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Work in the electrical sector? Need Support: Let me introduce you to the EEIBA.

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 27th April 2012

With news of the double dip recession and figures confirming Britain’s longest economic slump, it's importnat for us to help promote the charities that can be on hand for those who need it most during these difficult times.

It’s fair to say that everyone has bad days, however what would you do if every day was a bad day? Who would you call upon if times were so difficult that just having food in the fridge was a luxury? Sometimes you don’t just have to ‘get out of the wrong side of bed’ to have one of these days and it’s important that you know who to turn to when things start getting from bad to worse.

For workers in the electrical and electronic industry, let me introduce you to The Electrical and Electronics Industries Benevolent Association (EEIBA). The EEIBA is the first and only charity to help those in ‘hardship or distress who work, or have worked in the electrical and electronics industry.’

In stressful times, such as Recession when times can be all the more difficult, it’s important for everyone to locate and rely on a support system such as the EEIBA and for companies like ourselves to help promote them so they can carry on supporting those in need.

Who are the EEIBA?

The EEIBA was founded over one hundred years ago and continues to offer a range of help and support to anyone who has worked in the electrical sector and the electronics industry.

In order to fund the great work that they do the charity has a variety of income streams with their main focus on holding large regional and national events which run throughout the year. The powerBall event, the company’s largest annual event fundraiser is being held this year in London on the 9th November 2012.  http://www.eeiba.org/index.php/london-powerball-2012. Other events include Golf Days, Boxing events and Seasonal balls. The Southern Spring ball is being held in Brighton at the DeVere Grand Hotel this evening at 6.30pm.

How do they help?

Thanks to the support of their sponsors and their revenue generated charity events, the EEIBA focus their efforts into helping those who are in need of a listening ear, some support & financial assistance.

The charity offers help and assistance to all age groups, from the youngest child to the oldest pensioner, anywhere in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Their support is also extended to dependents of those who have worked in these sectors. By providing grants or loans for anything from adaptions in the home to assistance with household bills, their aim is to make a difference to your life for the better.

An example of their work comes from a tragic case study on their website that involves a gentleman called David* who contacted the EEIBA when his 13 year old daughter lost a battle with cancer. To ease some of his unthinkable pain, the EEIBA helped relieve some of their financial worries by providing assistance with the families’ bills. During this time David’s youngest child was diagnosed with a brain tumour due to the extensity of their treatment both David and his wife have been unable to work as their time is taken up with hospital visits and caring for their young family. To date the EEIBA has been delighted to provide the family with all the financial support they need during this difficult time.

*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

Over the last 100 years, the charity has assisted people from all backgrounds and age groups from all over the United Kingdom and would like to hear from you, should you need their assistance.

I want to help

If you want to help fundraise for the EEIBA or donate to this worthwhile cause, you can do so by doing the following:

Donate online at www.eeiba.org

Sponsor the EEIBA

Hold or arrange a fundraising event

Attend of the companies fundraising events

More information plus a fundraising pack can be found online on their website under the tab, ‘want to help?’

As electricians and domestic installer, The EEIBA is your charity and by supporting this worthwhile cause YOU have the "Power to make a difference".


Categories: electricial, charity

Electrician's hold the power during the double dip recession

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 26th April 2012

Yesterday, economists confirmed what we already know. Britain’s figures outline that our economy is enduring its longest slump and that we are in a double dip recession.

For realists, this expected news has only confirmed that it has taken ‘longer than anyone hope to recover from the biggest debt crisis of our lifetime,’ stated Chancellor, George Osborne during a meeting in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

However as Mr Clegg stated in the commons, the ‘basic building blocks’ of recovery are in place and business leaders shouldn’t worry and to ‘step back from the panicked reaction.’

As electricians, domestic installers and renewable energy installers you needn’t worry as your jobs always make the top 100 recession proof job lists. We live in a modern world where the bug push if for energy efficiency and renewable energy and everything we ‘need’ is powered by electricity. You only need to switch your consumer unit off or endure a power cut to realise how important electricity is in all of our lives - you my friends are the beholders of this power.

Obviously it is natural to guess that during these difficult times, homeowners will not have extensions and outdoor lighting on their list of priorities at the moment but it’s important to remember the jobs that are required to happen by law such as annual PAT testing.

In quiet times, up-skilling is always a good idea so you can offer a lot more to your customers and begin to reap the rewards of being multi-skilled. Plus as work might have slowed down, you may be able to afford to take a day or two out?

If you’re interested in spreading your wings it might be worth checking out our specialist electrician courses, PAT testing courses and Inspection and Testing Courses.

Get Qualified and make sure the next job that calls is yours!


Categories: electrical courses, inspection & testing, pat testing

Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) to firm US & UK wind power agreement

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 24th April 2012

Starting tomorrow, the UK will be hosting the third ‘Clean Energy Ministerial’ (CEM3) at Lancaster House in London. During the two day event, the CEM3 aims outline how to accelerate the transition to clean energy technologies.

Even though the event covers a vast range of renewable technologies such as solar, bioenergy and hydropower; the main topic to be discussed is thought to be wind power. ‘Floating wind turbines’ as the DECC have put in in their press release, is to be the ‘initial focus of a new agreement between Britain and the United states’ and energy ministers are said to be convening at this event to begin discussing the deployment of this technology.

Commenting on the agreement, Energy Secretary Edward Davey has said:

“Britain has more wind turbines installed around its shores than any other country in the world and our market is rated year after year as the most attractive market among investors.

“Offshore wind is critical for the UK’s energy future and there is big interest around the world in what we’re doing.

“Floating wind turbines will allow us to exploit more of our wind resource, potentially more cheaply.

“Turbines will be able to locate in ever deeper waters where the wind is stronger but without the expense of foundations down to the seabed or having to undertake major repairs out at sea.

“The UK and US are both making funding available for this technology and we’re determined to work together to capitalise on this shared intent.”

Overall 23 energy ministers will be attending the two day event from some of the world’s leading economies and will it be interesting to see what the gathering will produce.





Categories: renewable energy, government

Brave Old St George

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 23rd April 2012

Well indeed as its shamefully not one of the most celebrated days in the English calendar and it should be considering St George is England’s patron saint. Considering we're always up for a guiness when St Patrick's comes around, it's probably fair to assume that most of us probably don’t even know who or what St George’s Day is all about.

Best to my knowledge; let me tell you some facts that have been widely ‘accepted’ about St George and his life and reputation that had survived until the present day.

St George was born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in Cappadocia, now known as Eastern Turkey

He later moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of Tribunus Militum

St George later resigned from his military post and protested against his pagan leader, the Emperor Diocletian (245-313 AD), who led Rome’s persecution of Christians

His rebellion against the Emperor resulted in captivity and torture, however he remained true to his faith

This infuriated Diocletian and he had St George dragged through the streets of Nicomedia, Turkey, on the 23rd of April 303 AD and had him beheaded

The Emperor’s wife was so inspired by St George’s bravery and loyalty to his religion, that she too became a Christian and was subsequently executed for her faith

How did we hear of this?

Well as the crusaders returned to England from their battles ashore, they brought tales of the heroic St George with them and his reputation grew. A couple of years after his death, it was claimed that he presented himself outside Jerusalem in 1099 and led the Crusaders into battle. This miracle was recorded in the stone of a church in Fordington, Dorset which is now known as the earliest church to be dedicated to a patron saint.

St George’s Cross

After St George’s miraculous appearance, The Synod of Oxford declared a feast day in the kingdom of England in celebration of St George and his bravery in 1222. Edward III put his ‘Order of the Garter’ under the banner of St George which is still the foremost order of knighthood in England, and soldiers began to display the pennon of St George thereafter. Today we continue this theme and present the ‘St George’s Cross’ when we represent England all over the world.

Interesting stuff hey?


Categories: company news

Green Deal Delayed for non-domestic buildings

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 20th April 2012

The long awaited Green Deal, expected to give renewable energy technologies a boost this autumn, has now been delayed for the non-domestic sector.  This delay is due to predicted complications the commercial scheme may face as it is more multidimensional to plan.

A DECC spokesperson said: “It’s likely the Green Deal for business won’t be launched at the same time as the Green Deal for domestic but this is because it is such a complex area and we need to get it right.

“We are discussing how best to do this with industry, who are telling us they support our decision to have a managed introduction of the Green Deal to ensure its success from day one. It is probable; however, that many small businesses will be able to take part in the domestic scheme.”

Even though delays have been announced it is likely that the rollout of the non-domestic scheme would follow shortly after that of the domestic when it is launched later this year in October.

Let’s just hope that everything runs smoothly because if it all goes well this will be a great scheme for both the installer and consumer involved. Of course, that’s if delays don’t set off further uncertainty within the industry because let’s face it – we could all do without that couldn’t we?



Categories: green deal

Even the Electron has bad days.

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 19th April 2012

Researchers have just uncovered an additional characteristic of the electron by revealing that it can undergo a personality crisis.

Electrons, one of the Universes few fundamental particles,  can divide into what’s called ‘quasi-particles’ which means that their core properties can split up and move around like independent particles.

Experts have been able to distinguish two such ‘quasi-particles’ but this accomplishment of technical mastery has allowed physicists to identify the elusive third component of an electron – its ‘orbiton.’

These oribitons are now thought to carry the energy of an electron’s orbit around the nucleus. Generally speaking as the properties of an electron are not free, each electron maintains its properties as it moves around but can split and move independently to ‘jump on’ nearby electrons.

To ease understanding, just imagine if a traffic jam on a one-lane road –‘ it is as if one blue car, pointed west and running at 1,000 RPM, passes on its blueness, its engine speed and its direction to adjacent cars.’**

Magnificent isn’t it? For more details on this discovery visit www.nature.com

*Data source – Wikipedia for ‘electron’

**Data source – BBC Website

Image source@nature.com


Categories: electrical news

As the Easter Holidays are put to bed – let’s hope the ‘Tenants Cashback scheme’ follows suit.

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 18th April 2012

Shockingly over 75% of DIYers will have attempted to dabble in a bit of home maintenance without having ANY form of expert help. Needless to say the danger that these people will have put themselves is absurd; however it may not be without guidance from no other than our own government.

As an initiative to encourage tenants of social housing landlords to carry out their own repairs and improvements, the government have launched a ‘Tenants Cash back Scheme.’ This scheme is to ‘award’ tenants up to £500 a year for carrying out minor repairs onto their homes such as painting and decorating and fixing leaky taps.

The Housing Minister, Mr Grant Schapps has even gone on to encourage those who pick up a taste for the skills to begin a new ‘fulfilling career’ by starting works in their own homes.

As electrical training specialists, we campaign to prevent unqualified works occurring in the home by raising awareness of the types of dangers that can transpire when untrained persons attempt their own installations. Without the right guidance, knowledge and equipment the unthinkable tragedies can occur because let’s face it – electricity kills.

It is shocking that Mr Schapps is prepared to endorse untrained works in the home; it makes a mockery of the small contractor companies and training companies that fight hard and train hard to minimalise rogue traders and the injury and fatalities that occur with this type of work. Cash like this would be better spent reviving the famous Feed-In-Tariffs rather than awarding the unqualified.

The scheme has the potential to cause chaos as untrained tenants scour their properties for broken/damaged fixtures in a hope for getting some fast cash. One can only hope that tenants don’t begin to purposely inflict damage to their own properties in a bid to obtain this cash.

In recession led time, it’s understandable that organisations outline strategies to manage budgets but at what cost? the nations safety? Good one Mr Schapps!

* - Santander Insurance statistic

Image Source: http://www.idealgroupuk.co.uk 

Categories: government

Good News for Domestic Installers: Part P Scheme Retained

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 16th April 2012

Don’t be caught out, be compliant! Those practising electrics in domestic dwellings without part p registration will now be ILLEGAL!

Since 2005, Part P of the Building Regulations has played an important role in regulating the safety of electrical installations by minimalizing the risk of injury and fatality and helping to eliminate the number of practising rogue traders.

In an attempt to revise the Part P scheme and lessen the burden for installers and building contractors, a public consultation was announced to take place during the winter months starting in December 2011 and closing on 27th April 2012. The revision takes place after plans were announced to replace the 1,000 page National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to a succinct 50 pages without jeopardising the safety requirements contained within the document. The government proposed to do this as a way of reducing the ‘bureaucracy and cost burdens that Part P imposes on installers, building control bodies and consumers, without undermining the improvements to electrical safety, installer competence and the quality of electrical installation work arising from the introduction of Part P in 2005.’*

However, the electrical industry soon provided evidence to suggest that should the costs and time associated with complying with the Part P Building Regulations be reformed, both safety and quality regulation elements would suffer.

In support of the retention of Part P, a report by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee on cutting red tape in the Building Regulations has recommended that Part P Regulations be preserved.

The report outlines the need to retain Part P Building regulations as well as providing some key guidance into improving and identifying what is necessary to ensure the Building Regulations continues to operate effectively in the future.

Clive Betts, chair of the CLG Committee, said: "We could only support deregulation if there was clear evidence that safety standards would not suffer, but such evidence has not been provided by the government."

This valuable support will help protect Part P and how it is carefully managed and maintained. The report also covers some recommendations which will help promote awareness for electrical safety amongst those who are not Part P registered.

the labelling of electrical equipment sold by DIY stores to warn that it is illegal for an unregistered person to undertake most electrical work in the home without checks by a competent person;

the government to coordinate industry efforts to raise public awareness of the need for electrical and gas safety;

any public awareness campaign should alert people to the dangers of using unqualified electricians and the need to regularly check electrical circuits in the home.

"From the evidence we have received, we are satisfied that Part P has been successful in driving up standards and in reducing the number of electrical faults,” as according to government figures Part P has contributed to a 17.5% reduction in fires attributed to main wiring faults. (3)

“It is the only legal framework in England which protects the consumer from unsafe electrical work in the home and is vitally important considered that every week in the UK, one person dies from an electrical accident and well over a quarter of a million (350,000,000) are seriously injured every year.” (2)

This report is a great success for the electrical industry and will stand as a first step into ensuring that there is no compromise on safety. The Committee's report on Part P will feed into the government’s on-going review of the Building Regulations for England.

The government consultation will close on 27 April 2012, with any deregulatory changes coming into force in April 2013. Any amendments with a regulatory impact will take effect in October 2013.

You can do your bit by signing an e-petition to show your support for Part P Building Regulations 

(1) Data source – CLG fire stats 2010/2011

(2) Data souce - Ipsos MORI’s Capibus

(3) Data source – CLG 2004-2007


Categories: domestic installers, company news, part p

NICEIC join forces with Trade Skills 4U to offer 'fast track' service

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 10th April 2012

Being a Trade Skills 4U customer has never been so good.

At Trade Skills 4U, we share the notion that there are no traffic jams along the extra mile. We take great pride in providing you with extra value services and products as a way of ensuring you not only receive a great experience with us whilst you train, but are able to take advantage of some of the offers and services we can provide to you long after you’re in the working world.

From our great affiliations with certifications bodies to our heavy discounts eligible through our partnership companies we now have one more too add to the benefits belt.

Introducing the ‘Fast Track Application.’

We have great relationships with all of our certification and accreditation bodies so enjoy their regular visits to our centre. They make sure that what we’re doing is up to scratch and good enough of you, our customers. Last week during one of our regular visits, the NICEIC were simply wowed by how great we are. They were particularly ‘amazed’ at how well we construct and deliver our domestic installer packages. Being the first company to offer packages in this manner, it was great to not only have their support but to receive commendations as to how clear and valid routes they are into becoming a fully qualified domestic installer. The NICEIC then suggested we offer a fast track service especially for us, which will enable all Trade Skills 4U customers to take advantage of the NICEIC’s belief in Trade Skills 4U training by helping to speed up the process of registering for NICEIC schemes as well as offer you some generous discounts.

More information of the fast track service plus details of how and when to apply, can be found on our NICEIC  Fast Track Page.

Being a Trade Skills 4U customer has never been so good.


Categories: niceic, domestic installer packages, company news

Falkland's War; 30 Years On

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 2nd April 2012

Thirty years ago today, on April 2nd 1982, Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, awoke to find out that the Falkland islands were no longer British. The Islands, an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, had been seized in the undercover of darkness by 130 Argentinian commandos. Despite only having less than three years in office, Thatcher embarked on a mission to regain the islands and today we pay tribute to the Task Force sent out to take them back.

The war lasted 74 days and left many service personnel wounded and 255 British personnel and 3 Falkland islanders lost their lives. Today will mark the beginning of a very emotional anniversary for the families and friends of those who fought hard to regain independence of our Falkland Islands.

Lest we forget those who give us what we can never repay.

Help for Ex-Service Personnel

To recognise the bravery of our military and to help them with life after their service, we launched a bursary scheme titled: Forgotten Heroes Bursary Scheme. The scheme was launched last year with help from Falkland’s veteran Simon Weston O.B.E.

We are proud to have helped several men and women since its launch and will continue to do so to help give something to those who give their thankless service for us. We pride ourselves on our training for resettlement soliders and aim to help them where we can.

If you know anyone who might be suitable for our Forgotten Heroes Bursary Scheme or would like to apply yourself, please visit our dedicated Forgotten Heroes Bursary Scheme Page and fill in your details.





Categories: company news, resettlement, forgotten heroes bursary scheme