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won’t forget receiving his end-of- training certificate… It was presented to him by MP for Hastings & Rye (and at the time, UK Home Secretary), Amber Rudd. Ms Rudd, a keen supporter of


Apprentice receives certificate from Amber Rudd MP M


arshall-Tufflex engineering apprentice Josh Hayler


apprenticeships and of promoting careers and jobs opportunities for young people within her constituency, visited Marshall-Tufflex’s manufacturing base in Hastings, East Sussex, during National Apprenticeship Week. Not only did she present Josh with


his graduation certificate, she also met apprentices Sam Humphrey, Jon Aherne and Max Loring and was shown around the cable management production plant by Nigel Cutting, Manufacturing Manager. Marshall-Tufflex has been championing apprenticeships for a number of years, initially launching the programme to meet the need for engineering resource. The company linked with SIGTA to recruit and train the apprentices, who were assigned mentors and worked towards an NVQ Level 3 Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering qualification.


R&B Star delivers with investment in van fleet


two new Ford Transits. This brings the number of delivery vehicles to 13, servicing customers in London and the South East. The vehicles are built to a bespoke specification due to the nature of the projects and construction sites that R&B Star delivers to. The vans are long wheel based and medium roofed to allow


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delivery of longer products, such as conduit, without compromising weight allowances. The vans are also fitted with auto stop start, built in sat navs,


reversing cameras and air conditioning. R&B Star has also achieved the FORS Silver Accreditation. The scheme which encompasses safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations, fits well with the company’s values and is something everyone at R&B Star is committed to. Glenn Robertson, Fleet Manager, said: “FORS Silver demonstrates our commitment to good practice and enables us to support our customers on important projects. FORS has helped our approach to fleet management, staff development, and given us access to relevant training. We are now working towards FORS Gold.” Company drivers have also taken part in the FORS Van Smart


Training. This programme is endorsed by DVSA and aims to create long-term behaviour changes by bringing about professionalism amongst drivers.


amily-owned electrical wholesaler, R&B Star, has further invested in its fleet of vans with the addition of


Amber Rudd presents Marshall-Tufflex apprentice Josh Hayler with his end-of-training certificate, watched by colleagues.


Name change as Philips Lighting becomes Signify Signify will continue to use the


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hilips Lighting – the global lighting manufacturer – has


changed its name to Signify, following the amendment of the company’s articles of association. “The choice of our new company name originates from the way light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify. “It is a clear expression of our strategic vision and purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.”


Philips brand for its products, under the existing licensing agreement with Royal Philips. The company expects the name change to be implemented in all the countries where it is active by the beginning of 2019. Founded as Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, the company has served the professional and consumer markets for more than 127 years. In 2016, Philips Lighting spun off from Philips, becoming a separate company, listed on Amsterdam’s Euronext Stock Exchange.


New members appointed to Emerging Professionals Board


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he Electrical Industries Charity has welcomed nine


members to the Emerging Professionals Board who will be representing the views of the younger generation and will bring a fresh perspective into the electrical sector which is needed to help the Charity and the industry to move forward. Over the two-year period, the Board


Two new Transit vans have joined R&B Star’s fleet. www.ewnews.co.uk


will focus on three core initiatives including the monitoring and the governance of the Big Build Project and securing revenue for the future


generation through the Society Lottery. They will also be highlighting the awareness and the importance of mental health problems within the construction sector. The nine selected members include


Michael Giles of the ECA, Thomas Appleton and Juliet Muli of EDF, Samuel Ewuosho of the Department of Treasury and Energy. Also, Ollie Bishop of Ryness Electrical, Andy Reakes of Joint Industry Board (JIB), Deborah Graham-Wilson of Eland Cables, Danny Carey of Schneider Electric and Sarah Revell of R & B Star.


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