the EU referendum, trade in general can and will continue to tick along. As the old saying goes; keep calm and carry on! We have three special features for you this month: Home automation & Intelligent buildings; Insurance; and Russell Drury, Editor Fire detection & Safety, which has been thrust into the public’s consciousness following the tragic case of Grenfell Tower in London recently. Despite a refurbishment last year, the safety of the building had still been called into question by experts and some of its residents and it is very worrying that it has taken such a devastating event for these concerns to really be given the attention they warrant. We don’t often have room for two interviews in one issue of ECN but we’ve made an exception this month. Not only do we have the second part of the exclusive Q&A with Legrand’s Tony Greig, we’ve also got sparky-turned-footballer Stuart Pearce, who was kind enough to spare a few minutes for a chat with me at NICEIC Live in May. *On an end note this will be my final issue of ECN. Having worked on the title for seven years, during which time I have seen exciting progress in all sectors of the electrical trade, I am moving on to new challenges. I would like to thank all the loyal readers and contributors that have made my time here such an enjoyable experience. MOVERS & SHAKERS… FireAngel has appointed two new managers as part of its continued investment in its growing sales team. Claire O’Meara has been appointed as the national account manager for the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) department, while Elizabeth Mitchel joins the company as area specification manager for the North East and East Midlands regions. Ellis has appointed Toni Dring as its marketing executive. Toni, who has worked in a combined sales, administrative and marketing role since joining Ellis in 2010, will now concentrate full-time on marketing. Her new role will see her managing the company’s PR agencies; planning all events and exhibitions; leading communications with international distributors; and overseeing the design and development of all company literature. GBE Converge has announced that Ian Phelps has recently joined the company as group operations director. Ian is a career professional in the Fire, Security and IT industry that includes over 16 years’ experience at board director level. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will add another dimension to the senior management team. Amy Sharpe and Becky Rogers have both joined Hawkesworth Appliance Testing as account managers. With seven and eight years’ experience respectively in sales and finance, the duo will be assisting Hawkesworth in boosting its presence in all targeted sectors in the UK, such as education, retail, hospitality, industrial and banking. Gira eNet Easily controlling home technology via radio Gira eNet is the new bi-directional radio system for the intelligent networking and control of modern electrical installations. Functions such as light and blind control can be easily retrofitted and networked via radio. Installed switches can be quickly replaced or made radio- capable without having to prise open walls and lay cables. Radio switching/dimming top units, radio wall transmitters, and radio remote controls are available to operate the system. In addition, the Gira mobile gate also enables the entire system to be controlled using mobile end devices running the iOS or Android operating system. This allows blinds, lights, and pre-programmed scenes to be operated conveniently and intuitively via the Gira Interface when using WLAN at home. In the same way, the state of the lighting and blinds can be recorded and monitored at a glance. Additional information can be found at www.gira.com/enet. Shown from left to right: Gira eNet radio switching/dimming top unit, 1-gang System 2000, Gira eNet radio blind control button, 1-gang, Gira Interface for the mobile gate on a smartphone, Gira eNet radio wall transmitter, 3-gang, Gira E2, pure white glossy.