Electrical Contracting News (ECN) October 2016 - Page 18

EDITORIAL N ews that turnover either increased or remained steady for most electrical firms in the second quarter of the year provides further proof that the electrical sector is still in pretty good shape and well placed to deal with the expected fallout from Brexit – when it actually happens. Many predicted that we would see a slight downturn on 2015 figures but the outlook appears to be increasingly positive as businesses of all sizes report strong results for the first six months of the year. We all know how quickly things can change and an awful lot depends on how well the construction sector copes with the turbulent economic conditions, but there does seem to be a real and tangible sense of optimism reverberating around the industry this year, with positive news stories detailing growth and investment plans, increased staff training and diversification of skills, new markets and innovations all popping up on a regular basis. Lighting – our special feature for this month – still leads the way as an outstanding area of growth within the industry. Having increased by 13 per cent in 2015 and with a value exceeding £2bn, the lighting sector (and LEDs in particular) continues to go from strength to strength as energy efficient 2360B AD_UK.indd 1 18 Editorial.indd 18 lighting solutions are specified in retrofit and newbuild projects up and down the country. It may well be that this growth is tempered somewhat over the coming years as general take-up reaches saturation levels but, in the short term at least, interest remains strong, as the upcoming Lux Live show will no doubt reaffirm. Perhaps offering further proof that the industry remains buoyant, All Things Media (ATM) – publisher of ECN – has announced a major industry show for autumn 2017. The Electrical Design and Install Expo (ED&I) will be held at the NEC in Birmingham and will act as a showcase for the entire electrical industry, giving visitors insight into key trends and industry drivers. Further information can be found on the front page of this issue or by visiting www.edandiexpo.com. *After more than a decade working on ECN I will be moving on to pastures new this month. I would like to thank ECN’s loyal readers for their continued support and a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the magazine during my time as editor.* Michael Crane Rich Green who joins the LIA Team as sales manager for the LIA’s Laboratories. Rich has many years’ experience from working within a range of commercial roles. He joins The LIA from Kosnic Lighting, where he had several roles in retail, ecommerce, lighting design and bespoke products. Suzannah Hale has been appointed marketing manager at Silver Fox. This is a return to Silver Fox for Suzannah, who had previously joined the Silver Fox team as an intern while studying for a degree in Product Design specialising in Marketing. The Considerate Constructors Scheme has announced the appointment of Isabel Martinson as executive chairman, with effect from 12th July 2016. The new role of the executive chairman will be to further develop strategies to enhance the Scheme, by taking it ‘to the next level’. Isabel has had a hugely successful career that has included senior positions in the trade association sector and military service. C-Tec has appointed Adam Mason as its new distribution account manager covering the north and east of England and Scotland. In this key role, Adam will drive sales growth by supporting electrical distribution companies at branch level and promoting C-Tec’s new improved NC951 accessible toilet kit, its ActiV fire detectors and its vast range of fire alarm control panels, call systems and hearing loops. movers & shakers… ON THE UP AND UP SELECT has reappointed Eric Rae as its president. Eric, of E. Rae & Son in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, has been influential in SELECT activity in Aberdeen and the North-East for many years. Elected to the post in 2015, he is now entering his second year of office. Editor 9/9/16 10:01 AM 14/09/2016 09:14