Electrical Contracting News (ECN) November 2016 - Page 4

INDUSTRY NEWS NEWEY & EYRE SAYS NOW IS THE TIME TO TURN THE LIGHT ON TO LEDS Newey & Eyre has welcomed a new report which indicates that LED lighting is set to be the fastest growing sector in the general lighting market. According to market research undertaken by Technavio1, LED lighting will be the fastest growing segment in the lighting market with its revenue share surpassing traditional lighting by 2018. The report suggests this is due to the rapid emergence of ‘smart cities’, which have been designed to drive forward energy efficiency in everyday living, as well as propel economic growth and quality of living through the integration of ‘connected’ technology. The research also indicates that the market growth is likely to increase as the demand for both commercial and residential space continues to rise. James Harding, category manager at Newey & Eyre, commented, ‘LED technology is leading the way when it comes to cost effective, long lasting lighting solutions. And, in recent years it has moved to the forefront of energy efficiency, making LEDs the first port of call for commercial customers looking to improve the performance of their buildings. It is therefore great to see from this research that the UK sector is growing, indicating that specifiers across both large and small projects are switching on to the benefits of LED lighting.’ IT’S GOING TO BE A NIGHT TO REMEMBER AT POWERBALL 2016 CREATING A BETTER FUTURE WITH THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRIES CHARITY The Electrical Industries Charity has launched its Practical Participation Programme to expand the support network and allow electrical industry professionals to show their support to people who need help the most. The Practical Participation Programme offers an opportunity for companies to get involved using their unique skills of time, equipment and materials to provide the best practical support to people in the electrical industry. The programme was created by the charity to get everyone within the electrical industry involved in offering practical support to those who are struggling. It will also allow industry experts to work alongside the charity in solving, or contributing to solutions, for those desperately needing help. Once you sign up to be a partner of the programme the charity will approach you on an as-needed basis to ask for your assistance. Managing director Tessa Ogle said, ‘We launched the Practical Participation Programme to get everyone within the electrical sector involved in supporting people through challenging times in their lives. This programme is an excellent opportunity for companies to work alongside the charity in helping to create a pathway to a better future for people in our industry.’ BECAUSE NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SAFETY Guests at powerBall 2016 can look forward to an unforgettable night with breathtaking entertainment from the Jersey Boys to look forward to. This year City Electrical Factors (CEF) is the headline sponsor for one of the most prestigious events in the electrical industry’s calendar, which takes place on Friday 11th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane. Managing director Tessa Ogle said, ‘We are delighted to have CEF as our headline sponsor this year – their support, together with the entertainment which we have planned, will ensure that guests will have a truly unforgettable evening.’ Tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss your chance to attend and experience for yourself the Jersey Boys who will be rocking the night away with iconic songs such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry and Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye). UK TRADESPEOPLE QUOTING FOR MORE WORK THAN 12 MONTHS AGO Nearly half (44 per cent) of the UK’s electricians, plumbers, builders, carpenters and other trades say they are quoting for more work than 12 months ago, according to Electricfix. Of the 95 per cent of tradespeople currently working, the majority (67 per cent) say they have enough work to keep them busy and 16 per cent claim to have more work than they can handle, with nearly half (48 per cent) believing business will improve for them over the next year. However, the latest Trade Pulse report also revealed this optimism is tempered with a degree of concern around the general UK economy. Nearly one in three (32 per cent) think it will worsen in the next 12 months, increasing from 20 per cent who felt the same way 12 months ago. 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