IndustryNews Guests have the ‘Time of their Life’ at powerBall 2018


his year’s powerBall event, held at the prestigious Grosvenor House on Park

Lane, was a roaring success, raising over £160,000 in support of those who are suffering with mental health issues. More than 700 industry professionals gathered at the event – hosted by the Electrical Industries Trading Company, in support of the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC). A host of entertainment was on offer, too, with guests having the chance to sing along to iconic Dirty Dancing hits such as ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘Hungry Eyes’. Party band Madhen and DJ Laura also made sure that every guest who attended

the event was up on their feet and dancing. As well as celebrating the year’s achievements,

powerBall 2018 also highlighted the ongoing crisis in our industry surrounding mental health, which resulted in 36 deaths by suicide within the electrical sector in the last year alone. During the night, EIC filled the stage with 36 lights - one for each person who lost their life to suicide - and encouraged the industry to show support by donating £1,000 for each lost life. Dozens of companies and individuals demonstrated their support for the industry, which will allow EIC to assist hundreds of those who are struggling with mental health issues every single day.

Go Electrical partners Blackpool & The Fylde College

hand experience, Go Electrical has announced an official partnership with Blackpool & The Fylde College, offering students the chance to develop their studies within Go Electrical branches. The partnership comes after Go


Electrical became aware of the challenges that Blackpool & The Fylde College was having trying to secure work placements for its electrical installations students. The partnership program created with the college offers a platform for students to gain hands on experience working with industry products and professionals, as well as helping them acquire further insight into the industry – which will be invaluable throughout their studies and even after they qualify.

BT Cables becomes British Cables Company

British Cables Company with immediate effect. Commenting on the development, British Cables Company Managing


Director, Kevin Samuel said, “This is one of the most positive developments in the company’s long history. The Wilms Group is the biggest privately- owned cable group in Europe. It has over 70 companies, more than 7500 employees and a turnover exceeding 1.5 billion Euros. We are delighted to have become a part of such a dynamic organisation as it provides the flexibility of a single specialised business unit, combined with the strength and power of the group.

T Cables, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group, has been sold to the Wilms Group. The business will be known as

n order to provide local electrical installation students with first-

Managing Director, Tessa Ogle commented:

“Every year powerBall brings the industry together under one roof to mark another successful year in our sector and this year’s event more than lived up to expectations. We would like to say a big thank you to our headline sponsor City Electrical Factors (CEF), all other powerBall sponsors and every one of you who showed support on the night.” Next year powerBall will be celebrating its 100th anniversary, and will be held on 8th November 2019 at a brand-new location - London Hilton on Park Lane.

Signify shines dynamic light on Shanghai’s buildings, bridges and rivers

leader in lighting, formerly Philips Lighting, has given a dramatic lighting faceliſt to Shanghai, China’s financial and economic centre. The project has been implemented for the Shanghai Municipality, and involves dynamically lighting the iconic waterfront, three bridges and over 40 buildings in the financial and tourist districts. It is the largest, single, architectural lighting project in Signify’s 127-year history and illustrates the company’s leadership in unlocking the potential of connected lighting to transform cities. Signify is committed to helping Chinese cities to develop more eco-


friendly business and tourist landmarks by using connected LED lighting to lower energy use and reduce operating costs. The new lighting is expected to save the city 50-70% of its annual lighting costs when compared to previous areas lit by conventional lighting. The switch-on of the massive display was witnessed by President Xi Jinping and foreign heads of state attending the opening of the China International Import Expo (CIIE), held for the first time in Shanghai.

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