Winners of first ever Screwfix Product of the Year awards announced


ustomers have chosen their winners of Screwfix’s first ever Product of the Year awards with two of the seven

trophies going to Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Shockwave Impact Screwdriver Bits PZ2 25 Pack

received nearly 50% of customer votes to win the best overall Product of the Year. The Power Tool of the Year category award also went to

Milwaukee with their

M18CBLPD402C 18V 4.0Ah Li-Ion RedLithium Brushless Cordless Combi Drill clinching the top prize. The Flomasta

Bottom-Entry Brass Shank Fill Valve won the Plumbing Product of the Year and British General’s 13A 2G DP Switched Socket saw off the competition to win the Electrical Product of the Year. The DeWalt Bolster Safety Boots secured the Workwear Product

of the Year and in Screwfix’s Low Price product category, No Nonsense Decorators’ Caulk White was the winner. DeWalt were also winners of the ‘Fastest New Trade Rated’

product award for their 18V XR Brushless Combi Drill which has broken records since launching in September.

West Exe youth team sponsored by Devondale

evondale Electrical Wholesalers Marsh Barton branch in Exeter is sponsoring the West Exe under 8s team for the second year running. West Exe play in the Exeter West League fielding two teams and currently train at Tedburn St Mary. Last season Devondale sponsored new


home kits and rainproof jackets, followed up this season with equipment including team water bottles, bibs, training aids and, importantly, footballs. The sponsorship means that there is now a football for each of the 13 players. Team manager Steve

Brown is a customer of Devondale and approached Regional Account Manager Simon Luxton to secure the sponsorship. Steve works with Exe-Tech Electrical Ltd, an electrical contractor in the South West. He says that the ethos of the West Exe under 8s is all about playing for fun,

teamwork, experience and giving young people the chance to get outside. “We say that everyone is welcome to play as long as there’s space,” he explained. “The kit provided by Devondale helps our players to really feel that they are part of

the team. We were proud to see them looking so smart on the pitch for a Match Day VIP Package with Exeter City Community Trust.”

EICUpdate Take back your lifewith EIC

Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it is possible to be addicted to just about anything, including love, sex or a relationship, which can have a huge impact on an individual’s quality of life.

to overcome their addiction, and this is why the Charity launched the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is funded by powerLottery. Through EAP, the Charity is able to help people within the electrical sector who are facing addictions, or are living with a co-occurring disorder, on their path to recovery by offering support services, including complex case management, financial and practical assistance and counselling. One recent example of how EIC was able to assist an industry colleague in his hour of need is Ian Field, who was struggling with a love addiction which led to the worsening of his mental health. Ian contacted the Charity for help as he was


experiencing a deterioration in a personal relationship, feeling as though his emotional

he Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) understands how important timely support can be to those who are trying

needs were not being met. Ian had suffered significant family trauma as a child; his mother physically abused him and his relationship with his father was distant. Ian felt consumed by his current relationship and haunted by past relationships, resulting in him feeling desperate and isolated. The Charity referred Ian for a psychological assessment, and he was diagnosed as having post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. Ian then underwent a method of therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is used to alleviate experiences of trauma. During EMDR therapy sessions people relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs the person’s eye movements. This therapy was found to be very effective in Ian’s case and he is working on his relationship and attributed feelings. Overcoming an addiction is a long and difficult

process that often requires a significant amount of willpower and self-discipline to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. But thanks to EIC, you are never alone on this journey, because no matter what form of addiction you are facing, the Charity is here to help and assist you every step of the way towards your recovery. Don’t let your colleague or a friend go through

the process of recovery alone, sign up to become a partner of EIC’s Employee Assistance Programme or take part in powerLottery today and help the Charity to provide a larger support network to those who need it most.

If you or someone you know is struggling to overcome an addiction and requires support, please contact the EIC support team: or 0800 652 1618. November 2019 electrical wholesaler | 7

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