Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2016 - Page 5

INDUSTRY NEWS WELSH GOVERNMENT JOINS FORCES WITH TRUSTMARK IN CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT AGAINST ROGUE TRADERS BECAUSE NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SAFETY A campaign to protect Welsh householders from rogue traders and incompetent operators launches this week as the Welsh Government joins force with Trustmark to promote its consumer protection service. The integrated marketing campaign – which coincides with TrustMark’s 10th anniversary – will target Welsh traders whose businesses can benefit from gaining accreditation and also raise awareness of the scheme amongst consumers in Wales. Economy Minister Edwina Hart said she was pleased the Welsh government was actively supporting and promoting the benefits of TrustMark. Mrs Hart said, ‘We have all heard harrowing cases of rogue traders and incompetent operators working in the home repair, maintenance and improvement market causing great distress, disruption and financial loss for many home owners. Trustmark was established to eliminate poor practice in this sector and is a quality scheme that helps householders find reputable local tradespeople who have been vetted and inspected to work on their properties. It covers the full range of trades in and around the home and acts as a signpost to help householders find local firms and expert tradespeople, providing them with choice, confidence and protection. The Minister added that the campaign is designed to raise awareness amongst consumers while also highlighting the business benefits for reputable traders. Traders that are accredited can provide reassurance to customers that their work is of the very highest standard. Liz Male MBE, chair of TrustMark, added, ‘We know it’s not always easy to find a reputable local tradesperson, especially if you’re new to an area or are bombarded with conflicting advice. But there are some really fantastic firms out there who are completely committed to doing a great job. ‘Rogue traders are the scourge of the sector, seeking out vulnerable homeowners and taking valuable jobs away from the best tradespeople in the country. Checking things like recent work and up to date qualifications are vital checks, so if you don’t know who to turn to, trust TrustMark.’ ESSENTIAL INSTALL LIVE! SET TO SHOWCASE NEW SMART BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES Electrical contractors have much to gain by visiting Essential Install Live!, a trade show dedicated to providing a route into the expanding world of smart building systems. With the growth in the Internet of Things, the involvement of global brands and more plug and play products increasing the awareness of the potential for smart homes and buildings, as well as enhanced entertainment experiences, it has never been more important for electrical contractors to be live to the potential this sector offers. A visit to Essential Install Live! South will put contractors right at the heart of the smart building industry, enabling companies to learn in detail about the people, products and systems that make this lucrative sector tick. The show is perfect for those wanting to add smart building technology to their portfolio enabling companies to add automation systems to control entertainment products and utilities as well as solutions such as multi-zone or single zone music systems and wired or wireless home networks to make it all work. With exhibitors well into triple figures, new entrants will be able to gain a complete overview of the very latest solutions and the key players that can deliver them. The two-day show will also deliver a series of talks and learning experiences on some of the most pressing technical issues and challenges facing the industry, so visitors can walk away with knowledge that can be take straight into the field. The Essential Install Live! Formula One Challenge allows visitors to compete around a real F1 track in the UK’s top F1 mobile simulator. Always a big hit at the show, competition is fierce and some seriously good prizes are up for grabs. The show also plays host to the Essential Install Live! Installer Challenge. Sponsored by established smart building installer Cornflake, the initiative offers the chance for established smart building professionals to pit their wits against each other and against the clock to find some pesky system faults hidden away in a specially created room set created by Cornflake. The event also plays host to the Smart Building Awards, an industry initiative that recognises some of the best work being carried out in the smart building industry today. Many of the exhibitors at Essential Install Live! are looking for new customers and identify electrical contractors as one of the key groups they want to target. With many of the skills and on site experience already acquired, all contractors need is the support and training that smart building product suppliers are all set up to provide. Situated within easy reach of the M25 and major road routes, the show is completely free to attend and the venue has thousands of free commercial vehicle friendly parking spaces. Venue: Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ Dates: July 6-7 Opening times: Wednesday 6th – 9.30am – 5pm Thursday 7th – 9.30am – 4pm Register for free at www.essentialinstalllive.com THE SEARCH BEGINS FOR BRITAIN’S TOP TRADESPERSON 2016 Screwfix is again searching for the nation’s top tradespeople. The Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2016 competition launches on 9th May, and previous winners have included plumbers, joiners and electricians. Not only will this year’s worthy winner carry the title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson to transform their business – but they will also win the keys to a brand new Toyota vehicle worth £30,000 (OTR) with all the gadgets they need. Last year, Darren Lawton, an electrician from Newcastle, walked away with the crown after fighting off worthy competition from thousands of entrants. He wowed a judging panel with his passion and dedication to his trade. His entrepreneurial spirit, attention to detail and passion for customer service also stood out amongst the finalists. He says it has had an amazing impact on his business, bringing him new customers and filling his diary for months ahead. Darren commented, ‘Holding the title has been a great endorsement for me and has helped me to secure