CPC’s Bright Idea on Quality and Price

In the highly competitive world of distribution, more and more companies are looking to the Far East to source their products.  The rapid growth in Chinese manufacturing has meant that almost anyone can source almost anything quickly and cheaply.  However, to protect your brand, quality must also be ensured. Unfortunately poorly made, unsafe, hazardous products litter the UK market.

As manufacturing and distribution evolves, the Trade, Resellers and Consumers are becoming aware that it’s not just about price, it’s also about reliability and safety – Buy Once Buy Well.

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AC Motor

practical advice for those responsible for operating or installing induction motors, as the final phase of an European Union energy efficiency directive comes into force in January 2017.

The 1st of January 2017 will see the introduction of the final phase of EU regulations designed to reduce energy consumption and cut CO2 emissions within industrial environments. This is a legal requirement that must be implemented and is not dependant on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.

Sharing insight at premier energy industry event

energy industry event

~ Power specialist attending energy networking conference ~

Power distribution specialist, ide Systems, will be attending Energy4Power Live, a networking conference for leaders in the energy and power distribution industry. The event takes place in the grand ballroom of the London Hilton on Park Lane, London, on November 15, 2016. Specialists from ide Systems will be at table 30.

Unleash the Facts at NAPIT’s FREE Technical Roadshow

NAPIT are inviting installers nationwide to join them as they continue on their tour of the country with NAPIT EXPO… On the Road 2016. Providing technical knowledge, insight, facts and opinion on vital industry topics and the latest industry regulations and standards. The FREE roadshow has six events remaining starting on 26th October in Surrey, then onto Wrexham, Bristol, Chelmsford, Plymouth and Southampton throughout November. Discover all dates on the NAPIT EXPO website  www.napitexpo.co.uk . 

YourTradeBase helps Trade Business’ become more efficient


YourTradeBase is a service-business based software that helps you win more work, saves you hours and delights your customers whilst helping you to avoid the administrative side effects.  The company has conducted a survey on how paperwork is preventing your business from growing, further proving the need for this type of software. 

The survey produced some astounding findings about the time and money spent on paperwork over the time frame of a year from the Trades Industry. Businesses spend on average 2.5 months on paperwork with a spend of approximately £5,657 per year. These figures back up the 51% of small business owners who believe that paperwork is the main reason thwarting their business growth.

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Buying vs leasing: What’s right for your business?

vehicle hire

As a business it’s important you make the right decision and one that makes complete financial sense. Which is why, when it comes to assessing your needs in terms of a vehicle, you should weigh up the pros and cons between leasing and buying. Here’s a quick round up of the benefits and negatives for each, to help you make that important decision: 

Leasing: Pros 

• You get to enjoy a brand new vehicle at a fraction of the upfront cost. This may make more financial sense for those businesses who don’t want to take out a loan for the full amount of the vehicle to build up their fleets instead of contributing a small deposit and monthly repayments. 

Happy Birthday to us! RGB is 25 years old!

RGB Communications 25th Birthday to celebrate we are helping to raise money for worthwhile charity's


We can’t believe it, RGB is 25 years old! Whilst some of us feel (and actually are) quite a bit older, 25 years is a long time in this industry and is an impressive landmark when you also consider how much we have grown.

RGB was born in 1991. Working out of the servant’s quarters in a stately home, selling AV system integration products with just 2 employees and Sasha the cat! Today, RGB represents 17 leading global brands, employing 40 people while achieving the biggest turnover figures ever in 2016.

A normal 25th birthday celebration might involve planning an evening down the pub with friends, resulting in a few sore heads and empty wallets the next morning.

Powerstar: Investing in the future


Powerstar, the market leading energy storage and voltage optimisation brand has launched anew apprentice scheme at the company’s headquarters and manufacturing site in Sheffield.

The move by Powerstar is the latest by the company in helping support economic growth within South Yorkshire. In September, Powerstar, in conjunction with Sheffield (LEP) Local Enterprise Partnership, invited nine potential candidates who were shortlisted from their final GCSE results to Powerstar HQ, where they undertook a series of both practical and theory tests to assess their skills and potential. Ross Connerton and Jamie Atkinson were selected as outstanding candidates from the group and were formally offered an apprenticeship with Powerstar.

Electrical firm switches on new branch in Watford

Rapid Electrical

An award-winning wholesale electrical distributor, based in Colnbrook, is expanding into Watford with a pledge to support the needs of local electrical contractors and builders merchants, following its acquisition of a trade supply business in Croxley Business Park.

Rapid Electrical Distributors, started by St Albans entrepreneur Nick Edwell in 2004, which counts Crossrail as one of its clients, has merged with Watford Electrical Solutions, that’straded from Greenhill Crescent for over 15 years.

The intelligent heating system that really does Reduce Energy Bills

Control panel The intelligent heating system that really does Reduce Energy Bills On display at ‘Build-it’ Exhibition NEC, Hall 4, Stand 419, 18-20th October

On display at ‘Build-it’ Exhibition NEC, Hall 4, Stand 419, 18-20th October

The Logicor designed Clear Heater System and the NEW InLine Hot Water System will be on display for the First time at the ‘Build-it’ Exhibition in Birmingham. These British Made systems really do reduce energy bills as has been proven by the Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP).  Probably one of the coldest places in the UK meant that the energy bills within Hebridean households was high so HHP conducted a survey by introducing various energy alternatives, one of which was the infrared Clear Heater System.

The survey took place over a year and we are pleased to announce that our system came second, beaten by an expensive to install Air Source Heat Pump System.

Why choose obsolete?

Why choose obsolete - benefits of purchasing obsolete components as opposed to buying brand new equipment


Automation expert releases obsolescence infographic

Global supplier of industrial automation parts, EU Automation, has released an infographic detailing the benefits of purchasing obsolete components as opposed to buying brand new equipment. Focusing on the financial and regulatory benefits of sourcing obsolete, the handy infographic is available to download from the EU Automation website – www.euautomation.com/uk/automated/industry-guides

New member of electrical trade body

IDE Systems new member of electrical trade body, Association of Manufacturers and suppliers of Power generating Systems (AMPS)

Temporary power specialist joins power systems association

Permanent and temporary power specialist, ide Systems, has become the latest member of the Association of Manufacturers and suppliers of Power generating Systems (AMPS). The membership adds more authority and credence to ide Systems’ already well-established brand within the power distribution and generation sectors.

AMPS was formed in 1986 to represent manufacturers, suppliers, rental companies and providers in the power generation industry. The association provides technical support to a wide range of members, including FTSE-listed companies, and presents business opportunities through its quarterly magazine, AMPS Power, and regular trade events.

New gate safe mot launched in bid to protect public

Gate Safe, the charity that pioneered the move towards improving the safety of automated gates is to introduce a ground breaking ‘Gate Safe MOT’, which will highlight to clients and the general public, the need to ensure the correct installation and on-going maintenance of any electric gate.

The Gate Safe MOT is a memorable weatherproof sticker – similar to the original car tax disc – which will be prominently sited near the gate to indicate that an automated gate has been installed and / or maintained by a suitably qualified Gate Safe Aware installer, who has undergone appropriate training and understands how to deliver a safe and legally compliant installation.  

NAPIT Webinars Prove Highly Popular


Through the use of webinars, NAPIT has been able to engage with its members more than ever before. The webinars, which are free for all NAPIT members, are presented by NAPIT’s highly qualified and experienced technical team. Attendees are invited to interact with the team during the presentation, ask questions and provide feedback on the topics discussed. By providing more webinars, NAPIT are maximizing their engagement with members and learning first-hand what technical questions and issues to focus on in the future.