Electrician is crowned with regional Vanarama Van Hero Award

Mike Smith of Hertfordshire based Bees Electrical Services is “just buzzing” after being selected as a regional finalist in a nationwide competition to find Britain’s Best Van Hero.  The electrician, fought off tough competition from masses of other trades and industries from all corners of the UK, after being nominated for the title by the neighbour of one of his customers.  Designed to celebrate the entrepreneurialism of the great British van driver, the competition was open to van or pickup truck driving businesses no matter what their sector.  The fact that an electrician has been selected as a regional finalist is a feather in the cap for the electrical trade.

Harvard Technology launches pioneering programmable driver range


Harvard Technology, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of energy efficient lighting solutions, has unveiled the latest innovation in the CoolLEDrange, a ground-breaking range of programmable LED drivers.

The new programmable LED drivers range provides complete freedom to control the output power of an LED driver in any configuration, with drive current programming in 1mA step increments and smooth dimming options.

High performing and feature rich, the LED programmable driver range offer sunparalleled efficiencies whilst also excluding the need to carry multiple variants as stock items.

New Lighting catalogue from Cryselco

We are very pleased to announce that the New Cryselco Lighting catalogue is now available.

Many new exciting products have been included along with our regular customer favourites such as our popular Butterfly fitting which is now offered in LED versions.

With retail, display, amenity, industrial and commercial installations in mind, we have now added over 200 new product lines! 

As a manufacturer based in the UK, there are also a wide range of capabilities we can offer our customers that we cannot currently show in this book. It is with this in mind that we are also investing more in our Social media, and forthcoming website to keep you informed of new products and developments.

UK public finding it harder to source skilled tradesmen

The construction sector is being urged to create more apprenticeships and find ways to attract workers to the sector after new research found that over half of the UK population are struggling to hire a tradesperson.


The study by IronmongeryDirect, surveyed 1,000 people who have required the services of a trade professional over the past year. Results showed that for one in six people (16%), it took more than three weeks to find a suitable tradesperson, while 13% said it took up to two weeks, and almost a quarter (24%) had to search for a week to get someone on board.


Verotec acquires IMRAK 1400 in £250k+ investment in stock and facilities


Verotec, who hold the IP for many ex-Vero Electronics metal enclosures, has acquired the stock and assets from CommNetworks for another well-known Vero product, the IMRAK 1400 cabinet range, www.verotec.co.uk/racks-accessories-c-9.html . Verotec has now acquired the stock, design drawings, UK sales rights and business contacts for the entire IMRAK 1400 family from CommNetworks.

Bridge selfies wanted for record-breaking engineering exhibit


- Bridge Engineering exhibition – a window into the world of civil engineering -

To celebrate the importance and beauty of bridges from around the world ahead of the opening of its new exhibition, Bridge Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is inviting the public and  engineers to share pictures of themselves with their favourite crossings on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

The best bridge selfies will be selected to form part of a special montage of bridges which will be displayed in the exhibition next to its centre piece - the world’s longest ever bridge made out of LEGO. 

One Electrical invests in the latest Viso Photometric Test Equipment

Based in Manchester, UK, now with 16years in the lighting business and with more than 1500 resellers, across 30 countries, One Electrical Ltd has expanded their lighting laboratory facilities with the Viso LabSpion.

Rob Chadwick, director says; “It has been a large investment, but to us it is not a matter of “wanting something”, but rather “needing”. To be recognised as one of the top names in the industry – it is a must that you have solid quality control procedures in place. Being in the industry longer than most, we have a unique & thorough testing procedure already in place. But this now takes us to a new level.

Voltex Electrical Launches for LED Future


Blackburn based Electrical Contracting Business, Voltex Electrical has officially been launched.

Chris Maher, Managing Director of Voltex Electrical is the man behind the business. As a fully qualified Electrician, Chris has worked in the electrical industry for over 10 years and after building up a mass of knowledge and experience, he has now created Voltex Electrical.

Chris started to set up the business in the early months of 2016 which included designing the logo, building a new website and registering for electrical accreditation's. With everything ready to go, Voltex Electrical was born and officially opened for business on 1st July 2016.

Developing the Lighting Community for a Bright and Exciting Future


Only six months after the LIA opened its 12,500 sq ft purpose built Laboratories facility we will officially launch the Lighting Industry Academy on September 28, this is part of the LIA’s continued investment in its Membership and the UK lighting community as a whole. 

The Lighting Industry Academy, funded in part by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund was developed in response to the real and pressing need within the industry to provide a central, coherent training and career path for lighting industry professionals and trades people.

Gas and boiler engineers are the nation’s most trusted traders, new study shows

HomeServe-commissioned poll, released for Gas Safety Week 2016, reveals nation’s most trusted tradespeople

Trader trustworthiness deemed most important factor by more than two thirds of UK homeowners

When it comes to the tricky decision about picking the right trader we still opt to trust those closest to us, study shows

Gas and heating engineers are Britain’s most trusted traders for 2016 – closely followed by electricians and plumbers, a survey has revealed today.

South Gloucestershire resident wins inspirational festival of learning award

Franchesca Emery from South Gloucestershire, has won the South West Learning for Work award as part of Festival of Learning led by Learning & Work Institute for her outstanding achievement in adult learning. The Festival of Learning Awards showcase and celebrate the wonderful things that learning can achieve for individuals, families, communities and employers.

From Seafaring to Belzona Engineering: Memories, Amusements and the Next Chapter

David Blackwell

Interview with David Blackwell, Belzona Engineering Director

David Blackwell joined Belzona in 1987 after spending 13 years with Shell in the Merchant Navy and rising through the ranks to a Senior Engineering Officer. In Belzona, David has occupied various positions over the years and now heads the company’s Engineering Services Department. We had a chance to catch up with David and ask him some questions about his long-lasting experience in the corrosion mitigation industry.

Q) How did you come to trade the sea for a life on land?

More people needed to skill up in smart meters

The government risks missing its ambitious target to roll out smart meters in 30 million homes and businesses because of a lack of investment in training engineers, a leading trade skills course provider warns.

ECTA Training states there is still a significant shortfall in the number of qualified smart meter engineers required to fit the millions of smart meters needed for the nationwide rollout.

The government has pledged to install around 53 million meters into around 30 million homes and business premises over the next four years, in one of the most significant infrastructure projects in decades. 

Blåkläder’s new trousers are just as at home on the building site as they are after work


It’s not often you find workwear that keeps you looking good whether you’re on-site or out with your mates. But Blåkläder’s 1999 Craftsmen Stretch Trousers hit the spot wherever they are worn, giving younger construction workers a great way to combine comfort and functionality with the latest style.
A low crotch and tapered legs mean fashion-conscious younger workers no longer have to compromise between a great look and practical, hardwearing features – now they can enjoy both.