Electrical professionals not up to speed with smart home technology


poll carried out by online wholesaler ElectricalDirect, has

found that despite the ever-growing popularity of smart home products, many tradespeople are unprepared for the increasing customer demand. The poll found that 82% of tradespeople

have never undertaken any form of training in smart home technology. This figure remains largely unchanged following results from the same poll in 2018. Research has shown that 40% of UK homeowners now own at least one smart home product, a rise of 13% compared to this time last year. This is reaffirmed by ElectricalDirect, which has seen sales of smart technology products increase by over 50% in the past year. However, despite continued growth, the number of tradespeople

ESP appoints new sales team member

improving their knowledge and skills in this area remains disproportionately low. Wayne Lysaght-Mason

(pictured), Managing Director of ElectricalDirect, said: “We’re living in the age of rapid technological development, and it’s easy to see why people are investing in smart technology to bring comfort, convenience and added security to their homes. However, with a huge range of smart devices available, and new products being developed all the time, it is important that electrical professionals do their research and make a conscious effort to stay up to date on the latest news and trends surrounding smart home technology.”


ain Russell has taken up the position of area sales manager for Scotland, as recently announced by ESP. As well as an impressive background within the construction

sector, Iain brings with him over a decade of experience in successfully representing leading power tool and hand tool companies, during which time he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the market and industry requirements. In his new position, he will be utilising his experience to help

drive sales of ESP’s full range of CCTV, access control, fire protection, emergency lighting and external surveillance systems, as well as the Sangamo range of heating controls and time switches, through the electrical wholesale channel. When he’s not at work, Iain enjoys family time and various sports, including rugby, golf and the gym.

hree ambitious expansion plans are set to come to fruition during 2019 for Scolmore Group – the

to provide increased levels of assurance to clients relating to the qualifications and competence of individuals within the UK’s Electrical Contacting industry. There are tens of thousands of unqualified, under-qualified and self- designated workers within the UK’s electrical industry supply chain. Around 200,000 UK electrical workers operate outside of any common regulated system and there is currently no legal requirement for electrical workers to be registered where their qualifications and technical competence is verified. NAPIT and SparkSafe offer a solution to resolve this. SparkSafe is an independent system that is designed to connect the competency of

SparkSafe endorsed by NAPIT N

APIT has announced its support of SparkSafe, in order

electrical workers to client projects. SparkSafe emerged from the Electrical Training Trust (ETT), a charity based in Northern Ireland. SparkSafe launched its Licence to Practise (LtP) initiative in 2013. This was formally adopted as a policy document 01/16 – Licence to Practise Initiative for Electrical Workers by the Government in Northern Ireland in 2016, when the main Public Sector procurement organisations included the LtP requirement in tender and contract award requirements.

Scolmore announces launch of new lighting company T

launch of a new, independent lighting company; the appointment of industry expert Mike Collins to head up this new enterprise, plus the acquisition of an additional 67,000 sq ſt of head office and warehouse space to accommodate the rapid growth that the business is enjoying. In a bid to position the company among the top

performing UK lighting solutions providers, Scolmore has made a significant investment to develop a dedicated lighting company – OVIA Ltd - that will allow it to extensively broaden its product offer and operate in a wider range of sectors alongside the mainly residential

and light commercial ones it currently services. The company is delighted to have secured well-known and highly respected lighting industry operator, Mike Collins (pictured), who moves from Ansell Lighting to head up the new OVIA company. Having spent his entire working career within the electrical industry, Mike brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, garnered during this time working within both wholesaler and manufacturer environments. It is anticipated that the new OVIA company will occupy the current head office space in Tamworth, Staffordshire, with the existing Scolmore business being relocated to the new nearby premises which are due to be up and running early next year.

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