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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
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 at www.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.com using 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
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 the Apple (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