Ten years and a refresh for successful Bridport branch D

evondale Electrical Bridport branch A J Electrical Distributors is

celebrating 10 years in business and business is booming. The company became part of Devondale’s

network earlier in the year, although it is still trading as A J Electrical to ensure continuity. Since then, a smart re-brand and new staff

have transformed the company, which has picked up significant numbers of new trade customers. There are now seven staff, including Branch Director, Andy Spence; Assistant Manager,

Jimmy Clarke; Stores Manager, Graham Nicholls; internal sales, Ben Harp and Robyn Gale, and driver, Phil Collins. Devondale Bridport has also taken on its first apprentice through the Electrical Distributors’ Association’s apprenticeship scheme. Hannah Chant joined the company after a course in electrical installation at Yeovil College. The 10th anniversary celebrations saw manufacturers the branch’s trade show day, with promotional offers and product advice for customers.

Staff at Bridport branch (L-R) Graham Nicholls, Hannah Chant, Andy Spence, Jimmy Clarke, Robyn Gale and Ben Harp (back).

CEF driver shortlisted for Fleet Driver of the Year E

lectrical wholesaler driver Stephen Bray was shortlisted by What Van? as a

finalist in the inaugural Fleet Driver of the Year Award category at the What Van? 2018 Awards (due to be announced as we went to press). Sponsored by Allianz Insurance Plc, and in-

vehicle driver improvement technology provider, Lightfoot, the new category celebrates the nation’s smoothest, safest and most efficient van fleet drivers. The shortlisting is an honour for both for

Stephen and his employer City Electrical Factors (CEF), which has branches across the country from Newquay to Glasgow. To make it onto the shortlist, Stephen – who

delivers goods across the South West – first had to achieve Lightfoot Fleet Driver of the Week status. Only the highest-performing Fleet Driver

of the Week winners from 2017 were then nominated for the What Van? Fleet Driver of the Year Award. As part of the rigorous judging process, What

Van? contacted Stephen’s fleet operator, Ian Thorn, to gain insight into his approach to driving at work.

Vent-Axia is a double finalist in The 2017 Energy Awards


ritish ventilation manufacturer Vent-

Axia made it onto the shortlist in two categories in The Energy Awards 2017. The company’s revolutionary Mechanical

Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) unit, the Sentinel Kinetic Advance, has been named as a finalist in the Energy Efficient Product of the Year – HVAC&R and the Innovation of the Year – Technology: Physical categories. The awards were announced on December 6th at the London Hilton on Park Lane. “We were thrilled to have been shortlisted

twice at these important industry awards. At Vent-Axia, the energy efficiency of our products is a major driving force in continual innovation

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and improvement, and so to be recognised in these awards is a great honour,” said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager – New Build Residential, Vent-Axia.

“Our pioneering Sentinel Kinetic Advance leads the way in energy efficient Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery.” The innovative Sentinel Kinetic Advance is a new breed of MVHR ventilation system with best in class performance and offering near silent, energy efficient and high-pressure operation. Advance is the first UK-manufactured

web-enabled App-controlled MVHR unit, providing energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control.

Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance was shortlisted in two categories at The Energy Awards. CEF driver, Stephen Bray.

Ian Thorn, CEF Fleet Operations, North

London and South West, commented on Stephen’s shortlisting saying: “We’re immensely proud that Stephen has received national recognition for his considerate and efficient driving style. “As an organisation, the safety of both the public and our staff is a prime concern, and that’s why we’ve installed Lightfoot into our fleet of vans. Our drivers spend a significant portion of their days on the road, so we’ve invested in technology that helps them to be more efficient, less stressed and more aware of their driving style. “Stephen is a true professional behind the wheel and this is clearly supported by Lightfoot, which reports that he consistently achieves top marks on his driving performance.”

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