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Shockingly Good Advertising Slogans for an Electrical Company

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 29th June 2015

Shockingly good puns

Have you got the perfect name for an electrical business? But wondering watt your slogan is going to be? We’ve listed some of the most shocking electrical puns below.

They’re so good they might hertz you… Don’t miss that opportunity and plug your business, the rewards could be enlightening!

• We are shockingly good at watt we do!

• Don’t be shocked when we turn up on time!

• So good it hertz.

• Fixing all the re-volting work out there!

Wire you waiting? Call now!

• We know how to conductor business!

• We get amped up on your current jobs!

• Don’t get con-fused, give us a call!

• You will find our services enlightening!

• Call us now. Resistance is futile!

• It’s about time you switched to a new sparky!

• Yes we conduit!

• We’ll give you a charge if you call us!

Ohm my God the best sparky’s in town.

• We’re the current specialist!

• Don’t pull the plug call us!

Amp up your electrics!

• Don’t have re-volt-ing electrics.

OHMitted for exceptional electrics…

We’re current specialists at here Trade Skills 4U HQ, if you wanted to take one of the above slogans for your business we won’t charge you.

If you’re nervous about setting up your own business, read our blog post on how can you be a successful entrepreneur or to be or not to be self employed, these blogs might give you the inspiration you need to get started.

Happy branding guys!


Free online word search puzzle for electricians

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 26th June 2015

electricians word search


Stuck for something to keep you entertained on your tea break we’ve put together an entertaining word search for you, this uses all the popular terms found in your electrical studies or day to day life as an electrician. We hope that you enjoy completing this as much as we did putting it together. 

Please Note: The interactive WordSearch will only work on a Laptop or Desktop Computer.


Printable wordsearch. 

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How can you be a successful entrepreneur?

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 24th June 2015

/start written on road

When you’re setting up your own business it will require taking a few risks along the way and taking some chances where potentially others have failed. You need to be brave and courageous and believe in your business idea.

You need to beat all the sceptics out there and prove to them that you’re business model will work and become successful, even Richard Branson had sceptics from his board members before setting up Virgin Airlines, however Virgin is now the second largest airline in the UK today.

Don’t let hurdles stand in your way

/man in suit jumping hurdles

If you have any personal difficulties in your life, don’t let them stand in your way, turn this negative into a positive, whether you suffer from anxiety, dyslexia or have pre-existing injury this shouldn’t stop you from achieving your goals.

Our CEO Carl Bennett set up Trade Skills 4U after having a brain tumour removed.  This forced him to leave his career in the MET Police force and seek a new path. He worked hard to set the company up and our training centres now train over 2000 students each year making our business model for electrical training the most successful in the UK today!


/male symbols connected

Every opportunity for you to meet someone new could be a future business partner or client, if you’re a tradesman this could be your next big job, one successful way to promote your business is by talking to people, and it’s one of the cheapest forms of advertising is word or mouth.

You can easily network by joining popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Linkedin, or join local business associations, you may find networking events in your area too where you can meet like minded entrepreneurs.

Manage Expectations

/cartoon building steps to trophy

Once you have a successful business make sure you don’t get too big for your boots and start dropping balls because that’s where a bad reputation comes from, there is a phrase under promise and over deliver.

If you’re a tradesman, manage your customers expectations and let them know when your available to do the work, don’t make up unrealistic time frames which are un-achievable to win the work.

Without your customers you won’t have a business

/cartoon customers in a balleye

Make sure you listen to your customers, it’s an old fashioned saying that the customer is always right, therefore unfortunately even if sometimes you don’t agree always listen and try your best to meet their expectations.

You must always stay in touch with your target audience and evolve with them; nothing stays the same for too long before it needs refreshing.

Don’t do it alone

/climbers helping each other

It’s only natural to want to do everything yourself when your running your own business and a common mistake entrepreneurs make is not to know when to ask for a little help, make sure you ask someone you know and can ultimately trust.

Working in a trade, if you take on too much you could burn yourself out and cause a long lasting injury if your not careful, therefore make sure you have enough hands to complete the job!

Always be positive

/think positive

If you have employees it is important to set an example and always remain positive. Lead the way by looking on the funny side if things go wrong, don’t let small knocks get you down and remember positive things happen to positive people.

Work life balance

/balanced pebbles

Creating a happy working atmosphere can be difficult however happy teams will work well together, which means they’re more productive and happy to complete the job in hand. Don’t work your employees to the bone, with no holiday time and no perks.

Remember to praise your staff and make sure they are able to rest, work and play!

Don’t be afraid

/believe in yourself

We understand that going out alone could be scary, you’ll end up taking on a lot more responsibility however you could reap the benefits with a healthy pay check at the end of each month, you could be your own boss, choosing your own working hours and being the master of your destiny. If you want to read more about the pro’s and con’s please visit our blog post ‘to be or not to be self employed’.

You need to believe in yourself and make sure you take all of the above into consideration, because once you decide to do it, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you before you start making the big bucks!

Remember “Fortune Favours The Brave!”




Jason Mears Bronze Domestic Installer Case Study

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 23rd June 2015


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Name: Jason Mears
Age: 45
Location: Coulsdon

I studied the Bronze Domestic Installer Course.

When did you take the course?

November 2012

How did you find the course?

Thankfully I found the course very easy, I had previous experience within the automotive industry as an engineer, and I'm very used to being pushed thanks to my 14 years in the armed forces.

How long did it take you to find work after the course?

Immediately after qualifying I gained some experience working for someone else and once I learnt the ropes I set up my own business working in the domestic sector, I started by registering my details on a number of websites such as; ratedpeople.com and mybuilder.com. These sites sold me leads for example; “plug socket in lounge”, then it would be my job to sell my services, I filled my days with these small jobs to earn myself a living.

How long have you been working in the electrical industry?

Since I left 3 years ago, my business has gone from strength to strength.

What were your initial goals when training with Trade Skills 4U?

My initial goal was to become my own boss and set up my own business. Since the course I have successfully done this and I couldn’t be happier!

What did you think about the training and facilities here at Trade Skills 4U?

My tutor Richard was a fantastic mentor, thanks to his wealth of experience and real life examples he helped me qualify with flying colours. He used real life examples during his classes, we had lots of group discussions during the day and he answered every question that we had. The facilities in the centre are fantastic and you feel as though your part of a family when you entering through the Trade Skills 4U doors, everyone is really friendly from the front of house staff to the tutors who always recognise me when I come back in.

What would you say to someone thinking about training with Trade Skills 4U?

Do it, you get value for money, it’s a family environment, and you learn so much in such a short amount of time.

What has your training helped you to achieve?

Since my training I have set my own business, which has a fully branded company website, van, uniforms with a social network following.

I network on social media sites such as Facebook and Linkedin to build my company profile online and liaise with potential customers.

I’m trying to expand my business at the moment; my aim is to make contact with a house builder who has a large contract for a new build housing site where we can install all of the smart meters.

I’ve built my business on hard work, good customer service, reliability, cleanliness and common sense. The reason I get more work is because I’m recommended. We have 30 5 star reviews online from real life customers in the last 3 years. My company offers a number of services; re-wiring, heater controls, data cabling, and smart meter installation.

I’m registered with NAPIT with 3 employees, 1 apprentice, 1 full time electrician and 1 ex army who is currently doing his training, if we get a contract with a house builder we’ll be looking for more staff in the future, so watch this space.

If you’re interested in hiring Jason Mears from Eco-Electrical then please visit his website!






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Check Out The Worlds Smallest Light Bulb

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 16th June 2015

smallest lightbulb

A team of scientists have managed to make a light bulb so small that it is just one atom thick. Despite the fact that it can not be seen with the naked eye, amazingly the light that it creates can. Graphene was discovered in 2004 by two Russian scientists studying at the University of Manchester and the material has been heralded as a game changer for all kinds of technology. It’s light weight, has exceptional strength and has ability to conduct electricity meaning it can be applied to all sorts of uses.

Professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University James Hone, said: “We’ve created what is essentially the world’s thinnest light bulb. This new type of ‘broadband’ light emitter can be integrated into chips and will pave the way towards the realisation of atomically thin, flexible and transparent displays, and graphene-based on-chip optical communications,”

The scientists managed to turn the material into a light bulb by passing a current through it. The tiny filament heated up to around 2500 degrees centigrade. It lit up and was visible to the naked despite being created at the atomic level.

The idea of using carbon for a light bulb filament made from Carbon based material is nothing new. In fact Thomas Edison originally used carbon as a filament for his first light bulbs, however his filaments were more than 1 atom thick. It is believed that a new generation of Graphene based lightbulbs could reduce energy bills by around 10% and help us reduce our UK energy consumption. Many electricians have recently seen a huge shift in demand from traditional and energy saving lightbulbs to LED lighting which is already driving down UK energy consumption. It seems that a new rival to these products could be on the market pretty soon too.

Essentially the range pf graphene applications seems almost limitless especially in electrical and computing fields. It is quoted as being the most conductive material known to man and it is now being developed by scientists in South Korea to make a new generation of super batteries. They have done this by creating graphene pom pom’s which have a greater surface area allowing it to be used to conduct electricity.

We think we will be seeing much more about this so called super material in coming years and months. Watch this space for more.


Categories: light bulb, graphene

Top 5 Tradesmen Vans for Under £1K

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 11th June 2015

tops vans for under £1k

So if you missed winning the van don't worry we’ve put together a list of second hand vans for those of you who can't justify a new flashy one. We've scoured the internet, in true top gear fashion, see what you could get for under £1k! 

If you’re new to the industry, setting out on your own as a domestic electrician a second hand van might be the best option for you. We would like to warn you that the cheaper the van is, the more likely it will have lots of miles on the clock which might cost you in repairs.

2002 Vauxhall Astra Van Envoy 1.7 Turbo

£999 - This Vauxhall Astravan would be perfect for a new sparky. Yes it has high mileage, however but it does come with a 2 month warranty and the 1.7 diesel engine should provide fantastic economy and still have a good few years in it yet. It even has air-con and alloy wheels plus we think it still looks pretty cool too.


2002 Vauxhall Combo 1.7TD 1700 Panel Van Diesel

£995 - Another Vauxhall here but we are a little biased. Yes it is a repossession, however it’s a 1.7 Diesel with only 92K miles on the clock. Yes it’s no frills but as long as it keeps running you should be saving money.



1999 Ford Transit 2.5D 100 High Roof Van 249cc Diesel 

£795 - The transit is legendary for being used by many trades. For years it has been the van of choice and it is famed for its reliability and functionality. Check out this one for just £795 with only 100K miles on the clock and a brand new MOT.



2002 Citroen Berlingo 1.9D 600D LX Panel Van

£695 - This little Citroen has just had a brand new MOT and is in really good nic too. It is a 1.9 diesel so lots of power and great economy. Plus it’s only £695!



2000 Ford Ranger 2.5TD Double Cab Crew Pickup

£1,000 - It might not be practical for all your tools but your customers will certainly hear you coming in one of these, Jeremy Clarkson would certainly choose this truck due to its immence power, it's not for the fait hearted...! 

So there you are, that's our attempt at a Top Gear special. We would love to test these vans out and race them around the track, but we are too busy training electricians.

Remember if you do go for a cheap van it really is always a gamble what you get. You could get lucky and buy something that won't require any maintenance, however the reality is if you scrimp on the cost of the van and decided to get something with a high mileage then you are more likely to incur costs in repairs. And don’t forget if your van is off the road and you can’t get to work, the real sacrifice you will be in your salary. So be careful what you buy, always get an independent AA inspection, HP check, and if possible make sure you get a warranty too. 




Trade Skills 4U Customer Wins Brand New Van!

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 8th June 2015

carl bennett and gary middleton

Above winner Gary Middleton in his new van

In April we launched a competition to win a Brand New Vauxhall Combo Van worth nearly £17,000. Why you may ask? Well it was our 10th Birthday and our CEO Carl Bennett wanted to celebrate in style and give something back to our customers.

So over the last 2 months there have been lots entries into the competition entrants had a 3/800 chance of being drawn to compete in the final, which was pretty good odds. On Monday 1st June, 3 entrants were drawn at random and invited to compete in the Grand final. The 3 finalists were Gary Middleton from Brighton, Robert Beach-Dunne from Seaford and Jeff Case who travelled all the way down from Manchester.

Pictured above the 3 finalists with CEO Carl Bennett

Last week the 3 lucky finalists had to battle it out at a game of giant buzz wire to win the van. The competition was very tense. All three finalists had never met before they competed and the general assumption was whoever got to the end would win. However when the competition began it became clear that with the pressure of the final maybe this was a harder proposition than first thought. Jeff Case went first but only just made it to the first bend, he thought he had blown it however the second contestant Robert Beach-Dunne buzzed almost straight away meaning it came down to the last finalist Gary Middleton to try to claim the prize. He swiftly went passed the first bend and carried on to buzz on the second bend. The audience at this point knew he had won but everyone kept tight lipped. All 3 finalists were brought back into the room where Gary was announced as the winner and presented with a bottle of Champagne.

“I really can not believe it. I buzzed really early on so was convinced I had blown it. I have never won anything before so this is a complete shock. This means a huge deal to me and my family and makes it just that bit easier as I look to change my career.” Gary said.

Gary Middleton booked his course on April 7th via the Trade Skills 4U website, he received two entries into the competition for booking in April. Gary who currently works in ASDA on the Seafront in Brighton Marina has a young family who will hugely benefit from this extremely generous prize, he is studying the silver domestic installer course with us at the beginning of July, once he has completed the course the he has said the van will assist him starting his own business as an electrician.

On the day we were able to walk over the road to Go Vauxhall and register the van in Gary’s name straight away. Luckily he had brought a friend with him so he was able to drive off with his prize there and then. The two runners up were also awarded brand new Kewtech KT63’s for their efforts.

CEO Carl Bennett Said “I never expected Trade Skills 4U to achieve what we have in just 10 years. We are now the UK’s no.1 electrical training company and I put our success down to 2 key reasons. A fantastic team and fantastic location too. We have put in a lot of hard graft over the years and it is very fulfilling to see it working. We intend to expand to even more locations across the UK in coming months so watch this space for more info.”


To Be or Not To Be Self Employed. That is The Question?

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 1st June 2015

silhouette man and sunset

For many training to be an electrician, the dream is to be self-employed, out on the road and king of your own empire. However before you take the leap have a think about whether or not it is right for you. We have looked at some of the Pro’s and con's below:

Varied working hours. Not 9-5 and work when you want. 
Fantastic earning potential if you work hard.  
You are the boss of you. No one to answer to apart from your customers.  
Take holiday when you like as often as you like. 
Greater variety of jobs day to day. You are not just an electrician you are a marketer, project manager, and accountant / debt collector. 
Potential to grow your company and move into a more managerial role. 
It’s not 9-5. You may work longer days, evenings and weekends. 
No overtime and lots of things such as accounting, marketing and quoting are not chargeable. 
It comes down to you and you alone. No one else to blame if things go wrong.
You don’t get paid when you are off. This can mean you have to work extra hard when you get back. 
You can’t simply switch off at the end of the day. There will always be something to do.
You could end up responsible for other peoples jobs.

This might be an exciting concept for those hard working ambitious individuals who want to choose their own destiny and shape their futures. We’ve already established in a previous blog post that there is a shortfall of skilled labour in this sector.

self employed tradesman needing a bigger van

Advantages to becoming a self-employed electrician

The idea of choosing your own working hours is often one of the main reason why electricians decide to go self-employed. You can decide to sleep in until 10am, no one is going to shout at you. The idea of no-one shouting at you (apart from your spouse or clients) is another key reason for going out on your own. Many people simply don’t like being told what to do!

If you like to work hard and play hard then being self-employed can give you the freedom and finances to do just that. As long as you have a day rate that takes into account all the extra jobs you will have to do such as quoting and marketing then you should find yourself better off than being employed. Also expanding your business could really boost your profits and if you start employing junior sparks and apprentices you will be contributing to the trade whilst generating greater profits. By taking on an apprentice you will be giving something back and this could be extremely rewarding.

If the life style of a self-employed electrician is really appealing we’ve got a number of articles to help you including ‘pricing up work’, to the ‘do’s and don’ts when working in a customer dwelling’ and ‘setting up a Google local listing’ in your area. All of these posts could help you become a master of your trade and ultimately make the money to match.

working from home

Disadvantages to becoming a self employed electrician

The grass will always seem greener but before you take that jump we thought we’d make you aware of the possible disadvantages you could face when becoming a self employed electrician.

Winning the work will involve additional hours outside of your working day visiting potential customer homes to price up future work. You’ll be required to do your own paperwork, marketing and accounting. This might be quite a daunting process for those electricians who aren't used to office administrative duties, however for those interested in a varied work load could hugely benefit from these extra responsibilities. 

You’ll be required to keep your van on the road with general maintenance, tax, and insurance, and remember your van represents your company.

You will also be responsible for purchasing and maintaining your tools, plus investing in your registration fees to be a part of a competent person scheme with NICEIC or NAPIT.

You might be the best electrician in your area however if your not effectively marketing your business no-one will know who you are. You’ll also be required to pay legal costs for your business and if this isn’t done it could have devastating consequences, you could be penalised for not paying your taxes on time with heavy fines and even prison sentences in some cases. Likewise if your business insurance lapses you could face court appearances for mans slaughter or worse should something happen that you’re not insured for.

The key thing is to ensure that you are happy with all of the extra duties and you price up a job accordingly taking into account the extra duties to make sure it's worth you're while.

So should you or shouldn’t you?

At the end of the day many of the pro’s and con's of being self-employed or employed come down to the type of person you are. For many who want a stress free life with a regular income the prospect of being employed seems best, whereas those who are striving for that extra level of income and seek the benefits and freedom of a different lifestyle then being self-employed will pay off. There is a saying that fortune favours the brave and for most who have gone self-employed this is very, very true. However look before you leap, think about what you want and what you are best at, before making the choice.