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Cheers to East Midlands ECA member NTC Electrical Ltd, which has diversifi ed into the independent pub and B&B business after redeveloping a derelict pub in Hasland, Chesterfi eld. The opportunity arose when the fi rm was looking for a new building for expanding its offi ce and storage space, and came across the down-at-heel Victorian establishment. The six-month redevelopment included extensive electrical work by NTC. Within the premises, NTC’s expertise was used to re-wire the building, install an L1 fi re safety system, CCTV and burglar alarm. The premises, based on an 1840s pub and terraced house, has kept its Victorian charm, but with modern environmental design features including solar thermal, condensing boiler, and solar PV. The re-named Hasland Hotel, serving real ales, is fast becoming a local favourite and a thriving business – and has given NTC Electrical the new offi ce space and storage it was originally after.

■ The Hasland Hotel B&B offers a 15 per cent discount to ECA members – call 07875721851 for details.

Solar, so good Apprentice success

East region ECA member 24-7 Electrical Solutions Ltd and its business partner Beechdale Energy Ltd are in the process of undertaking a charity project to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a school in the Gambia. This will involve its team of installers travelling to the school in the west African country to install the system which will enable the local children to use laptop computers in a remote area where currently there is no electricity. A percentage of all of the companies’ sales proceeds are being allocated to this excellent cause, and they also intend to approach suppliers for their support – including product donations. The aim is to carry out the installation in November/December this year. ■ See for more information.

Getting a round in

This year’s ECA Edmundson Awards proved extremely successful for the ECA Central South region, with two winners hailing from member companies in the region. The prestigious ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year award was won by Oliver Devos, 22, a Reading-based apprentice who is based at SSE Contracting in Theale, while Luke Nesbitt, who works for P&R Hurt in Yeovil, was recognised as ECA Edmundson Adult Trainee of the Year. Both award winners were each rewarded with a cheque for £1,000 and a Fluke Electrical tool kit by Edmundson Electrical. They will also enjoy a study trip to Germany and Northern Ireland, sponsored by Glen Dimplex.

South East region members and playing sponsors from electrical wholesalers and manufacturers enjoyed another successful Golf Day at Tandridge Golf Club, near Oxted in Surrey on a warm and sunny day at the end of July. Several South East region members were attending the event for the fi rst time, and one of the newcomers, Barrie Harding of B&T Electrical Services Ltd won several trophies, including the Regional Chairman’s Championship. Barrie was also a member of the Surrey Branch team of three who won the Dick Stallion Challenge Cup.

The award is another success for P&R Hurt, whose apprentice Matthew Williams, 21, won the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award in 2009.

■ See ECA News on page 11 for more details of the awards.

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