MK Electric celebrates UKAS recertification F

ollowing an independent audit by The United Kingdom Accreditation

Service (UKAS), leading manufacturer of electrical wiring devices, MK Electric, has achieved recertification for its testing laboratory in Essex. This recertification represents yet another

confirmation of the rigorous testing which goes into each MK Electric product, and a further reason why installers can confidently rely on the brand for unmatched quality. The recertification process (ISO/IEC 17025:2005) involved an audit of MK Electric’s testing facility, consisting of documentation reviews and the witnessing of tests and calibration processes by independent specialists.

nivolt has revealed three new appointments, including new National Business Development Manager, Steve Davis.

UKAS is the UK’s national accreditation

body, “responsible for determining, in the public interest, the technical competence and integrity of organisations such as those offering testing, calibration and certification services”. The product test centre was opened by

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent in November 1982 and achieved its initial accreditation in 1986. The lab offers MK Electric the ability to cover around 50 electro-technical standards for a wide variety of electrical wiring products. The laboratory now has 15 fully computerised

test machines, each capable of testing and recording data from up to three products at one time, ranging from 20A to 160A.

Trio of appointments for Univolt U

Steve will lead the sales team which now includes new recruits, Natasha

Merreywether and Dean Hopkinson, both Area Sales Managers Managers. Steve brings a wealth of experience to his role having worked within the

industry at senior level for over 25 years. Steve was formerly National Business Development Manager with Marco Cable Management and prior to this spent 18 years working with Schneider/Mita and three years within the structured cabling industry with Molex Premise Networks. He commented: “This is a fantastic move for me. Working with an independent firm such as Univolt that has such strong and clear ambitions within the UK presents a fantastic challenge for me personally and professionally. The company is very much established across Europe and is investing heavily in its comprehensive product range. “I will be taking on a senior position supported by a fantastic team which now also includes Dean and Natasha, both of whom bring highly credible and valuable skills to their new roles. We have an ambitious and clear strategy in place surrounding growth for the next five years and I look forward to being part of the Univolt business moving forward.”

Rexel partners with the EIC E

lectrical distributor Rexel UK has announced it will be aiming to raise tens of thousands for its newly announced official charity partner, the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC), in

the first few months of the partnership. For more than 100 years the Electrical Industries Charity has recognised that providing individuals with access to the right support is the catalyst for creating better workplaces and industry communities. Its vision to be the leading provider of preventative and high impact solutions, genuinely meeting the wellbeing needs of the electrical and energy industries is extremely important to Rexel. Rexel already work closely with the EIC and has been supporting the charity for many years through fundraising challenges and participation in EIC events. Starting on September 28, two Rexel employees will be taking on an epic trek to Everest base camp in a bid to raise £10,000 in aid of the EIC. Furthermore, in the same week a team of 12 brave cyclists are preparing to take on a 450-mile ride from Paris to Birmingham in a bid to raise £30,000, to be split between the EIC and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Where there’s a Will there’s a way


n apprentice at South West electrical wholesaler Devondale is one of the

first in the country to complete a new apprenticeship. Will Messenger completed the Trade Supplier

Apprenticeship Level 2 this summer; the qualification only became available in April 2018 through the EDA Apprenticeship Service, which is run and managed by EDA Apprenticeships Plus. Created by wholesalers for wholesalers and led by trade body the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA), this new apprenticeship offers businesses in England access to professional training in all aspects of today’s merchant operation. Passing a Level 2 apprenticeship is equivalent

to 5 GCSEs – but even more impressively, Will was awarded top marks in his final exams to achieve a distinction. This means he not only passed every component but exceeded expectations in some assessed components. Will sat the exams in August and didn’t learn about his success until he returned from holiday. He was then offered a full-time job at Devondale’s Torquay branch and is now part- way through his three month probation period. He says is looking forward to becoming a

permanent member of the team. “It’s a good atmosphere to work in and I enjoy getting to know customers and be able to advise them.”

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