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NICEIC News Archive 2013 

Notification System update - November

NICEIC Contractor runner up in 'Britain's Top Tradesman' - November

Connections Magazine available as a free app - November

Sir Geoff Hurst enthralls audience at Live North - October

NICEIC Academy Graduate wins Apprentice of the Year - November

NICEIC and Elecsa launch Jobs for the Girls Academy - October

Certsure launches Customer Charter - September

Discounted deals on Peugeot vehicles - June

NICEIC & ELECSA speak out new technical requirements - June

Crowds flock to Epsom for NICEIC Live South - May

NICEIC is leading body for Green Deal certification - May

Biggest-ever campaign promotes Electrical Safety Register- April

Ascertiva Group earns Times Top 100 company accolade - March

Millions of Brits could be facing a DIY death trap - January

Free training for all Electrical Safety Register listed firms - January

NICEIC sign up 17,000th contractor - January

Government reduces Building Regs red tape - January

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Notification system update

NICEIC is committed to providing our contractors with the best products and services around.

We are therefore pleased to announce the launch of an upgrade to our building control notification system and our exciting new NICEIC Online certification system.

From January 10 2014 all our customers will be transferred over to the new look notification system automatically.

On the day of the upgrade we will automatically redirect you to the new system and you just need to log in using the same user name and password you use on the current notification system, it couldn’t be easier. You don’t have to do anything.

However, more than 4,000 of our customers are already using the system and they have told us how simple and easy it is to use.  If you don’t want to wait until January and want to join in today, you can log in now atwww.niceiconline.com

What about the notification fees? 

To help simplify the cost of notifications we will be replacing the separate £1.50 notification fee and £1.50 Insurance Backed Warranty fee with one simple £3.00 (plus VAT) combined notification fee.

From mid January 2014 the combined fee will include an enhanced and clearer guarantee to consumers using NICEIC Contractors, without increasing the cost to you or your customers. 

The NICEIC Platinum Promise

The new NICEIC Platinum Promise will guarantee the standard of work you undertake which is covered by the scope of your registration with NICEIC for up to six years. 

We recognise how important it is for your customers to know NICEIC will be here to help if anything goes wrong in the future, and it is for this reason consumers choose NICEIC registered contractors time and time again.  Watch out for further details on the Platinum Promise at www.niceic.com in the coming weeks. 

It is really important that you continue to submit your notifications within the required 25 days but if you do forget we will no longer charge for late notifications, which currently costs £7.50.  The new system also allows you to do them online so no more need to fill in forms! 

Online certification system

NICEIC’s online certification system allows you to create, store and administer a wide range of NICEIC certificates on a pay as you go basis, and is fully integrated with our building control notification system. This revolutionary way of certifying and notifying your work was developed after listening to our customers. 

How do I get access?

You can access the system now by logging on to www.niceiconline.comusing the same user name and password you use on the current notification system.

If you are unsure of your current log on details please call us on 0870 013 0462.

Published 20 November 2013

NICEIC electrician runner up in 'Britain's Top Tradesman'

An NICEIC registered electrician from Coventry, Steve Friel, has been named a ‘runner up’ in a competition to find the best tradesman in the country.

Thousands entered ‘Britain’s Top Tradesman’, organised by trade retailer Screwfix, with the top 10 attending a final at Wembley Stadium, on the 5 November, to face a panel of esteemed judges.

Steve, who runs Central Electrics, impressed the panel of judges with his hard work and commitment in establishing his successful business. His use of technology to provide great customer service also made him stand out – he sends customers automated text messages to let them know he is on his way and uses cloud computing so his team know what’s happening in the business in real time.

Steve commented: “I strive for excellence in customer service and always keep an eye out to see what other companies do to see if I can adapt it for my business. I also detail fixed prices on my website so customers know what to expect from a job and will follow up with them when we have completed the work to make sure they are happy.”

Steve was in the navy for six years and he applies his discipline and attention to detail to his business today: “Central Electrics has built up a great customer base, and the team get a real buzz from their work. I hope to inspire others thinking of a career change to give it a go – I have never looked back!”

Britain’s Top Tradesman, is a nationwide search to find and recognise the best in the business organised by trade retailer Screwfix.

Published 04 November 2013
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Connections magazine now available as a free App

Connections – the quarterly magazine for NICEIC and ELECSA registered contractors – is now available as a free App to download.

The move is part of a commitment to provide even more added value for Certsure customers and includes additional interactive features not included in the traditional paper format.

“We’re taking a fresh look at what we offer our customers and the App has been created so that Connections is accessible to as many electricians within NICEIC and ELECSA registered companies as possible,” explains Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure – the joint venture which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands.

“It also gives the rest of the industry a chance to look at what’s going on at NICEIC and ELECSA.”

Connections contains a broad mix of features, news, views and technical information. It has recently been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) 2013 PRide Awards for Best External Publication.

The App is available to everyone. You can download it by visiting theApple (iTunes) or Google Android store and searching Connections.

The magazine will continue to be printed on a quarterly basis and sent out to its 28 000 recipients.

Published 06 November 2013
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Sir Geoff Hurst enthrals audience at Live North

Electrical contractors filled out Bolton Arena last week as NICEIC and ELECSA held the second Live North event. 

Hundreds of visitors poured through the doors to listen to a number of seminars and presentations including a keynote speech from guest speaker Sir Geoff Hurst.

The 1966 World Cup winning hero regaled the audience with stories from his career as a centre forward with West Ham, Stoke and most notably England. The only man to ever score a hat-trick in a World Cup final also spoke about his time in business and drew on the characteristics required to succeed in both.

“Whether it is sport or business, if you want to be successful you have to be passionate,” said Sir Geoff. “ 

“Having people around you working to the same goal is also important. I had a great manager and a great team full of different characters.

“You also need that bit of luck to be in the right time at the right place.  I got my chance when Jimmy Greaves got injured, and you have to ready to take it as inevitably your chance will come.”

In addition to the technical talks, there was a busy exhibition hall and attendees took advantage of some great offers from leading names in the electrical industry, including Click Scolmore, WF Senate, ESP and Peugeot – who brought along a rally simulator for guests to enjoy.

Visitors also had the opportunity to spend time and chat with various teams from NICEIC and ELECSA including customer services, technical, insurance, sales and online certification.

Mark Smith, Head of Group Marketing at NICEIC and ELECSA said: “Live North was a chance for us to meet contractors and let them know about the changes that have gone on within NICEIC and ELECSA over the last 12 months and an opportunity for us to gain feedback from those on the frontline.

“As ever, the technical seminars with Tony Cable and Darren Staniforth were packed out and it just goes to show that contractors do have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for their work and are keen to learn more about how they can improve their business.

“It was great to have Sir Geoff Hurst there too, and his talk provided a real inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure to catch it.”

The prize draw on the day was won by Mr James Thompson. He wins an overnight stay and two tickets to an England game – ironically against Germany at Wembley – the same opponents and venue where Sir Geoff scored his famous treble.

Published October 2013

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NICEIC Academy Graduate wins Apprentice of the Year

NICEIC Academy graduate Jack Howes was named Apprentice of the Year at the at this year’s Electrical Industry Awards.
 
Organised by trade magazine Electrical Times the awards are one of the biggest in the industry.
 
Jack works for NICEIC Approved Contractors Instalec Electrical Engineers, based in Luton, and was part of the NICEIC Academy with Bedford College.

He was nominated by Training Development Manager Darren Staniforth who worked with Jack on the Apprentice Academy and helped him pass his level 3 qualifications. 

In addition to Jack’s award PIP Electrics Limited also won ‘Contractor of the Year 2013’.
 
PIP Electrics Limited is an NICEIC Domestic Installer, NICEIC Approved Contractor and also an NQA client for ISO 9001.

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NICEIC and ELECSA launch Jobs for the Girls Academy

NICEIC and ELECSA have launched an Academy to help female electricians for  the next stage of its Jobs for the Girls initiative campaign.

The Academy is a series of four sessions held over 2013/14 providing technical, business and industry advice which aims to give females a helping hand into the electrical industry.

A group of 14 women attended the first session last week, which was led by NICEIC’s Tony Cable and Darren Staniforth and included a talk from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) John Chamberlain.

Certsure CEO Emma Clancy, who was instrumental in launching the Jobs for the Girls initiative, said: “It was clear from the networking meetings we held last year that getting a foot in the industry and gaining experience is still a barrier for many women.

“So, in response we set up the Academy to provide some industry based learning to a group of women which we believe will enhance their skills and improve their career opportunities.

“Women are still severely underrepresented in the electrical industry and wider construction sector.  By launching this Academy we want to address that imbalance and arm women with the skills to go out there and make a real mark in the industry.”

Session one of the Academy focussed on electrical principles and calculations, protective devices and safe isolation. Future sessions will look at surge protection, green technologies and certification of works.

Many of the attendees were just embarking on a career as an electrician or had just passed their level 3 qualification. However, the academy is open to anyone who feels they may benefit – including those already embarking on a career as an electrician.

Satsuki Harris, a trainee electrician with housing maintenance firm Lovells commented: “Having a point of contact with people like Tony, Darren and John is highly valuable for me as it gives me the confidence to ask for support on technical issues. This can only ever be a good thing for my career.”

The Jobs for the Girls campaign was set up in 2011 with the aim of encouraging more women in to the electrical industry. It has proved a huge success with Emma Clancy joining several female contractors on national TV and radio to discuss the matter.  She also joined a group of women for a parliamentary reception at Westminster to present a case to members of parliament and last year the campaign was fronted by TV star Hilary Devey.

You can find out more about the campaign at www.jobsforthegirls.com

Published 03 October 2013

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Certsure launches customer charter

Certsure, the joint venture formed from the partnership between the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) and Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), has launched a customer charter.

The certification body, which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands, has set out its promise to deliver exceptional service to all of its customers.

Certsure CEO, Emma Clancy, said: “Certsure was formed by the ESC and ECA with the intention of being so much more than the sum of its parts. It is a new business committed to taking the best from its existing brands but also creating a new way; a Certsure way which is built on what’s best in class.

We want to ensure our customers get the best service, every time, so we are making some important public commitments

“We have spoke to our customers, listened to their concerns and implemented a series of changes which we believe will bring added value to our customer base. These commitments will be measured and reported back for all to see. “

The five commitments are:

  • We will listen to you and commit to providing the best response, first time
  • We promise to provide quality advice, technical expertise and highly skilled people to support you
  • Our products and services are designed to meet your needs and will evolve as your business grows
  • We will deliver a timely and professional service
  • We will be respectful and courteous at all times

 

The charter is just one of the many customer added value initiatives developed by Certsure since it launched in April this year.  All 34,000 firms listed on its Electrical Safety Register have already received access to a free online training course in renewable technologies with more free training to be delivered shortly. Work is also under way to ensure the Register is heavily promoted to homeowners and specifiers with a series of PR campaigns.

“When we launched Certsure the customer was always at the heart of the partnership we wanted to build,” added Emma. “In the past the NICEIC brand in particular might have been viewed as a leader in the market but one that was poor on customer care.

“We want to change that image. We believe this not only shows our commitment to be the leading building services certification body of choice, but it will also allow us to interact with our customers in the very best way so they can concentrate on their business.

The charter will be published on the Certsure, NICEIC and ELECSA websites from today and the results will be published annually to all its customers. 

Published 16 September 2013

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Discounted deals on Peugeot vehicles

All NICEIC and ELECSA customers can now access a wide range of Peugeot vehicles at discounted rates, after Peugeot was named the official vehicle supplier to both brands.

Contractors will be able to get lower rates on leasing agreements on all Peugeot vans including the Peugeot Partner compact van, which is the most popular vehicle in the scheme among NICEIC and ELECSA contractors and the best-selling van of the year in the UK.

Family cars are also available at discounted rates for NICEIC and ELECSA customers, even if these are not for work purpose.

The exclusive offer also gives contractors entering into leasing contracts £250 cash back which can then be spent on the NICEIC Training or Direct website.

“We are delighted that Peugeot has agreed to be the official supplier to both NICEIC and ELECSA contractors,” said Mike Jackson, Head of Group Sales at NICEIC.

“The discounted vehicle leasing scheme has proved very popular with many contractors over the last three years, and these exclusive rates are greater than could be arranged individually.

“NICEIC and ELECSA now represent 80 per cent of the UK’s electrical contractors, which allows us to negotiate very competitive rates to pass back to all our customers,” he added.

“The new £250 cash back arrangement will be an immediate benefit to customers, as they will be able to spend this in the Direct shop on any publications, tools and equipment that their business needs.”

Gareth Foden, Head of Leasing and Rental at Peugeot, said: “With exceptional payload and low CO2 emissions, our vans are a great choice for any business.”

Vans are currently available for as little as £23 per week.

For further information visit www.peugeotcontracthire.co.uk/niceic-elecsa or for a personalised quote call 0845 313 3810.

Case Study

Philip Fagg runs NICEIC registered GW & E Wright which operates throughout London and the South East of England.

He recently renewed the lease on his fleet of 16 Peugeot Partner and 2 Peugeot Expert vans.

“We have used Peugeot for a while now and always received a great deal but the extra discount through our NICEIC registration means it is the best deal out there. It also means I have earned £4,500 credit with the NICEIC Direct shop!

“The vans are very reliable and efficient. Our drivers love them because of the comfort and the full maintenance package means there is no hidden costs. If there is a problem Peugeot sort it straight away.

“All our vans came sign written, boarded and with deadlocks which was fantastic. Peugeot even put limiters on the vans for us which should see us make even more savings on efficiency.

Published 23 July 2013

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NICEIC and ELECSA speak out on new technical requirements

NICEIC and ELECSA have hit back at misleading claims about the new technical requirements for Qualified Supervisors, and are reassuring contractors’ fears about the qualifications necessary to be eligible for registration.

 As of April 6 this year the technical competence requirements, as set out by the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification Management Committee (EAS), changed for proposed Qualified Supervisors.

 A new “Level 3” requirement was developed and introduced for anyone wanting to apply to become a Qualified Supervisor after April 5th. Prior to its implementation a spate of articles appeared in the media urging contractors to apply before the deadline so they could “sidestep” the new requirements.

 However, following the apparent confusion this has caused, NICEIC and ELECSA have moved to allay any concerns contractors might have, citing the various routes through to qualification.

 “In the run up to April both NICEIC and ELECSA noticed a sharp rise in applications for its schemes as contractors sought to “beat the new requirements” – largely due to stories circulating in the media saying the new requirements would make it harder to become a Qualified Supervisor,” commented Alan Wells, Certification and Standards Director at NICEIC.

 “We want to let contractors know that this is definitely not the case. The new qualification was designed to produce safer working practices within the industry and those with the relevant experience and technical competence really have nothing to fear.”

There are now five different routes for domestic installer schemes  through to satisfying the requirements for registration as a Qualified Supervisor, including on-site assessment, off-site assessment, a mixture of both and the gaining of appropriate qualifications.

To help contractors understand the new requirements NICEIC and ELECSA have produced some handy information sheets for anyone wishing to join NICEIC or ELECSA’s Domestic Installer Scheme or NICEIC’s Approved Contractor schemes.

“The routes allow flexibility for individuals who hold older qualifications or have been a Qualified Supervisor within the past two years to be assessed, as well as allowing a route for individuals who can provide auditable evidence of their knowledge and experience of undertaking electrical work,” continues Alan.

To download the factsheets please visit www.niceic.com/join-us/qs-requirements

Published 26 June 2013

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Biggest-ever campaign promotes Electrical Safety Register listed firms

The Electrical Safety Register is set to feature prominently in two of the biggest contractor promotion campaigns ever created in the electrical industry.

The Register, which features the details of more than 33 000 electrical contracting firms and was borne out of Certsure - the new joint venture between the ESC (Electrical Safety Council) and ECA (Electrical Contractors’ Association), will be promoted to millions of specifiers as a result.

Steve Bratt, CEO of ECA said: “When we formed the joint venture an agreement was put in place to promote all those listed on the Electrical Safety Register like never before.

“These two campaigns show the work being done to make the Electrical Safety Register the number one choice for specifiers of electrical work.

The first campaign, launched by the ESC, featured heavily on national TV, radio and magazines. It will target private landlords and outline the financial risks they face if they fail to act on their electrical safety obligations.

The ESC has teamed up with the Association of British Insurers and homeless organisation Shelter for the campaign.

The research reveals that:

  • 1.7 million private tenants are currently awaiting electrical repairs to properties
  • Landlord fines have increased to £20,000 but 300,000 don’t know any fines exist at all
  • Many landlords did not know their insurance may be invalidated should they fail to follow their obligations
  • Almost half of all landlords and tenants[i] admitted they had no idea who was responsible for electrical safety and as a result crucial aspects are ignored.

By law, landlords must ensure electrical installations and wiring are maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. The ESC recommends landlords should have electrical appliances and installations checked at least every five years by a registered electrician.

Meanwhile, a separate marketing campaign from Certsure will see local authorities, housing associations, architects and other specifiers of work, targeted with information about the Electrical Safety Register.

Featuring the tagline ‘One Place’ the literature will outline the benefits of the register alongside co-ordinated technical information for particular markets such as landlords, building engineers and health and safety officers.

The campaign will reach in excess of 500,000 people over a 12 month period and each target market will be able to download additional material from the ESR website.

Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure added:  “We said there would be benefits to all our contractors when we formed the partnership and hopefully they can see the plans we are putting in place to promote their business and help them win more work.”

To view the Electrical Safety Register log on to www.electricalsafetyregister.com

For more information about this release please contact Richard Pagett, External Affairs Director, Certsure on 01582 539020 or email Richard.pagett@certsure.com

Published 19 April 2013
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Crowds flock to Epsom for NICEIC LIVE South

More than 700 visitors filled out Epsom Downs for one of the electrical industry’s premier conference and exhibition events – NICEIC Live South.

Now in its third year at Epsom Downs Racecourse this was the biggest show yet, with more seminars, presentations, exhibitors and visitors than ever before.

Former fashion designer and current social housing guru Wayne Hemmingway MBE was the star attraction. He inspired the audience with the story of his rise from market stall holder to a much sought after design expert.

“In business you have to be brave and always trying new things,” commented Hemmingway. “You just never know where it might take you.

“Growth in any business is about identifying need and the sustainability agenda is definitely going to push that need. We should be building things to last. 

The crowd were also enthralled by a presentation from Atkins Director Kelvin Freeman, who was the Energy Services Lead for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  With overall responsibility for ensuring the design, delivery and operation of power at all venues– Freeman, a former apprentice electrician, played a key role in making the Games such a success. He spoke about the detailed work carried out by engineers and electricians in the run up to the Games and some of the hazards and hurdles they had to overcome – including the importance of testing and inspection throughout.

“We had to spend time and money to get the right people on the job and we were lucky in the sense that the UK possesses such a skilled workforce; Rio in 2016 will not have that skillbase to call on,” added Freeman.

In addition to the keynote speakers were seminars by NICEIC’s Tony Cable and Darren Staniforth, talks on Green Deal, changes to the wiring regulations, online certification and practical advice sessions on how to market your business effectively. In the downstairs exhibition hall there were also demonstrations on electric vehicle charging and home automation.

Lead sponsors WF Senate and Peugeot were also offering contractors some great deals and were joined in the exhibition area by other leading names such as Aurora Lighting, Dehn, Dimplex, EAL, Irwin tools, Scolmore, Fluke and Mr Electric.

Mark Smith, Head of Group Marketing at NICEIC, said: “We have listened to what contractors want from these events and put on more seminars, technical talks and exhibitors than ever before.

“Each year the show just seems to grow and grow and it was great to see such huge crowds through the doors.  We look forward to putting on another great show in Bolton at NICEIC Live North, later this year.”

Published 17 May 2013

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NICEIC is leading body for Green Deal certification

More than 380 companies have now signed up for Green Deal installer status with NICEIC, making it the leading certification body for Green Deal.

Green Deal will provide an incentive for householders and businesses to install energy efficient measures by off – setting the cost through savings in energy bills.  It is designed to make energy efficiency easy and affordable with aims to reach up to 14 million properties by 2020.  “Green Deal is an exciting new area for contractors of all trades,” said Nick Wright, Green Deal project manager at NICEIC. “The nature of contracting is changing, with businesses becoming more multidiscipline and looking to offer a complete solution for their customers. NICEIC is strategically positioned to be able to provide this.”

“The government is committed to ensuring that all work undertaken via Green Deal is carried out by registered firms and with interest in the initiative now ramping up we are seeing more and more firms look to get involved.

“We have witnessed a large number of skilled professionals such as electricians, plumbers, heating and gas engineers come to NICEIC for accreditation as it is a name associated with quality and assurance.”

Green Deal installers are responsible for installing the measures that contribute to saving energy around the home. Those with the skills to install these will be in great demand. NICEIC’s scope for certification means it can provide the appropriate certification for the majority of these measures.

Any business wishing to undertake work under the Green Deal as an installer must have certification against the Green Deal Installer Standard -PAS 2030: Improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings – Specification for installation procedures, process management and service provision.

Compliance to the standard is a requirement for all those businesses wanting to get involved in Green Deal even if they are already certified to another government scheme or register.

For organisations that are familiar with the requirements of the Microgeneration Certificate Scheme (MCS), this should be familiar territory.

For more information about Green Deal and the opportunities it presents for your firm log on to www.niceic.com/greendeal or emailgreendeal@niceic.com

Published 20 May 2013
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Ascertiva Group earns Times Top 100 company accolade

Ascertiva Group, the company renowned for its NICEIC and NQA brands, has become a Times Top 100 Best Company to Work For.

The accolade is awarded on the views of employees and the policies and processes of employers. It identifies best practice and ranks companies chiefly by their results in eight key indicators of staff engagement.

"I am delighted that Ascertiva Group, NICEIC and NQA, has been recognised as one of the best 100 companies to work for,” says Emma Clancy, CEO Ascertiva Group. “This is a result of hard work and effort by all of us, at every level in the company and it makes me extremely proud.”

Ascertiva Group also received a one star rating from the Best Companies award, which is based solely upon employee feedback. Best Companies has established its reputation through an authoritative and highly rigorous methodology.

This awards’ methodology identifies workplace performance and best practice according to eight key factors. These factors are particularly significant as they are defined through the results from the survey process, and therefore by employees themselves, as critical factors in workplace engagement:

  • Leadership
  • My Manager
  • Personal Growth
  • Wellbeing
  • My Team
  • Giving Something Back
  • My Company
  • Fair Deal

Andrew Selous, Conservative MP for South West Bedfordshire said: “Congratulations to the Ascertiva Group on this tremendous accolade. It is a mark of recognition for all the great work they do both inside and outside the office and it is pleasing see a local firm that so many employees are delighted to work for. The group have set a real benchmark for firms in the area.”

 

Last year, in addition to increasing company profits across the Group, Ascertiva employees took part in volunteering days at Luton and Dunstable Hospital and helped create a nature reserve at Lower Watling School in Dunstable. Staff also helped raise thousands of pounds for local charities and recently contributed to the fund to buy vital life saving equipment for the maternity unity at the hospital.

 

The group’s NICEIC brand is also a shirt sponsor for Luton Town FC.

“Everyday I see something that makes me feel really proud of the work we do here,” added Emma. “I am delighted to be CEO for an organisation that so many people enjoy working for and the Times Top 100 Mark is a great reward and recognition for the entire group.”

Published 04 March 2013

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Government plans to reduce Building Regs red tape

Proposed amends reflect sector demands, say ECA and NICEIC

The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and NICEIC have welcomed Government plans to reduce the number of notifiable works, saying it will cut some of the red tape faced by industry,

Both also say that the launch of the Electrical Safety Register (www.electricalsafetyregister.com) in November fits well with the Government’s plans to work with external partners to promote the use of certified electricians.

The Government has declared Part P to be a success and has announced plans to streamline and improve electrical safety. It signalled its intention to focus notification requirements on higher risk jobs, such as the installation of new circuits. This reflects the recommendation of the joint submission made by the ECA and NICEIC in its response to the consultation on Building Regulations in early 2012.

Steve Bratt, ECA Group CEO, says: “While we await full details, we are delighted that the Government has listened to industry. A tighter focus on notification requirements will maintain safety, while reducing the burden placed on electrical contractors. This is exactly what we need to ensure the Regulations protect the public, while ensuring our sector can still benefit from vital work opportunities.”

Emma Clancy, NICEIC CEO says: “The Government’s intention to work with external partners to promote the use of qualified electricians is an important step forward. The newly launched Electrical Safety Register is perfectly placed to communicate to the general public not only why certification is important, but where they can find a certified electrician. We are delighted that Government is in sync with the electrical industry about the best way of ensuring safety.”

The Government has also announced plans to bring forward regulations that will allow third parties, other than Building Control, to certify work carried out by DIYers.

Bratt continues: “There is no uniform cost for certification by local authority building control, so this could create a potential new workstream for electricians where local authority costs are high. Time will tell whether this policy will prove successful, but we hope contractors will be able to reap the benefits.”

In February 2012, Steve Bratt and Emma Clancy were among a panel of leading electrical contracting industry figures called in front of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee to discuss electrical safety as part of the Building Regulations and the Government’s then ongoing review of the Building Regulations.

Published 10 January 2013
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NICEIC sign up 17,000th Approved Contractor


More than 17 000 firms are now registered as an Approved Contractor with NICEIC – the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry.

The 17 000th business was registered last month proving more than ever that electrical firms want to have their work checked and assessed. NICEIC now maintains a total roll of more than 26 000 registered contractors (including domestic installers). 

Electrical firm A R Morrison Electrical Services based in Halifax was the 17,000th customer. The firm is managed by Anthony Morrison - an electrician with more than 25 years experience in the trade. He set up his own business three years ago – originally as a domestic installer before he switched over to an Approved Contractor.

Anthony said NICEIC was the obvious choice for his business. “I have always found dealing with NICEIC very straightforward and all the firms I have worked for have been NICEIC registered.

“Being an Approved Contractor has increased my work load. The half day site inspections from the area engineer have been a great help and a real benefit to my company.”

Anthony’s growing business means he has been able to take on a young apprentice - Stephen Kinder (pictured). He added: “It gives me great satisfaction to offer someone a chance to learn the trade at such a difficult economic time.”

NICEIC has witnessed an increasing number of applications from firms looking for accreditation in recent months.

Alan Wells, Certification Director at NICEIC, comments: “This is positive news for the industry as a whole.  In difficult trading conditions it would be easy for firms or individuals to cut back on items such as certification.

ldquo;However, it would seem firms are keen to have the quality of their work assessed and gain NICEIC certification because of the benefits it brings to their business.”

In addition, contractors registering with NICEIC now benefit from the recent merger between the ESC (Electrical Safety Council) and the ECA (Electrical Contractors’ Association).

The partnership, between two of the industry’s leading bodies, means all firms registering with NICEIC will feature on the new Electrical Safety Register – the definitive searchable database for registered electricians.

Featuring the details of more than 36,000 businesses across the UK www.electricalsafetyregister.com is the number one place to find a competent electrician. 

Published 16th January 2013

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Free training for all Electrical Safety Register listed firms

All registrants on the new Electrical Safety Register are to receive free training as more details of the partnership between the ECA (Electrical Contractors’ Association) and ESC (Electrical Safety Council) are revealed.

In November last year the two organisations announced they were forming a new venture – CertSure. As part of that move CertSure set up the Electrical Safety Register – a searchable website containing the details of more than 36 000 NICEIC, ELECSA and ECA members.

The partnership has now announced that all registrants will be offered free access to online training in renewable technologies.  The qualification in environmental technologies will provide contractors with a basic knowledge in the fundamental working practices, installation options and regulatory requirements for micro-renewable energy and water conservation technologies.

Emma Clancy, CEO of CertSure commented: “Our customers have always been at the heart of this partnership and when we launched we said there would be benefits for everyone.

“The register and free training are both in line with this commitment and we look forward to rolling out a programme of other benefits over time.

 “The renewables industry is set to be a big market for electrical contractors over the next few years. By providing free training in this area we are ensuring our contactors are well set to take advantage.

“We want our customers to be the best in the business and we commit to our promise of promoting them extensively to specifiers of electrical work.”

In 2011 the ECA teamed up with NICEIC to produce 2021 Vision: The Future of the Electrical Contracting Industry – a major piece of research designed to provide a long term vision of the electrical industry.

The study revealed that opportunities in the electrical sector over the next decade are inextricably linked to the UK’s sustainable future.  The shift towards renovation and refurbishment along with a drive to reduce carbon will ensure that those with the necessary skills will benefit.

“As the UK strives to achieve ambitious targets for carbon reduction, the electrical industry finds itself in a leading position to take advantage of the opportunities that the drive for carbon reduction brings. Those contractors who are willing to develop and learn new skills will grow and thrive,” added Emma.

The training will be web based and will be rolled out to all Electrical Safety Register registrants from April 1 – when CertSure is officially launched.

To view the Electrical Safety Register log on towww.electricalsafetyregister.com

For more information about this release please contact Richard Pagett, External Affairs Director, CertSure on 01582 539020 or email Richard.pagett@certsure.com

Published 25 January 2013
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Millions of Brits could be facing a DIY death trap

Electrical Safety Council charity issues stark warning as study reveals approximately 6.2 million Brits could be living in an illegally wired home that may be putting lives at risk.

What devoted DIYers are failing to realise is that they could face hefty fines or even prosecution by doing what they believe is simple electrical work around their home.

A new survey by charity the Electrical Safety Council shows that millions of people are attempting electrical jobs such as rewiring and installing complicated electrical equipment in an attempt to save cash.  What they don’t know is that by law, electrical work must be carried out by a registered electrician, or at least approved by a local building control office.

Experts are worried that this lack of understanding could result in serious injury or death, with figures from the Electrical Safety Council showing that electricity kills at least one person in their home each week, with almost 1,000 seriously injured every day1.  By placing more importance on cost, rather than credentials, many homeowners could be putting their lives at risk in an attempt to save money.

The survey reveals that one in seven consumers have rewired areas of their home, one in five have carried out a fuse box change, one in six have attempted an electrical installation in the garden, while one in eight have or would attempt to install under floor areas of their home.

As a result, more than a third of registered electricians are called to fix botched jobs at least once a month and almost one in five contractors have seen dodgy electrical work, which has caused injury to the homeowner. 

Shockingly, a quarter of Brits did not know that if you are conducting electrical work in the bathroom, kitchen or garden you need to get the work done by a registered electrician or notify your local building control office, otherwise the work could be illegal.

Further to this, one in six did not know it is a criminal offence to carry out work that does not comply with building regulations, while one in five are not aware that when moving into a new home, you should always ask to see a certificate to prove the house meets the current wiring regulations. 

The Electrical Safety Council is therefore urging anyone planning on carrying out electrical work in their home to always use a registered, competent electrician to ensure that the work will always meet the necessary regulations.

Phil Buckle, director general of the Electrical Safety Council, comments: “Some of the figures from this survey are truly alarming.  There is clearly a need to continually educate homeowners on the dangers of electricity in the home.

“With this in mind, the Electrical Safety Register was launched by our  charity in partnership with the Electrical Contractors’ Association to offer consumers an easy to use database, where they can find a certified contractor and be sure that the work that is carried out will be safe and up to standard.

“We hope that by launching the Register, we can help to reduce the number of deaths and accidents that occur each year through incorrect electrical work.”

Tony Cable, spokesperson for the Electrical Safety Register, adds: “These shocking survey results really do highlight the importance of the Electrical Safety Register.

“It is vital that people make sure that the electrician is registered, especially since less than a quarter of those asked even bother to check their sparky is fully certified.

“When looking for someone to carry out electrical work, too many homeowners are making their decisions based on cost, rather than credentials; a mistake that can prove to be deadly.  Therefore we are urging people to use the Electrical Safety Register to help them to find a competent local electrician, so that they can stay safe in their home.”

To search for a competent electrical contractor near you visit:www.electricalsafetyregister.com.

Published 10 January 2013
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