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Editor’s Note / Contents


EDITOR Deborah Eales Email: deales@datateam.co.uk Tel: 01354 461430


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EV charging – a growing opportunity for wholesalers I


t’s good to see that electrical wholesalers are getting on board with EV charging point


sales. A quick ‘Google’ turned up several distributors offering EV charging points and accessories. Midshires Electrical & Lighting, for example, has an excellent EV charging web page, allowing you to shop by car, home charging, commercial charging, auto EV charging and more. And Schneider Electric is just one supplier that is offering charging technology. But it seems that there is still work to do in


convincing the British public about the benefits of EV vehicles. That said, EV charging presents a golden sales opportunity for wholesalers. Last month, I received some research from


nPower Business Solutions, carried out by YouGov, revealing that 45% of senior decision makers interviewed will NOT be investing in EV technology and infrastructure until after 2025. They cited a lack of existing charging points


on UK roads (32%), poor battery life that would limit journey times (30%) and high installation costs (29%) as the main barriers to investment. Meanwhile, 51% of respondents said that they do not feel informed about the


NEWS


5 INDUSTRY NEWS Market and industry update


14 INSTALLATION NEWS Case studies from around the industry


27 EDA NEWS New apprenticeship set to attract new recruits to the sector


19 EW AWARDS 2018 Last call for entries as deadline looms!


28 PRODUCT REVIEW OF THE YEAR Product launches from 2017


REGULARS


JANUARY 2018 VOLUME 57 NUMBER 01 Electrical Wholesaler is


proud to support the Electrical Industries Charity


12 COVER STORY 40 PRODUCT FINDER 44 RECRUITMENT 45 BUYERS GUIDE


opportunities electric vehicles could present for their business. Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced a new set of measures in the Autumn Budget to boost the EV market in the UK. These measures include £400m to be invested in charging infrastructure and a tax break for people who charge their electric vehicles at work. According to the survey, 38% of senior decision makers agreed that it would be beneficial to have electric vehicle charging facilities at their business sites. For this group, the ability of EVs to improve the business' corporate social responsibility (CSR) credentials came out as the top benefit of having on-site charging facilities, selected by 57% of respondents. Certainly, EV charging is an opportunity for wholesalers that will only grow in time. Happy New Year to all of our readers and


advertisers. .


Deborah Eales Editor


deales@datateam.co.uk FEATURES


16 LIGHTING INDUSTRY COMMENT Is there enough support for wholesalers when it comes to lighting?


21 ELECTRIC HEATING Electric radiators – why quality counts


24 HOME SECURITY Securing new sales for wholesalers


31 LIGHTING CONTROLS Adding value to clients’ projects


34 SPECIAL REPORT Ventilation, air quality and public health


35 CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS REGULATION


An appraisal of CPR six months on


36 TIMERS & CONTROLS Products that will give you early wins as the New Year begins


39 LIGHTING A unique lighting make-over


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